Chainfire, book 9 of the Sword of Truth series and the most recent book I've read was just awesome. Author Terry Goodkind continues to rock my world. His writing is beyond good; His characterization is par none and interesting does not begin to describe the yarns he spins. When I am reading his books, all I want to do is read them.
If you like fantasy at all, you have got to read these books. Even if you don't like fantasy, these are still amazing books. You might not want to commit to all 11 books, but at the very least, read Wizard's First Rule. I bet you a root beer float that you'll be hooked on Goodkind!