The best warlock books

2 authors have picked their favorite books about warlocks and why they recommend each book.

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The Horse King

By Richard A. Knaak,

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While hungry for really any fantasy book, I got into the Dragonrealm series just after it had gone out of print, so I had a lot of fun and rushes of victory scouring all the secondhand bookstores to find any book I could, even out of order. It’s a little dated and cheesy now, considering that the main character’s name is Bedlam, but if you can find a copy, it’s a fun trip down memory lane.


Who am I?

Storytelling is my passion. I have loved writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres since I learned to read as a kid. I’ve won multiple awards, have an optioned screenplay, and am actively working on several paid script projects. I love to swap stories with other writers and dive into new worlds.


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Crown of the Realm (All Things Impossible)

By D. Dalton,

Book cover of Crown of the Realm (All Things Impossible)

What is my book about?

Crown of the Realm is 6-time award-winning novel. The elven king and queen murdered. The crown of the realm stolen, and the elven lands aflame. A banished evil has returned. Not far away, unhinged men hunting an outlaw crash into Derora Saxen’s peaceful village while she play jousts on ponies. She sets out to find help with her protesting best friend, Kelin. But in assisting a stranger on the run, Caleb, they’re pulled headfirst into the chaos of the elven war. 

Facing ancient evils, arrogant elves, a sarcastic knight mentor, and one traitor—maybe more—Derora, Kelin, and Caleb have to choose: gamble desperately or hope that traditional strategy can take them to victory against enemies who have been perfecting their revenge for two thousand years.

Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies

By Jonathan Rosen,

Book cover of Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies: Devin Dexter #1

I like a little humor with my spookiness and this book has humor to spare. Just the idea of a horde of demonic stuffed animals brings a smile to my face. Rosen does a fantastic job creating a fully-fleshed out world and filling it with interesting and engaging characters. But seriously, it's the bunnies that make this shine. Even now, just writing about them brings a smile to my face.


Who am I?

I've been writing Spooky Middle Grade for a number of years, and before that, I wrote horror for Hollywood. Living in Sleepy Hollow, spooky is in my blood, and if I didn't write creepy stories, they'd kick me out. I'm also a professional storyteller and have scared the bejeebus out of kids and adults in places like Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and Washington Irving's Sunnyside. Halloween is my favorite time of year. It more or less becomes a month-long village-wide celebration in October. Being inundated with all this crazy rubs off on you, and I have been well-steeped.


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Lillian Lovecraft and the Harmless Horrors

By David Neilsen,

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What is my book about?

Lillian Lovecraft's world is forever changed when she is accidentally haunted by a horrific entity from beyond time and reality named Frank, who likes mustard, plays with people's toupees, and is more annoying than dangerous. Frank's arrival, however, is a harbinger of worse things to come as more and more horrors from Frank's dimension find their way into our world. If that weren't bad enough, a deranged madman is trying to open a portal into Frank's dimension that will allow a giant eyeball to enter our world and devour all of humanity.

It's up to Lillian, her friends, and Frank (if he feels like it) to stop the madman, deal with the horrors, and save the world.

The Warlock in Spite of Himself

By Christopher Stasheff,

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I think that all of us have dreams of being a secret hero. The hero of this novel is not one by accident, but by effort and ability. The story follows his effort to do the right thing, using his self-deprecating humour to give us glimpses of the real person. The flawed supporter that he has is both so very powerful and yet so vulnerable, something that all of us can understand. The main characters determination to do the right thing even at the risk of great personal loss, is the kind of thing that most of us hope we could do too.


Who am I?

I first found fantasy literature about the same time as I got into tabletop gaming, for me this was AD&D. Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur C. Clarke, Fritz Lieber, and Roger Zelazny were just a few of the authors that showed me what was possible. Writing my first novel cemented my understanding that I wanted to create the kinds of worlds that readers would want to experience. The kinds of worlds that would let them get away from their lives, if only for a few hours, where they could live a life of adventure and discovery. Just like the novels I recommended here did for me. 


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The 7th Pre-Light

By Brett Mumford,

Book cover of The 7th Pre-Light

What is my book about?

My novel is a contemporary science fiction that revolves around a murder mystery and first contact. The story all takes place in an alien culture, and the main characters are a security technician tasked with finding the murderer and a researcher with the responsibility of analyzing the newest discovered race, humanity.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

By John Bellairs, Edward Gorey (illustrator),

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Ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt, suddenly orphaned, is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan at 100 High Street in New Zebedee, Michigan. There he finds himself in a hilltop mansion both odd and fascinating: among his discoveries are ancient coins, a secret passage behind a bookcase, and the fact that Uncle Jonathan is a warlock. The only bad news is that the weird and wonderful house holds a potentially world-ending secret inside its walls. Simultaneously warm and scary, this is my favorite haunted-house story of all time.


