I have loved reading fantasy for decades and here is where I'll talk about some of my favorites.
When I first read the summary blurb about this book, I was skeptical. It just didn't sound that great. But I gave it a read anyway and I'm not sorry. This is a very entertaining start of a great series. Brett tells the story well and the magic system is imaginative. So far there are 3 books in the series with 2 more forthcoming.
Don't let the cheesy cover art fool you. This is a great first series from Brent Weeks. I checked out the first book based on a suggestion from Goodreads and was hooked from there. The story flows well with few slow spots. Mr Weeks followed up this series with the so far great Lightbringer series, which I would also suggest.
This is the second book in the Kingkiller series. Not quite as good as the first, but it has its moments. In this one Kvothe gets a little randy, with several people and one faerie. The whole Felurian bit seemed to drag for me, but all in all not too bad. Really looking forward to Doors of Stone, which is due out in May of next year as of this posting.
For those of you that read series of books, this is a great site. Most of the fantasy I read comes in the form of a series of books. FictFact will let you know when a new book in your series has been released. Very handy if you don't actively keep track of such things.
This is the first book from Patrick Rothfuss and I am very impressed. He tells a great story that has action, magic, and humor. To me those are three things that make a great story. The magic system is easy to understand and doesn't go overboard with it's complexity (I'm looking at you Brandon Sanderson). If I were to suggest a book to someone who has a passing interest in fantasy, it would be this one.