It’s that time of year again. The time to buy festive tea, stock up on pajamas, light a fire (or get that fire channel) and get ready to hibernate. Time to stuff your face and get ready to speculate on how cold it will be. And if you’re like me, time to curl up with fantastical books about magical and far away places such as the ones that follow.
The Night Circus-Erin Morgenstern
Mysterious happenings surround both the characters in and the benefactors of the magical night circus. A magical contest is looming but the players grow reluctant as they come to know each other and everyone is in danger of getting swept up in their dangerous romance including the reader.
The Golem and The Jinni-Helen Wecker
In 1899 two supernatural beings arrive in New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay. When her master dies at sea she is left lost and rudderless in the city. Meanwhile the Jinni is released from the flask he is trapped in by a tinsmith. The two travel the city, interacting at times cautiously and at other times foolishly with its inhabitants until their paths finally cross. The fantasy element of this novel takes a back seat, though, to excellent writing and a moving depiction of immigration and turn of the century New York.
A Darker Shade of Magic-V.E. Schwab
Kell is an Antari, a being who can travel between the four Londons in this magical universe. His home, Red London, is colourful and magical but also restrained while Grey London is the 18th century one we all know and love, at once dangerous and thrilling. On the other side of the universe is Black London, a wasteland that has been destroyed by its own lust for magic and power and about to follow suit is White London a fearful place controlled by an evil duo. When Kell finds a magical relic that must be destroyed he teams up with Lila Bard a young thief who is the obligatory innocent yet street smart sidekick. This novel has all the elements of a classic fantasy novel, a struggle between good and evil, a world weary magician and even a masquerade ball but V.E. Schwab delivers it in an interesting and new way.
Can you think of any books to add to this list?