I saw an agent on Twitter mention this week that NY editors are definitely in the market for Epic Fantasy. Specifically, they'd love to find the "next" George RR Martin.
I'm all for that - I *love* Martin's books just as much as I love Robert Jordan! I've also made the same promise to myself. While I'm not currently trying to keep up with the Game of Throne series--I ended with the super bloody wedding--as soon as the last book comes out, I'll read the entire series all the way through to the end.
Even though it'll be hard, because he kills my favorite character in the very first book (I loved Drogo *sobs*).
So what kind of series do you think will make it "big" next? I think what made Martin's series so interesting to me in the beginning is that it's not just some epic battle of good vs. evil. There's no Eye watching the world, no black mountain of Dhoom going to spew its evil and destroy civilization as we know it. Martin was more about chess pieces sliding on the board. Political intrigue. Massive armies are gathering, but it's man vs. man for the most part. Yes, Winter is coming, but after man gets done killing each other for the throne, it might not matter.
Will it be based on some kind of new twist of magic? A new mythology?
What would you like to see make it huge in the world of epic fantasy in the coming years?