I have just finished The Great Hunt, book #2 of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.
Always the rumor said that it was in this book that Jordan broke from Tolkien story-wise and truly proves that his saga is unlike any other. I now name that rumor true, for I have NEVER read a Fantasy like this great epic. The armies that Artur Hawkwing sent return with chains, the Black Ajah rears its head for the first time in two millennium, the Horn of Valere sounds and the grave barred not the return of heroes to ride under the Dragon's banner. "Once the heron to set his path, twice the heron to name him true."
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.