I am always looking for a new series to read that is more than just the average sword quest and magic thing hack up some monsters and go home happy type of books. So, I figured I would give a synopsis of some of my favorites and maybe get some new ideas from you guys. Lord of the Rings. If you haven't read it do so. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Very long. Ten books to date with the eleventh due sometime next year. This series was excellent untill book 7 where it bogged down a bit. Though it has been good enough to hold my attention, this last book, 10, nearly lost me. I will still read even if 11 isn't any better because it is overall a very good series and I need to know how it ends after all this time spent. George R. R. Martin. Great series, just don't get too attached to the characters because he isn't afraid to kill them off. He is on book four right now that has been due out for about a year now. At least two more after the new one are to follow. Another marathon series, maybe. Terry Goodkind. Wizards First Rule started this series out and has been enjoyable up untill the last two books. I really liked the first six books, but the last two, the Pillars of Creation and Naked Empire were not up to the level of the others. It was like Goodkind got sidetracked and I keep thinking that I missed a book in the middle even though I did not. Three more books are supposed to finish up the series. Robin Hobb. Everything I have read of hers has been very good. Reccomend it all. She has three different series; The Farseer Trilogy, The Liveship Traders, and the Tawny Man Trilogy (which revisits the characters in the Farseer books). Stephen R. Donaldson. The chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I read these a long time ago, but was very good. There is the first and second chronicles, and Donaldson is starting a final chronicles series. C.S. Friedman: The Coldfire Trilogy. If you like your books dark, then you'll like this series. One more. Elizabeth Moon: The Deed of Paksenarrion. I bought the trade paperback version which was an all in one, but I think it may be found as a trilogy as well. Haven't read anythink else from her, but this one was good. Ok, I've preached enough what have you guys/girls been reading that you would reccomend?