With the last Harry Potter movie out in theaters, I figured I ought to make a post of some other fiction series that might make for good reading and feature pretty cool magic-users that you might not have had time for. (Please note: All picks are based on personal reading and reader’s advisory experience.)
Laws of Magic series by Michael Pryor – I haven’t read these, but I did order all of them for my teen collection at the library. They look like some sort of combination of Victorian/Edwardian supernatural steampunk, Harry Potter, and Fullmetal Alchemist. The first 5 books are out and the 6th (and final, I think) book comes out on October 1st. And I have a feeling I will be reading them soon.
Rick Riordan books – A bit obvious, but still never a bad place to start. The focus might not be on magic so much as myth, but really you can’t go wrong with these books. If you prefer Greek mythology and quests, read the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, a completed pentology, followed by the Heroes of Olympus series, which has only just started. If you prefer Egyptian mythology magic being used a bit more regularly, read the Kane Chronicles. This series is on-going, and first 2 books are out. I’m also holding out hope that Riordan will write a Norse mythology series too!
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott – I think the kids are actually remarkably annoying, but there is a heck of a lot of awesome going on in these books in terms of myths and magic. This is an on-going series. The first 5 books are out.
Tamora Pierce books – Honestly, strictly focused on magic or not, you cannot go wrong with whatever Pierce series you pick up. If they don’t work for you, they will definitely work for the tween or teen in your life who is wondering why girls are so often relegated to the role of cheeky sidekick or attractive arm candy when it comes to Fantasy for any age group.
Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett – When is Terry Pratchett not a great idea? Never, that’s when. Tiffany may be a lot younger than the majority of his other protagonists, but she is just as awesome as any of them. And I loved the MacFeegles. This series is complete.
The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy – Has a lot of the same elements as Harry Potter although I don’t think he was ever as clumsy as Mildred. There’s a considerable amount of other differences too. For one thing, the stakes are a lot lower for the Worst Witch, but they’re very cute books.
Young Wizards series by Diane Duane – If you haven’t read any of these? Do so. Seriously. If nothing else, check out Deep Wizardry for awesome whales and a super cool shark. And yes they can use magic too. I believe this series is on-going, and the first 9 books are out.
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I’ve only just started poking at this book, thanks to Doubleday sending me an ARC. However, I am already positive that if you’re a fan of Harry Potter who enjoyed elements of The Prestige or Something Wicked This Way Comes, this will be a good pick for you come September. Plus Jim Dale will be narrating the audio book and his voicework was a fairly important part of the Harry Potter series. Just bear in mind that it is decidedly more adult than Harry Potter or most of the other books mentioned so far.
Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman – Decidedly more adult and tied into Arthurian legends, this September release from Tor looks like it’ll be quite cool.
I know there’s plenty of other series and authors that could have been included, but there’s only so much time in a day. Or space in a post. So… What wizards, witches, and magicians do you suggest reading about?