The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
I was looking at some book online at the library and it recommended this book to me and I was like “Terry Pratchett writes children’s books?!”. My boyfriend likes Terry Pratchett but I’ve not read any of his book before this so I thought this would be a nice easy introduction.
This is a children’s book set in a semi-magical world where this group of rats and a cat end up being able to think and talk and the story of the town they end up in. Oh also the boy they work with.
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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
This is technically the third book in this series (idk what the series is called). The first book was Every Heart a Doorway (which I highly recommend) but I wasn’t super interested in the second book (which I think is kind of a prequel) so I went ahead and read the third book (which was totally fine btw, they’re interrelated but all stand alone as far as I can tell).
So this book follows the daughter of someone who died in Every Heart a Doorway. Only she died way too young to have a daughter so her daughter is rapidly disappearing (kind of back to the future style) and needs her mother to not die.
Thus this is a quest to bring her mother back but not just back from the dead (that’s the easy part).
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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This book! OMG this book! It was so unique.
So we follow Nancy who has come back from the land of the dead to the human world and gets sent to a school to supposedly become ‘normal’ again but really she is there to meet other people who have also gone to magical worlds and everyone wants to go back to those worlds instead of being in the ‘real’ one. (I know that is a run-on so sue me.)
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Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
This is the third book in the Farseer Trilogy (the first one being… Assassin’s Apprentice I think) and honestly I’m glad the series is over.
So in this book Fitz comes back to life and has to be human again and tries to figure out what to do with his life while also saving the world.
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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
When I asked for fantasy recommendations someone mentioned this one which I had somehow never read so I gave it a shot.
This is a kids book about a boy named Bastian who finds a book called the Neverending Story in which he saves the world of Fantastica.
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
This book was recommended to me by a stranger (ie someone from my book club thingy) when I asked for fantasy books. I can see how people would like this book but unfortunately this book was really not for me.
This is a teen fantasy book involving a magical school and magical world but it’s also a story about some really disturbed unhappy people.
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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
This is the sequel to Assassin’s Apprentice but this time Fitz returns to the castle and the good prince leaves to go look for help and the bad prince takes over and everything falls apart. So basically it’s the second book in the series.
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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard is four hundred and thirty nine years old. He looks about 41. This is his story.
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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
This is a high fantasy novel following the life of “Fitz” as he is raised as a royal bastard. He is constantly trying to walk the line between being royalty and being illegitimate and mostly just trying to stay alive.
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
I’m not sure where I got the recommendation for this book but I’m so glad I read it.
Basically, this is a historical fantasy novel set in England in which we follow the lives of two magicians as they try to bring back magic. Although this book is technically fantasy, it is very logical and… British. Basically, I don’t want anyone to be put off just because it includes some magic.
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