A hand­ful of ti­tles for the Hog­warts post-grad

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By KATE­LYN MCLIMANS

In ac­cor­dance with the pre­miere of a new movie set in the Harry Potter uni­verse this weeK — “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — the great peo­ple at the Cecil County Pub­lic Li­brary have pieced to­gether a few like-minded reads that might strike your pal­ette as fa­mil­iar.

Books not enough? Check out one (or all) of CCPL’s Potter-themed events this week.

Fan­tasy Marco and Celia are the most pow­er­ful il­lu­sion­ists in the world. Trained from child­hood by over­bear­ing masters, they are trapped in a life­long bat­tle to prove their skills. The bat­tle­ground is the night cir­cus — a mys­te­ri­ous fes­ti­val of con­tor­tion­ists, tents, ven­dors and ring­mas­ters that trav­els around the world, ap­pear­ing in a new town ev­ery few nights with­out warn­ing. As Marco and Celia com­pete through the years, cir­cus-go­ers be­gin to ques­tion whether the magic of the night cir­cus is re­ally an il­lu­sion. Science fic­tion/Fan­tasy On her 19th birth­day, Kelsea Raleigh must come out of hid­ing. As the right­ful queen of the Tear­ling Em­pire, she faces as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempts from her en­e­mies and cruel judg­ment from her as­signed guards on her jour­ney to the keep. Kelsea must learn to gov­ern a king­dom of peo­ple that she is only be­gin­ning to un­der­stand, and she must do so while sur­viv­ing the Red Queen of Mortmesne’s jeal­ous wrath. This book is the ex­cit­ing start to an epic tril­ogy. Plus, ru­mors are that our very own Hermione Granger, Emma Wat­son, is set to pro­duce and star in a film adap­ta­tion in the com­ing years. De­tec­tive/Mys­tery Al­though this se­ries, writ­ten by J.K. Rowling un­der the pseu­do­nym of Robert Gal­braith, is the­mat­i­cally very dif­fer­ent than our beloved Harry Potter, the magic is alive in Rowling’s writ­ing and char­ac­ters. Based squarely in the real world, this crime thriller feels like a mod­ern Sher­lock Holmes. It fol­lows the ca­reer of Bri­tish P.I. Cor­moran Strike and his as­sis­tant Robin in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a celebrity’s death. Al­though this first book in the Cor­moran Strike se­ries lacks the wiz­ard­ing world of Hog­warts, it is nonethe­less a great choice for Harry Potter fans.

More books:

by Pa­trick Roth­fuss (Science fic­tion/Fan­tasy)

by V.E. Sch­wab (Science fic­tion/Fan­tasy) by (Sci-

Bran­don San­der­son ence fic­tion/Fan­tasy)

by Donna Tartt (Science fic­tion/Mys­tery) Clarke mal) Gaiman mal) by Su­sanna (Fan­tasy/Para­nor-

by Jim Butcher (Science fic­tion/ Fan­tasy/De­tec­tive) by Neil (Fan­tasy/Para­nor-

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