Re: Help - Sci Fi/fantasy book series recommendations
Agreed on the Brandon Sanderson books.
Also, I recommend Glen Cook. I have been a fan of Martin since literally the day Game of Thrones was first published. I have bought GoT for over 35 people in the last decade all because I wanted to ensure the Martin kept writing. This is because I suffered through the lost decade when Glen Cook stopped writing.
Cook is not Martin, but the Black Company series and the Garrett novels are some of the most original and entertaining works in the genre.