Katharine Kerr - The Deverry Cycle, The Westlands Cycle, The Dragon Mage, The Silver Wyrm. Absolutely fantastic series. It's 4 small sets, but they all fit together into one huge epic. Absolutely masterful. The individual books are (in order) - Daggerspell, Darkspell, The Bristling Wood, The Dragon Revenant, A Time of Exile, A Time of Omens, Days of Blood and Fire, Days of Air and Darkness, The Red Wyvern, The Black Raven, The Fire Dragon, The Gold Falcon, The Spirit Stone, The Shadow Isle (not sure if this one is out yet). Not sure where you're hailing from, but if you're in the US, those are the correct titles. Alternative titles were published in the UK, and I'm happy to provide those if you need them. I absolutely cannot say enough good things about Katharine Kerr's writing in this series. I urge everybody to read it, and if I were a rich woman, would buy sets upon sets of the books to give to people. I think every fantasy fan should definitely have this one on their shelves. It is without a doubt, my favorite series of all time. Another series that I nudge people towards is Juliet Marillier's "Sevenwaters Trilogy" ... Juliet has an exceptional talent of blending celtic myth/folk tales into her stories, and the result is always superb. She hasn't disappointed me yet. Also check out Wolfskin and Foxmask (Foxmask follows Wolfskin) by her as well. If you haven't started The Wheel of Time yet, honestly, I wouldn't bother. This is just my personal opinion, but by book 6 - just halfway through, I was frustrated and bored and just wanted it to end, and felt that a lot of it was unnecessary filler. The first two books were absolutely brilliant, and as far as I'm concerned, it just all went downhill from there. Most people I know, have abandoned it - myself included. I did buy the 11th book, and still can't bring myself to read it. It needed a lot less gambling, arrogance, face-slapping, simpering and braid-tugging, and a lot more movement towards conclusion. Of course though, all of that is just my personal opinion. Stepping away from the standard fantasy formula, I'm going to recommend Charles De Lint. He largely writes modern-day fantasy, with some traditional celtic elements, and has a way of roping you in, and you can't help but relate to a lot of his characters. My favorites of his are his Newford books, not a series but you can track characters through stand-alone books, and it's always a joy to see them re-appear. I suggest Someplace to be Flying, Trader, Memory and Dream, Tapping the Dream Tree, Spirits in the Wires, The Onion Girl, Widdershins .... Oh heck, just everything the man ever wrote. Ok, more coffee. Definitely need more coffee now.