I'm in need on some new series to read, got a couple of series in mind but not sure about them:
Karen Miller's several trilogies about a young mage seem interesting, as does Brent Weeks series about an assassin.
Has anybody read the newish series by Ed Greenwood? Falcon's Crest or something?
I've read Wheel of Time(up to the most recent one), the Belgarid and Mallorean by David Eddings, Sword of Truth(haven't read Confessor yet, need to find it in hardcover), the War of the Spider Queen, and Daughter of the Drow, which are all the ones off the top of my head.
Some favorites of mine, in no particular order...
A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin
The First Law, Joe Abercrombie
(These two are both very grim n gritty.)
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a quick and surprisingly fun read.
The Discworld novels of various stripes, by Terry Pratchet, hilarious
His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman, a controversial but refreshing trilogy.
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey is a classy quasi-pornographic fantasy series featuring a strong female protagonist.
Two Singles: The Brothers' War by Jeff Grubb is the only gaming book I've ever reread and still enjoy.* The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a long but interesting and fresh take on Arthurian legend.
And for the record: Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, if you've been living under a rock or something. Hope that helps!
*And I'm a lit snob. Seriously.
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The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory was surprisingly good. In a nutshell, it's a book about an exiled Mage, a false utopia, demons, elves, lotsa fey, etc. Definately the best rendition of "Elves" by far IMHO, the books made them cool for a change. I really liked this series, and I'm kinda picky if you ask anyone I know. ;)
Book one is called "The Outstretched Shadow" if you're interested.
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Two of my favourites are Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon (available for free at [url=http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601101h.html]Gutenberg,/url]) and A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr. The first is, essentially, the future evolution of H. sapiens, through the destruction of Earth and beyond. The second... well, I don't want to give too much away but, if I could be sure that it would be done properly, I would love to see it as a film.
Karen Miller is good, though the main character in the series you're referring to somewhat annoys me.
Brent Weeks is a bit better, though it took me a bit to warm to the main character.
If you haven't read Jim Butcher, ignore any other recommendations and go buy his stuff, but I'm going to assume that as you're posting on a game forum, you've probably already read him :)
2 "Newer" authors in fantasy:
Peter V. Brett "the Warded Man" books - only two out so far, the Warded Man & the Desert Spear ; both excellent books and he is already in my top 20 fav authors of my 1,200+ book library
Patrick Rothfuss - the Kingkiller Chronicles : Name of the Wind & A Wise Man's Fear ; both excellent books, the Name of the Wind is probably the best first novel I've ever read
Other fantasy authors who rank high on my radar: CS Friedman (though she does mostly sci-fi), Michelle West, Steven Brust, Robin Hobb ... I'll stop there so as to avoid the Great Wall of Text™