A Princess of Landover, by Terry Brooks
I've been wanting to try out Terry Brooks, having heard very good things about his writing, but of course the book I end up reading is the very last book in his collection of Landover novels. Be that as it may, it was a good, fun read, and it would be fun to start from the beginning. Brooks has a slightly British sense of humor, which I like. His characters are nuanced and believable, more so than in many other fantasy novels. I will say that I didn't enjoy it as much as Terry Pratchett, and their work runs in similar veins. Still, the book was fun, lively, scary when it needed to be, and an over-all good read.