Re: Newbie needing help please
I second Joe Abercrombie and Steven Erikson, and Brandon Sanderson. All of them are fantastic.
Try Tad Williams, I really liked his Shadowmarch series.
I really liked Kate Elliot's Crossroads Trilogy too, it's quite political with brilliant characters.
I might get flamed for this, but also maybe Wheel of Time? It's another epic series if you don't mind looking past the padding to see the great story within.