I'm an Editor in book publishing. All opinions are my own.
I'm hoping you all can help me out. I'm interested in seeking out more adult fantasy novels. Though I read a fair amount of YA fantasy, I've been slower to find adult fantasy. Among the authors I really like are Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, and Lois McMaster Bujold. I also like romantic fantasy authors like Catherine Asaro and Maria V. Snyder. Any recommendations?
A few caveats:
1. I'm squeamish about a few sex things--I'm turned off by a lot of promiscuity by the protagonists or spouse swapping, or anything else that could be construed as "icky." Very technical term, I know. For instance, from what I've heard, Jacqueline Carey's books aren't for me.
2. I'm not big on fairy tale re-tellings, though I do appreciate some.
3. If it's really unrelentingly dark, I need to be warned. I can deal with it if I have some idea what to expect.
4. Commercially published works only, please!