13 Stories to Fill the Harry Potter Void

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    The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman
    The "Harry Potter for adults" description the first book often gets isn't accurate, but it's not too far off, either. This series is an homage to great works of fantasy, with nods to HP and a score of other titles, most notably the Narnia series.
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    The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin
    Earthsea is a vast world made up of vast seas and island nations. The people live in literate, non-industrial societies, and magic plays a major role in daily life for most of the planet's inhabitants.
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    The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
    The three central novels of this series are set up as the autobiography of a former adventurer and musician named Kvothe. He settled down in the quiet role of innkeeper, but his past is filled with stories that are more than worthy of being told.
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    Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
    Sophronia is a tomboy, which makes her something of a disappointment to her mother. That's how she ends up a student at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. There, she learns all the things her mother had hoped--poise, refinement, etiquette. She also learns how to become a world-class spy.
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    The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
    The series begins with the story of Sabriel, a girl who has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom her entire life. But her father goes missing, and she has to find him. She is confronted with unfamiliar "free magic" and evil that she could never have imagined. Hers is just the first story in this tale.
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    Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    This series chronicles the war-torn Rivka, a nation divided by the Shadow Fold. When a young soldier witnesses a brutal attack on her best friend, she demonstrates a power that may just be the key to putting and end to all the conflict.
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    Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon
    Set in the not-too-distant future, this story focuses on Paige Mahoney, a clairvoyant who is thrown into a secret prison because her gift is considered treason. There, she meets a race of creatures who want to help develop and use her gift.
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    Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
    Sophie Mercer is a witch, a witch who can't quite control her powers and attracts too much attention with a prom night spell gone wrong. Her punishment is being sent off to reform school for Prodigium (witches, faeries, shapeshifters), and as tends to happen, things get complicated.
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    The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy
    This series has been a favorite of young readers for more than 40 years! And if you thought you had to wait a long time for Harry Potter's seven books, just consider it took THIRTY-NINE years for this series to get to book 7. These are a delightful introduction to the world of witchcraft, without the darkness that permeates Harry's tale.
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    The Unwritten series by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
    This series of comics tells the story of Tom Taylor, a boy who serves as the inspiration for his father's wildly successful series of novels about a boy wizard. Some people suspect there is truth behind the fiction, and after encountering a very strange group that have been watching him his entire life, Tom realizes that his life is more of a mystery than he thought.
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    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    Two magicians emerge in an England that no longer believes in magic. Mr. Norrell makes them believers again, and when the charismatic Jonathan Strange appears, Norrell takes him under his wing. They team up to fight a common enemy, but Strange, enamored of his power, takes things too far.
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    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    Another story about two rival magicians! These make a bet about who can train the most skilled apprentice. It's a wager that dictates the lives of those two young apprentices. They know it is a competition, and they understand their playing field: a circus. What they don't understand, however, is just how far they'll have to go for the wager to be won.
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    The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
    A secret agency protects the world from supernatural threats! It's staffed by people with unusual abilities, and the organization, the Checquy, educated and trains young people who are found to possess such abilities. At the center of the story is Myfanwy Thomas, a Rook, one of the higher-ranking positions. She wakes up without a memory and has to follow the directions she left herself prior to whatever happened happened. Turns out, she has some rad tricks!