Penric's Mission lifts the main character to new heights in terms of his confidence and maturity. This it the Penric I've been waiting for and the one which makes this fourth book in the series a must read.
Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell is a fast-paced science fiction novel that centers around Pepper, an elite soldier whose primary duty is the preservation of the human race (kicking ass is his other priority). A fun read that I highly recommend.
This next installment in the Penric and Desdemona series goes a little deeper than previous stories, but not deep enough to rise above a three rocket rating. Still, it's a good read and a nice addition to the ongoing saga.
Tolkien meets Harry Potter in the first of this three book series. Reiffen's Choice harkens back to the traditional fantasy tales of old. Fun and entertaining, it's a good read, albeit not entirely original.