Originally Posted by Lord of the Night
The Demon Cycle - Peter V. Brett: A gripping and exciting series that many claim is the new Lord of the Rings, but better. Brett is a master world-builder and his characters are all flawed, interesting and likeable/hateable people who you just want to read more of, even if you don't like them. Plus an engaging and tense plot that makes every cliffhangar nail-bitingly frustrating, it's a series that I think really hooks you from the start and makes you hungry for more.
Read the first two, and loved them. The third one is next on my list.
The Rift War series by Raymond Feist is excellent.
All 6 of Joe Abercrombie's books. The first three are a series in the conventional sense, and the last three, while not quite a series, do have some cross over of characters. One of the best new fantasy writers in years.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Tough going, but worth it in the end.
Ender's Game. For all those looking forward to the film whilst not having read the book, go and get it now. I garantee you'll thank me for it later. One of the best novels in any genre, ever.
The Belgariad by David Eddings.
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