Hello there, I just wanted to start with this wonderful saga, maybe because I’m rereading these books as they are amazing. I don’t think this saga needs an introduction? Harry Potter, the boy who defeated You-Know-Who being only a baby and his adventures in Hogwarts of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
I assume we are all here because of the same, we grew reading these books while we loved the world J.K Rowling created. But how are we to blame? They had something special, and I’m not talking about magic only, where the author made a great job being so convincing and fascinating we all wanted to have our own wand. Also, the characters, being so particular and unique; the plot, gradually getting more mature and adult book after book; and let’s not forget the way non-magic and magic world coexist, leading to such fun and amazing gags.
So, we want more magic and a plot which is fascinating intriguing. I have some book suggestions for you, none of them is Harry Potter of course (as none expects to be) but they have they own charm, and that’s the thing isn’t it? Since I don’t want to spoil you the books, allow my descriptions to be a bit vaguer than they usually would.
With no further ado, let’s do this:
-The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This is a three-book saga (being The magicians the first book title) telling the story of Quentin, a high school student who discovers he is a magician and attends a college of magic in the city of New York. It is a way more adult approach to magic, being much more explicit all along the plot. Nonetheless, unlike the Harry Potter series, this story is not that much held in the college of magic but also in the magic world of Fillory.
Honestly, I couldn’t describe these books better than George R.R Martin did:
“The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” We’ll take the hard stuff.” Exactly this.
-The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
These series also consist of a trilogy (and also a prequel). While The Magicians is more focused toward adults, this one is more for teenagers. These novels, not only have a consistent magic system but they also have an interesting approach. This story mixes actual history relevant events, such as the Roman empire or the American revolution, with magic; the events of history being really affected by this one (just imagine the possibilities)
The novel tells the story of Nathaniel, an eleven-year-old boy apprentice of magic. He will learn how to summon Bartimaeus, a djinn (or genie), to help him during his dangerous journey. This amazing story is set in an alternative history, where London city begins its domination of the world thanks to magic.
-His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Another trilogy, these fantasy novels are set in a fantasy world or, better said, in multiple worlds. Despite the fact of being a fantastic story, the author makes it somehow sound really realistic. A bit more mature than Harry Potter, due to the relevance of concepts such as physics, philosophy or theology in the plot. Even so, the story is not as complex to remain accessible.
This story features the journey of Lyra Belaqua to different worlds (including ours). His dark materials don’t have only magic, but also has a religious and philosophical undertone. And if this was not enough, there are also polar bears with armor (cool uh?)
-Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
These are non-finished series (having already 7 books and the next one planned to be published in 2009). This saga is the most different from the Harry Potter series, but it deserved to be in the list. And here is why, these series are very much plot driven with a magic system based on disciplines. The way the magic system works is what makes it both complex and fascinating.
The story is set is the magic world of Scadrial . Vin, a mistborn, is the main protagonist in the series. She will use her magic power (alomancy) to defeat the Lord Ruler. If you are curious about this series, you can learn more about the Mistborn trilogy here.
Hope you will enjoy these books, I´m certain you will! I’m afraid there’s only a proper way to end this: Finite Scripturam!
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