I've been moderately out of the loop with Fantasy for a while now....its been a couple of years since I've been on the board, but I've recently renewed my interest. Good to be back! I've been a GRRM fan for a while now, and I recently picked up Brent Weeks' trilogy, Night Angel. Fabulous stuff. As I read it, I realized that fantasy books seem to have become more graphic, gritty, profane, and explicit. It seems that with the success of Martin, other fantasy authors have followed suit and have been putting forth works for mature audiences. What do you guys think about this? Personally, I couldnt be more thrilled, I rather enjoy graphic depictions of violence, language, and sex (within reason...I found Imajica by Clive Barker to be revolting...). Anyhow, on that note, what are some other books/series that have upped the maturity level? On a line with GRRM or Brent Weeks? On another note, maybe fantasy books have always been mature and gritty, and I've missed them?