Robert Jordan, simply because he manages to do things that Terry Goodkind cannot. Goodkind rarely allows his main characters to come to harm, and after seeing them survive against all the odds for several books, its easy for the drama to no longer be dramatic. Jordan on the other hand, writes in a way that always keeps the readers on the edge of their seat. Jordan also paints a more accurate picture of human nature and is the master of subtle undertones. Goodkind's books read like..well...books. Jordan's read like reality.