A good story with lots of mythology, dark magic, and even a story that ties everything together is what we love. It’s the recipe for a work of art. These are some of our favorite books that do a great job of combining all of these things! When magic is done well, books with magic can make the world seem warm and beautiful. These ones will bewitch you, too.
Books on this list have everything that makes for a great story, from big fantasies to world-threatening spells. Go through and add these to your “to read” list!
Books With Magic & Mythology
Terciel & Elinor by Garth Nix
Old Kingdom: Terciel, an orphan, is 18 years old when he learns necromancy from his great-uncle Tizanael. In the Old Kingdom, there are old and sometimes dangerous magics. In other words, not to bring back the dead. Instead, lay them to rest. His job is to keep the dead from coming back to life. Tizanael is the latest in a long line of people who do this.
Across the wall in Ancelstierre, which is a steam-age country where magic isn’t very common, 19-year-old Elinor lives a quiet life in a small house. There are only two people in her life: an old governess and a groom who used to be a famous circus star. It doesn’t matter that her mother is sick or about to die. People still don’t like her.
Elinor doesn’t know that the Old Kingdom is very important to her, or that magic can sometimes come across the Wall. Terciel and Tizanael are brought to Ancelstierre by an old enemy of the Abhorsens. This is what happens in a single day: There is fire and death and loss. Elinor finds herself on a path that takes her into Terciel’s life, into the Old Kingdom, and into a fight between the Abhorsens and the Dead who won’t stay dead, as well.
The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis
Powerful adult fantasy author R. A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis write a sweeping, action-packed, romantic pre-Arthurian story about the origins of magic (and Merlin) that’s great for fans ofFalling Kingdoms andSeraphina, or anyone who likes books like that.
Magic needs a fire.
And Maggie’s powers are especially prone to change. With no one to help her learn how to control her magic, the life debt that she owes is a debt that she can never pay off.
When she meets Griffin, the king’s champion, he’s known for hunting down the draignochs that live in their kingdom. She doesn’t like him at first.
Both of them don’t know that their meeting will start a chain of events that will change everything they know about their lives and the history of the world after that.
Readers will be enchanted by this epic, romantic story. They will be drawn into a world of star-crossed lovers, magic, fate, and the paths we choose.
Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan
An empire on the brink of war is where this is going to happen
There is no one named Ahnis. He doesn’t have a past or a family.
Altani is an heir who was taken away as a child.
As soon as they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a way to return to the throne. It looks like Ahn will be able to finally get to the bottom of her past and learn more about her lethal magical abilities.
There might be a much bigger price to pay than either of them thought.
Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat
Teenage dock worker Will is on the run from the men who killed his mother. They’re after him. Then, an old servant tells him about his future. He will fight with the Stewards, who have vowed to protect humanity if the Dark King ever comes back. To get into the world of magic, Will is thrown into it. He then starts training to play a very important role in the fight against the Dark.
London is in danger. Will has to fight with the last heroes of the Light to keep the fate that destroyed their world from coming back to destroy his own.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Why be a sheep when you can be a wolf instead?
17-year-old Ismae escapes a brutal marriage and finds sanctuary in St. Mortain, where nuns still serve the gods of old and pray to them every day. The god of death himself has given her dangerous gifts and a violent fate. She learns this at this place. This is what happens if she stays at the convent. She will be trained to be an assassin and become the Death’s handmaiden if she does. To get her new life, she must kill other people. To get to the high court of Brittany, Ismae has to do her most important job right away. There, she finds herself ill-prepared not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. It’s not easy for her to get back at someone who has taken her heart against her will. How can she get back at them?
Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
The land of Azenor has been cursed for years. Every time there is a new moon, magic comes from the nearby mountain and makes people’s dreams come true. Magicians are the only people who can stop people from having bad dreams.
Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town. When two magicians show up to challenge her, she is drawn into a century-old feud that she didn’t know about. She wants revenge, but as she gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets and romance start to rise. She wants to get back at him.
This is what Clementine and her rival must do in order to fight the realm’s curse. She can’t fight it alone, though. The question is, will their efforts be enough to keep Azenor safe from the nightmares that lurk around every corner?
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
It is a chance for Malik to get away from his war-torn home and start a new life with his sisters in the wealthy desert city of Ziran. For getting into the city, Malik agrees to kill the Crown Princess of Ziran in exchange for his younger sister’s safe return.
Karina, on the other hand, wants to kill herself. A knife is lurking over her neck. Her mother, the Sultana, has been killed, and her court is threatening to mutiny. Karina is devastated by the death of her mother, so she decides to use ancient magic to bring her back to life. To do this, she needs the heart of a king. And she knows how to get one: She will marry the winner of the Solstasia competition if she gives him her hand.
In the beginning, Malik rigs his way into the contest. Then, they set off on a heart-pounding race to destroy each other. But as their attraction grows, will they be able to see their tasks through to the end?
Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron
A prince was scared of magic. A king who is very angry. A witch doctor who doesn’t go out alone.
Magic has been Arrah’s dream for a long time. She finally has it, but it comes at a high price. As the last witch doctor left alive, she has to pick up the pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in chaos, and a love that can’t be.
To find survivors of the demons’ attack while she goes back to her tribe, Arrah goes back to the tribal lands. Her love, Rudjek, is looking for the remnants of the demon army and uncovering a plot that would destroy their world.
As long as Arrah and Rudjek can’t figure out what the Demon King is up to and get him out of the way, he’ll destroy everything and everyone he comes across.
When the Kingdom of Souls trilogy was written, it was set in a richly imagined world that was based on stories about voodoo and folk magic. The film rights to the trilogy have been bought by Michael B. Jordan and his production company Outlier Society, which is run by Warner Bros.
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
Esha lost everything in the royal coup, but as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay for their crimes, too. Now she has to do her most important job yet: kill General Hotha.
For as long as I can remember, Kunal has been a member of the army. Even though a part of Kunal wants to join the outside world, which is becoming more dangerous, his uncle, the general, has made sure that Kunal never goes off the path.
They meet up on a fateful night. An impossible chain of events starts to happen. As long as they’re moving the pieces, the Viper and soldier think they’re in charge. But they aren’t the only ones who do that.
Soldiers and rebels must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something better. As the bonds that hold their land together break down and the sins of their past meet the promise of a new future, both must decide where their loyalties lie.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc left her coven and took refuge in the city of Cesarine. She gave up magic and lived off what she could steal. Where Lou is a witch, people look for her and try to get her to help them. They are afraid. Burned:
Hunter: Reid Diggory has lived his life by one rule: Thou shalt not let a witch live. When Lou pulls a prank, the two are forced into a marriage they can’t avoid.
Lou can’t ignore her growing feelings, but she can’t do anything about what she is. She has to make a choice. We all make fools of ourselves when we love each other