Calling all Shadowhunter fans! If you’ve already read one, six, or ALL of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters books and now you don’t know what to read next, we’re here to give you some books to read if you love the Shadowhunters series.

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King of Dead Things by Nevin Holness
King of Dead Things might take place 150 years after The Infernal Devices trilogy, but it promises that the hidden magic scene in London is just as alive now as it was back then in this urban fantasy rooted in Afro-Caribbean legends. Eli has no memory of his past or how he ended up with his magical healing abilities. When he and his best friends are tasked with finding the fang of the leopard god Osebo, they cross paths with Malcolm, who possesses his own unique type of magic and set of secrets. Together, they must race to find the fang before an ancient and evil power seizes it herself. If you're obsessed with the Shadowhunters family tree, you might find belonging in this found family of friends who become each other's home.
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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Filled with mystery and a rich, unique magic system, this contemporary fantasy is City of Bones meets Southern Black Girl Magic. When Bree witnesses a demon attack, she learns about a secret society of Legendborn students who are the descendants of King Arthur’s knights. Bree infiltrates the society in an attempt to discover how the Legendborn might be connected to her mother’s death, and in her quest, she partners up with Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn, and confronts Selwyn, the mysterious Merlin of the society. Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy will love the romantic tension between Bree, Nick, and Sel, and cheer Bree on in her search for the truth as she decides whether to take the society down, or join their fight.
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth, an apprentice at a magical library, has known this as long as she has known anything. But when an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous book and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime, she’s forced to team up with the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn to clear her name. Sorcery of Thorns is perfect for Magnus and Alec fans, because sometimes untangling a centuries-old conspiracy means teaming up, and maybe falling in love with, the sorcerer-slash-warlock you’re supposed to hate.
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Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
We love our favorite Shadowhunter characters for their willingness to do anything it takes to save each other—no matter how dangerous that may be. Maren, the protagonist of Shatter the Sky, can totally relate. When her girlfriend, Kaia is abducted, Maren plunges into a dangerous and thrilling adventure in order to get her back. Maren, who only ever wanted a quiet life, ends up stealing a dragon, infiltrating the enemy, and diving head-first into the corruption of the empire in order to save her true love. Sounds a lot like our Shadowhunter OTPs tearing down the world to save each other, am I right?
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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
In modern day New York City, magic is all but extinct, and the remaining few who have an affinity for it must hide who they are. Esta is a talented thief with the ability to manipulate time who was raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order. When she travels back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order before the mysterious Magician can destroy it, she learns that in old New York, nothing is as it seems. The Last Magician is perfect for fans of the Mortal Instruments series, who know all about the dangers of a magical New York City and the secrets that it hides.
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When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
Amazing best friends scrambling to for a solution to some magical havoc they caused? That’s my favorite part of any Shadowhunters book! This is also the premise of When We Were Magic, a sly, witchy, dark comedy about four teens whose magic goes wildly awry. When Alexis makes a magical mistake and a boy winds up dead, she and her tight knit group of friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. But Alexis is hiding something else: she’s in love with her best friend. Fans of the Dark Artifices series will love the friendships and romance in this bewitching novel.
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Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
In this riveting fantasy, Rue, a Black teen from Houston, has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry in a magical hidden world. After her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, Rue is taken away from her neighborhood by the father she never knew to a secret island of magic wielders. But with evil sinking its claws into both these worlds, Rue must unearth the truth of her identity and discover her power before it’s too late. Much like our Shadowhunter heroes embracing their own dangerous destinies, Rue in Wings of Ebony must accept her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save everyone she loves.
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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Magic. Monsters. Mayhem. And forbidden love! It's the perfect recipe for Shadowhunters fans in this heart-stopping debut, which is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai. As a monster emerges and the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule. Pair this book with a trip to modern-day Shanghai in The Lost Book of the White!
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Moon Dark Smile by Tessa Gratton
If you love the AMAZING worldbuilding that Cassie Clare does with the Shadowhunters Series, you'll love Tessa Gratton's Moon Dark Smile! This incredible world feels real enough to touch, and you'll be kept on the edge of your seat as you follow along with Raliel Dark-Smile and her best friend, Moon, the great demon that lives in the palace of the Emperor, as they take Raliel's coming of age journey together.
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Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appear and begin terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gain a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. This series has total Mortal Instrument series vibes with a team reluctantly coming together to save the world.
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Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell
This thrilling historical fantasy is about a girl with the ability to raise the dead who must delve into her city’s dangerous magical underworld to stop a series of murders. Doesn't that give you major Chain of Gold vibes? Add a magic, ghosts, and dangerous enemies, and you have this page-turning read!
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Tithe by Holly Black
Dive into the dark and seductive realm of faerie in the first book of Holly Black’s critically acclaimed Modern Faerie Tales series, where one girl must save herself from the sinister magic of the fey courts, and protect her heart in the process. If you love Clary, this is the book for you! Plus, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare are long-time friends and writing buddies, so you know there's much to love.
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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you into a stunningly attractive pretty. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty and when she runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn't very pretty. So begins this roller coaster of a series which will keep you turning pages!
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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
This book is totally The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones! It's a thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans. Need I say more?? Once you've read A Dark and Hollow Star, be sure to pick up the sequel: A Cruel and Fated Light!

