Anyways, I thought, 'Hm, I should read more fantasy to see what's up' but I'm totally intimidated because there are so many books and some of them are really thick. So I come to you, my friends :)
I'd like some epic fantasies since that's kind of what I'm writing, but maybe ones that are more fast-paced than slow. Something that doesn't involve six 900-page books, though I wouldn't mind a few trilogies. There are a few authors I keep stumbling on - Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey - but they have like 50 books and I don't know which would be a good "primer."
So, any ideas what I might enjoy? :)
ETA: Thank you guys so much! Loving all the recs!