As a kid who found her love of reading through books such as Harry Potter, books with magic in them have always held a special place in my heart. Even as an adult I still gravitate mostly towards fantasy because it gives me a chance to imagine myself in a world so much different from my own.
For this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, I’ll be sharing my five favorite books that feature magic.
Children of Blood and Bone is a fantastic novel about a land where magic has been extinguished. The worldbuilding in this one is incredible, as is pretty much every other element. The magic system is also super interesting. I just recently read it and still can’t get over this book.
The Dresden Files focuses around the adventures of Harry Dresden, a private detective and wizard working out of Chicago. As the only wizard/PI for hire, Harry gets sent all of the supernatural cases from the Chicago PD. I posted a rant about this series the other day, but they’re still extremely well-written even if I kind of hate the main character.
As an added bonus, the audiobooks are narrated by James Marsters, the actor who played Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He does a fantastic job with them.
There are 15 books in the series so far, and it’s not over yet, so there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Pat Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles may be my favorite fantasy series. It’s got a cool magical system that’s different from anything I’ve ever read. Plus Pat Rothfuss is a super cool dude. There are only two books in the series currently, but he is writing a third one.
In recent years, I’ve come to discover flaws with the series and have gotten routinely annoy with J.K. Rowling changing or adding to the canon via Twitter and pretending like it was her plan all along, but even so, I’ll always love the series.
Harry Potter was such an important part of growing up and greatly shaped who I am today, the friendships I’ve sought out, and the kind of person I’ve become. Whenever I’m feeling lonely, stressed, or sad I like to give the series a revisit because to me it feels like home.
Speaking of Harry Potter, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I loved this book. It kind of started off as a parody of Harry Potter in another one of her books, but then she actually wrote it. It’s got some definite similarities, but I think it’s unique enough to stand on its own as a magical series. The next book, Wayward Son, is coming out in 2020.