I love Robin Hobb, the Liveship Trilogy is absolutely superb.
Trudi Canvan is good, the Black Magician Trilogy especially.
I quite like Jude Fisher's Fool's Gold trilogy, it's a bit lighter than my previous suggestions but still an entertaining read.
James Clemens Banned and Banished series is a bit on the cheesier end of the spectrum but I still find it quite entertaining. I also like the Godslayer books for an easy fantasy read but he's never finished the series
Sci-fi wise, the Neanderthal Parallax by Robert J. Sawyer is quite good.
I love Robin Hobb - here are some random suggestions. Garth Nix Sabriel trilogy Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind is the first one (third book not out yet) Guy Gavriel Kay - I always recommend him every chance I get Terry Pratchett if you like funny? You could start with "Guards Guards" maybe. I second the Tad Williams suggestion. I assume you've read the hunger games trilogy? On a more sci-fi note, Douglass Adams is funny and easy to read HTH, Enjoy!
I recently picked up the first book in the farseer trilogy and rather enjoyed it. I've ordered the next two books in the series. Can anyone recommend similar fantasy/sci fi writers that are easy to read?
I was turned off 'true' fantasy years ago after reading sone truly dire cliched magic/elf shit. But after reading the GoT series i am open to trying it again! I like neil gaiman but can't get into china meiville for some reason.