Last stamp I promise!
Jim Butcher is god and I'm deeply in love with both of his series: Codex Alera and The Dresden Files. I only know one other person in real life who's even heard of him, much less read at least one of the series.
Codex Alera is simply amazing. You follow the main character, Tavi, basically through his entire life. It's full of twists, war, the wonderful idea of furries, and my favorite Canim critters. I used "The Captain's Fury" cover for this at it's my favorite of the bunch.
D8< GO READ.
Codex Alera and zee cover art here are© Jim Butcher