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A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in a cycle of stories set in that world. The first novel follows Ged, a young man who grows into adulthood as he learns magic.

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Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice

It’s the best vampire novel since Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the foundation for the “sexy vampire” genre that has been going strong ever since.

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The Fifth Season – N. K. Jemisin

The scope of her world-building is unparalleled in modern sci-fi and fantasy, which is one of the reasons every book in the Broken Earth trilogy won the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab

We discover three parallel Londons in these books: Red, Grey, and Whiite. Each of them has its dangers and temptatons, but none compare to the threat of the rumored Black London.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree has everything you want in a high fantasy novel–magic, politics, and dragons. Powerful female characters are at the heart of this story, with Queen Sabran, secret mage Ead Duryan, and dragon rider Tané.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

This dreamlike novel–the first in a trilogy–is set in Prague and follows a strange young woman named Karou who leads a double life.

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Like a more romantic Something Wicked This Way Comes, Erin Morgenstern’s modern fantasy classic combines the dark allure of a magical circus with a dreamy star-crossed romance.

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Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

If you’re only familiar with the Studio Ghibli adaption of Howl’s Moving Castle, then you might be confused by Diana Wynne Jones’ novel. Despite sharing characters and themes, the details are different enough that the two should be considered separate works of art.

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