7.13.2015

Books to Fill Your Harry Potter Void

Books to Fill the Void Left by Harry Potter.


Lev Grossman's THE MAGICIANS (Adult)
The first book is often described as Harry Potter for adults. It’s not an accurate description, but it’s not too far off, either.  The series is a homage to great works of fantasy, with nods to HP and a score of other titles. The biggest influence, though, is probably C.S. Lewis’ Narnia novels. If you love them, you’ll love this.

Ursula K. LeGuin's A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA (Juvenile)
Earthsea is a world made up of vast seas and island nations.  The people live in literate, non-industrial societies, and magic plays a major role in the daily life of most of the planet’s inhabitants.  The world was introduced in a short story in 1968, and LeGuin published a number of novels and short stories set in that realm as recently as 2001.

Samantha Shannon's THE BONE SEASON (Adult)
This story is set in the not-too distant future and focuses on Paige Mahoney, a clairvoyant who is thrown into a secret prison because her gift is considered treason. There, she meets a race of creatures who want to help develop and use her gift.  She must learn to trust them if she is going to escape her confinement.

Patrick Rothfuss's THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE (Series, Adult)
The three central novels of this series are set-up as the autobiography of a former adventurer and musician named Kvothe.  He has settled down in the quiet role of innkeeper, but his past is filled with stories that are more than worthy of being told.



Gail Carriager's ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE
Sophronia is a tomboy, and that makes her something of a disappointment to her mother. That’s how she ends up a student at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. There, she learns all the things her mother had hoped – poise, refinement, etiquette.  She also learns how to become a world-class spy.

Leigh Bardugo's SHADOW & BONE (Grisha Chronicles)
The Grisha trilogy chronicles the war-torn Rivka, a nation divided by the Shadow Fold. When a young soldier witnesses a brutal attack on her best friend, she demonstrates a power that may just be the key to putting an end to all the conflict.

Rachel Hawkins's HEX HALL (Staff Pick!)
Sophie Mercer is a witch, a witch who can’t quite control her powers and attracts a little too much attention with a prom-night spell gone wrong. Her punishment is being sent off to a reform school for Prodigium (witches, faeries, shapeshifters). As tends to happen when a large group of other-than-average teenagers gets together, things get complicated.



Susanna Clarke's JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL (Adult)
It’s a story about two magicians who emerge in an England that no longer believes in magic. Mr. Norrell makes them believers again, and when the charismatic Jonathan Strange appears, he takes him under his wing. The two team up to fight a common enemy, but Strange, enamored of the power at his control, takes things too far.

Erin Morgenstern's NIGHT CIRCUS (Adult)
This is also a story about two magicians. They are rivals, and they make a bet about who can train the most skilled apprentice. It is a wager that dictates the lives of those two young apprentices. They know that it is a competition, and they understand their playing field – a circus. Its attractions are housed in beautiful black and white tents, and they only roll back the flaps at night. What they do not understand, however, is just how far they have to go for one the wager to be won.

Daniel O'Malley's THE ROOK
This is a personal favorite of mine in audio, and I am delighted to find that a sequel is on the way.  It’s a story about a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. It’s staffed by people with unusual abilities, and the organization, the Checquy, all educates and trains young people who are found to possess such abilities.  At the center of the story is Myfanwy Thomas, a Rook, one of the higher ranking positions within the Checquy.  She wakes up without a memory and has to follow the directions that she left for herself prior to whatever happened happening. It’s the only way she can do what she is meant to do and protect the world. Turns out that she’s got some pretty neat tricks up her sleeve. She’s one kick-ass lady.

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Complete list provided by Book Riot.

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