The "Wheel of Time Series" by Robert Jordan. I enjoyed the the back story of the fall from such an advance culture, the current diversity in cultures, and the magic system. I know that is vague but in truth it is the characters. I came to know and love many of them.for novel magic systems I would have to say Bradon Saunderson's "Mistborn"i will always love my first true Fantasy read......"The Belgariad" by David Eddings. Again with this one I came to truly feel like I knew the Characters. Lastly, it would have to be " The Name of the Wind" this was just an amazingly write book with fleshed out Characters. Doc
My favorite fantasy setting has got to be the "new world" feel. Big open beautiful landscapes for the heroes to explore. Lush green meadows, deep dark caves. With a medieval/clock work theme.
Darggie, I do recommend it. Prose isn't as......polished.....as with the Name of the Wind but I just love it. Doc