Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn trilogy was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and it’s still one of my favorites.
The writing style is very pleasant and the pace is slow enough to be savored, but characters actually accomplish things by the end of each book (you know what I mean).
The characters are well-developed and lovable but not annoyingly perfect. This is a classic epic fantasy plot: Simon the kitchen boy saves the world. But please don’t roll your eyes — this was written in the 1980’s — before it was a cliché. Even though he’s now a cliché, Simon is still charming and you can’t help but love him.
Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn is on my list to read again, and along with Robin Hobb’s Farseer Saga, it’s the one I always recommend to newcomers to the genre.