Wednesday, 22 April 2015

5 Books For Lovers Of Magic

Because who doesn't miss the feeling of delving into their first Harry Potter book and discovering new awesome powers, spells and magic. Here are five awesome books (that don't feature Hogwarts) for those missing their magical fix.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmburg. Despite having graduated top of her class, Ceony Twill is heartbroken to learn she will apprenticing in the art of paper magic, rather than metal. But as Ceony learns under her tutor Thane she learns her art can be more beautiful than she ever imagined. As she learns these wonderful spells she also discovers the dangers of forbidden magic. Magic she must learn to overcome to save Thane's life.

Dark Aemilia: A Tale of Shakespeare's Dark Lady. Shakespeare's lover Aemilia Bassano conjures the dark arts to save her son from the grips of the plague that sweeps through London. This historical novels dabbles in the dark side of magic and Aemelia soon finds that the price for a life does not come cheap. You can see my previous review of this book here.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I absolutely adored this book about the mysterious Le Cirque des Reves which appears overnight in a small town. Two apprentice magicians Celia and Marco have been trained since childhood by their instructors to defeat one another in a duel of magic. Unexpectedly the two fall in love, but the duel must be played and the lives of lovers, the circus performers and patrons all hang in the balance.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. The Waverley sisters are heirs to the magical apple tree that lies beyond their property. Claire has made peace with her family's unusual gifts from the garden - herbs and spices that have unusual effects on those who eat them. When Claire's rebellious sister Sydney returns to their hometown she will unsettle Claire's predictable life.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. London comes in many forms. Magic flows through each London and the royals fight to control it. Kell is a Red Traveller and ambassador to Red London, In exchange for a fee Kell smuggles those looking for adventure between Red, Grey and White London. His underhanded hobby causes trouble and Kell flees to Grey London but runs afoul of Delilah Bard, who robs him before forcing Kell to take her on a dangerous adventure.

What are your favourite books featuring magic?

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