Will write a little of the books or series without giving away the plot. The David Eddings series I even recommended to my DAD who was 55 at the time and he couldn't put the books down. He never read a fantasy book before. The first book was written around 1997 but is fun and easy to read. I mentioned audible because I travel a lot because of my job and can be in the car for hours driving from one location to another.
My Favorites of All Time
David Eddings- 1st series(5 Books) "The Belgariad"-Read 15 times and have on Audible
Books about Garion, a young hero who grew up in the kitchen and goes on epic quest and receives his birthright.
David Eddings- 2nd of series (5 Books) "The Malloreon"-Read 15 times and have on Audible
Books about Garion as an adult and goes on another epic quest to save his kingdom and allies
David Eddings- 1st Trilogy "The Elenium" - Reead 5 Times and have on Audible: Some like it and some don't. My dad didn't like the series of knights.
About a knight named Sparhawk who comes out of exile to save his princess
David Eddings- 2nd Trilogy "The Tamuli" - Read 5 Times and have on audible but do not like how the person read the books
Sparhawk continues a new adventure with some his campanions coming back together
Raymond E. Feist - 1st series (4 Books, Might find Book 1 and 2 combined) "The Riftwar Saga" Read 25 times and I think it finally on audible and will be getting them on audible
Orphan named pug becomes the princess companion and gets captured by an invading race through a rift/gate. Learns the higher level of magic and becomes the worlds protector through tons of books the author wrote. I will only mention the first series since there is so many to read. The first series has so many characters he develops throughout the books. Reading the different series, some of the characters show up together in later series.
R.A. Salvatore - All Drizzt do'Urden books-Other mentioned it so wont go into it
Christopher Stasheff- (8 Books) "A Wizard in Ryhme" - Read about 8 times
Mathew "Matt" Mantrell: A PHd student who through reading an old runed document in the library, translates it and gets transported to a magical world where good and evil really exists. The world is very similar to earth geography and share some common history from the past. He learns he can perform magic by reciting ryhmes (Poems). He uses ryhmes that many of us have heard before to perform magic. A little different approach to a fantasy land but a very fun read because of the fun ryhmes he uses throughout the book. Swearing and making oaths are very real in this world. Older series that began in 1986 and the last written in 2000.
Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth series; Other mentioned it so wont go into it-Have some on audible and only like a certain reader/actor
Other Fantasy Novels
Jennifer Roberson- Vol 1- 7 Sword Dancer Saga
Story of Sandtiger, a famous sword-dancer who is hired by a Northern woman to guidee her through the desert to reescue her brother. The Northerner Del is a Sword singer who is almost as good as Tiger in fighting really gets on his southern ideas. Great read of books and follow along as Tiger and Del get more intimate with each other
Mercedes Lackey - Others mentioned and she has great books
Orson Scott Card -(scifi) Ender's Game: I only liked the first book and the book of bean which is written in his perspective
Terry Brooks - Shannara Series: Others mentioned so won't go into it
Dungeon and Dragons Novels: The Dragonlance series are a classic
L.E. Modesitt Jr. - The Recluse series
Chaos vs Order, Good vs Evil. A different take on colors representing order and chaos. I reeally liked the first book and later in the series the character comes back in a novel.
L. Ron Hubbard: (SciFi) Battlefield Earth
Book was awesome but the movie really was a disappointment with John Travolta
David Weber: (scifi) Honor Harrington series Vol 1-13, 14 coming out
Strong Female protanganist- Follow along her military career in space with lots of politics involved.