The random number generator spoke, and the winner is Melissa of Book Nut!
Back in 2009 I was serving on the Cybils sci fi/fantasy panel, and Norilana Books generously sent us copies of their two nominated books--A Posse of Princesses, and A Stranger to Command, by Sherwood Smith. I'd never read any Sherwood Smith, and I enjoyed both these books immensely. Here's my review of the former--it's a great light read.
But I liked A Stranger to Command even more. And I realize, to my very great shame, that I never reviewed it!!!
It's a prequel to Crown Duel, featuring young Vidanric Renselaeus, sent as a boy to a foreign military school. There he undergoes an incredibly strict, but exhilarating, education in the arts of war--with a bit of magic and lots of intrigue thrown in. And there he is shaped into the fiercely intelligent leader we meet in Crown Duel. It is wonderful character-driven fantasy set in a school (yay for fantasy schools!) and I enjoyed it lots.
The woman behind Norilana Books is caught in a nightmarish situation right now (which I learned of via Chachic), and has put out a plea for folks to help out by buying her books. And to thank her for sending me two books that I treasure, not just in their own right but because they introduced me to Sherwood Smith, I'm giving away a copy of one of the books she sent me. Not my own copy, of course--I like them too much to give away! Instead, I will buy a new copy of either Stranger or Posse (their choice) for a lucky winner.
Just leave a comment to enter! I'll close this at midnight next Tuesday, April 26. I don't usually do any extra entry things, but this time it's different--it's to help a great independent publisher. So I'll give an extra entry to anyone who posts about Norilana Books! (just let me know when you do--it doesn't have to be in your first comment). Thanks to the magic of the Book Depository, this is open internationally.