Is it possible to love the characters from Cassandra Clare’s Last Hours series in Chain of Gold, Chain of Iron, and Chain of Thorns more than you already do? Probably not! But which of these characters from The Last Hours series would be your soulmate? Take the quiz to find out!

Now find out who your Last Hours parabatai is!

Halloween season is here and it’s time to choose your costume! Obviously, you want to go as a character from Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters books. But which one?


Chloe Gong Secret Shanghai fans are READY for the epic conclusion in Foul Heart Huntsman! But in case you need a refresher, here’s what your favorite characters are up to, and what all went down in Foul Lady Fortune, before you read Foul Heart Huntsman!

What’s happening?

Shanghai is in the midst of a civil war. Nationals and Communists fight for power while the Japanese try to get a foothold. When people in Shanghai start getting mysteriously murdered by poison, the Nationalists pair up spies Rosalind and Orion to infiltrate a Japanese newspaper and root out the murderer. Oh, and they’re going to have to fake a marriage to look more legit!!

Who do we love?

Rosalind Lang (Lang Shalin) is presumed dead. She goes by Janie Mead but her code name for the Nationalists is Fortune. She is an immortal assassin (thanks to a life-saving concoction given to her by Lourens) who no longer ages, doesn’t need to sleep, and works for the Nationalists to sooth her guilt for getting Roma & Juliette killed. Rosalind fake marries Orion (code name: High Tide) for the mission and while they both know they’re hiding things, they begin to fall for each other. Swoon.



Orion Hong (Hong Liwen or Mu Liwen as his married alias) is the middle son of Nationalist General Hong, and his mother, Lady Hong, who left after his father was accused of being a traitor. He tries to uphold the family name by being a good Nationalist operative, codename Huntsman. Orion starts to fall for his partner-in-spy-crime, “Janie,” who he discovers after a bit of digging, is Rosalind, gasp! (FYI they finally kiss on page 402: this is very important.)



Phoebe Hong (Hong Feiyi) is Oliver and Orion’s younger sister. She’s not technically an agent (they think*) but she runs messages for Dao Feng. She’s also nosey (like Alisa! Little sisters!) and is excited when Orion sends her to find out more about Liza (Alisa) in the hopes of finding out more about “Janie.” This results in Phoebe, Silas, & Alisa teaming up, despite being on opposite sides, for various shenanigans.



Oliver Hong is the oldest brother – he defected to the Communists and is Celia’s mission partner. He’s also Priest’s handler (the Communist’s most notorious sharpshooter assassin). Oliver loves Celia and isn’t afraid to tell her (in the middle of a mission no less)!



Celia Lang (Lang Xīlìyà) is Rosalind’s twin sister who is working for the Communists with Oliver in a photography shop outside the Shanghai city limits. Celia and Rosalind pretend like they’re not in contact, but they def are. Sisters before political parties, amiright. Celia and Oliver discover a suspicious warehouse teeming with Nationalists that’s getting the Japanese newsletter delivered. When Oliver and Celia bring what they’ve found about the mysterious warehouse to Orion and Rosalind, we get the fraught family reunion we’ve dreamed of (Oliver and Orion are at each other’s throats, Phoebe is like BOYS PLEASE and Rosalind and Celia are pretending they’re not twins lol)! They can’t quite figure out WHAT is going on with the mysterious warehouse or who is the blame, but at least everyone we love is working together.



