Here's one that some people may want to look into; it's the first volume of
a, gasp, trilogy.
"If this ambitious novel lacks the beauty of Tolkien as well as the sense of
pure evil that suffused Middle-earth with genuine terror, its willingness to
take chances and avoid the usual genre clichés should win many
discriminating readers. "
Reviews at Amazon.com vary.
Since the author is local, I was alerted by a review at