If you’ve read my review of Red Rising, you’ll know that I loved that book, and Brown has done an amazing thing, in not just maintaining quality, but improving his story in the sequel. I can say without hesitation that I absolutely love this book. This and the previous one, have honestly been the most engrossing books I can remember. I sit down to read it on the bus, and I’m magically transported to my destination, cursing that the journey isn’t longer. I look at the clock, and then it’s been 30 minutes, an hour, two. And when I stop reading, I actually felt dissonant with reality, and took a moment to remember that I was just reading a book. I don’t know exactly what it is, but whatever Brown is doing, he’s doing it right. It’s not a dull book, but it’s also not a simple book.
This week, I’m struggling a little, simply because I haven’t read that much to be honest, especially not that much magic, which actually surprises me. So here are my Five Books To Read If You Like Harry Potter.
- The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody – a ‘chosen one’ with abilities, where there is (eventually) a community of like-abilitied people. But so much more than that.
- Ender’s Game – just stick to the first one!
- Red Rising Trilogy – again, a ‘chosen one’ story, with a school, but a lot more violent, but oh so good
- Reticulum by Marta Salek – a school of magic story, which I quite liked, and it’s not very well known at all
- Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson – ‘chosen one’ to ride with a dragon, haven’t read it in many years, but it was a lovely book at the time
And I request from you, what are some good magic stories with wizards and witches? I feel like I should have read hundreds of them by now, but I struggle to think of many at all.
I’m really annoyed, not with the book, but someone recommended this book to me, and I thought it was on the blog, but I can’t find it. So whoever it was, wherever you are, THANKYOU (I found out who it was, it was @MsSimms7 on twitter, so I’m very thankful for the recommendation, definitely a good one). This book is pure genius, and I loved it so much. This is some damn good dystopia, and I am desperate to get my hands on the next book in this trilogy. I saw that this book was described as The Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game, and that’s actually fairly apt, but it takes what’s good about the two, and makes it even better. I was completely absorbed in the story, and for a moment or two I thought it was reality.