Now, if you’re like me, you probably went to the midnight release of Harry Potter last night/this morning for the final movie. And, when you walked out, you were on the “that was BRILLIANT” high. But then you woke up. And the Post-Potter Depression hit you.
“Now what do I read?” you’re asking yourself. Well, here is my list of recommendations of books to help with PPD.
The first is So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. It was originally published in 1983 (Long before Potter Mania) and currently consists of nine books in the series. This first book follows the tale of Nita Callahan as she discovers a book in the library while hiding from bullies tormenting her. Called “So you want to be a wizard”, she takes the wizard’s oath in it that night, and awakens the next morning to find her name in the back of it as a wizard. She meets Christopher “Kit” Rodriguez, a new wizard like herself, and together, the two of them find themselves caught in a plot that ends with them taking on the Lone Power in an alternate Manhattan to regain a book that has contained in it all that was and shall be before the Power can destroy Nita and Kit’s Manhattan for good. Find a copy here
Now, if epic Fantasy is more your thing, and you have already gone through Tolkien, I suggest Elizabeth Haydon’s Symphony of Ages Trilogy, the first of which is called Rhapsody. Published in 1999, there are now three other books besides, all detailing the lives of Rhapsody, Achmed the Snake and Grunthor. The first tells the story of how the three meet, and, in an attempt to escape that which is chasing them, find themselves in the root system of the oldest tree in their world: one that mythology says goes all the way through the earth. And it does. They climb through it for what seems to be years for them, and when they finally make their way out of the other side, they find that 1000 years have passed and the country they left from is now gone, sunk beneath the seas. In a new world, they need to find their own place while dealing with mistrust around them because they are of races that are not normally welcome. Rhapsody can be found here.
Now, if vampires are more your thing, Jeanne C. Stein has a wonderful series called the “Anna Strong Series”. They are shorter than Potter (around 300 pages) and the blurb on the back of the first book, The Becoming, compares them to “a cross between Mary Janice Davidson’s Undead series…and Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series”. A bounty hunter, Anna Strong finds herself attacked one night, and when she wakes up, she’s…changed. Vampires to her are a thing of myth, and as she struggles to come to terms with what she is, she must also decide if she will walk in the Mortal world, the darker world of vampires, or both, and who she’ll trust in this new society she finds herself in. There are six books out now, and all are very, very well written. See it for yourself here.
Finally, there is Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This series of 4 has been in creation since 2003 and the fourth and final book is coming out November of this year. This book tells the story of a young boy named Eragon when he finds a strange blue stone is a forest when he is out hunting. Unable to sell it, he keeps it, and is surprised when, a few days later, a dragon hatches from it. From here on out, Eragon is forced into a role as a Dragonrider, a role which he does not understand, as he searches for the Rebellion, known as the Varden, to help in their fight against the dark Emperor Galbatorix. The similarities between Star Wars, Tolkien, and Anne McCaffery’s Dragonriders of Pern series are there, but it is still worth a read. Check it out here.
Well, hopefully that’s enough to ward of PPD for now!