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Fantasy

A fantastic world, mythical creatures, magical beings... explore some of the most recent and finest authors of the craft today.

Momo by Michael Ende
Momo is a young-adult novel about an orphaned girl who must save her town from The Grey Men, an organization of time-stealing businessmen who adamantly sap away any extra hours that could be spent enjoying a daydream, small talk or a story.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
In the Ununited Kingdoms, a land where the ebbing power of magic has turned the once powerful practitioners of the mystical arts into a cranky (and somewhat batty) collection of service personnel relegated to performing mundane tasks for the largely non-magic populace, 15-year-old Jennifer Strange finds herself face-to-face with the last dragon...

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
In book two of the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen finds herself challenged by President Snow himself to live up to the star-crossed lovers act she and Peeta played in The Hunger Games, and everyone is caught off guard by an unexpected twist in the games that follow.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Magician King, a novel of Fillory, tells the story of Julia and Quentin and their fight to save magic. Read our review to find out if we think the second novel of the series is worth reading.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
A story about stories, their power, and how the ones we tell ourselves inform who we are.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A circus that arrives unannounced and only at night, a duel between two young magicians, a love afair like no other - a magical debut from Erin Morgenstern.

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Luka and the Fire of Life is the second children's novel by Salman Rushdie, coming twenty years after the publication of Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 1990. Although set in the same World of Magic and with the same cast of characters, those who have read Haroun will find Luka a wildly different sort of novel.

The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
Ida Maclaird has come to the icy archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land seeking a man – one she’d met while in the mysterious islands six months prior, before the glass.

Couch by Benjamin Parzybok
A freak flood puts a trio of slacker roommates on the Portland, Oregon streets with their ungainly orange couch. When the couch proves to be magic, furniture disposal morphs into adventure.

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Kelly Link's third collection of short stories, is billed as her first for young adult readers, though it works just fine on adults as well.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7)
Voldemort's followers have been released from Azkaban, the Ministry of Magic has instituted a campaign against muggle-borns that smacks of Nazi Germany, and Harry Potter is dubbed "Undesirable Number One," with a 2,000 galleon prize offered for his capture.

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
The third book in a Terry Pratchett Discworld series for young adults continues the story of Tiffany Aching, a 13-year old witch, and th Mac Nac Feegles, those fiesty wee blue men who have sworn to protect her.

Wayfarer's Dawn by Nate Llerandi
Two men, who exist in a world where the forces of evil are mounting and the gods are becoming less and less responsive to the prayers of their followers, hold the key to saving their world and, quite possibly, the entire Ultraverse.

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Following the success of Wicked, Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy did in the Wicked Witch of the West.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Eragon is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HarryPotter 6) by J.K. Rowling
The war against Voldemort is not going well. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet in the midst of it all, Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5)
Does it hold up to all the hype? Does it give justice to the literary legends that the first books have already become? Can it be understood if you haven't had the time to wade through the tree trunk's worth of previous stories? YES!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter 4)
The pivotal fourth novel in the tale of Harry Potter's training as a wizard and his coming of age.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter 3)
For Twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Now he has escaped and Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter 2)
J.K. Rowling's second novel in a series of seven continues a coming of age epic that will enchant readers with its honest portrayal of humanity.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter 1)
In the first of J.K. Rowling's seven volume epic, Harry, a very likable child, has had to suffer living in a spider-infested room beneeth a staircase in the house of his odious aunt and uncle. When a letter arrives, indicating that he's been accepted to Hogwarts school for wizards and witches, his internment in the muggle (non-magical) world...

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Susanna Clarke's breakthrough novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call...

Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin
A rich and compelling YA Fantasy read. A Gift itself from Ursula K. Le Guin, who crafted the Earthsea trilogy.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon's simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. So begins Book 1 of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
From Cornelia Funke, the author of the international best-selling novel THE THIEF LORD: One night Meggie's father, Mo, reads aloud from a book called INKHEART, and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
In Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, readers meet for the first time 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own - nor is her world.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
In Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a 40-something narrator returns to his childhood home to find more than he expected awaiting him.

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