For me Raymond E Feist, could never get into Anthony.
, yes Feist gave us Midkemia but Riftwar is part of Midkemia not separate books.
He also wrote the Empire series with Janny Wurts, again related to the Riftwar but set on Kelwan.
He has just finished a new series The Firemane Saga that is not related to his previous books.
He also gave us Faerie Tale a delicious standalone set on our world.
Without Feist I'd never have explored the world of fantasy, sure I read a lot of horror and books on black magic.
I had a misconception of Sci-fi, fantasy I thought was aimed at teenage boys wet dreams and science fiction spaceships with little true substance. The front covers used to be really bad.
Then in my early twenties I picked up Magician, opened my eyes to a whole new world, probably if I hadn't picked it up I would never have found my way here twenty years later.
Feist is not the greatest writer and his books are generic but he tells a good yarn and I probably forgive his mistakes far more than I do others.