54 Wickedly Good Books About Witches (Fiction & Fantasy)
Discover the best books about witches from around the world. You’ll find here exciting YA witch books for teens and adults, romance, fantasy and funny novels you won’t be able to put down.
You can find here some of our favorite novels with witches and you can choose from various genres from nonfiction, fiction through fantasy to folklore and young adult witchy books.
Get ready for some magic because these are also some of the best witch books for beginners and fans alike since you can get inspiration for your next best fantasy witch novels or even find a new fiction book about witches to learn more about paganism and some real-life witches.
The best part is? You can not only get lost in the pages but in real life too because on your next holiday you can plan a trip to the magical places mentioned in these books.
So if you’re looking for a wickedly amazing read, you’re in luck because you’re going to find something you love and to get magically spooked by.
If you’re looking for more magical fantasy books you should check out our other book lists and book guides or visit our online book nook filled with unique, lesser-known, and the most popular books and novels from all around the world.
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Best books about witches that will take you around the world
54| Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart | Publication: April 2021
YA fantasy witch novel for a magical visit to a Jamaican-inspired fantasy world.
It’s a dark and exciting story about two rival witches who have no other choice but to work together to destroy a dangerous common enemy.
Dark magic, revenge, betrayal, and a lush atmosphere promises an exciting new witchy adventure.
Witches Steeped In Gold is a perfect coice for readers who are looking for a new YA witch book with dark magic and a thrilling story.
53| Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal | Publication: March 2020
YA fantasy novel with witches for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
Sanna has always felt estranged throughout her life. The sixteen-year-old half mermaid half-human grew up without knowing her mother.
When she was born a witch cast a terrible course upon the girl’s mother, causing her to forget when and where she gave birth.
Fixated on filling the empty space in her life because of the absence of her mother, Sanna decides to find her.
First, she has to find a way to walk on land. To that Sanna needs the help of the witch, who is willing to assist in exchange for her apprenticeship.
Once Sanna gets a pair of legs, nothing holds her back to embark on the quest of connecting with her roots.
Mermaid Moon is an inspiring YA fantasy book that will make a great read for bookworms of all ages.
52| Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee | Published: 2020
High fantasy fiction witch book series for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
However, on the day she has to climb to the top of the mountain, she meets a mage, who has a better idea. Csorwe is offered a choice to continue living with a higher purpose. She could get away with the mage and become an outlaw, who knows no fear.
The Unspoken Name is an incredibly dense, full of action book with so many interesting pieces that create a fascinating world.
A.K. Larkwood’s book is definitely among the best books about magic and wizards in 2020.
51| Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee | Publication: June 2020
YA fantasy fiction with witches for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
Born and raised in poverty, Sirscha Ashwyn stepped out in the wide world to make her name remembered. She has trained hard for years to become the queen’s royal spy.
Just when everything seems to be working out, shamans attack and kill Saengo, her best friends.
Thanks to previously unknown powers Sirscha manages to bring her friend back from the dead. All her special power and determination aren’t for nothing; she has a destiny.
Her adventures take her to the feared Dead Wood, where she has to restore balance with her newly mastered skill.
Forest of Souls is going to be an outstanding book, which is full of action and twists.
50| Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) by Rin Chupeco | Publication: March 2020
YA fantasy fiction about witches for a magical visit to Avalon.
Tala Warnock is trying not to disappoint and live up to the name of her ancestor, Maria Makiling, the Filipina heroine whose name is still sung with high respect.
Tala is not doing that well though; her magic doesn’t seem to obey all her wishes.
She has to step up when things become much more complicated then she would have ever thought. The world is in danger and it is only up to her to prevent a number of threats become reality.
Wicked As You Wish is one eventful read that you are not going to be able to put down for sure.
49| Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles | Publication: June 2020
YA fantasy fiction about witches for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
Where Dreams Descend is a fascinatingly dark yet delightful story of a circus, which is in need of a talented magician. The best of the bests compete for the esteemed spot and every step closer to fame is life-threatening.
