Some my favoritest reads. If you love them too, we can be best friends!
Six of Crows and the Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
A little grisly, (older readers rec.) I don't know if I've ever read a book where I enjoyed the whole cast this much. Excellent story!
The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
This trilogy is awesome. So awesome, that the whole family wanted to do (almost) nothing but read them on Christmas day and we were more disappointed about these coming to an end than Christmas. They entirely encompass everything that a good book should, and that was proven by the fact that they captivated every family member for different reasons (even those that "weren't"listening). I could go on about them all day. Bottom line: you HAVE to read them! Let me put it this way, if you knew about these books and didn't tell me, I wouldn't be your friend anymore.
The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner
This series is SOOO good! I read them because they were said to be similar to the Ascendance trilogy, but they were also so wonderfully unique and good in their own way. One of the most fascinating aspects to this whole series (for me as a writer as well) was the fact that the climaxes and battles are not that big or astounding. Rather, the plots ride on great characters and lots of twists and turns and simply, excellent, excellent, writing. Megan Whalen Turner, how I envy your abilities!
The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
It's very hard for me to put these third on the list. Really, these top three are all equally my favs. Their similarity? Amazing main characters, who also happen to share the common trade of thieving. These are the most brilliant books ever. I was in love with Hans for weeks afterwards. :)
The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan