The Fantastic School Book List

I’m known for creating lists of books. But the secret is that I don’t actually make them up myself: I ask for help. Just like anyone who really wants to learn, asking is the best way to find answers to your question. And a single question can gather many answers! So for this list, I asked in a few places on social media, and gathered the recommendations of lots of people who had read the books and loved them. Hopefully this will give our readers new series and authors to enjoy, along with old favorites brought back to mind again.

What I was looking for were books about magical (or fantastical) education. Schools, apprenticeships, on-the-job learning that might have left a character or three with scorched eyebrows…

The list is in no particular order, and I’m sure some good ones are missing. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Author Title (Series) Notable Quote
Diane Duane The Young Wizards series ” I like the Young Wizards FAR more than Harry Potter. Much better world-building.” AM MIller
Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London series Follows an apprentice wizard through on-the-job training
Chris Nuttall Schooled in Magic
Jim Butcher Academ’s Fury
Diana Wynne Jones Magicians of Caprona
Raymond Feist Magician
Pat Wrede Across the Great Barrier
Jill Murphy The Worst Witch series
Craig Shaw Gardener The Ebenezum Trilogy
Ursula K LeGuin Earthsea Trilogy
Mercedes Lackey The Fairy Gomother series
Pam Uphoff
The Directorate School series
Tyler Whitesides Janitors the Janitors are magic!
Kenneth C Flint Finn MacCumhal books
Andrea Pearson Mosaic Chronicles series
Seanan McGuire
The Wayward Children series
Anne McCaffrey Harper Hall Trilogy
Poul Anderson Operation Chaos deals with a university with an Applied Magic department
Edward Eager’s Half Magic
Terry Pratchett Unseen University
Robert Heinlein Lost Legacy A novelette
L Jagi Lamplighter Rachel Griffin series
Mary Stewart The Little Broomstick
Mercedes Lackey Arrows series
Lev Grossman The Magicians
Zilpha Kearney Snyder The Witches of Worm
Christopher Stasheff Warlock series
Robert Asprin E Godz
Patricia McKillip Riddle-Master of Hed
Caroline Stevermer A Scholar of Magics
Rachel E Carter The Black Mage series
Pio McDonnell The Way of the Wizard “It was three kinds of awful. Very disppointing.”
Victor Kloss Royal Institute of Magic
Paul Gallico The Man who was Magic
Chris Nuttall Zero Element
Shelby Bach The Ever Afters
Alan Dean Foster Spellsinger
Keith Baker Thorn of Breland series
Taran Matharu The Summoner Trilogy
Jane Yolen Wizard’s Hall
Rick Riordan Percy Jackson
Joseph Delaney The Last Apprentice series
Jonathan Stroud The Bartimaeus series
Suzanne Collins The Underland Chronicles
John Flanagan Ranger’s Apprentice series
David Eddings the Belgariad
Holmberg Paper Magician series
Manly Wade Wellman The Deep School

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