In this mind-blowing competition, there is room for inspiring love, which has to overcome more obstacles than first anticipated.
Angeles’ first book is going to be one of the best fantasy books about magic and romance 2020 holds for us.
48| Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan | Publication: April 2020
YA fantasy fiction about witches for a magical visit to Malachiasz.
Three completely different beings fighting their dark fate are drawn together. Nadya is unable to trust her own magical powers and Serefin, the prince is trying to remain himself, while Malachiasz has become a monster.
All of them are being controlled by a powerful someone or something and hear voices, each of them interpreting the danger differently.
Can they fight off the mysterious dark forces that make them act as they wouldn’t?
Ruthless Gods is one of the most remarkable books about witches and magic you can read in 2020.
47| A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo | Published: 2019
YA fantasy fiction about witches for a magical visit to Rocksaw, Kansas, USA.
Trix McGabe doesn’t have an ordinary childhood; her mother left and she is doing her best to survive. Trix wants to sort everything out on her own and her means of winning bread isn’t the most conventional.
Trix happens to be very good at re-purposing others’ valuables. Well, this talent puts her into trouble when she gets caught. She is offered two options; go to jail or live with her distant family in Kansas.
Thinking to have fooled everyone, Trix is heading to Rockshaw, which she plans to leave soon. The little town and her family members have plenty of surprises for her; the McGabes possess all sorts of magic.
With Trix finally finding her roots, she may just stick around and finally stop running.
A Constellation of Roses is certainly among the best books about witches and magic for YA readers.
46| The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner | Published: 2019
Graphic novel about witches for a magical visit to Massachusetts, USA.
The enchanting story of Moth Hush, the thirteen-year-old witch lover girl will cheer you up for sure.
Moth has always been a witch enthusiast whose life is about to take a 180-degree turn. When she is being bullied by some older kids, a sign of magic changes her life forever.
As it turns out, her family has a long history of magic and she has a legacy to fulfill. After finding a diary that allows her to explore her family’s past, meets a talking cat and her life as a witch is about to begin.
The Okay Witch is one of the most adorable funny books about witches for children but we are sure adults would love this book too.
45| The Sting of Victory (Fallen Gods #1) by S.D. Simper | Published: 2018
Gay fantasy fiction book series about witches for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
Flowridia is a witch with a good heart seeking to be loved. With plenty of unhealed wounds from the past, she is still insecure. After years of abuse, she finally finds a safe home at the kingdom’s royal family.
She finds love in the person of the rather menacing Lady Ayla, who is doomed to live a life as a monster. But all that doesn’t matter because Flowridia sees only what is under the surface and her love cannot be discouraged.
An epic battle begins as an otherworldly being tries to rule the kingdom.
The Sting of Victory is one of the most captivating books about witches for adults and YA readers with an inspiring lesbian romance.
44| A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic #1) by Anna Meriano | Published: 2018
Fantasy fiction book series about witches for a magical visit to Texas, USA.
Young Leo, in her teens, is eager to help, but her mother rejects her offer this year as well, saying she too young.
When sneaking in to observe her mother and older female members of the family prepare; Leo discovers the secret ingredient that perfects their sweets; magic.
The young girl possesses magic as well, and when her friend in need of help, Leo might have to use it.
Great news. The third book of the Love Sugar Magic series, Mixture of Mischief has just been published in January 2020.
A Dash of Trouble is one of the most delightful children’s books about witches.
43| Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs | Published: 2019
Comedy novel with witches for a magical visit to Manhattan & Connecticut, USA.
He is a memoir writer, this is not the only one. In this one, he reveals that he is a witch, descendant of a long line of ancient witches.
There are some good points, interesting statements and overall Toil & Trouble is a fantastic book that entertains everyone.
If you are looking for funny books about witches, then Burroughs’ book will definitely make your day.
It is a quite unique way he looks at witches and witchcraft. He doesn’t think of it as a religion or a belief, nor something supernatural, but simply a lifestyle.
Burroughs doesn’t believe in obvious things that are inevitable for a great fantasy.
