I'm in the middle of the second of Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet
and loving it. I learned about this local author right here on DCF. Now fantasy is not usually my preference; I'm more of a hard science fiction guy, but this is tasty and interesting. There are no gnomes or witches. There are innovative concepts, gripping plot lines, a fascinating society, and characters you come to care about.
I recommend you start with "A Shadow in Summer" before following up with "A Betrayal in Winter." According to the author's website
, "The last two volumes of the series — An Autumn War and The Price of Spring — are both turned in to your friends and mine at Tor." I can hardly wait.
The public library
has the books and I love the ease with which you can have any book in the system sent to your local branch and receive an email when it's ready.