If Tolkien was the grandfather of fantasy then Jordan is the father undoubtedly.. I wont get into the majestic world of Robert Jordan(RIP).. But in my opinion.. you haven't read serious fantasy if you haven't read "The Wheel of Time"..
The Irony of it all is that Robert Jordan's story is based on a vision he had one day in the 70's about a massive battle between good and evil.. he said that to reach and describe that point in the battle he needed complex characters.. his universe is amazing.. from geography to politics to social behaviors and norms and down to the physics and science of magic.. he wrote 11 books to get us to that battle.. and died before starting the 12th.. the battle.. its said he told his wife and best friend how it would be.. but in my heart i am saddened that he never brought us his vision personally..
Was an interesting man.. Robert Jordan.. who showed us an interesting world..