Ooooh, this is such a great thread, thanks for starting another one Silwen!
I stumbled across a delightful fantasy trilogy this summer, by Robert Scott & Jay Gordon (sadly, I believe Jay passed away in 2005). The trilogy is called The Eldarn Sequence and it's a "portal" type fantasy . . . you know the type, where the heroes accidentally "step through" a portal of some sort and find themselves on another world and immediately in the thick of something or another . . .
Anyhooo, it's quite well done, and the first two volumes, The Hickory Staff
and Lessek's Key
are out. I'm not quite certain when the third volume, The Larian Senators
, is due to come out, I'd guess by this time next year?
I finished another trilogy this summer too, called The Bartimaeus Trilogy. I think it's really more of a British children's series, but it's very well done, the "footnote" humour is brilliant, and it's a clean series so I'd even feel safe recommending it for early teenage readers as well.
I'm also two books into the third "Foreigner" trilogy by C.J. Cherryh. Excellent science fiction/political thriller type stuff! I need to hunt down the third book this spring, since the hardcover is already on the shelves . . .
I picked up Children of Hurin but have yet to open it. I think it might be next on the list.