Wheel of Time: Will Steal Your Time
A lot of people have a problem with the fact that much of the series seems kind of reminiscent of LOTR, and that is certainly true. There are "dark riders," a collection of men that went terribly evil and sold their souls to the dark lord, there are trolls, and of course wizards. But Jordan's work is also incredibly unique and wonderfully in-depth. Who can reject a fantasy series that has it's own maps? And its own university webpage dedicated to the dozens of associated games. There is even supposedly a movie coming out before too long. To put this series into perspective for fantasy newbies, this book was more of a cult classic than GOT. It spins hundreds of little webs and tales, making it as complex (if not more), than GOT. You may be following as many as twenty side stories at any given time, all of them vital to the main theme. Together, you get an incredibly beautiful, LONG series of books.