Runemarks by Joanne Harris
This was an extremely detailed book, and it seemed like it would be very difficult to write. The writer created an in depth history and a whole new language and did it well. I liked the background story, but all of the detail was a little too much. I could only read a little bit of the book at a time, and it ended up taking me a week to read it. That might not seem very long to most people, but the last time it took me a week to read a book, I was reading the complete unabridged version of Les Miserables. The book also swore a few times and had some crude language.
Madi lived in a world where order ruled and anything strange was avoided. Because Madi was born with "the ash" ruinmark, she was always treated like an outsider in her town. The only person that treated Madi like an equal was One Eye, a nomadic traveler who also had a ruinmark. One Eye became Madi's only friend and he taught her about the old god's and the forbidden powers. As Madi grew in strength, hatred grew in the heart of the local parson. In time, Madi learned that she was really Modi, the first born god of the new age. And it had been prophesied that only she could save the world from Chaos. Madi must decide who she can trust and where her loyalties lie as she embarks on an epic journey through Hel and the Nine Worlds.