I am rather new to fantasy novels and I need help picking a new series to read. Here is a little background on my previous fantasy experiences.
I read LOTR in high school which was followed by an 8 year absence from reading. Until around a year and a half ago a friend lent me his copy of GAME OF THRONES. After that I went on a bit of a binge. In the last year and a half I read:
all of the released Song of ice and fire - loved um.
The 9 books in the farseer series - loved um.
HEROS DIE - liked alot, sequel not so much (possibly out of print for a reason)
Sword of Truth - Regret reading
eragon - ehhh (massive cliche).
The malazan book of the fallen series - my favorite just ahead of aSoIaF.
Black Company - It was ok, but I stopped reading after 4 books when I realized I would have to pay 50-100 dollars to get SHE IS THE DARKNESS.
Sadly, I picked most of those series off amazons recommendations, but now I am out of leads. I need some quality suggestions.
I like interesting characters that evolve with the story and can die at any time. Violence is a plus. I have avoided the wheel of time since I heard it goes on forever and gets progressively worse. Chances are if I read one book I will finish the series just to see what happens(sword of truth).
Please help me out with some quality suggestions of books/series that I should like.