5 children and YA series to read after Harry Potter
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For many of us, who are dedicated fans of this iconic series by J.K Rowling it can be a bit of a disappointment to realize it's over. No more adventures through Hogwarts, cancelled Quidditch games or wacky defence against the Dark Arts teachers.
However, your journey through the wonderful world of fiction is not over yet, as here I will be sharing the top 5 books that every Harry Potter fan must read! Most of these authors seem like pretty big names to me yet I'm regularly shocked at the amount of people who have never heard of their great work. Remember to read all the way through as I share my hidden gems, authors and series you may have never discovered otherwise. But without further ado, let's begin.
NEVERMOOR by Jessica Townsend (Outshine Harry Potter?)
Wait, wait, don’t leave. I’m sure some of you are thinking that’s a bit young for me or I’ve already heard of it, what does this guy know but the series and books I mention will be increasingly filled with unrecognized talent and there will be plenty of recommendations for my older YA readers so bear with me. But back to Nevermoor. I’ve been told this is the series set to outshine Harry Potter and while this seems a bit arrogant, the rights to publish this was fought by 12 different groups in a massive bidding war which is a pretty good start to any series.
Our main character is built up beautifully after being taken to this kind of parallel magical world that seems to exist alongside the place she grew up in. As always this is a no spoiler post so I won’t share anything more about the plot but it's not too late to pick this up. As of late 2021, only books 1,2 and 3 have been released and the series is set to span anywhere from six to nine books according to my source. Basically, you can join the massive community just waiting for it all to unfold.
2. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis (into the wardrobe you go)
1. Okay, you’ve heard of this extremely famous series and if you haven’t then just search it up but not right now because you’re busy reading this. See, I’d already seen the first movie so I was kind of like why do I need to read this ancient series. BUT then I did and I was blown away. The series really improves over time as the world of Narnia is developed and we get introduced to the different feuding groups that populate this magical land.
The intricate politics and war and magic makes it the perfect choice for those Harry Potter fans that would memorize a spell or wonder about how the Ministry of Magic was run. It has all the detail of Lord of the Rings without any of that painfully slow plot progression. Truly an awesome book and despite its huge popularity, a bit of a surprise read for me.
3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Just WAR!)
This is a young adult series and I think at the time it was published, Paolini was the youngest bestselling author though don’t quote me on that. Anyway, the original series spans four intense books and it’s just war. We have the ordinary farm boy in our main character Eragon and he is just thrust into this world of magic (once again so Harry Potter) and he goes on this massive quest of rebellion and it’s all just pretty crazy.
You know the other book it actually reminds me of is Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and that’s really because it has that same process of gradual discovery for both our characters and us as the reader of the creatures and new world around us. This is apparent in Harry Potter and it’s also what I loved here with Eragon.
To me, this is basically the superior Lord of the Rings. I know I already mentioned this about the Chronicles of Narnia but it's true here as well. You have the same feuding magical creatures such as dwarves, elves and then of course humans as well as the tyrant our main characters are working to dethrone. It has all of those elements without the slow old fashioned writing style that ruined Lord of the Rings for me.
4. Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (Cinderella Soup)
I went into very sceptical because as the name suggests, our main character travels into this world of stories which is a mash of things like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and so many others. And how cliché does that sound, oh wow storybook characters come to life, never seen that before. But the reality was incredible and I have a great respect for the author now.
I actually searched up if he was related to the author of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer. He’s not :( but how cool would that have been. (Also another series to check out Artemis Fowl). But back to the Land of Stories, Chris did an amazing job to keep me hooked, cause I got the book as a gift and I was pretty ready to bail out. Yet once I started reading that wasn’t even a consideration, I was just so involved.
5. Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
It's a very good thing you read (or simply scrolled) down to here as this is my hidden gem from this post. While this series has immense popularity unless you're Harry Potter yourself it's hard to reach all the readers out there so for every person that has read this amazing series there's a thousand people just like them that haven't (maybe? My math here is a bit random). While I have to admit there is only the thinnest of links between Keys to the Kingdom and Harry Potter, same as there is a link between every fantasy or even fiction series, there is a definite crossover in fans of both.
I'm not going to give you some dramatic plot summary as though I've reread this a couple of times, I haven't recently and I'd hate to accidentally reveal anything about the plot as there is a constant process of discovery throughout this series. All I will say is that it has earnt it's spot on my list of top ten series of all time which is no easy feat considering I read over a 100 books each year. If you want to ignore all my previous recommendations above here, then at least remember Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix, a truly captivating series. Great author, great books.
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