Whether we call them sorcerers or witches or wizards or warlocks or mages or magicians…wow there are a lot of names for someone who practices magic, isn’t there? Here are some books where characters dabble in those supernatural powers.
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.63
Rochar is a world made of sandstorms. Centuries ago, the Knights Radiant fell, but the Shardblades and Shardplate remained–mystical weapons and armor that renders the user invincible. Wars have been fought over them. A war is currently going on over the Shattered Plains. It’s there that Kaladin is a slave. Brightlord Dalinar Kholi commands the other army. Acorss the ocean, Shallan seeks to train under the heretic (and Dalinar’s niece), Jasnah. As their lives crash together, they may find the Knights Radiant will stand again.
- White Cat by Holly Black
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.79
Cassel murdered a fourteen year old girl and now he is haunted by the memory and the way he is treated–that and the fact he isn’t a magic worker. Cassel’s family is a big crime family in America. When magic was prohibited in 1929, magic workers were driven underground, trading on the black market. But Cassel’s family has a dark secret, and he’s about to learn it.
- Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Genre: High Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.23
Humans have always worshipped the invincible, immortal gods called Fhrey. But then a god falls to a human blade, and everything humans thought they knew about their power balances changes. Now few stand between humankind and annihalation: Raith, reluctant to be a godkiller; Suri, a young seer; and Persephone, who must lead her people.
- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.01
In an Oxford library, Diana Bishop accidentally calls up an alchemical manuscript. She wants nothing to do with magic, but her discovery unleashes hordes of daemons, witches, and vampires. Turns out, she had stumbled upon a lost coveted treasure–and she’s the only one who can break its spell.
- The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.66
Ceony graduated top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and she is now assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic, though she wanted to work with metal. Once she’s bonded with paper, that will be the only magic she can do forever. The Ceony learns all kinds of wonderous paper spells under Thane–and then, the dangers of forbidden magic. An Excisioner (who practices flesh magic) invades Thane’s cottage and rips Thane’s heart. To save him, Ceony must embark on an adventure to recieve his heart and reveal his soul.
- The Briar King by Greg Keyes
Genre: Science Fiction Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.74
In Crotheny, two young girls are playing in the sacred city of the dead when they stumble upon the crypt of a legendary queen.
- Master of Crows by Grace Draven
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.94
Bondwoman, Martise of Asher, agrees to spy on the renegade sorcerer, Silhara of Neith, in exchange for her freedom. Of course, she wasn’t planning on falling in love with her target. Silhara is desperate as the god called Corruption invades his mind. He fights against this god even as he knows his knew apprentice is a spy. Together, they search for a way to destroy Corruption, and find secrets about each other that may damn them both.