Alisa Montagova is a Communist spy, code name Liza Ivanova. She is also working undercover at Seagreen Press, gathering intelligence. She and Rosalind team up together to uncover info at the Press, even though they’re on opposite sides and know each other’s secret identities. At one point, Rosalind gets Alisa thrown in jail but sends Phoebe and Silas to break her out. Friendship ensues.



Silas Wu (Wu Xielian) is like a brother to Orion since they grew up together in England. He is a triple agent, working for the Nationalists as Shepherd while pretending to be a Communist, all the while trying to uncover the identify of Priest. Silas has a crush on Phoebe, who is pretends not to know, but actually she loves it. This will be important in book 2.



Dao Feng is Rosalind’s handler. He is stabbed by the mysterious poisoner (NO) but Rosalind is able to get him to the hospital. But he escapes from the hospital because turns out, he was a double agent (WHAT)!



Jiemen works at the Japanese newspaper, Seagreen Press but SURPRISE he’s also working for the Nationalists and is High Tide’s new handler with Dao Feng out, despite his young age.  

How does it all go down?

Celia realizes that the chemical murders aren’t supposed to be murders – someone is testing a chemical weapon on people! Meanwhile, Rosalind is staking out the killer and discovers it’s…ORION??


Orion stabs Rosalind. NO! He comes out of a trance and is very sorry but Rosalind doesn’t trust him, because HE JUST STABBED HER! Alisa shows up, sedates Orion, and explains everything to Rosalind (Celia called Alisa and gave her the deets). Our hero!


Rosalind isn’t ready to give up on Orion (because love). She smuggles him home and takes some leftover potion to a scientist, who says it looks a lot like what made her immortal. To buy them time, Rosalind tells Silas that Haidi was the killer, and he passes that info along to Jiemen.


Rosalind and Orion have a very heated reckoning where it’s revealed that Orion is also an experiment, although he has no memories of the murders. He reveals that he knows who Rosalind is. She doesn’t trust him so he’s like “shoot me, I love you.” She can’t do it.


There’s one last pressing mission to be done. Rosalind, Orion, Silas, and Phoebe head to the Cathay Hotel but things go south and Alisa, Orion, and Rosalind end up arrested by Jiemen for “murder and conspiracy.” Rude.


Phoebe figures it all out (obvi) and gets Silas to help enact a rescue mission, but Alisa has already broken them all out (obvi) after a tender moment between Rosalind & Orion.


The three of them (Rosalind, Orion, and Alisa) head off to Warehouse 34 to stop the actual bad guys. But there, they’re attacked by enhanced soldiers and almost don’t make it out, except Priest is there! Their opposition, saving them?? Why? Whatever, they’ll take it. They’ll also take a green vial, which Alisa whisks away to take to Celia for safekeeping.


But then Lady Hong walks in. Orion’s mom? What! She made Orion like this? What! Rosalind pieces together that Lady Hong was working for the Nationalists but they pulled her funding so she took her research to the Japanese and experimented on her own son. Orion needs routine doses of the green potion, or he’ll die, but Rosalind is like, I’m still destroying these, they’re bad. And Lady Hong is like, well fine, Orion, attack Rosalind!! They fight, Orion is stabbed, Rosalind is shot by Lady Hong, and Orion comes back to himself and begs Rosalind to flee and leave him behind. She reluctantly does so. Lady Hong injects Orion with a red vial. This can’t be good.


Alisa takes the green vial to Celia, where she confronts Oliver about Orion and their mother. She doesn’t feel like she can trust Oliver so she takes the vial into safekeeping herself. Rosalind is outed as Lady Fortune, and her secret mission days are over. But she’s determined to get Orion back, and then she gets this note:


I can help you get him back.
Find me in Zhouzhuang.


WHO IS JM?? (Read Last Violent Call and you’ll know!!)


Meanwhile, Phoebe meets with Dao Feng and it’s revealed *SHE IS PRIEST!! Wow. (need more Phoebe? Read the short story, The Priest and the Shepherd now!)


