And so I would like to know what fantasy books nerfighters recommend!
It can be anything at all, in terms of fantasy. Vampire, werewolf, faery, plain ol' magic.
The particular sub-category matters not.
When I was little I read a lot of Tamora Pierce (still unsure of the spelling). My favorite was the Trickster books but her Immortal series was also very enthralling. Wild Magic and Wolf-Speaker are the first two. I am sure someone has already said Harry Potter because those are the most awesome fantasy books.
which pretty much equal life. :)
I would recommend A Great and Terrible Beauty and its corresponding novels, as well as The Books of Pellinor, which include The Naming, The Riddle, The Crow, and The Singing (this last one is only out in the UK and Australia for the moment, but you can get it shipped overseas no problem.)
Also I just began the Mortal Instruments series, which begins with City of Bones. I've only read the first out of three available novels, but I was completely hooked.
Obviously Harry Potter is boss. So I don't really need to mention the utter awesomeness of the series, but I will anyway :)
Hope that helped!
Oh and I can't forget Sabriel, Lireal, and Abhorson. Amazing books.
I second Juliet Marillier, both for her Sevenwaters saga and the Bridei Chronicles. If you want some fantastic fantasy for mature readers, Anne Bishop's Black Jewels books are absolutely riveting (Daughter of the Blood being the first). O.R. Melling does a nice modern Irish faerie trilogy, and Tam Lin by Pamela Dean is a great retelling of an old Irish ballad. Those are the ones I can think of for now, and they are all some of my favourites.