The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; I read faithfully up to Path of Daggers oddly enough. I tried reading Winter's Heart about 3 or 4 years later and couldn't remember all of the characters so stopped reading it. Still, worth a read.
Not exactly MMO news but great for fans of Jordan and of RPGs: Veteran screenwriter Chris Morgan is slated to take over as Story Director for a series of games based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series being developed by Red Eagle Games. Read on!