We are READY for Foul Heart Huntsman now!!!

There are so many amazing Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series. From fan-favorites Jace in the Mortal Instruments, to Emma in the Dark Artifices, to Jem & Will in the Infernal Devices, and Cordelia in the Last Hours, there are so many Shadowhunters to fall in love with. But which of these Shadowhunters is your ultimate soulmate? Take the quiz to find out!



There are so many things to love about Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series : the forbidden romance between Emma and Julian, the tight-knit Blackwood family, the magic, Ty, the mayhem, and the LA beach! Here are books to read to find those same things you love in the Dark Artifices series (Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness).



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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
A Dark and Hollow Star is a thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans. Need I say more??
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When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
Emma and Julian will tell you: trouble happens when you fall in love with your best friend! When We Were Magic is a sly, witchy, dark comedy about four teens whose magic goes wildly awry. When Alexis makes a magical mistake and a boy winds up dead, she and her tight knit group of friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. But Alexis is hiding something else: she’s in love with her best friend. 
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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Jemma fans will love the angst in These Violent Delights. Nothing says forbidden romance like this Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.  Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This book is perfect for shippers of Kit and Ty! It features Aristotle, an angry teen, and Dante, a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet one summer, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.
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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Artistic prodigy Isobel may work with the fair folk, painting them for favors, but she knows better than to trust them. When she’s tasked with painting Rook, the autumn prince, Isobel makes a grave mistake and paints mortal sorrow in his eyes. Furious, Rook takes her away to his kingdom for trial. But things are amiss in the world of the fair folk, and Rook and Isobel find themselves relying more and more on each other — a dangerous thing, considering love between fair folk and mortals violates the fair folk laws.
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The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
This book is perfect for readers who love Julian and his close-knit siblings. From the acclaimed author of SLAYcomes a gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death.
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Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells
This one goes out to all the Cristina-Mark-Kieran stans! This epic reimagining of “The Sleeping Beauty” follows a teen girl on a quest to wake a sleeping princess in an enchanted forest, while searching for the truth behind her own deadly curse. On her journey, Lena finds herself drawn to both a brooding raven boy and a chaotic magical girl, a bisexual conundrum with no wrong answers.
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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
If you love the LA setting of the Dark Artifices, you will love The Black Kids, which is written like a love letter to LA. This unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Fans of Emma will love Cordelia in this new Shadowhunter series set in Edwardian London! Both female Carstairs warriors, they share more than wielding Cortana, including a secret love for their best friend, a fierce loyalty for their friends, and a dark legacy to overcome.

Have you read all the Heartstopper books and watched every episode on Netflix? Well, now you need more adorable reads to fill that void in your heart! Here are a few perfect next books to pick up after binging all of Heartstopper.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
If you're in the mood for more adorableness, Ari and Dante should be at the TOP of your TBR! This grumpy/sunshine romance is a fan favorite for a reason, and it's even making its way to the big screen soon!
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The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
Sky’s small town turns absolutely claustrophobic when his secret promposal plans get leaked to the entire school. His friends band together to fight back and, in the process, Sky might just find love in the most unexpected of places.
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The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott
Emily just broke up with her boyfriend and did not plan to spend her summer with Blake, the swoony new girl in town. But when they find a summer bucket list from Emily’s deceased mother, the two pair up to make one unforgettable summer. If you love the sweet romance between Tara and Darcy, you’ll love Emily and Blake.
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So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens
This funny, subversive fantasy is about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive. Arek and his rag-tag group of quest companions remind me of the amazing friend dynamics in Heartstopper. There’s also so much angst here with inconvenience of crushing on your best friend and not knowing if he likes you back!
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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tanner knows Charlie’s agony of crushing on a straight boy. But as Tanner’s friendship with his crush, Sebastian, deepens, they discover an unforgettable romantic bond that will be tested by their Mormon community.
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A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
This gripping, romantic, and wildly surprising novel is about two boys lost in space trying to find their way home—while falling in love. Why is love so complicated?!
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When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder. This dark, witchy comedy about four friends whose magic goes wildly awry is sure to make you laugh and make you cry. This one is for all the Tao, Elle, and Isaac lovers!
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Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
If you're looking for another adorable graphic novel full of friendship, this is the book for you! Beetle & the Hollowbones features a young goblin trying to save her best friend from a haunted mall. I dare you not to fall in love with Beetle and Blob Ghost!

