Malazan Book of the Fallen is truly an epic fantasy series, grander in scheme than even LOTR & very elaborate in description.
Here is a review of The Midnight Tides
This book could have been a non-fiction book, if you removed the names, the God involvements & the rebirth (several times) of Rhulad Sengar.
This is a story of debt, interest & greed. Reading this, I was thinking isn't this what is happening in the world today. Isn't that what caused the major financial collapse in the US & Europe? Isn't this, why the banks are minting money, literally.
The story delves deep into the culture of Letheras, a city of Gold (figuratively) where everything is rationalised in the name of money & lending. Where the supreme rulers are, not the ruling family, but the money lenders. Even the throne has a huge debt.
Conquest, slaughter, slavery & exploitation is all legitimised & practiced systematically in the name of progress.
& finally, how this very greed would have lead to the downfall of the entire kingdom. (were it not conquered by the Tiste Edur before the collapse.)
One of the facts mentioned in there, once one enters this cycle of debt, it is almost impossible to break out.
How true in this realm of the humans, too.