As this spooky season is approaching the big day, you may be looking for some supernatural reads. Below are a few to check out featuring some magic users. Don’t worry--these are not Halloween-centric, so even after Thursday passes and the candy is all eaten, these titles are still in season.
The Magicians (series) by Lev Grossman
A secret magic school is the setting for this modern-day magic trilogy. Later adapted into a SyFy television show, this series follows Quentin Coldwater, a Brooklyn high school student, as he is introduced to the more magical side of the world via Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. With echoes of Harry Potter, Narnia and even Doctor Strange, Grossman creates a new tale exploring magic both from inside the school and out.
All Souls Trilogy (series) by Deborah Harkness
Diana Bishop, the heroine of this story, may be a witch, but that isn’t the life she wants to lead. Instead she focuses on her research at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. During a long visit to the library, she comes across a long-lost book that awakens her powers. This book is the goal for many others who are now descending on her life, trying to find what was once lost. To keep herself safe, Diana decides to accept the magic side of the world. This series is clever well-balanced mix of Fantasy, Romance, Intrigue and Mystery.
Known for the movie adaptation starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman (plus Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest), Alice Hoffman’s tale of two sisters and their relationships with each other, others and magic was recently given a sequel--well, actually a prequel. Rules of Magic focuses on the aunts from the original novel. As they are coming of age during the 60’s, the siblings at the center of this story, Franny, Jet, and their brother Vincent are dealing with a world around them and the magic within themselves. This world includes the Vietnam War, the Stonewall Riots, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco.
Hocus Pocus & the All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
The Sanderson Sisters, who are pretty much the queens of Halloween thanks to repeat airings of their original movie, Hocus Pocus, are back. The story picks up many moons later with Max and Allison’s daughter, Poppy now being the focus of the Sanderson Sister’s ire. This book is shelved in teen sections but is a lot of fun for all fans of the movie.
There are a lot more witches and magic out there. Try one of these to putting a little magic in your TBR pile.