10 of the Best Fantasy magic books for you

Published 06 Oct 2022
by Anca Antoci
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Do you love all things magical? Want to find portals to other worlds? I can`t show you the way to the magic closet or tell you where to find the rabbit hole to Wonderland, but these fantasy magic books make perfect temporary portals to other realms. Keep on reading because the list I compiled below features ten of the best book recommendations you can get.

Some offer mysterious academies, dangerous quests, and other worlds, while others focus on magic-filled warfare, the discovery of new supernatural abilities, and more.

In this blog post, I will skip the most popular books that you keep seeing recommend on every platform, not because they're not good but because they're so popular that you probably read them already. So, yes, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones are all excellent recommendations that you won't find on my list.

Below are 10 of what I think are the best fantasy magic books in no particular order.

1. A Darker Shade of Magic

Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London...

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Released: 20.02.2015
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.07 (read)
Our review: No review yet

2. The Poppy War

When Rin aced the Keju – the test to find the most talented students in the Empire – it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who had hoped to get rich by marrying her off; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free from a life of servitude. That she got into Sinegard – the most elite military school in Nikan – was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Fighting the prejudice of rival classmates, Rin discovers that she possesses a lethal, unearthly power – an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of psychoactive substances and a seemingly insane teacher, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive – and that mastering these powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most people calmly go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away…

Title: The Poppy War
Author: R. F. Kuang
Released: 03.05.2018
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.30 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.14 (read)
Our review: No review yet

3. A Discovery of Witches

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches.

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire geneticist.

Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...

Title: A Discovery of Witches
Author: A.K. Mulford
Released: 08.02.2011
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.60 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.01 (read)
Our review: No review yet

4. Elemental Links

“Take him and run.” The last words of Jake’s mother urged him to save his brother, Louie. Jake and Louie get thrown into the outside world, where Jake learns his skill with a sword can save their lives, and Louie, gifted with elemental magic, soon learns his magic is part of something much bigger: a world of spirits that wage a war of their own.

The necrom are after Louie. The only way the abominations can increase their numbers is to capture and possess more adepts. After centuries of the necrom pillaging, adepts are scarce. The necrom want Louie and won’t stop until they capture him.

Along their way, they meet Cassie; a fiery brunette with more secrets than Jake and Louie signed on for. The boys' unlikely friendship with her turns their run-and-hide strategy on its heels.

Their journey is fraught with unexpected creatures, friends, and new allies. Aside from tournaments and drakons, Jake and Louie are tested as they've never been before. Can they defeat the force that threatens not just Louie, but every adept in Elabrium? Will their allies stand with them against the horde of necrom, whose mere presence threatens not just themselves, but their newfound friends as well?

Title: Elemental Links
Author: M.A. Leon
Released: 15.01.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.20 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.46 (read)
Our review:
5.00 (read)

5. Shadow and Bone

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Released: 05.06.2012
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.96 (read)
Our review: No review yet

6. The Final Empire: Mistborn 1

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.

But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on a criminal no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy - the magic that lies in all metals.

Title: The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Released: 30.03.2010
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.70 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.46 (read)
Our review: No review yet

7. The House in the Cerulean Sea

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea
Author: T.J. Klune
Released: 17.03.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.70 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.45 (read)
Our review: No review yet

8. City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder? much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothingnot even a smear of blood?to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

Title: City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released: 15.04.2014
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.08 (read)
Our review: No review yet

9. Dead Witch on a Bridge

Is her magic strong enough to stop a killer?

On her first assignment as a demon-hunting witch, Alma was unable to kill. Now broke and unemployed at twenty-six, she lives in Silverpool, a remote town in a redwood forest north of San Francisco, where she sells magic-infused jewelry and tries to live a drama-free life.

When fairies draw her to the dead body of her ex-boyfriend, she must defend herself and the hidden power in Silverpool from an influx of supernatural trouble. The only way to make peace—and stay alive—is to find the killer.

Drawing upon years of formal magical training she’d rather forget, and using other abilities she’d like to keep secret, Alma goes up against bloodthirsty fae, a dangerously charming demon, her infamous father, and other ambitious witches with agendas of their own.

This time, an inability to kill might be not just the end of her job, but of her life...

Title: Dead Witch on a Bridge
Author: Gretchen Galway
Released: 15.01.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.27 (read)
Our review:
5.00 (read)

10. Knightmare Arcanist

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Title: Knightmare Arcanist
Author: Shami Stovall
Released: 18.06.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.01 (read)
Our review:
5.00 (read)

 

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