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The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic / Emily Croy Barker
Dumped by her boyfriend, dismissed by her dissertation director, and depressed by her entire existence, graduate student Nora Fischer concludes, “I wish my life were different. I don’t care how.” While walking in the woods, Nora wanders off the path and into another world, where she soon falls under the spell of the glamorous Ilissa and her son Raclin of the Faitloren. Rescued by brooding magician Aruendiel, Nora begs him to take her on as his student, aware that magic may be the key to returning home.
City of Dark Magic / Magnus Flyte
A music student working in Prague cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts discovers clues that her deceased mentor may not have committed suicide and becomes involved with a time-travel drug, a 400-year-old dwarf, a handsome Prince, and a powerful U.S. senator.
Inkheart / Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Neverwhere / Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew’s life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction.
The Magicians / Lev Grossman
Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
A Wizard of Earthsea / Ursula LeGuin
During a spell recalling the dead, the boy Sparrowhawk, a sorcerer’s apprentice, unwittingly unleashes evil on the land. He grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world.
A Game of Thrones / George R.R. Martin
The aristocratic Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
Sabriel / Garth Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Witch & Wizard / James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Torn from their parents in a society increasingly controlled by the government, 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, are incarcerated in a totalitarian prison where they discover they have incredible supernatural powers.