Toil & Trouble is a fun read that would make a list that involves books about witches in the nonfiction category.
42| Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin | Published: 2019
A romance fantasy novel with witches for a magical visit to Indiana, USA.
Living in the shadows, Lou has to sustain on the little she steals. Despite trying to avoid everyone, she comes across the worst possible person she could; Reid Diggory.
Soldier of the church Reid has devoted most of his life to hunting down the feared and powerful wielders of magic.
The two become part of each others’ lives struggling with stronger and stronger unwanted feelings.
Shelby Mahurin’s Serpent & Dove is among the best YA books about witches and romance you could find in 2019.
Once you got hooked, you don’t have to wait for another dose of dark magic and romance as Blood and Honey is coming in 2020.
41| Circe by Madeline Miller | Published: 2018
Historica fantasy fiction with witches and wizards for a magical visit to ancient Greece.
A new addition arrives at the Helios house; a girl is born, who to the disappointment of her parents, doesn’t seem to possess any powers. Feeling lonely and a misfit Circe turns to humans for consolation, where she discovers that she has special powers.
She turns out to be a powerful witch, who can turn others into monsters bringing fear to the gods as well.
Zeus banishes Circe hoping to prevent terrible things from happening. In her exile on the deserted island, Circe meets almost all mythical creatures and her fascinating adventure begins.
Circe’s story is deservedly regarded as one of the best fantasy fiction books about witches.
40| Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard | Published: 2019
YA fantasy war story about witches and wizards for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
Bloodwitch Aeduan gets the spotlight to many female reader’s delights. The brave and irresistible warrior fearlessly gets into the battle to save the monastery threatened by a vicious horde.
What makes Dennard’s books so fun to read are the perfectly paced roll of the events, while all the characters are remarkably living.
With strong female characters and just enough romance and action, Bloodwitch is a great book for either gender.
Good news; not long until the fifth book (fourth installation) of the Witchlands series is published in 2020.
Bloodwitch is definitely among the most exciting books about witches fiction category has seen in 2019.
39| Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts Published | Published: 2001
Romance paranormal fiction novel about witches and wizards for a magical visit to Three Sisters Island.
It is terrible to think about how many women are being abused around the world, and what a huge percentage of them are being hurt by their spouses.
Nell has been on a long journey trying to get away from her abusive husband. When she finally settles on a small island called Three Sisters, things still don’t feel so perfect.
She gets a job as a cook at a library café and seems to develop romantic feelings for the sheriff. Life is getting easier to bare, still, she has to keep her secret while trying to fit in.
What also burdens Nell’s happiness is a terrible curse on the island which can only be broken by the successors of the three sisters who first settled on the island.
With the help of two witches, she tries to take on the ancient curse to free the island.
Nora Robert’s book is one of the best suspenseful books about witches and romance with plenty of action.
38| Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling Published | Published: 1997
YA fantasy book series with witches and wizards for a magical visit to England.
J.K. Rowling’s tale of wizards and witches swept the whole world in a heartbeat and since then we have all been waiting for the invitation letter to Hogwarts, which seems to elude us this year again.
Well, that leaves the muggles only another read of the first Potter book.
The orphan little boy is living with his aunt and her family, the Dudleys. Harry is being constantly mistreated by his uncle and cousin and strange things happen around him.
For the first time in his life, a letter arrives addressed to him, which freaks the Dudley family out. They seem to know something but wouldn’t share with the boy.
After thousands of the same letters are sent to him, Harry finally gets to open one, which turns out to be an invitation to the prestigious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry’s life takes a 180-degree turn, the Potter name turns out to sound familiar to everyone in the world of magic.
As he enters the school strange forces seem to be lurking around, the dark lord, whose name we don’t say is after the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Harry Potter books are most definitely among the best YA books about witches but adults love to reread from time to time as well.
37| The letter, the witch, and the ring by John Bellairs Published | Published: 1976
Paranormal fiction novel with witches for a magical visit to Michigan, US.
