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28+ of Your Favorite Books Featuring Magical Schooling

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by The Novice by Taran Matharu.

the novice coverHe can summon demons. But can he win a war?

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.



Magical schooling is fascinating- such a mundane thing (How many total days of our lives do we spend in school? So many.) made fantastical and weird and unfamiliar. Along with the novelty, a magical school is the perfect place for an author to show off his or her world-building chops. Is this magic dangerous? Useful? Dark? Can the students handle it? Can the hero or heroine handle it?

We asked and you answered. Here’s a round-up of more than 28 of your favorite books featuring magical schooling. Get ready to get your read on — many of these are series titles, so you’ve got plenty of good books ahead of you.

(And of course, we only listed Harry Potter once, despite the fact that was the most popular answer by leaps and bounds.)


The Academy (The Central Series Book 1) by Zachary Rawlins

Akarnae by Lynette Noni

The Black Magician triology by Trudi Canavan

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Earthsea triology by Ursula le Guin

The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb

Flyte by Angie Sage

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The KingKiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss

Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

The Magicians series by Lev Grossman

Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Sabriel series by Garth Nix

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

So You Want To Be A Wizard (and sequels) by Diane Duane

Soulbound by Heather Brewer

Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

The Tapestry series by Henry Ness

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Wise Child and Juniper by Monica Furlong

Wizard’s Hall by Jane Yolen