I have been reading some of Brandon Sanderson‘s works. Also, I have been listening to them, since I have the audiobooks as well as the actual texts. It has proved to be a fresh pleasure. I had thought that Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire was going to be a rare gem, not to be ever rivaled in its time. I was mistaken.
The Cosmere, the artificial world weaved together through a complex web of unparalleled story-telling throughout Sanderson’s numerous and voluminous works, is staggering in its intricacy. It is so vast and delicate, in fact, that a whole community of fans have trouble keeping up with it. They have set up this awesome encyclopedia of his works and their relations, the Coppermind (the name is a Cosmere reference). The stories, and the series are, while pleasurable reading as standalone works, are so greatly fitted together that the seams seem inexplicably hidden.
The character of Hoid, the mysterious man appearing in nearly every novel, is my personal favorite piece of ingenuity.
I recommend the books in the Mistborn series, the Stormlight Archive (though still incomplete), and the Elantris series (also incomplete) to all the people who enjoy a masterfully crafted puzzle and a good fantasy read.