The book is full of excitement and entertaining lines, still, somehow it gained much less popularity than it deserves.
Rose is expecting one of the most boring summers in her life. Her best friend, Lewis is away to a Boy Scout Camp and life without him tends to be boring.
Things are just about to become exciting when Lewis’ neighbor, real-life witch receives a letter from an odd uncle on his deathbed.
The two embark on a journey of mysteries and magic that holds way more surprises one can imagine. Add Richard Egielski’s dark illustrations and you are in for a treat.
John Bellairs’ book is certainly among the best YA books about witches in the horror mystery theme.
36| The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum Published | Published: 1900
fantasy fiction novel with witches for a magical visit to Kansas and Oz.
In case you are not familiar with the plot, Dorothy, a sixteen-year-old girl is teleported to a magic land by a Kansas cyclone. Along with her loyal friend, Toto they find themselves in the magic land of OZ.
For them to return home, Dorothy is told by a witch to find OZ and ask for his help.
On her way to Emerald City, she encounters an odd trio, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion. Each of them has a very important thing missing, which they hope to find one day. Dorothy invites them to join her and work on their issues.
An interesting fact; the book was banned from Detroit libraries in the 1950s because it “promotes negativity.”
The Wonderful Wizard of OZ is one of the must read classic fantasy fiction books with witches and wizards for children.
35| Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono | Published: 1985
fantasy novel about witches for a magical visit to Koriko.
Kiki has reached the age of maturing and as witch traditions dictate she has to embark on a year-long journey of learning on her own. Well, not completely on her own, Kiki’s loyal and cynical friend Jiji, the black cat accompanies her.
She ends up in a large town by the ocean, which has plenty of surprises for her. After getting over some difficulties and desperation, she meets several people who help her figure out what she really wants.
She also opens a delivery business, which keeps her busy and allows her to meet new people.
It is a lovely book with so much to love about. Kiki and her new friends are all lovable characters. The movie differs from the book, so even if you have already watched it, reading the book will hold some surprises for you.
Eiko Kadono’s Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of the most beautiful and funny books about witches.
34| The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco | Published: 2017
YA sci fi fantasy book series about witches for a magical visit to a fantasy world.
She has to learn that in the hardest way possible; Tea resurrects her brother by accident and things will never be the same from that on.
All her peers and family become distant as a bone witch is the darkest of all witches one could imagine.
Tea has a significant role that she can only fulfill if she learns to control her powers.
Thanks to an experienced bone witch, she begins her training to fight her demons and the approaching threat that could end the world she calls home.
If you love books about witches in the fiction category, you are going to love Rin Chupeco’s fantastic writing style and rich world building.
33| Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood | Published: 2012
YA fantasy book series with witches for a magical visit to New England.
Get ready for some terrific action, curses and loving sisters who may have to endure terrible forces plotting against them.
Cate Cahill and her sisters are subject to many people’s curiosity; they are all attractive, smart and mysterious. Cate has been looking after her sisters since their mother died but she is due to get married and the two will not go well together.
She also finds a terrible secret in her mother’s diary that could bring about the end of her family.
While trying to keep their true identity secret, Cate begins a life-changing adventure trying to prevent terrible things to happen.
Born wicked is one of the most engaging YA books about witches.
32| The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov | Published: 1967
Romance satire novel with witches for a magical visit to Russia.
It has many different interpretations, depending on the reader it can be about a number of things.
If you are looking for love, sins, despair, injustice, religion and satirical dark comedy, you have everything in this book.
Bulgakov went into a number of sensitive topics, which even today could be considered taboo in many countries around the globe.
It is mainly about Margarita, who is in love with Master, an author who has been condemned for writing a piece about Jesus’s trial that has sent him to his death.
The devil and his entourage visit Moscow to cause a little trouble and they end up meeting Margarita, who is torn between her love and passionless marriage.
The devil grants her superpowers, to become a witch along with a wish.
To the devil’s surprise, Margarita makes a selfless wish and he offers another one. It is a fascinating story that has something to teach for everyone.
