Book Recs: Witches (And Other Magic-Doers)

LGBT people are magic, so obviously I had to do a rec list of LGBT books with witches (and various other magic-doers). Shamefully, I haven’t read all that many (that I’m willing to rec. There is that One Series We Don’t Talk About as well, but it’ll be a cold day in hell when I rec that), so some of the ones on here are ones people I trust have loved, or ones that aren’t yet published.

But, because they’re about witches (and other magic-doers), and they’re LGBT, I can guarantee* that they’ll be amazing.

*Please don’t actually hold me to this, thanks.

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The True Queen

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Zen Cho
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mcs, Malay mcs

Fairyland’s future lies in doubt…

The island of Janda Baik, in the Malay archipelago, has long been home to witches. And Muna and her sister Satki wake on its shores under a curse – which has stolen away their memories. Satki plots to banish it in London, as Britain’s Sorceress Royal dares to train female magicians. But the pair journey there via the Fairy Queen’s realm, where Satki disappears.

Distraught, Muna takes her sister’s place at the school, despite her troublesome lack of magic. Then the Sorceress receives an ambassador from the Fairy Court, which has incarcerated her friends – for supposedly stealing a powerful talisman. Their Queen is at her most dangerous, fearing for her throne. For the missing trinket contained the magic of her usurped sister, Fairyland’s rightful heir. Mina must somehow find Satki, break their curse and stay out of trouble. But if the true queen does finally return, trouble may find her first…

Why Should I Read It?

If you want a perfectly slowburning plot and romance, featuring anticolonialism and dragons, this is the book for you. It’s a beautiful book and I will be reccing it from now until eternity. (Also, I reviewed it here.)

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Wonders of the Invisible World

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Christopher Barzak
Goodreads
Rep: gay mcs (ownvoices)

Seventeen-year-old Aidan Lockwood lives in the sleepy farming community of Temperance, Ohio—known for its cattle ranches and not much else. That is until Jarrod, a friend he hasn’t seen in five years, moves back to town and opens Aidan’s eyes in startling ways: to Aidan’s ability to see the spirit world; to the red-bearded specter of Death; to a family curse that has claimed the lives of the Lockwood men one by one…and to the new feelings he has developed for Jarrod.

Why Should I Read It?

Estranged best friends to lovers gives you some unique and perfect angst, and no more so than in Wonders of the Invisible World. It’s honestly such a brilliant book, and one I keep promising myself to reread (and then never actually managing to. Shame on me).

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Engelsfors Trilogy

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Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mc, bi mc

TWs: bullying, homophobia, suicide, implied paedophilia, attempted rape, torture, drug/alcohol abuse, animal deaths, self-harm

On a night after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgren, a blood-red moon fills the night sky. Minoo wakes up outside her house, still in her pajamas, and is drawn by an invisible force to an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of town. Soon five of her classmates–Vanessa, Linnea, Anna-Karin, Rebecka and Ida–arrive, compelled the same force. A mystical being takes over Ida’s body and tells them they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them. The park is a safe haven; the school, a place of danger. The six are wildly different and definitely not friends…but they are the Chosen Ones.

As the weeks pass, each girl discovers she has a unique magical ability. They begin exploring their powers, but they are not all firmly committed to their mission–to discover the truth about Elias’s death. Then a horrible tragedy strikes within the circle. Newly determined to fight the evil forces, they begin to learn magic from The Book of Patterns, an ancient work with a will of its own that reveals different things to different witches.

In this gripping first installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy, a parallel world emerges in which teenage dreams, insanely annoying parents, bullying, revenge, and love collide with flirtation, dangerous forces, and ancient magic. An international sensation with rights sold in 24 countries, The Circle is razor-sharp and remarkable from start to finish.

Why Should I Read It?

This whole series is pretty heavy, but if you can read it, then it’s got an amazing payoff for a THREE-BOOK-LONG F/F SLOWBURN. And each of those books is 500+ pages so you know it’s going to be the slowest slowburn ever and exquisitely wonderful.

