If You Liked Harry Potter, Read . . . the Young Wizards Series

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It was sad when I read the last Harry Potter book, but luckily there are plenty of other books out there set in amazing fantasy worlds. This series will let you know about some of my favorites. It was originally going to be one post, but it was so long I thought I’d do one post per series instead.

Today I want to talk about the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (@dduane on Twitter). In my opinion, this is probably the best young adult fantasy series that no one’s heard about. I actually started this series when I was ten years old—over a year before I started the Harry Potter series—and these are still some of my favorite fantasy books of all time.

At the moment, there are nine books in the series, and there area likely more to come. The first book was published in 1983, and the ninth published in 2010 (I have yet to read it, I’m afraid).

The first book of the series is called So You Want to be a Wizard. In it, thirteen-year-old Nita discovers a book called So You Want to Be a Wizard when she is in the library hiding from bullies. She takes it home and learns that she can become a wizard if she takes an oath and undergoes an ordeal. Amazingly, this turns out to be true. She meets twelve-year-old Kit, a fellow wizard, and together they are thrown into the world of wizardry as they struggle to pass their ordeal and keep the Lone Power at bay.

This series is about Kit and Nita’s adventures, and later books include Nita’s younger sister Dairine as well. Most of the books are action-packed and exciting, plus Kit, Nita, and Dairine are interesting and relatable characters.

You can read the first chapter of So You Want to be a Wizard here if you want to give it a try.

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Have you read this series? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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