The Master and Margarita is among the best classic books about witches for adults.
31| A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde | Published: 1891
Collection of Fairy Tales with witches for a magical visit to Europe.
The Fisherman and his Soul fairy tale is a rather sad story of love and desires. A witch plays a significant role in the development of the tale.
Lonely fisherman finds love when meeting a mermaid but for them to be together, he has to give up his soul. First, he tries to sell it, but no one wants to buy it, then a witch offers help and he manages to cut his soul.
As they get to be together, the fisherman’s soul embarks on its own journey every year and returns to tempt his previous owner with a magical item.
Unfortunately, it ends with a tragedy, so expect to be shocked and put down terribly. There is a lot to learn from this short tale though.
Oscar Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates is among the most enchanting fairy tale collections.
30| Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins | Published: 2010
One of the best YA fantasy witch books for a magical visit to Vermont, USA.
Well, it is probably every fantasy lover’s dream to be in the shoes of Harry Potter or Sophie Mercer.
Sophie got to know about being a witch three years ago and since then she has been through quite a lot thanks to her magic.
On her prom, things go terribly wrong and her father, a powerful warlock living in Europe sends her to a special school for obstinate talents who are in need of correction.
At this school, Sophie is having an eventful first day making a friend, enemies and meeting some strange beings. Her roommate is the only vampire on campus, who is not the most popular person there.
Things become much more exciting and terrifying when students are being attacked and her life is at risk as well.
Hex Hall is one of the most entertaining YA books about witches, it is the first of the Hex Hall trilogy.
29| Witches Abroad (Discworld #12) by Terry Pratchett | Published: 1991
One of the best YA fantasy witch books for a magical visit to Genua.
We cannot have enough of the witch godmother trio Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg. Each of them is a remarkable character with their own eccentricities and comedic personalities.
Life is not easy this time either; the three ladies have to jump on their broomsticks to stop the prince from marrying a servant girl. Their journey is worthy of a book already, but the real adventures are about to unfold upon their arrival.
Witches abroad is definitely among the most humorous fantasy fiction books about witches you can find.
28| The Amber Witch by Wilhelm Meinhold | Published: 1838
One of the best fiction witch books for a magical visit to Germany.
When you think a war would be enough to decimate the population, people also accuse their neighbors of being witches.
The story begins with finding a clergyman’s manuscript in an old church. It tells the tale of Maria Schweider, who was put to trial by a nobleman.
The whole book is very deeply saddening leaving its readers torn between injustice and love. Is Maria really the witch?
Have to add, it was highly praised by the beloved poet Oscar Wilde.
The Amber Witch is a beautiful romantic Gothic horror about witches that will take you to the dark 17th century Europe.
27| The Crucible Play by Arthur Miller | Published: 1953
One of the best tragedy play about witches for a magical visit to Salem, Massachusetts.
It is very important to take away what Miller intended to pass on by his play. Do not let the majority pressure you to become an accessory to injustice.
The play is set in the 17th century in Salem, Massachusetts during the famous witch trials. It takes us to a time and place where fear controlled people and were deceived to turn against each other. A young girl steps forward with an accusation of Elizabeth Proctor being a witch.
The townsfolk want to bring her to trial and people do not hold back about getting her prosecuted.
It is a perfect example of what a dark place can publicly authorized violence take us to.
The play was first published in 1953 when there was an open hunt for communists in the USA, however, even today we are experiencing similar issues.
The Crucible is one of the most shocking witch books about Salem trials for adults and YA readers as well.
26| Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator) | Published: 2017
Ktaskaia has collected some interesting facts and insights about beloved writers and colored their stories with her own visions about them.
It is incredibly bewitching, amusing and original. The magical texts come with a beautiful illustration by Horan, which makes this book a perfect and unique gift for book lovers. Also for witchcraft enthusiasts of course.
This book is a fairly easy and quick read, still, the lines will stay with you forever.
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers is one of the most enchanting nonfiction books about witches.
