Btw have any of y'all read the wheel of time? I'm on the third book right now and it's badass so far. Not as good as ASOIAF at least not yet but great none the less.
As of where I am right now I place it:
You need to read some Joe Abercrombie, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, or Steven Erikson's Malazan Books of the Fallen after you finish WOT.
That being said, WOT is definitely a solid series, though the middle kinda sucks. I found book 1 solid but pretty formulaic, books 2-6 pretty awesome, book 7 was solid but the plot started to slow down, book 8 is meh, books 9 and 10 are horrible, book 11 gets back on track a bit, then Jordan dies. First book (12) by Sanderson was excellent and on par with books 2-6, book 13 was good, and the final book was a decent conclusion.
WOT is well worth reading now that it's finished, but probably not in my top ten fantasy series overall (but probably just outside there).