Thanks to Terry Goodkind I am pretty burned out on fantasy but maybe I should give these a shot.
The Sword of Truth later became a lengthy Objectivist tract.
Richard Rahl vs. FANTASY COMMUNISTS!
The RA Salvatore novels are pretty much the McDonalds of fantasy. They're definitely the high end of Dungeons and Dragons
tie-in fiction but that's somewhat backhanded praise. Still, the characters are well-realized and some of them are really entertaining (Artemis Entreri starts as a villain of the series but eventually gets his own books).
One annoying thing he does, however, is reference his other books without warning. When I was first reading the series, Salvatore just threw in the cast from his 5 book "Cleric" series and acted as if we should all know him.