5 Book Series to Fill Your Harry Potter Void
Harry Potter is arguably one of the best fantasy series of all time. From the first "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to the last "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" (oh, how Professor Snape made me weep!), every book threw me into a magical world filled amazement and wonder.
So, after Book 7 was completed, I was feeling quite lost. Life seemed a bit dreary now that no other Harry Potter book was ever going to be published again. And so I went looking for other J. K. Rowling's books, and found titles like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard (which I did not quite like for some reason), and Quidditch Through the Ages (links all go to Amazon).
But then again, and luckily for us, there are many more authors who have written stories chocked full of extraordinary adventures.
In this post, I'll list five of my favorite fantasy fiction book/book series that will fill your Harry Potter void. These books are all ideal for young adults who enjoy reading fantasy fiction.
1. The Rithmatist By Brandon Sanderson
This book centers on Joel, a Chalkmaker, who's dissatisfied with his low-ranking occupation. He yearns to be a Rithmatist but believes he's stuck in his boring job forever until Wild Chalklings from an alternate universe storm the countryside and begin wreaking havoc on innocent villagers.
2. The Magic Thief (Book One) By Sarah Prineas
The Magic Thief is the first book in a fabulous middle grade fantasy series. I've previously written a review about the book, but read on if you'd just like the gist of it.
The book starts off with Connwaer, a boy who lives off the streets in the Twilight side of Wellmet city.
After stealing the locus magicalicus from Nevery, a powerful wizard, Connwaer was supposed to die - but he doesn't. Seeing this, Nevery takes on Connwaer as his servant.
The Magic Thief is somewhat similar to the Harry Potter series. Therefore, if you're looking for a great book to fill the gap left behind when the Harry Potter series ended, then this is the book you should pick up first.
3. Homeland: Part 1 Of The Dark Elf Trilogy By R.A. Salvatore
Personally, not every New York Times Best Seller is a best seller in my eyes. But Book 3 in Dark Elf Trilogy, Sojourn, made it on the NYT best seller’s list… and being a fantasy lover, I thought I should give the series a try.
Best. Decision. Ever.
I fell in love with the first book in the series, Homeland, which depicts the life of the famous elf, Drizzt Do'Urden.
What's interesting is the Dark Elves' ranking system: the more they kill, the faster they climb up.
In this book, Drizzt is forced to learn the way of the Drow and the blade in order to survive in the dangerous world of Menzoberranzan.
4. Artemis Fowl (Book One) By Eoin Colfer
Artemis is the 12 year old son of an Irish crime lord, and after doing some intensive research, he confirms that fairies exist.
And since Artemis comes from a family of criminals, I think it doesn't come as a surprise that he has no qualms about going after the legendary pot of gold hidden by the fairies.
To do this, Artemis must kidnap Captain Holly Short, a high-ranking fairy officer, and ask for a large ransom of gold. But although the capture is successful, will Artemis manage to outsmart the fairies who are far more advanced than men?
5. Howl's Moving Castle By Dianna Waynne Jones
This wonderful book is set in the fantasy world of Ingary, where black magic and punk machines rule the day.
The tale starts with Sophie, our protagonist, who is confined to a boring job of selling hats in her father's shop.
One day, Sophie is visited by a strange witch and unfortunately, Sophie doesn't treat the witch with respect and gets turned into an old woman. The wicked old witch then escapes into the Waste land outside the city, and Sophie takes off after her without saying goodbye to her family.
Will Sophie be able to track down the evil witch amidst the toils of war in the surrounding towns?
If you love Harry Potter, I guarantee that you'll love these fantasy fiction books. Try the first book from each author and then decide whether you'd like to read the rest of the series.