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These Witches Don’t Burn

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Isabel Sterling
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mc (ownvoices)

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

Why Should I Read It?

It’s not yet published but this is one of mine and Anna’s most anticipated reads of the year. I mean, the main character is a lesbian witch. What more do you need to know?

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Witch, Cat, and Cobb

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J. K. Pendragon
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian mcs, trans mcs

Destined for an arranged marriage she wants nothing to do with, Princess Breanwynne decides that the only option for escape is to run away. Upon the announcement of this plan, her trusted pet cat reveals he can talk by asking that she take him along. Listening to his suggestion to venture into the lair of the Swamp Witch proves to be a very bad idea, but Breanwynne would rather face a witch any day than be forced to marry a prince.

Why Should I Read It?

Running away from an arranged marriage with a man to shack up with a trans woman witch and your talking cat? Can you get any better a start to a novella?

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Labyrinth Lost

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Zoraida Córdova
Goodreads
Rep: bi mc

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Why Should I Read It?

This is one that I have to admit to not having (yet) read. But so many people whose taste in books I trust have loved this one, so that’s why it’s on here. Also it sounds epic.

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The Binding

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Bridget Collins
Goodreads
Rep: mlm mcs

Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Forever.

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

Why Should I Read It?

Stretching what I mean by “magic-doer” a little here but I love this book too much not to. It’s a beautiful non-linear narrative, where you start basically in the middle of the story, and then work your way through the past and into the future. And the plot means it has the most excrutiatingly painful second chance romance (just how I like it).

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The Fire’s Stone

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Tanya Huff
Goodreads
Rep: gay mc, bi mc

THIEF, SWORDSMAN, AND WIZARDESS

AARON. Clan Heir, he has fled his people when his beloved was slain by his own father’s command, abandoning his training, duty and beliefs to become a thief. A master of his trade, he now dared the odds in Ischia, city of the volcano, where the price of being caught was death.

DARVISH. Prince of Ischia, third son of a king who had no intention of giving up his throne. The prince was a drunkard, a lover, and a wastrel, yet was gifted with sword skills and with the ability to charm all around him. But not even his charm could free him from the political marriage now being planned.

CHANDRA. Born a princess, she had chosen to become a Wizard of the Nine, that rarest of beings, able to master all the forms that sorcery could take. Now, promised as Darvish’s bride, she undertook a desperate journey to Ischia to convince him they must not wed.

Aaron, Darvish, Chandra—three strangers whose fates were about to become interwined. For someone had stolen The Stone, the magical talisman which stood between Ischia and the volcano’s wrath. And unless the three could learn to work together on a quest to find the Stone, Ischia would drown in a sea of lava.

Why Should I Read It?

This one was recommended me years ago, and in true fashion, I still haven’t read it. But I trust the person who recced it, so it’s on here. Also it’s a good way of reminding myself to read it already.

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The Fever King

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Victoria Lee
Goodreads
Rep: bi Jewish mc, gay li

TWs: child abuse, statutory rape, torture in past, suicide mentions

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Why Should I Read It?

You know when a book just completely wrecks you and you’re left not knowing what to do with yourself? This is one of those. (So beware.)

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found

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Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Goodreads
Rep: bi mcs

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found…

Why Should I Read It?

The bigger question here is why haven’t you already read this? It has not one, but two bi mcs and it’s a beautifully quietly magical read.

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So, that’s all I have. I hope you found something to read on here! What are your favourite books with witches (and other magic-doers)?

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10 thoughts on “Book Recs: Witches (And Other Magic-Doers)

  1. Hannah @ Ink and Myths says:

    What a beautiful list! I want to read all of these (but especially Spellbook of the Lost and Found & The Fever King, they sound brillant!) 🥰 a book in which one of the MCs is a witch is Strange Grace and I love it so, so much ♥️

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  2. Margaret @ Weird Zeal says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of some of these???? They all look amazing??? But I loved Spellbook of the Lost and Found, and a few of these – The Circle, Labyrinth Lost, and The Fever King – were already on my TBR. Definitely going to add some of these others too! 😀

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