I'm already reading the Hollows and Drizzt books. I've heard good things about Mercedes Lackey's stuff, and Young Wizards, so I might add those to my list later.
JD, I'm going to make one more pitch to you. There's a new book series that started last year. The first one is called "The Demon's Apprentice" by Ben Reeder. I know him personally, and was privileged to be a "beta reader" on it when he was first starting it.
I can't give it a higher recommendation. I think you'd enjoy it, and book 2 is nearing completion.