I've had this idea for a series (possibly) of fantasy novels for awhile but it's kind of lain dormant till yesterday when I saw this picture by the amazing Emmy Cicierega and it re-ignited (is that the right word?) my desire to write a long fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist.
The only problem is that I haven't read that many fantasy novels. I was into this series when I was in high school about these magic swords, which I can't even remember the name of, and it looked like I was going to stay on that path but then I veered into sci-fi and never looked back.
So....the question is...does anyone have any suggestions for good fantasy novels? I suppose I should start with Robert E. Howard's Conan series since those were the books that pretty much started the whole genre off but what else is there worth reading among the stacks of dreck?