25| Witch & Wizard by Cate Tiernan, Emily Raymond, and James | Published: 2009
Dystopian fantasy witch book
In case you are familiar with Patterson’s writings from before, you should prepare for a change as these books are quite different.
Maybe because the target readers are different or probably because he collaborated with a number of writers. In the first book, Patterson worked with Cate Tierman and Emily Raymond.
The story takes us to a place, where the government has taken over control of everything in life. Children are being abducted without any explanation, and it seems the regime is behind it.
Teenager siblings Wisty and Whit are taken one night and in their captivity, they discover a few special abilities they didn’t know about.
Now, it is up to them to perfect their magical skills in order to save their loved ones and maybe the whole world.
The first book of the series is one of the most entertaining young adult books about witches and wizards.
24| The Witches by Roald Dahl | Published: 1983
One of the best dark fantasy children’s Novels about witches for a magical visit to Norway.
If you are looking for funny books about witches, then check out The Witches because it is a humorous story with some serious world-saving.
It takes place in a world where witches exist, but not in a stereotypical way. They are difficult to tell apart from ordinary humans. Witches exist in every country withdrawn, away from the curious eyes.
They also hate children for some reason and do whatever it takes to get rid of them.
There are some strange cases of abductions and the ruler of all witches is about to finalize a plan that requires desperate measures.
An old witch hunter and her grandson come to the rescue.
The Witches by Roald Dahl is one of the best fantasy fiction books about witches for children and YA readers.
23| Ravina the Witch? by Junko Mizuno | Published: 2014
One of the best Fiction Graphic Novels about witches for a magical visit to Europe.
It’s a bewitching tale about an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. However, her life changes forever when a dying witch gifts her a mysterious magic wand. With the power of the wand, the human world is hers to play with. She has to fight against a land that’s filled with corruption and witch hunts.
This comic has breathtaking art and a fun and entertaining and unique witchy story.
22| Calligraphy of the Witch by Alicia Gaspar de Alba | Published: 2007
One of the best Historical Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to 17th century Mexico and Boston, New England.
* While it’s an intriguing historical fiction it’s also a gritty one. It doesn’t shy away from detailed and realistic descriptions of sexual and other physical and mental assaults. This can be triggering for some so consider that before start reading this book.
The story tells the rather dark and challenging life story of Concepción. After she gets renamed to ‘Thankful Seagraves’ and gets sold to a Boston merchant, Nathaniel Greenwood. She gives birth to her daughter, Rebecca. She got pregnant while onboard the ship she was brought to Boston by the Captain who raped her repeatedly.
From then on she has great difficulty adapting herself to English colonial life while attempting to raise her daughter in the faith and language of New Spain. Not before long she gets swept up in the hysteria of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, culminating in a shocking accusation by her own daughter, who renounces her mother and declares her a witch.
It’s an elegantly written heartbreaking novel that takes a look at the 17th-century women and the stubborn men who accused them for no reason.
21| The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare | Published: 1958
One of the best Classic YA Historical Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to 17th century Barbados and Puritan colony of Connecticut.
Kit feels completely alone and out of place in this new, cold part of the world. However, Kit soon finds out that she can feel completely free while spending time in the meadows. Here she meets and befriends the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond.
Everything turns upside down when Kit’s friendship with the “witch” is discovered. After her “dark secret” is out Kit has to face suspicion, fear, and anger and even has to deal with being accused of witchcraft herself.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a beautiful classic witch story perfect for anyone who enjoys tales of past times.
20| The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams | Published: 2019
One of the best YA Paranormal Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to Kansas City, Missouri, US.
The story is about a seventeen-year-old girl Esme Pearl with a babysitter club. She likes it enough but definitely more than getting a “real job”. Esme is surprised when Cassandra Heaven the hottest girl in town wants to join her club and willing to do anything for it.
Soon the two girl realizes that they have much in common and that being a babysitter means a lot more than taking care of kids. It’s about a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from a seriously terrifying evil.
19| The Witches of New York by Ami McKay | Published: 2014
One of the best Historical Fiction, Fantasy books about witches for a magical visit to 1880’s Manhattan, NY, US.
