17 Fantastic Books To Help Fill The "Harry Potter" Void In Your Life
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1. Gullstruck Island tells the story of two sisters, Arilou and Hathin, who guard a secret that might just get them killed.
2. To her disappointment, recent graduate Ceony Twill is assigned to a paper magic apprenticeship. However, her new field of magic is not as simple as it seems. The Paper Magician is the first of four books in the eponymous series.
3. A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge takes place in the underground city of Caverna, a dangerous place full of bizzarre inventions and blank expressions.
4. The Kingkiller Chronicles begins with The Name of The Wind. Patrick Rothfuss's fantasy series features fantastic writing and beautiful worldbuilding.
5. You can't go wrong with the Percy Jackson series — except the movie. Please, don't watch the movie. Listen to the musical adaptation instead.
6. In Throne of Glass, an assassin serving a life sentence working the mines is offered her freedom in exchange for participating in a to-the-death fighting tournament
7. For another story about a child whose life completely changes on their eleventh birthday, try Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.
8. A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, follows Kell, one of the last people with the gift of traveling between the parallel Londons. It's a compelling tale of magic, madness, and alternate universes.
9. At the start of The Whitby Witches, Ben and Jennet are assigned to a new foster home in the seaside town of Whitby. Ben has "the sight," a supernatural gift that allows him to perceive things invisible to most people, and he quickly realises that his new foster mother and the town of Whitby are not what they seem.
10. In the Grishaverse novel Six of Crows, criminal Kaz Brekter assembles an unlikely team of fellow outcasts to pull off the heist of a lifetime. It's basically Harry Potter meets Ocean's 8.
11. Way too much fantasy is Eurocentric. In Children of Blood and Bone, author Toni Adeyemi draws inspiration from West Africa to create a world full of dark magic, revenge, and danger.
12. The Blue Sword begins the Damar series. The series is only two books, but it creates a whole world filled with mythology, magic, and tradition.
13. Before the HBO adaptation comes out, why not reread Phillip Pullman's masterpiece: The Dark Materials trilogy.
14. In The Rivers of London, Peter Grant stumbles upon the last wizard in England and becomes the first magical apprentice in fifty years. Thrust into the magical underbelly of London, Grant must find and defeat a mysterious spirit attacking ordinary people.
15. If you're searching for an epic series with intricate worldbuilding, look no further than The Edge Chronicles. The series takes place in a floating city, and the first book follows the son of an infamous sky pirate.
16. For a compelling new take on a classic story, look no further than Christina Henry's The Lost Boy, a retelling of Peter Pan.
17. Carry On follows Simon Snow, otherwise known as "The Chosen One," and his final year at the Walford School of Magic. In addition to the vampire attacks and world-ending prophecies, Simon must also confront his growing crush on the boy who is supposed to be his nemesis.
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