I really love the Fire Emblem series. I've been a huge fan for 3 years now. Every character is unique in his or her way, the story-lines are beautiful, and it's a must-play for strategy gamers.
Fire Emvlem: Awakening is the best game in the entire series so far but I don't want new FE fans to play that game first. The reason are that it's loaded with brand new features that'll really spoil the new gamers and Awakening is filled with lots of references from the past games.
Also I recommend playing Shadow Dragon after playing Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones because it's really REALLY hard. Had that game for 2 years now and still haven't passed it yet. o;