C = coming of age
H = humorous fantasy
A = adventure, action & suspense
M = magic & magical creatures
MR = magic within our “real” world
In our Adult Science Fiction collection:
Young Nest Freemark is discovering her magical heritage just in time for a battle with evil in Hopewell, Illinois.
Harry’s a wizard and a detective, but his last name’s Dresden, not Potter, and he lives in Chicago, not England. A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.
The orphan Pug came to study with the magician Kulgan, but Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world opened a rift in the fabric of space-time.
Richard Cypher and his trusted companions, the beautiful and mysterious Kahlan and the sorcerer Zedd, begin their quest to destroy Darken Rahl, an evil mage who bids to control the world by using his dark, magical powers.
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan and the rest of the Wheel of Time series (C, A, M)
Three young friends, Rand, Matt and Perrin, are attacked by monsters, but with the help of Lady Moiraine, the boys flee their homeland and begin an adventure across a fantastical world of strange and deadly wonders.
The cold is returning to Winterfell, where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime. The Stark family has long anticipated this shift of seasons, but are they prepared to deal with the treacherous Lannister family?
A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as a humble inn proprietor, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.
In our Adult Fiction CollectionLord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson (A, MR)
Because of the magical and fantastic strangeness of the Land and his place in it, Thomas Covenant finds it hard to believe it even exists. Thus, he calls himself "The Unbeliever" and does not realize the perilous fate of the world.
Preoccupied with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and educated in modern sorcery.
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an grand adventure from which he may never return.
Here is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad.
(Annotations courtesy of NoveList and Barnes and Noble.)
If you are looking for more reading suggestions to fill the Harry Potter void, please see author and book critic Lev Grossman’s article “Curing Harry Potter Withdrawl.” Mr. Grossman's book list includes His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novick. You can see Michelle’s review of His Majesty’s Dragon on the adult services blog as well as a read-alike post for George R. R. Martin's latest release in the Song of Ice and Fire series A Dance with Dragons.
Remember these titles are located in the adult fiction and science fiction areas of the library so the subject matter may be darker and contain adult situations and language.
Please stop by the Recommendations Desk on the first floor, check out NoveList Plus on the library's website, or visit W. 11th & Bluff next week for more reading suggestions. Or submit a Personal Recommendations request, and we'll create a reading list just for you!