The best books about witches 📚

Browse the best books on witches as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of Good Omens

Good Omens

By Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

Why this book?

Anyone who loves urban fantasy and snarky humor has got to read Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Sir Terry is the ultimate purveyor of snicker-worthy humor and urban fantasy romps, and he brings all of that skill to bear to this delightful collaboration with amazing author Neil Gaiman. Not only is Good Omens a hilarious romp, but it ends up being quite insightful and touching along the way. I, as a religious person, was absolutely tickled by the irreverent religious humor (anyone who really knows God knows he has a great sense of humor) and unexpected mashups of well-known tropes.…

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Book cover of Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender, and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany

Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender, and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany

By Laura Kounine

Why this book?

Kounine closely looks at accusations of men and of women in order to better understand what made each of them vulnerable. A great writer, she engages with the emotional worlds that are revealed and tell us so much about ordinary Lutheran communities and their values.
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A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

Why this book?

This book had me at the outset with an old, magical manuscript that stirs up the otherworldly beings and binds a witch and a vampire together—I love that witches get their due here! Descended from a long line of witches, Diana Bishop is the only one who can break the spell, despite her resistance to the task. Harkness made her writing debut with this book, and it has all the magic, strong female characters, and beautiful prose to keep me enthralled. Great show too!

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Dead Witch Walking

By Kim Harrison

Why this book?

A hybrid demon witch? Bring it on! Flawed and determined that is Rachel Morgan in a nutshell. Did I mention she has a wisecracking pixie as a sidekick and a demon mentor named Al? Yes, she does and I love her for it. Rachel Morgan has grown so much from Dead Witch Walking the first book in the series to Million Dollar Demon the latest installment. Rachel survived Rosewood Syndrome a disease that should have killed her but due to a questionable intervention that made her a demon she has embraced her demonic side and is kicking butt. Her sarcastic…

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Room on the Broom

By Julia Donaldson, Axes Scheffler

Why this book?

You can not go wrong with Julia Donaldson – author of The Gruffalo (which, in my opinion, is one of the best children’s books of all time). Written in her trademark, hilarious, flawless rhyme, this book is an absolute joy. The story is about a witch and her cat flying on a broom, with three other animals asking if there is room on the broom for them. The witch obliges but the broom becomes overloaded and a bit of a catastrophe ensues. Readers will love the fun sounds and repetition, the wonderful, suspenseful plot, and the satisfying, rounded ending. Axel…

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The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow

Why this book?

Did I mention that I am a sucker for alternative histories? This one takes place in a nineteenth-century America where both witchcraft and women’s rights are ruthlessly suppressed, but three sisters, all witches, are working to revive magic by tracking down forgotten spells. I found this novel much scarier than many fantasy novels because, well, the authorities’ efforts to keep women in line felt all too true to life. The relationships among the sisters are thorny, warm, and satisfyingly complex, and Alix Harrow’s rich, evocative language makes their magic powerfully real.

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