Who am I?

When I was a little kid, I had a friend whose house was off-limits—his parents didn’t allow any of us to go inside. Fascinated by the thought of what was hidden within its walls, I imagined an interior that was crazy enough for fiction. I never forgot that feeling, and now that I’m a grown-up writing children’s books, the houses and buildings in my stories are always characters in themselves. I continue to be inspired by middle-grade books where homes are fun, fantastic, and unforgettable.


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The Tiny Mansion

By Keir Graff,

Book cover of The Tiny Mansion

What is my book about?

In my latest middle-grade adventure, twelve-year-old Dagmar is forced to spend the summer living off-the-grid with her family in a tiny house, where she confronts: Deadly traps! A spoiled rich kid with scary dogs! An annoying little brother with a runny nose! A billionaire at war with his eccentric siblings! A hulking bodyguard! A terrifying natural disaster! And—wait—cows?

Guns of the Dawn

By Adrian Tchaikovsky,

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Fantasy at its best, with magic used to wage war between kingdoms and an epic pace that never lets up. Emily, the main character, is hopelessly out of her depth and manages to be kick-ass anyway – I just love a heroine I can admire. I also love the political and sociological nuances in this book – nothing is black and white, and I appreciate the complexity of the issues and feelings the characters grapple with. And though I usually skim battle and/or fight scenes, I read these word-for-word, the pacing was that good. A delicious escape!


Who am I?

I have very eclectic reading tastes; the books I choose to give my time to are united by only two simple requirements: the writing has to be excellent, and the characters have to live and breathe in my heart and mind. As a former high school English teacher, nothing delights me more than recommending brilliant books to hungry readers. And as an author, it’s an honor to pay homage to some of the authors that have served as guides and teachers while providing me with hours of entertainment. Happy reading!


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What Survives of Us: Colorado Chapters Book One

By Kathy Miner,

Book cover of What Survives of Us: Colorado Chapters Book One

What is my book about?

What would you do to survive, if life as we know it ended? What should you do, to protect yourself and your family? Naomi sees her first corpse in a Colorado Springs grocery store, but it won’t be her last. With devastating speed, a plague sweeps the world. Those who survive are different, profoundly so, in ways they are just beginning to comprehend. As Naomi struggles to protect and reunite what’s left of her family, she must also learn to understand and accept the changes in herself. In this strange new world, her survival, and the survival of those she loves, depends on it. This novel, the first in a completed trilogy, is “...a whole new spin on the apocalyptic/dystopian genre.”

Warlock

By Wilbur Smith,

Book cover of Warlock

Wilbur Smith, who sadly passed in November 2021, trailblazed adventure writing. While The River God is perhaps his most memorable entry in his Ancient Egypt series, Warlock is stuffed with descriptions of military training and combat. I particularly enjoyed ‘The Red Road’ sequence – while not battle-focused, Mr. Smith took pains to unpack the various modes of fighting available to contemporary Bronze Age Egyptians.

Smith’s detailing of chariot-centered battle would satisfy everyone from engineers to historians - particularly in Warlock’s climax. Javelins and bows hurtling from hundreds of chariots makes for a unique style of combat that is difficult to acquire elsewhere – as is the struggles of engaging in mass military operations when surrounded by desert.


Who am I?

I am fascinated by how societies conduct war. Who is expected to fight, and how are they organized? How is technology developed, implemented, and improvised in the heat of battle? And, most importantly, how do its participants make sense of the carnage around them? History is replete with tales of savagery and courage, of honor and depravity. Perilously few of these have been formed into novels, leaving an incomplete and disjointed understanding of thousands of years of struggle. Many authors, including those listed here, paved the path for holistic depictions of historical battle fiction – my hope is to contribute tales from oft-neglected societies, beginning with Belisarius and the 6th-Century Roman Empire.


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The Last Dying Light: A Novel of Belisarius (The Last of the Romans)

By William Havelock,

Book cover of The Last Dying Light: A Novel of Belisarius (The Last of the Romans)

What is my book about?

Twilight has come to the husk of the Roman Empire, mired in corruption and decay. As a new dynasty ascends to the purple, a band of patricians hatch a desperate scheme to restore the Empire to its glory. Their first task is to bring peace to the provinces, including the distant northern lands of Chersonesus, where towns are being slowly razed by an unseen enemy, all signs of life erased in their wake.

The new Emperor calls upon his undermanned armies to voyage across the Euxine Sea. Once there, however, the Empire’s soldiers find few survivors within the hinterlands, and pervasive darkness inhabiting its mists. They are not alone, and have only a promising young general to lead them through the carnage ahead.

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