Are you loving the miniseries adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell? Already feeling like you need more historical fantasy novels in your life? Check out the novels below for similar twists on history and books filled with magicians - so much more than just Harry Potter here!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London: dirty and boring, without any magic, with one mad king - George III. Red London: where life and magic are revered, and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the roguish heir to the throne. White London: a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London... but no one speaks of that now. Soon Kell discovers that perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all three Londons, Kell will first need to stay alive. *February 2015 LibraryReads pick*
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and freed when her master dies at sea. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. This is their magical, unforgettable story of unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures - until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- The Magicians (#1) by Lev Grossman
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker