I'm not sure if anybody has mentioned it yet, but the Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series is one of the best out there.
It's more down to earth with its dialogue and interaction between characters than other epic fantasy works like Wheel of Time.
It's like ASoIaF, with the realistic take in its approach with showing the humanity of the characters.
I personally find it both more entertaining and engaging than more popular series like WoT(good but VERY detailed oriented in every chapter, down to the paragraphs) and ASoIaF(also great, but more filler in certain parts).
It's reminiscent of The Black Company, if any of you have read that.
MBotF is one of the most popular epic fantasy series (multi million books sold), but nowhere near as popular as works by GRRM or Robert Jordan. Still, if you enjoyed either of their works, I highly suggest reading Mazalan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.
The series just finished last year, so you can get pretty much all of them in small paperback form if wanted.
Man... I'm only about 100 or so pages into Gardens of the Moon, and I'm having a hard time getting into this stuff so far... The whole sorcery aspect to the way they are talking about battle is just kinda boring to me so far... I don't see the point in hordes of soldiers if they have a team of such powerful magic users...
Also, when Hairlock possesses the marionette, it was literally a LOL and a WTF moment at the same time for me...
I'll finish this book, but I don't know if I can continue the series if it doesn't start doing some sort of major turnaround for me or something...
Does it get any better?