I recently realized that my favorite genre of all time is feminist fantasy. Not just fantasy, but fantasy with girls kicking butt and saving the world. It’s now my mission in life to make everyone love these fantasies as much as I do; so get ready to fall in love.

Want even more ladies kicking butt? Check out these YA Books Featuring Strong Female Characters!

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Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller
The Lady of the Lake is the *true hero* in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur created by Tom Wheeler and legendary artist Frank Miller. Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King. But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen? WHHHHAAATTT YES. Make sure to read this one before you watch the Netflix show!
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The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
A girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father in this new book from swoon-worthy author Jenn Bennett. If you're into old-fashioned ladies with new-fashioned ideas and a lot of gumption, this book is for you.
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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
In this lush fantasy novel, a girl disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle. It's like Mulan but with phoenixes instead of dragons!!
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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I will never stop talking about how much I love this book about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom. Magic books, an enemies-to-lovers relationship, AND a sidekick you'll adore? What are you waiting for??
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Slayer by Kiersten White
Buffy is such a feminist icon and this book totally fits right in! In this series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you're introduced to a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.
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Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
A determined young woman sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor in this stunning fantasy debut. DRAGONS AND GIRLS RESCUING GIRLS!
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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
All of Esta’s training in modern-day New York has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of a magical society—before the Magician can destroy it and doom them all to a hopeless future. Remember how I'm obsessed with feminism in history? THIS IS IT!
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Spin by Rebecca Caprara
The Song of Achilles and Circe get a sapphic, young adult twist in this GORGEOUSLY lush, feminist retelling of the myth of Arachne! This book is completely written in verse and will pull you into Arachne's world while reminding you of what women have survived through the centuries.

If you’re like us, you love a sweeping fantasy series full of monsters and magic, and are obsessed with Netflix’s Shadow and Bone. But what should you read next that will give you those same dark, mythical vibes?


Books to Read If You Love the Shadow and Bone TV Show 

1. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

 Much like Alina Starkov from Shadow and Bone, Veronyka starts her journey naïve to the power that she holds. Veronyka is determined to be a Phoenix Rider, so much so that she disguises herself as a boy to join their ranks. While she is hiding secrets of her own, Veronyka discovers the mysteries of her past that might be the key to saving the Empire. After reading Crown of Feathers, pick up Heart of Flames and Wings of Shadow, and be sure to add Nicki’s upcoming Gideon the Ninth meets the Game of Thrones dark fantasy, Bonesmith, to your TBR too!


2. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

When Bree witnesses a flying demon feeding on human energies at UNC-Chapel Hill she’s pulled into a secret society of “Legendborn,” students that hunt the creatures down. As Bree’s own unique magic and hidden memories are unlocked, she knows she must do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if it means joining the Legendborn as one of their initiates. Once you’ve read Legendborn, pick up the thrilling sequel, Bloodmarked, to find out what happens next for Bree! The Legendborn Cycle is the perfect series for anyone who loves Shadow and Bone‘s unique magic system and high stakes!


3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This one is for anyone who loves enemies-forced-to-save-the-world-together vibes. When a dangerous book is released and Elisabeth, an apprentice at a magical library, is implicated in the crime, she forms an alliance with her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. As their bond grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught. Because Elisabeth has a power she never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. If you fall in love with Elisabeth and Nathaniel and need to know what happens next, pick up a copy of Mysteries of Thorn Manorthe delightful, cozy sequel novella!


4. Slayer by Kiersten White

Having Grisha magic isn’t exactly the same as being a Slayer, but it definitely has its similarities. Nina has grown up at Watcher’s Academy, where teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle and wants to be a healer. But thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Don’t you just love a reluctant hero? 


5. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When a shocking series of demon attacks devastate Edwardian London, Cordelia’s new life there is blown apart. She must join together with her butt-kicking, demon-destroying group of friends to discover the truth and save the dayAnd through it all, Cordelia is in love with a surly bad boy who is fighting his own dark legacy. Not only that, but James is known to turn into shadow from time to time and travel to hell dimensions. Once you’ve finished Chain of Gold find out what happens next for Cordelia and James in Chain of Iron and Chain of Thorns!


6. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


Do you like books with dark, witchy vibes? Some say the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven are magical. Others say haunted. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. One night, her special connection to the woods leads her to Oliver Huntsman, who disappeared over a month ago. Nora learns the key to saving Fir Haven lies in Oliver’s mysterious reappearance. But Oliver is hiding secrets of his own…  


7. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This book is perfect for anyone needing more Crow-like shenanigans! Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book. But Old New York is a dangerous and nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. Find out what happens next for Esta in the rest of the Last Magician series: The Devil’s ThiefThe Serpent’s Curse, and The Shattered City!


8. A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth  


If you love Shadow and Bone for the dark angst, A Dark and Hollow Star is the book for you. This thrilling contemporary fantasy is set in the magical underworld of Toronto and follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans. Dive into this novel for a longing-filled love story, a unique mythology, page-turning mystery, and awesome LGBTQ representation. After you’ve finished A Dark and Hollow Star check out the next book in this series, A Cruel and Fated Light!


9. Tithe by Holly Black

Discover the dark and seductive realm of faerie in the first book of the Modern Faerie Tales series, where one girl must save herself from the sinister magic of the fey courts, and protect her heart in the process. Kaye’s life takes a turn when she stumbles upon an injured faerie knight in the woods. This brooding, dark faerie pulls Faye into an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms.


10. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

Sturmhond fans will love the adventure in this book! A determined young woman sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor in this stunning fantasy debut. Maren dreams only of sharing a quiet life with her girlfriend Kaia—until the day Kaia is abducted by the empire. Desperate to save her, Maren will do anything.


11. Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

This book is the start of a thrilling, subversive series about a girls-only boarding school with a terrifying secret and the friends who will stop at nothing to protect each other.  As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening at their school—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.


12. Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller

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The much-anticipated conclusion to the Last Magician series, The Shattered City, is out now! In case you don’t remember everything that happened in Lisa Maxwell’s magical time-traveling series, I’ve put together a helpful recap of The Last Magician, The Devil’s Thief, and The Serpent’s Curse for you!

The Last Magician Series Recap You Need Before Reading The Shattered City

What happened in The Last Magician?

Esta time travels back to 1902 NYC (with the help of her cuff) to foil the Magician and steal the Book, as directed by the Professor. She joins Dolph’s crew and works to convince Harte, the Magician, to join the heist team to steal the Book from the Order, before Jack, an aspiring Order member, blows up all the Mageus in the city. After much banter and kisses-with-ulterior-motives, Esta and Harte team up, then betray each other, then un-betray each other. Esta takes the Book back to present day NYC but! the Professor is Nibsy, a shady character from 1902 who wants the Book to takeover the world. Esta escapes (with her former partner Logan in tow) and returns to 1902 and she and Harte make plans to save magic and the world.

See a full, detailed recap of The Last Magician here!

What happened in The Devil’s Thief?

Harte and Esta escape NYC and the Brink with the intent to steal all the Order’s artifacts, aka the stones, to keep them out of nefarious hands. The Book is IN Harte and it wants Esta. They run into Jack, who steals the physical Book, but as they escape, they accidentally blow up a train, and end up in 1904.

Back in 1902, Jianyu and Cela unsuccessfully try to get the ring artifact back from Evelyn. Jack Grew causes trouble. Ruby, a reporter, works to expose him, and drags her fiancé, Theo, and our beloved Viola (Dolph’s former assassin) into her schemes. Logan delivers Nibsy’s notebook from the future, and Nibsy’s power grows.

In 1904, Harte and Esta visit the St. Louis World’s Fair (magic DOES exist outside of NYC!) to try to get the necklace artifact back. They know there are 5 stones and they need to keep them out of evil hands. They’ve changed history with their time travel and Esta, known as The Devil’s Thief, is a wanted person. They befriend North, who can time travel with the help of his pocket watch. They are stymied by the Society and sidetracked by magical anarchists, the Antistasi. They learn that the power in Jack, Thoth, dislikes the power in Harte, Seshat, and an ancient disagreement between the two of them caused the unbalance of magic in the world. Ultimately, Esta and Harte get the necklace and escape St. Louis, but are separated.

