This is an old revision of the document!
Fire Logic by Laurie Marks
This is an absolute classic. I can’t speak of it highly enough. Recommended if you want: epic fantasy with a grand sweep, grim and gritty realism with a core of hope, big ideas, memorable characters, and lesbian love stories as the obvious answer to the world’s problems.
Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
In my opinion, this is the least good of all the Craft sequence novels I’ve read thus far; I was utterly underwhelmed by the main character. Nonetheless, it’s still Max Gladstone, which means the low bar is still pretty high. Recommended if you want: some of the best and most interesting world-building in the business.
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Another classic! Wow, you’ve got a feast of riches here. Recommended if you want: interesting characters deftly depicted, political intrigue, not so much with the whiz-bang magic right now, swordfights, and gay male love stories as the obvious answer to the world’s problems.
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
On my TBR pile right now. Yeah, THOSE AREN’T HORSES!
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
*Another* classic! Recommended if you want: Dragons!!!!, a story that’s a bit more YA-ish but not lacking in depth or richness, one of the most memorable main characters of all time and some great side characters thrown in as well, excellent world-building, and complex plotting done with a clear style and a sure hand.
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
*YET ANOTHER* classic! Recommended if you want: also some of the best and most interesting world-building in the business, and an excellent gender-role-reversed fish-out-of-water lost-child story.
Kill Process by William Hertling. A programmer working for a company that is basically Facebook comes to see the company as abusive towards its users and sets out to create something better.
R. A. MacAvoy’s Tea with the Black Dragon