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Subject: Looking for witchy books. Any suggestions?
Date Posted: 10/9/2009 12:48 PM ET
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I read a lot of paranormal and urban fantasy books and I'm trying to find a new series or a few more standalones. I've read Kim Harrison, Karen Chance, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jenna Black, Patricia Briggs, Dawn Cook, etc... and enjoy them immensely.

Has anyone read any good witchy books that are primarily just about witches or magic users? Vamps, werewolves, etc.. are ok as secondary characters but I'd prefer to read something that is really just about magic users. It can be straight fantasy or urban fantasy/paranormal.



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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 1:04 PM ET
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Straight fantasy ... look at the Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan (starts with The Magician's Guild) or the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop(starts with Daughter of the Blood), both great series about magic, and also featuring female heroines but they are traditional fantasy, not urban paranormal at all.

I'm about to start the Rogue Agent series by K. E. Mills (starts with The Accidental Sorcerer) but don't know how that one will be yet.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 1:06 PM ET
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Tate Hallaway.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 2:52 PM ET
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I've read the Black Jewel series by Anne Bishop and it is indeed a good read. I heard that the sequels after the inital three aren't worth reading though. Do you have an opinion on them? I'll look into Hallaway and Canavan in the meanwhile.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 3:02 PM ET
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I liked Dreams Made Flesh and The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop, but I haven't read the other sequels/ add ons yet. 

Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom books (Magic in the Bone and Magic in the Blood are urban fantasy about magic users. 

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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 3:05 PM ET
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You should try Candace Haven's Bronwyn the Witch series.  There are 3 as of now.  I really enjoyed them. 



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Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:15 PM ET
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The Shanna Swendson series (I think it starts with Enchanted, Inc.) is really good.  The Madelyn Alt books are about witches but are more cozy/paranormal mystery.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 4:15 PM ET
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Carin Rafferty did a trilogy Touch of Magic was one of the books.  I really loved them. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 6:32 PM ET
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If your into YA titles, I'm currently reading Once a Witch by Caroyln MacCullough and it's really good.  It's about a family of witches, and each of them has a magical Talent.  I'm just about through with it.

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 10:39 PM ET
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Jennifer - I couldn't find Once a Witch in the system as either a posted or unposted book. Are you sure of the title? Maybe no one has ever posted it before.

 

I've ordered / WLed Swendsen and Haven. Thanks for the suggestions!

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Here it is:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780547223995-Once+a+Witch

Date Posted: 10/9/2009 10:54 PM ET
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I really liked the Bast books by Rosemary Edghill.  But they are more mysteries than UF. 

all three together

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780312867683-Bell+Book+and+Murder+The+Bast+Mysteries+Bast

just the first one

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780812534382-Speak+Daggers+to+Her+A+Bast+Mystery

Thought about it and felt I had to explain more.  The Bast series talks alot about the various theories, histories, and styles of Wicca.  If that interests you, then they are wonderful.  Takes it seriously and is clear aboutt the differences.  Treats it as a serious religion (or rather religions) rather than a fictional psychic condition.



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Date Posted: 10/10/2009 9:44 AM ET
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i liked  THE UNFORTUNATE MISS FORTUNES, by JENNIFER CRUSIE, EILEEN DREYER & ANNE STUART..

Date Posted: 10/10/2009 9:49 AM ET
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I second the Tate Hallaway series.   Tate is Wiccan, so the series has very realistic feel to it (even with the vampies, zombies and goddess LOL).

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I didn't like The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes.  Expected better fron Crusie.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 12:56 PM ET
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I agree with the Tate Hallaway series.  I have read the first two in the series, Tall, Dark, and Dead  and Dead Sexy.  I have the next two on my wish list and will probably just end up buying them because I am inpatient.  Very good books.

Date Posted: 10/16/2009 9:42 PM ET
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Her publisher has decided that they don't want her to continue that series.  Think there is one more.  Then Tate (Lyda) will be writing YA.

Excerpt from Ashsheroine's post

from her blog...

Yes, Garnet Lacey is no more. The book I finished this year, HONEYMOON OF THE DEAD, will be coming out in May of '10 as scheduled. However, my editor turned down the proposals my agent and I sent for books 6, 7 and 8. As far as I know, all the previous books are still in print. I haven't heard that they're going to be remaindered right away or anything.

Yesterday was my day of mourning. I wailed and gnashed teeth. But it was a rather less dramatic affair than you might imagine because I *am* still contracted for three books in the new young adult series. And, as I told Shawn, we're not really _out_ anything, since, most years, I only write one book a year anyway. More to the point, Penguin was actually quite gracious. They told my agent that they're interested in possibly seeing a new series by me. So it's not like they said, "And don't let the door hit you on the way out." In fact, quite the opposite. It's hard to be too depressed when this really does feel like an opportunity to propose something fun and fresh. My editor would like to see contemporary urban fantasy, but that's a mighty wide pool. I'm kind of excited to start pondering ideas. I think I've mentioned this before, but I actually really, really LOVE writing proposals. Most people dread the synopsis, but I rather embrace it. It's a funny thing.

Speaking of which, I thought that for fun, I might post the proposals of the Garnet books that Shall Never Be over the next couple days so people can see what might have been...



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