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Raymond Feist is my favorite.
Start with Magician and read them in publication order. They are usually grouped in series of 2-4 books which should be read together.
Robin Hobb writes some very good books. My only problem with her is that she tends to treat the protagonists like shit. But as a fantasy write she is excellent. Start at the beginning with the Farseer books.
Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series are very good.
Others have mentioned David Eddings. His earlier books were better. But they tend to get a little repetitious after a while. He had some real losers later in his career, but I don't remember the names.
Katharine Kerr is another excellent writer. It's fantasy with a twist. It's pure fantasy and many of the common fantasy elements, but with a Celtic base. They are grouped 3-4 together, with a story to tie them all together. Read in order of publication. Different and interesting style of writing because it constantly jumps around in time - you'll want a reference to keep track, but it's not distracting.
Weis and Hickman - they almost always write together. Start with Dragonlance, which eventually evolves into a whole bunch of books. Some other series are also good. I like the Deathgate series. They are prolific writers who can really crank out some books. They are still highly readable and some of the characters are well loved. Can anyone say Tas?
L. E. Modesitt - I've only recently started reading him with his Imager series which I'm not sure if it's done yet. He has a different style and I'd like to check out his earlier works.
Terry Goodkind - His early books are very good. He drags out the serious though. But you can stop at any time. It tends to get a little dark at times.
Robert Jordan - combination of very good and very bad. Starts out very good. But the series is VERY long and slows down almost to a halt in the middle books. It's a marathon that I spent 1.5 years reading. Not recommended if LotR is your only fantasy experience. Save it for later.
For someone fairly new to fantasy, I'd have to recommend Feist first. Good writer, very good character development, very good story, page turner, attachment to many characters. Slight negative maybe - he tends to kill off characters that you've gotten attached to. Imagine faithful Samwise getting killed halfway through the last book.
Most Helpful Girl
Cirque du freak series, The Vampire Chronicles, Harry Potter series, the Boggart, Carrie, Stranger with my face, the vampire diaries, the Golden Compass, the lion the witch and the wardrobe, the secret circle. Im currently rewriting my fantasy novel.