Our protagonists are Eleanor who is “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells) and Adelaide who cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.
Their rather unconventional lives turn upside down when Eleanor arrives seeking employment. While she soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice but she also seems to be always surrounded by strange occurrences.
When Eleanor suddenly disappears the story takes an unexpected turn.
The Witches of New York is a rather exciting and atmospheric book about witches that’s a perfect read for anyone seeking magic and nostalgy.
18| The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch | Published: 2008
One of the best Historical Fiction, Mystery Thriller books about witches for a magical visit to 17th Century Germany.
Magdalena is a clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl. They peacefully live together outside the village walls until one day a drowning and gruesomely injured boy, tattooed with the mark of a witch, is pulled from a river. While there hasn’t been a witchcraft mania in decades the villagers still suspect the local midwife, Martha Stechlin.
Jakob is charged with getting a confession from her and torturing her until he gets one. However, he is convinced she is innocent so Jacob, Magdalena, and her suitor try to find the real killer before they would run out of time. The story turns even more mysterious when another tattoed orphan is found that and the villagers start to whisper about the devil himself.
The Hangman’s Daughter is a truly exciting historical fiction mystery novel for adults that will be a favorite to anyone who enjoy dark stories with witches.
17| The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis | Published: 1950
One of the best High Fantasy books about witches for a magical visit to World War II-Era England and Narnia.
It’s a story about family, friendships, magical creatures and one of the most magical lands ever created; Narnia. The tale starts when four adventurous kids accidentally step through a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia.
They soon find out that the evil White Which turned the once prosperous and happy land into ice and enslaved all the magical creatures who lived there. They soon have to decide which side they choose and fight for what they think is right.
While it’s a High fantasy children book about witches, magic, and various creatures you’ll see that it’s also a fascinating and exciting read for adults.
16| The Red of His Shadow by Mayra Montero | Published: 1992
One of the best Historical Fiction and Romance books about witches for a magical visit to Haiti.
Montero wrote this story in prose with remarkable musicality. The Red of His Shadow always manages to be both richly symbolic and intensely physical while introducing us to the world of Voudon and the people of Haiti.
It’s a beguiling witch book for adults who love getting to know new cultures, myths through magical stories.
15| Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau by Jewell Parker Rhodes | Published: 1993
One of the best Historical Fiction and Biographical Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, US.
She is the queen of the town, a notorious voodooienne who is both worshipped and feared by blacks and whites alike.
Rhodes takes us into this magical world where reality mixes with secret powers only a few can master. If you love stories about real-life witches and places that are filled with history and spirituality then this witchy novel will be your new favorite.
Marie Laveau was also one of the main characters in American Horror Story: Coven which is one of the best shows about witches you can watch on Netflix.
14| Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Published: 2015
One of the best YA fantasy books about witches for a magical visit to Dvernik, Polnya a fictional land in Eastern Europe.
It’s the magical story of Agnieszka and how she grows and learns to use magic with the help of a dragon and other witches. It’s an empowering story with a great female protagonist and a fascinating and rich magical land.
Soon you can enjoy this book because they soon make it into a witchy movie produced by Ellen Degeneres.
13| Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya | Published: 1972
One of the best Magical Realism books about witches for a magical visit to New Mexico, USA.
Bless Me, Ultima is filled with magic and myth is a story about Antonio Marez and Ultima who comes to live with Antonio and his family in New Mexico. Ultima is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic and she watches over Antonio as he grows and reaches manhood.
Ultima guides Antonio through many difficult things like violent deaths, diabolical possessions while introduces him to the magical secrets and the magical myths and history of Paganism that helps him nurture his soul and find the right path.
12| Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova | Published: 2016
One of the best LGBTQIA, Young Adult Fantasy books about witches for a magical visit to Brooklyn, New York, US, and Magical Realms.
Our main character is Alex who is a bruja and the most powerful witch in a generation. There is only one problem, she hates magic. Crazy, right?
