I’ve been giving Steven Erikson’s “Malazan Book of the Fallen” series a re-read. Its the kind of series where the world is revealed through plot rather than directly explaining things to you. So I’m actually getting a lot out of the second pass because I understand what the hell is going on.
As fantasy worlds go, it’s fairly unique setting with non-standard races and a pretty neat magic/religion system. It also has a great moral grayness as in every conflict in the book, characters on both sides are followed and their motivations explored. If you liked the Chronicles of the Black Company, you’ll like Malazan.