Morkus from Orkus
I also like Raymond Feist's books. The first four are the best I think. Magician: Apprentice, Magician: Master, Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon.
I've certainly heard that complaint, and I can appreciate it, but it never really resonated with me. Kvothe is a preternatural genius, and part of the fun in the book is watching him be a preternatural genius (and still often getting screwed over despite it). There's an element of "competence porn" to it, much like some modern retellings of Sherlock.Not a huge fan of Rothfuss, and I know I'm in the minority here. Even if you get around how he will probably never finish the series, I was put off by how much a Gary Stu Kvothe was. It's one of the big reasons why I don't read much of Salvatore if the book has Drizzt in it (Not Salvatore's fault, and i generally enjoy his writing otherwise). It felt like Rothfuss heard complaints about Drizzt being a Gary stu and saying "hold my beer."
Pretty much anything by Guy Gavriel Kay. I'd start with Tigana.
Fitz is probably my favorite character all-time in fantasy. I can tell you that she in no way fails the ending, it's beautiful and melancholic. It's not everyone's cup of tea, as it can be slow moving and Fitz is assuredly a flawed character, which some people find frustrating. But the depths of the relationships in the book, and how they evolve over decades is truly profound.Holy smokes I just started reading the first of Robin Hobb's books - Assassin's Apprentice. And by started, I read 100 pages on day 1, and 200 pages yesterday, and just reserved book 2 at the library and will head over to the used bookstore for book 3 in about 20 minutes.
It is so amazing. I am told the rest of the related books are also really good. I think there are multiple trilogies set in the same world of the Six Duchies.
Great world-building, relatable protagonist, excellent "npcs" ie side characters. Villain not yet revealed, but Hobb is slowly peeling back layers in her reveal.
I probably shouldn't recommend the series until I finish at least book 1, because she may fail the ending. However, this book is one of the few that a bunch of my Goodreads friends have all read, and all of them gave it 4 or 5 stars.
Tigana is probably my favorite Kay book, although Lions of al-Rassan and the Sarantine duology are right up there. I also have a soft spot for the Fionavar trilogy, although it is admittedly a weaker work overall.Just ordered it. Will be here on Saturday. We'll see