See a full, detailed recap of The Devil’s Thief here!

What happened in The Serpent’s Curse?

Find the stones. Take back the Book. Save the girl. This is Harte’s goal.

Find the stones. Destroy Seshat. Sacrifice herself and save Harte. This is Esta’s plan.

The fate of the magical world rests on Esta, who must somehow get her cuff back to her younger self, or else magic will die. Harte has left Esta and taken off with the necklace (Djinni’s Star) and her cuff (Ishtar’s Key) and heads west to find the headpiece (Dragon’s Eye). Esta searches for the dagger (Pharoh’s Heart). The fifth stone, the ring (Delphi’s Tear), is still in NYC. Esta and Harte plan to gather the stones and reunite back at Brooklyn Bridge where it all began.

Part 1

1902 NYC: In the chaos at the end of The Devil’s Thief, Viola threw a knife at Jianyu, accidentally mortally wounding him, but got the ring (the Delphi’s Tear). She passes out and the ring disappears. Viola refuses to go with Abel to aid a dying Jianyu, determined to find out what her evil brother, Paul is up to. Poor Ruby is shipped off to France.

1904 Texas: North, Maggie, and Esta bend time to escape the Order. North gets shot because Seshat is still negatively impacting Esta’s magic. They go back in time to save themselves, forget it happened, and then Esta fakes the death of the Devil’s Thief (aka herself) by blowing up another train.

Part 2

1902 NYC: Viola finally goes to Jianyu, who is being cared for by Cela and Abel. Viola tries to heal Jianyu but the wound made by her dagger won’t heal.

Viola confronts James Lorcan aka Nibsy about why her knife is so deadly. James explains the knife contains false magic and that’s why she can’t heal the wound. Realizing it’s Jianyu who must be injured, James schemes to use Viola to get back the ring, using his healing as blackmail. But Viola breaks into Nibsy’s office, steals Dolph’s journal, and finds some false magic, which she uses, with the help of Theo, to heal Jianyu.


San Fransisco: Harte risks the plague in Chinatown to find the Dragon’s Eye, which he had sent out of NYC to the grandmother he’d never met. Instead he finds his awful father, who pawned the Dragon’s Eye to someone in the Vigilance Committee (San Fran’s Order), who have it now. Harte’s father betrays him and takes Harte’s two stones (the necklace and cuff). Even though he’s sick with this plague, Harte escapes (he’s a magician, after all) and uses his little brother to blackmail his father into stealing back the Dragon’s Eye. He doesn’t feel great about it, but the fate of the world and Esta are at stake!

But of course, stealing the artifact is a trap! Seshat reluctantly helps Harte escape with the crown, but he’s caught again and this time it’s someone else threatening his brother so he gives up the Dragon’s Eye, and he’s thrown in jail to wait for Jack to come deal with him personally. He escapes (of course!) and goes back for his two stones.

Texas: Esta convinces North and Maggie to help her find the Pharoh’s Heart and agrees to take Maggie’s Quellant pill to mute her power so Seshat can’t get involved.

Denver: Esta and co travel to Denver to find a Wild West show, where Harte had sent Pickett, a performer, the Pharoh’s Heart dagger. They immediately run into danger and team up with Cordelia, a magical sharpshooter, to escape. North joins the show to get close to Pickett. Esta DISAPPEARS because something (Harte and the missing cuff?) has threatened her past. Esta blinks back into existence but Cordelia gives her truth serum and Esta confesses all her ulterior motives to North and Maggie. North tries to convince Maggie they should just leave, but she is devoted to the Antistasi cause. But turns out the Professor has been behind the Antistasi the whole time! NIBSY STRIKES AGAIN!

Jack is in Denver hunting Esta, and his men capture North, who discovered that Pickett doesn’t have the dagger- he was forced to give it to Jack. Esta and Maggie rescue North but are betrayed by Cordelia, who shoots Maggie. Maggie confesses that her potion has been messing with Esta’s power, not Seshat, and once Esta takes the antidote, she’s able to bend time and allow them all to escape so Maggie can get to a doctor. Esta stays behind to confront Jack.

