Try the path of shadows tri by Brent Weeks. The way of shadows, beyond the shadows and shadows edge. Terry Brooks was very impressed with the man`s writing, sold well as well.
Why should you read it ? It differs from most fantasy, even other gritty, dark fantasy works.
Very dark and very violent, features child abuse, drug use, sexual violence, canibalism and in general has quite a dark, violent feel to the writing. It focuses mostly on the life of a wet boy, an assassin, his life as a penniless street urchin, to his life being trained by a master assassin, on to the extravagant adventures that continue after his training is complete. Its reasonably complex with many characters, the story zig zaga between the important characters, leading up to the climax.
Some very good action and fight sequences in the book, very well desribed and exciting. My fault with fantasy writers, is that they could create amazing, immersive worlds to base their characters in, could sometimes have fully fleshed characters, there could be immense, epic stories, but...the way they described the fights and action sequences, like fleeing scenarios, or great big battles was poorly told.
Brent Weeks on the other hand has a certain flair for the dynamic, heart racing stuff, buckets of action.
Another author I would recommend, who is more renowned for his real world settings involving ninjas and spys, but did have a forray into the fantasy genre is Eric Lustbader.
The Dai San triology, is filled to the brim with acion, violence, gore and good descriptions during the constant combative scenarios. Fiting with most of the Author`s previous work in other genres, theres a strong vibe of East meets West. If action, violence, excitment and a decided Oriental twist is what you would like in your fantasy for a change, then the Dai San triology is for you.
R.A. Salvatore gets boring really quickly I find. The first trilogy of Kushiel by Jacqueline Carey was alright although cheesy. It features quite a bit of BDSM as a main theme to the story though, so it might not be your cup of tea.
I read a few books in Terry Brooks "Shannara" seies. I really liked them. Also 1 book of R.A Salvatore. One problem is to find fantasy books translated to Swedish which are not sold out by the publisher, such us Eric Lustbader and R.A Salvatore. I suppose I have to start reading in english instead
My favorite fantasy series is the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. There are 13 in total and a final book being released in January.
The series is a little long for light reading, but I've introduced it to friends and coworkers with some good results.
The first book is called The Eye of The World
I'd have to say the mortal instruments, though they start out kind of boring (Let's just say I had a lot of trouble staying focused) as soon as you're in you're in. The books don't let you go for a second and it was a fantasy world I loved living in :P
He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next"