Top 10 Magic Books of 2015

 

Magic in fiction is a manifestation and a work of art with powers that don’t naturally occur in the real world. It has been serving as a plot device for a long time and has been a component of fiction. It does so by providing power to the hero of the story and transforms the character or the fictional world itself.

Authors introduce magic in their stories in various ways. It could be a part of a character as an innate talent or could be acquired through study and practice. It could also be bestowed by another human or by magical objects.

 

The Fifth Season

Essun finds out that her son has been brutally murdered and her daughter, kidnapped, by Essun’s husband. At a time of sadness, Essun realizes that she mustn’t break and is determined to have her daughter back.

Read it For:
It is for fans of a mix of High Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Don't Read it For:
It moves a little slow in the beginning and takes a few chapters for readers to get into the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a beautifully haunting tale with little regard for the linear illusion of time.

Uprooted

Agnieszka lives in a quiet village whose people rely on the cold wizard known as the “Dragon”. Things begin to go wrong all of a sudden and Agnieszka realizes that a lot of young girls are being taken from the village. She must stop whoever it is before more innocent people are harmed.

Read it For:
The intriguing plot-line has the ability to enthrall readers until the very end.
Don't Read it For:
The book has a lot of unnecessary description and is tediously paced.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a good fantasy novel rooted in folklore.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Spires have sheltered humanity from forever. Captain Grimm embarks on a dangerous journey to get back a fully restored Predator. Humanity’s ancient enemy has begun to stir and will wake, eventually, followed by death.

Read it For:
Jim Butcher’s well-paced writing combined with his exciting story is a joy to read!
Don't Read it For:
A few characters are very uninteresting and unnecessary.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a fast-paced action novel with interesting world-building and memorable main characters!

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Feyre is captured for the murder of a faerie in a magical kingdom. She discovers something in her captor that eventually turns her hostility towards him into a passion. She must break an ancient curse in order to get him back.

Read it For:
The plot is well-thought and perfectly executed!
Don't Read it For:
The characters (even the protagonist) have bland backstories which makes the plot look boring.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a richly imagined fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
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The Sword of Summer

A mysterious kid since the death of his mother, Magnus Chase is surviving by his wits as he is tracked down by a stranger who tells him that the former is the son of a Norse God. Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon to stop Ragnarok.

Read it For:
The adventures of the different characters along with the well-developed story are delightful to read!
Don't Read it For:
Characters other than Chase haven’t been written with a lot of detail.
What makes this book stand out?:
The blend of Norse Mythology with a character as intriguing as Magnus worked out very well in Riordan’s favour.

Signal to Noise

Meche has two friends, Sebastian and Daniela, who have music to keep them company. After two decades of moving out, Meche attends her estranged father’s funeral while she runs into Sebastian. It revives memories that make her want to think about what had gone wrong.

Read it For:
It is a highly enjoyable and fun novel which gives readers the message that love is the most powerful form of magic.
Don't Read it For:
It is a little hard to get immersed in the book since the very beginning because of its slow start.
What makes this book stand out?:
Signal to Noise is a heartfelt and nostalgic look at love, friendship, and childhood.

Half-Resurrection Blues

Carlos Delacruz is a New York Council agent. He was partly resurrected from death and is also a sorcerer. He finds the leader of a horde of evil spirits and confronts the truth of his own life.

Read it For:
It is an intriguing adult urban fantasy with a tough protagonist.
Don't Read it For:
Due to circumstances in the story, readers have no way of knowing anything about the protagonist’s past, which is unsettling.
What makes this book stand out?:
The setting and characters have been developed in a great way by Older.

The Invasion of the Tearling

Kelsea Glynn is the Queen of the Tearling who is a fair and powerful ruler. She has crossed the Red Queen in trying to do the right thing after which the latter’s armies are determined to tear Kelsea’s kingdom down, along with her.

Read it For:
Queen Kelsea figures out her dark side in the book and fights her inner demons.
Don't Read it For:
The writing style is not as interesting as it should have been for the story penned by Johansen. There also aren’t any trigger warnings for violence and rape.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is well-paced, and Johansen’s world-building is something to admire.

Warheart

Kahlan Amnell will wager everything on a final desperate gambit which will change the world forever. It looks like Evil will consume the empire.

Read it For:
The action and intricacies of the plot will keep the readers wondering how Goodkind managed to tie everything together so seamlessly
Don't Read it For:
The first few chapters are tough to get through as they are narrated in a very slow and bland way.
What makes this book stand out?:
Despite its flaws, Warheart is skilfully written and conceived with a fulfilling ending!

Winter

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for all her inherent qualities. She dislikes her stepmother and plots a plan to defeat her. Winter is finally ready to launch a revolution with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and win the war she has wanted to for too long.

Read it For:
The characters written by Meyer are likable and have impressive backstories.
Don't Read it For:
The narrative is a little disappointing as Meyer plays with words oddly at the beginning of the story. It gets gradually better as the story develops.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being the series finale, it is epic, intense, emotional and satisfying!

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