A number of us grew up with Harry Potter, but in between re-reading those fabulous seven books, these titles should fulfill a desire for magic, history and coming of age.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman stars Quentin Coldwater. He is a senior in high school, but he's totally hung up on a series of fantasy novels set in a land called Fillory that he read when he was younger. So he's completely surprised when he finds himself admitted to an elite college of magic where he learns the craft of modern sorcery. Want more? The sequel, The Magician King will be out in August.
If you want to find out how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill, you want to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt. A group of smart students at a New England college are groomed by their enigmatic classics professor to live beyond the boundaries of typical morality and their lives are changed forever.
In Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey we meet James Stark. He was kidnapped by demons when he was nineteen and is working as a sideshow gladiator in Hell. He escapes and goes to Los Angeles where he makes plans to ruin the magic circle that stole his life.
Edward Moon, a stage magician and detective, works with a silent assistant, the Somnambulist. Together they scheme to recreate the apocalyptic prophecies of Samuel Taylor Coleridge to bring down the British Empire. Check catalog for availability.
Submitted by Jacki @ Central