Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind First fantasy novel I ever read! Less then halfway through the first book I rushed to the bookstore because I was terrified I would finish it without the being able to start the next one immediately. It was original and fantastic. Highly recommend.
Terry Brooks Shannara Series. Where my love of reading about other worlds truly was captured! I even found my little girls' name in the "Wishsong of Shanara" - Amberly was an amazing girl character - it was only right that I chose her name from one of my favorite authors!