I just completed a re-reading of Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages series up through the 7th book "The Assassin King" (published 2009), which ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. I wandered over to Amazon to see if she'd ever written the next book, and it turns out she did - it comes out on 06/03/14. She must have taken notes from George R. R. Martin... 5 years of waiting!!
One of my favorite quotes from the first book contains really good advice for the current situation at my company: “Second, and far more important: tuck your chin. You're going to get hurt, so expect it and be ready. You may as well see it coming.” Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody: Child of Blood