If you like books by Raymond Feist...

If you like books with a similar writing style to those by Raymond
Feist, you may enjoy the following titles (some of them are not in the
fantasy/sf genre, but are wonderful, just the same!):

Necromancer by William Gibson
"Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information
superhighway--jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through
tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone
with the money to buy his way--and burned the talent out of his brain,
micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his
physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a
shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance--and a cure--for a
price." (Catalog summary)

There and Back Again by Max Merriwell/Pat Murphy
"Bailey, an asteroid miner in the backwaters of the galactic
civilization, is swept up in an adventure when he retrieves a message
pod drifting in space, and notifies the Farr Clone that he has it. The
Farrs are the oldest, richest clone family in the galaxy, and they made
their fortune by mapping the wormholes that allow faster-than-light
travel. Along with the legendary Gitana, the Farrs have discovered a
piece of an ancient alien artifact that may be a map of the entire
wormhole system. Bailey's message pod contains word of where the rest of
the map may be." (Catalog summary)

Declare by Tim Powers
"A coded message draws Professor Andrew Hale back into Her Majesty's
Secret Service in 1963. Elements from his past are gathering in Beirut,
rushing toward a deadly confrontation on Mt. Ararat, where a covert
Soviet expedition is closing in on the biblical Ark." (Catalog summary)

Pompeii by Robert Harris
I loved this fast-paced and fascinating historical novel about a Roman
aquarius, who must figure out why an aqueduct on Mount Vesuvius has
stopped working.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
"Days before his release from prison, Shadow learns that his wife has
been killed in an accident. On the plane ride back home for the funeral,
he meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job. Shadow accepts but soon
discovers that Mr. Wednesday is far more dangerous than he could ever
have imagined." (summary from Novelist)

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
"While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by
leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the
exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him."
(summary from Novelist)

"Across the nightingale floor" by Lian Hearn
"...this first book of The Otori Trilogy is a brilliantly imagined,
wholly seductive tale of war, passion, and intrigue, evoking the spirit
of medieval Japan. It is the story of a boy who is suddenly plucked from
his life in a remote and peaceful village to find himself a pawn in a
political scheme filled with treacherous warlords, rivalry, and the
intensity of first love." (Catalog summary)

"Sabriel" by Garth Nix
"Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the
mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of
the Dead." (Catalog summary) I strongly recommend that you listen to
this on tape. Tim Curry (of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame) is the
reader and he more than does this tale justice!

You may also enjoy David Eddings, Steven Brust, Orson Scott Card,
Octavia Butler, Neal Stephenson, Dan Simmons, Mary Stewart, or Charles
Grant. I hope some of these suggestions fit your needs. All of these
titles are available at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. If
you don't find a title at your branch, you can ask that it be sent to
your branch for you to check out.

Mary M. Buck