Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Neryn is alone in a country ruled by a king who has outlawed gifted
individuals. Anything seeming magical or fey is outlawed, and those
possessing such gifts are killed. Neryn can see the Good Folk, talk to
them, and they'll even come to her aid. Starving and alone, with
soldiers out to capture her, Neryn sets out for Shadowfell, a place that
supposedly hides rebels and would welcome her and her gift. But getting
to Shadowfell is no easy task. The Good Folk are testing her and a
mysterious man is following her and she's not sure who means her harm
and who's helping. Juliet Marillier is a masterful fantasy writer whose
books mix folktales, courage, and romance; the result is captivating. That
being said, I think this is not as strong as many of her adult books.
The concept is wonderful, but the plot lags in the middle.