When Esta tries to steal the book from Jack, she has to confront Thoth. He has the Pharoh’s Heart in the book, and needs some magic from Seshat for his nefarious plans – that’s why they were headed to California next. Esta knees Jack/Thoth in the groin and almost escapes with the book but instead DISAPPEARS again. When she reappears, she’s able to flee Denver and get on a train to California to find Harte.

Part 3

1904 San Fransisco: Evil Nibsy has now carved “clavis” aka key into Esta’s arm, she learns as she travels to California. There, she’s greeted by Harte’s brother, Sammie, who takes her to a dying Harte. She begs Sammie’s mom for Harte’s stone, who reveals she did save them. With her cuff back, Esta hauls Harte out and hurls them into time.

1952 San Fransisco: Harte wakes up in a hospital. He’s alive! Esta dragged them into the future to save his life. She gives him Quellant to keep Seshat quiet and they escape the hospital, because of course Jack has waited 50 years for them to resurface and shows up right away.

Part 4

1952 San Fransisco: Esta and Harte are in hiding but Seshat keeps them from getting too physically close which is just SO RUDE. They realize that Sammie’s mother might have given the bad guys a fake Dragon’s Eye back in the day, and track down present-day Sammie to see if he has the real one. Sammie explains that since they’ve been gone, the bad guys used the earthquake Esta caused escaping as a scapegoat to kill anyone with magic. Jack has been president for nearly 30 years and he’s using his power to build the Reticulum, a net to cover the country and eliminate all the old magic (including all Mageus). They’ll have to go back in time and stop this, but first, they hatch a plan to get the Dragon’s Heart from Sammie’s safe deposit box in the past. They get the crown, but Sammie is shot and they can’t do anything to change it as they travel back to 1920.

1920 A Train Headed East: Esta is tired of being alone so she gives in and has a lovely kissing moment with Harte while he’s on the Quellant. But Harte, in his grief, pulls away, and the moment is ruined.

Part 5

1902 NYC: Cela, Abel, Viola, and Jianyu have teamed up to stop the Order. They’re pretending to work with Nibsy who is using Paul and Viola for his own plans to stop the Order. But Jack knows something is up, and Jack betrays Theo, who was trying to infiltrate the Order to help Viola. Everyone is double crossing everyone and trying to get the ring and it’s all about to go down at the new Order HQ in the Flatiron.

Logan and Viola sneak into the Flatiron to try to get the ring, and Viola manages to rescue Theo. Jianyu appears and agrees to get the ring so that Viola and Theo can go save Cela and Abel. Logan attacks Jianyu and ends up flying off the top of the Flatiron. Jianyu escapes and reunites with Cela. But Logan got the ring and gives it to Nibsy, who can feel his power grow.

1920 Chicago: Harte and Esta visit a nightclub, rumored to be frequented by Mageus, and share a nice moment dancing together. But the owner, Torrino (formerly Paul’s lackey!?), demands to see them. He locks them up (seems to be a theme in this book), but NORTH comes out of nowhere to save them! He and Maggie (who survived!) have a family and are still part of the Antistasi (but the non-Nibsy kind). North takes Esta and Harte to the magical Nitemarket to gather info on the Antistasi plan to attack Jack at the convention, which will set off a negative chain of events leading Jack to power. But they discover it’s not in the Antistasi’s plans- it’s a set up. They narrowly escape the Nitemarket, saving its creator, Dom, in the process, and make new plans to take down the tower before it can destroy the Mageus.

Harte and Esta go to the convention to find Jack and take back the Book. North and his son Everett work to destroy the tower, and they manage to turn that magic against Jack’s cronies, but North has to sacrifice himself in the process. Esta gets the Book from Jack but is trapped by Thoth, who wants Seshat. Harte tries to save Esta, who is finally swept into Seshat’s clutches. Seshat wants to destroy the world so that Thoth can’t get his hands on it. Esta and Seshat make a deal. She wants Harte back and in turn, she’ll destroy Thoth and right the balance magic and time. Coming back into reality, Esta stabs Jack/Thoth with the dagger, hopefully destroying them both. She and Harte are carted away by the police, but actually, it’s Dom, come to rescue them! Together, they head to NYC with the Book and four of the stones, determined to save their world.

Find out how the story ends in The Shattered City!

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