Matthew Woodring Stover's 'Acts of Caine' series is hands down one of the most bad-ass, brutal - and brilliant - fantasy series of the last double-decade. You know this if you're already reading it. If you're not already reading it, then good lord, it's time you found out
Blends science, magic, and martial arts into an action-packed tale of adventure and heroism
The characters are stunning, the pose sharp and all round with the story arc was something that I just couldn't put down. Add to this almost magical storytelling, some great twists and an author who knows how to hook the reader not only with the stunning set up but emotionally into the character all round makes this a must read for me as a fantasy fan. Great stuff.