The list author says: "Most of these are contemporary fantasy, written in the last decade. There seems to me two kinds of recent trends in contemporary epic fantasy (ie, post-Robert Jordan): slow, world-building, and colossal (Martin, Bakker, Erikson), and fast-paced and action-oriented (Lynch, Morgan, Abercrombie). Some try to straddle the middle, to less effect (Sanderson).
Others don't fit into those categories at all but I wanted to recommend them anyway (Mieville, Clarke).
I've also included what I think are among the best older fantasists - Donaldson, MAR Barker, Moorcock, Guy Gavriel Kay.
Comments applied at random, and presence, absence, or length of comments do not imply any kind of ordering of this list."
"The outstanding Empire trilogy by Feist and Wurts, heavily inspired by James Clavell's Shogun, is far superior to Feist's Magician series (which starts out relatively strong but rapidly degenerates; the latest have become bonfire-fodder)."
"The wannabe hipsters who worship George R. R. Martin but are contemptuous of Robert Jordan are doing nothing but pretending. This series is the pivotal world-building epic fantasy. There's a reason why epic fantasy is so often divided into pre- and post-Jordan: he was transformative. Fantasy has moved on, of course, so read Martin/Bakker/Erikson before you read Jordan."
"Excellent, if slightly purple prose in comparison to recent series, as is characteristic of pre-Jordan fantasy thanks to Tolkein. I can't stand all the songs and poems (Tad Williams has that problem too, unfortunately) so I recommend just skipping them, it doesn't affect the story, which is superb."
"Fabulous characterization and very well-written. It's a more traditional plot than Brett (wizards, warriors, and an epic journey to save the world), but Abercrombie's comparative strength is his brilliant characters."
"I wasn't as blown away by this as others were, but I still highly recommend the first one. It should have ended there, but if you like the characters read the second. I wouldn't bother with Book 3 unless you just have to know what happens. Sanderson's not on the same level as Bakker, Erikson, or GRRM, but is still worth reading."
"I love DWJ! This one and Year of the Griffin give a taste of her humor and quirky genre-breaking. Also counts as teen, she and Garth Nix and JKR are among the best of the teen/YA-friendly fantasy writers."