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'Earthsea Cycle'
by Ursula K Le Guin (1968)


Le Guin's four-volume 'Earthsea Cycle' kicked off with a story of the adventures of an apprentice wizard. His powers develop quickly, eventually getting the better of him as evil is unleashed on the land. A fascinating look at the diverse inhabitants of the many islands in an archipelago of Earthsea provides the backdrop. Ageing, but still a fantastic read.





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The House With a Clock in its Walls
by John Bellairs (1973)


Topnotch mystery thriller for young readers. Lewis discovers that his Uncle Jonathan's old mansion is the house of his dreams - full of secret passages, hidden rooms and general mystery. Much to his delight his uncle turns out to be a wizard, but hidden within its walls the house harbours a clock ticking away to doomsday. Halloween makes things worse and time is running out.





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'Young Wizards'
by Diane Duane (1983)


Two young people tired of being bullied at school find refuge in a library book that sets them on a path to a wizardly Ordeal. They end up in an eerie alternate Manhattan where they discover that wizards have an indispensable role in helping to hold the Universe together. Popular with young readers, but tends towards much darker overtones than others of its ilk.





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The Last Wish
by Andrzej Sapkowski (1993)


This surprise international hit by "Poland's master of fantasy", Andrzej Sapkowski, was so successful when released as a stand-alone that the publication of the Saga o Wiedz'minie series soon followed. Geralt of Rivia is a witcher, a cunning sorcerer, and a merciless assassin. Unfortunately, as he sets about his work good and evil occasionally get horribly muddled.





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'Sword of Truth'
by Terry Goodkind (1994)


Goodkind's bestselling 'Sword Of Truth' series kicks off with intrepid Westland woodsman Richard Cypher saving the life of a beautiful young woman, Kahlan Amnell. Her search for the First Wizard--Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander--leads to Cypher taking on the mantle of the Seeker of Truth. Objectivist philosophies of freedom and individualism grew more prominent as the series progressed.





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The Secret of Platform 13
by Eva Ibbotson (1994)


Every nine years a portal opens between our world and the enchanted island. When a baby prince is kidnapped just before it closes the king and queen have nine years to put together their rescue team - consisting of an ancient wizard, an affable agricultural fairy, a one-eyed giant and a clever young hag. Sort of a cross between Tolkien and Dahl for young readers.





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'Harry Potter' Series
by J K Rowling (1997-2007)


Delightful children's series that has become a worldwide phenomenon. Planned for seven instalments, the series kicks off with Harry's aunt and uncle trying to hide his true destiny from him, but to no avail. He is summoned to an infamous school for wizards when he proves to be a shining light. Destiny awaits. Made into a blockbuster series of motion pictures loved by millions.





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'Septimus Heap'
by Angie Sage (2005)


Young Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, was switched at birth with a girl who turns out to be the offspring of a murdered queen. Following an assassination attempt the girl and her family, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and young military guard Boy 412 flee the Necromancer DomDaniel. Deftly written Harry Potter-ish wizard stories for young readers.


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