Potterheads, Unite!

What with the impending release of Harry Potter #8, Lawrence Public Library offers a few new reading suggestions for the all-grown-up JKR fan:


The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

“The tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.” SOUND FAMILIAR? If you’ve been hesitant to dip your toe into adult fantasy, start here.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

This gritty novel about a scientist and otherworldly creatures has an amazing steampunk-esque setting. This is perfect for readers who most loved learning about all the places in the Harry Potter world, and those who like dark, cerebral fantasy tinged with horror.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This story of Kell, a rare magician who has the power to travel between realms of four interconnected Londons with varying degrees of magic, and Lila, a pirate without a ship, is full of clever and witty writing, memorable characters, and a fantasy world with a unique magical system. Highly recommended!

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Often explained as “Harry Potter: The College Years”, this is the story of a young man who grew up obsessed with a magical fantasy stories, only to unexpectedly get accepted to a famous magic school. Perfect for those still waiting for their letter from Hogwarts.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

This whimsical historical fantasy about a young magician who scorns her element and training, only to save the day in a great adventure.

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

If dragons were your favorite part of Harry Potter, check out this classic fantasy novel about a young woman and her dragon who must save their land.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Lamora is an orphan who grows up to be the city’s most beloved con artist. A caper novel set in a richly detailed fantasy city, this is a fun, witty romp for fans of fantasy.

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

This offbeat and sardonic novel is part urban fantasy, part thriller. Secret agents in a paranormal version of Britains MI5. Full of cheeky humor and lots of adventure.

(These adult books are a good fit for most teens, too.)

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