China Miéville latest novel, Embassytown, features war and alien contact and won 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. A previous winner of the Hugo Award and Arthur C. Clarke Award, Miéville lives in London.

The Cainsville Series
Kelley Armstrong
Fool's Assassin
Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
Robin Hobb
Half a King
Joe Abercrombie
The High Druid's Blade
The Defenders of Shannara
Terry Brooks
Edited by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
We recommend your start with the Shannara collection
By Blood We Live
Glen Duncan
The Third Kingdom
Terry Goodkind
Witch Wraith
The Dark Legacy of Shannara
Terry Brooks
The Case of the Half-Demon Spy, Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, Wedding Bell Hell
Kelley Armstrong
Tuf Voyaging
George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series)
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and and A Dance with Dragons
George R. R. Martin
The End of the Gods
A.S. Byatt