Thomas Covenant is such an unlikely (and sometimes unlikable) hero. You'll also meet incredible Giants, lore-wise Lords, dark Ur-viles, and beautiful Ranyhyn. Lord Foul is delightfully awful and evil. The Bloodguard are uncompromisingly honorable and loyal.
"In two words, a story sadder than the first. Say no more -- with one word you will make me weep." Saltheart Foamfollower, Lord Foul's Bane (ch.11)I could write a million words and never tell you how much I love this series of books. It is the very best series of books, of any genre, that I've ever read. Ever. I found Lord Foul's Bane at the library in middle school and it took nearly 35 years for me to find out how the series ended. It was so entirely worth the wait. I will never, ever tire of them.