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Desperado
03-23-2011, 01:10 AM
Supernatural book lovers, I need your help!

Last year, I read the first six books of Kim Harrison's Hollow Series and really enjoyed them, particularly the witchcraft aspect. After a while though, I got tired of the repeated and continuous angst and the stupid choices the lead character kept making.

I've been trying to find a replacement series and have had very little luck. I found this fun site – http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/ that claims to direct you to books similar to the ones you've enjoyed, but so far none of the choices panned out. Most options I've investigated involve too much sappy romance. I'm OK with the lead character having love interests, but I can't stomach reading anything involving a “big strong guy soul mate taking care of the frail and needy witch for as long as they both shall live”. I'm looking at you Lilith Saintcrow!

Does anyone have suggestions of similar series? Your help would be super appreciated. I can offer my reviews of other supernatural series in exchange. :)

Simone411
03-23-2011, 01:41 AM
What I've been reading isn't exactly associated with witchcraft or wicca but rather the discussion of it and the paranormal. I've been reading books by Sylvia Browne for the past few years. I found one of her books, Phenomenon, to be quite interesting. Everything from Akashic Records to Zarathushtra (A to Z) is covered in this book.

I'm not sure if this may be of interest to you but here is a link to Sylvia's website:

http://books.sylviabrowne.com/

FigureSpins
03-23-2011, 02:08 AM
Have you read Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series? I enjoyed them very much - lots of new (to me) ideas in magics and rules. I especially liked the groups of magicians working together to fight evil who reappear in the later books to help new characters in their own stories.

http://www.amazon.com/Elemental-Masters-Mercedes-Lackey/lm/R36EP6MRR2DHMG

She also wrote a series of updated fairy tales that are very light-hearted love stories. Not quite bodice-rippers, imo, but more entertaining and humorous than the Elemental Masters series. The series is called the "Tales of the 500 Kingdoms" and there's some character crossover, but it fades as the series goes on, ending up with a guest appearance now and then from The Fairy Godmother and her Consort.

http://www.amazon.com/500-Kingdom-Series-Mercedes-Lackey/lm/RMTXLANTSRGR6

There's supposed to be a new book in the 500 Kingdoms series this summer: "Beauty and the Werewolf."

skatefan
03-23-2011, 01:44 PM
Have you read any of Trudi Canavan's books? Fantasy/witchcraft/magic - enjoyed by my daughter (age 24) http://www.trudicanavan.com/books/

PrincessLeppard
03-23-2011, 02:27 PM
Some of Terry Pratchett's books have some feisty witches in them. And they're funny, too. :)

Desperado
03-23-2011, 02:33 PM
These look really interesting - thank you!

In the genre, I've only read the first three Black Jewels novels from Anne Bishop. They were dark, but extremely enthralling. After a while though, the level of violence and the sexual abuse aspects (especially regarding children) were too much for me.

Mayra
03-23-2011, 02:57 PM
Have u tried " A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0670022411/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/178-4330391-3949847

The main protagonist is a somewhat reluctant witch and a historian of alchemy at Oxford. There are also vampires and other random supernatural beings to add to the entertainment. :cheer: Disclaimer: There is most definitely a sappy romance aspect of the book with a big strong guy wanting to protect the not so frail witch. It is however slightly better written? So maybe not you're thing. :lol:

Wiery
03-23-2011, 04:20 PM
Some of Terry Pratchett's books have some feisty witches in them. And they're funny, too. :)

Yes, I took up Headology thanks to Granny Weatherwax...

Amy L
03-23-2011, 04:46 PM
I was gonna reply to this thread just to mention the Discworld witch books by Terry Pratchett, but I'm the third to post about them instead. :)

Wiery
03-23-2011, 09:20 PM
Not a witch, but the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn is very good, especially if you like strong, independent women.

The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs is good too.

Wiery
03-23-2011, 09:34 PM
Sorry for the multiple posts...

This one is a witch series, I don't know if it's available beyond kindle and/or nook: Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory. The first book is Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble. Price is right too, I think it was 99 cents...

H.P. Mallory also wrote To Kill A Warlock: Dulcie O'Neill series.

Desperado
03-23-2011, 10:47 PM
Again, thanks everyone for the suggestions.

I really like Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thomson series (in spite of the fact that she found her soul mate, LOL!). Her sixth one should be out really soon. I also really enjoy Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels Series.

I had heard of the Kitty Norville books but never got around them for some reasons - thank you for the reminder.

Former Lurve Goddess
03-24-2011, 12:06 AM
[QUOTE=Mayra] Have u tried " A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness.]

Haven't read the book but a friend of mine wrote the snarkiest review ever of it in the Globe & Mail:D:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/a-discovery-of-witches-by-deborah-harkness/article1938697/

Matryeshka
03-24-2011, 12:42 AM
Again, thanks everyone for the suggestions.

I really like Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thomson series (in spite of the fact that she found her soul mate, LOL!). Her sixth one should be out really soon. I also really enjoy Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels Series.

I had heard of the Kitty Norville books but never got around them for some reasons - thank you for the reminder.

Her sixth one is out now. If romance is not your thing, then...um...:shuffle: I have a review of it in the book thread, I think.

Skittl1321
03-24-2011, 12:53 AM
If you want a fluff-chick-lit series with a witchcraft theme (I thought she did a decent job of representing modern witchcraft, though I admit I only know a bit about it) I really liked the Girls Guide to Witchcraft series from Mindy Klasky. I think there are 3 books, the others being Sorcery and the Single Girl and Magic and the Modern Girl.

You can find used copies pretty cheap, and they are quick reads, so it wouldn't be a great investment to see if you like the first one.