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    7 Books All Fantasy Lovers Need To Read

    Because you've already read Harry Potter 436 times.

    1. The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman

    Via Slate

    An awesome group of magical 20-somethings. Badass female characters. Sex. Otherworlds. Murder. Talking, drunk bears. This trilogy tells the story of a group of friends who learn magic at a university, accidentally discover another world, and basically fuck everything up in the process. The Magicians is Harry Potter if it was only Slytherins, and after graduating they took off for Narnia. Whether you're a fan of otherworlds or magical school systems, this series has it all. But don't be fooled - The Magicians is definitely not for kids. This series deals with very adult concepts through the lense of magic - what happens when you're not the chosen one, when you can't always be the hero no matter how hard you try, and that sometimes life is fucking hard, even if you can do magic. This series is for those of us that grew up peeking down rabbit holes and knocking on the back of wardrobes. The books were made into a TV show, with the first season on Netflix and the second currently airing on Syfy. It's worth checking the books out before you begin your binge-watch. Welcome to Fillory.

    "I got my heart's desire, and there my troubles began."

    FOR FANS OF: Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia

    2. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

    Via John Connolly

    Have you ever thought 'hmm, I wish fairytales were way scarier'? If so, then you need to read The Book of Lost Things. Set in England during World War II, this book is, at its core, about the power of family and being careful what you wish for. When twelve-year-old David gets sucked into a magical world when a bomb is dropped on his house, he quickly discovers that the fairytales we all grew up hearing are much, much darker than we'd been told. From a fat, vindictive Snow White to an insane huntsman, this book delves deep into all sorts of classic magical lit (and the Notes in the back are basically the historical breakdown of every fairytale you've ever heard). But be warned - not only will this book set you thinking, it might keep you up at night.

    "Stories wanted to be read, David's mother would whisper. They needed it. It was the reason they forced themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them life."

    FOR FANS OF: Grimm's fairytales, Stephen King

    3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

    Via PopSugar

    Stardust tells the story of a boy-almost-man who sets off into the magical side of the world to catch a fallen star for his love - only the star is a girl, and nothing involving magic is ever quite so simple. Though practically considered a fantasy classic, this romantic and magical tale is still often overlooked. While you've almost definitely seen the movie by now (Claire Danes! Robert DeNiro! Michelle Pfeiffer!), the book is so richly detailed that your imagination will somehow make it more beautiful than the film every could. Stardust is one of those perfect books that manages to defy fantasy tropes and make the genre feel new and unique again, without slipping into being just another romantic story. Gaiman is the master of fantasy for a reason, and this book is one that leaves you feeling happy and cozy long after you've finished.

    "A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really...'Do the stars gaze back?' Now, that's a question."

    FOR FANS OF: Neil Gaiman, The Notebook

    4. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

    Via GoodReads

    Another book-made-movie (although this one is definitely best off skipped), Winter's Tale is equal parts fantasy, history, romance, and philosophy. An absolutely epic saga, coming in at 748 pages, this book has something for everybody because there is, quite simply, SO MUCH. The book is big both literally and metaphorically, tackling the deepest questions of the meaning of life, the strength of love, and the cruel effects of the class system. Set in Belle Époque New York City, it tells the story of professional thief Peter Lake who falls in love with the fatally ill, upper class woman, Beverley Penn. Though not traditionally a fantasy novel (there are no magicians, other worlds, or even talking creatures) Winter's Tale is fantasy simply because of the depth with which it explores the little miracles and magic of the human life.

    "She felt as if she knew the stars, and had been among them, or would be."

    FOR FANS OF: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Outlander

    5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

    Via Pentatwine

    Ask any teenager you know, they've probably heard of this book. Yes, its Young Adult but, trust me, fully grown fantasy lovers will become obsessed with this series too. The four book series centers around an odd group of teenagers - a boy who came back from the dead, a girl from a family of witches, a boy who can bring his dreams to life, and a boy who's half human, half magical forest - all on the quest for a dead Welsh king that will solve all their issues in life. Stiefvater looks at fantasy and being a teenager from entirely new angles, and doesn't shy away from getting dark. Yes, there are romantic subplots (even queer romantic subplots!) but the romance serves to show the depth of friendship and the complications of being young, without every clouding the magic. Buy all four books at once because once you've started reading them, it's impossible to stop.

    "Is this thing safe?"

    "Safe as life."

    FOR FANS OF: Harry Potter's golden trio, The Percy Jackson series

    6. All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness

    Via The Allure of Books

    I know I know, vampire romances are overdone by a long shot, but this series manages to dodge the tropes of Twilight and its imitators. The All Souls trilogy is a fantasy book for intellectuals who aren't afraid to roll their sleeves up and really get into the nitty-gritty of history, science, and literature. Centered around Yale University alchemy professor and witch Diana, this series is about what happens when she finds an enchanted manuscript that takes her on an insane journey through time, fantasy, and science (and yes, she has a romance with a 1,500 year old vampire along the way). The series is jam packed with characters (some of them based off of real-life historical figures!) who are all complicated, enthralling, scary, and loveable. Harkness, a renowned historian herself, makes you feel like you're learning something while submerging you in her world of fantasy.

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

    FOR FANS OF: Twilight, Outlander

    7. Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

    Via GoodReads

    Daniel Wallace is more than a writer - he is a storyteller. Often under appreciated, Wallace has a mastery for fantasy literature that makes all of his novels must-reads - but Big Fish is the perfect introduction to this amazingly talented author. Heralded as "a Novel of Mythic Proportions", Big Fish is about how every fantasy lover wishes our life could be - magical, over the top, and full of fantastical adventures. The book, which was adapted for the screen by Tim Burton, is written from the point of view of a man sitting at the deathbed of his estranged father, Edward Bloom, recounting all the extravagant tales his father has told of his life. It is nearly impossible to put into words how moving and captivating this book truly is. Wallace epitomizes fantasy by showing the wonder and whimsy that is in the world we know - any of us could be Edward Bloom, and we all should aspire to be.

    "You're not necessarily supposed to believe it...You're supposed to believe in it."

    FOR FANS OF: Urban legends, Tim Burton, any and everything

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