She decides to rid herself of her powers but her spell backfires and her whole family into thin air. Alex gets left alone with Nova in a mythological world.
While the world-building is fascinating in the book the best parts about the book are its humans and their connections with each other.
It’s an interesting young adult witchy book that will easily entertain adults as well.
11| Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett | Published: 1990
One of the best Fantasy Fiction & Comedy books about witches for a magical visit to heaven, hell, and pretty much all around the world in space & time.
It’s a thrilling story about an unlikely friendship between the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale. They spend so much time on Earth that they end up loving it here and decide to go against all odds and try and stop the Apocalypse.
This funny and witchy book was made into a tv show in 2019 by Neil Gaiman himself. The two main characters were played by the amazing actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
You can watch Good Omens on Amazon Prime.
10| Vassa In the Night by Sarah Porter | Published: 2016
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One of the best Young Adult Fantasy and Folklore books about witches for a magical visit to modern-day New York, US.
Dark urban fantasy meets the ancient Russian folktale ‘Vassilisa the Beautiful’ in this macabre young adult novel about a terrifyingly vengeful and wicked witch. True to its Russian counterpart, Vassa has inherited Erg, a sprite-like and impish doll, meant to protect and guide Vassa throughout her life. Erg is nothing like Thumbelina and is not afraid to get down and dirty. She also has sticky fingers, which can be deadly when your witch is not playing with all of her marbles.
Like any Cinderella story, Vassa is trapped in her stepmother’s and stepsisters’ miserable home. Treated poorly and expendable, they ask Vassa to pickup light bulbs from the local Brooklyn convenient store. That doesn’t sound terrible, right? Unless stakes filled with teenagers’ heads greet you.
Vassa in the Night is not for the weak of heart, but will magically and darkly draw readers in with a tale about friendship and courage. One of a kind in its genre, leave the comfort of fashionable and prissy New York City and enter a bizarre and grim Russian folktale horror. Somehow, Porter manages to make this story seem like Disney gone wrong. Universal Halloween Horror Nights come to life, even.
9| The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho | Published: 2006
One of the most beautiful fiction books about witches for a magical visit to Romania and modern-day London, England.
The Witch of Portobello is my favorite Coelho book and not only because it’s about witches. The story follows Athena’s life from her unfortunate circumstances of birth until her death. Her story starts in Romania, then moves to Beirut and eventually she ends up in London where she becomes a controversial spiritual leader.
It’s easy to relate to Athena’s story because of her restless soul and her constant search for her best self are what most of us have to deal with. She spent her life continuously destroying and rebuilding herself throughout love, family, career, and of course spirituality.
It’s a beautiful and magical story about how to truly accept ourselves and the power within us to feel free and happy.
8| The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe | Published: 2014
One of the best Nonfiction books about witches for a magical visit to Europe & colonial America
This is the best history book about witches I’ve read so far. I found the stories and recollections fascinating and easy to read. This is important because many books that were put together similarly somehow ended up dry and hard to digest. It’s a must read for everyone who’s interested in real-life stories of witches and the history of the witch hunts in colonial America.
The book perfectly showcases how communities fear those who are different than what’s considered normal, and how our fear of change can make our humanity vanish. For centuries over and over again our fear pushed and still pushes us to take unforgivable inhuman actions. Unfortunately, I think there wasn’t a more perfect time in our lifetime to read this book and to think about our actions and our silence both as an individual and as a society.
7| Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman | Published: 1995
One of the best Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to Modern-day Massachusetts, US.
Honestly, I didn’t love this book much during the first read. I’m not only a lover of books but a movie buff as well and I saw the movie version first ( and it became one of my favorite movies of all time).
Nonetheless, I found the book magical, well written, and compelling. During my second read, the Owens sisters grew on me forever. Hoffman creates a magical world in a suburban town with witches, spells, black cats, magic potions, and ghosts.
Her writing is powerful and able to pull its readers into the story after a few pages. It’s definitely one of the best fiction books about magic and witches for those who want something entertaining and spooky written for adults.
6| Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor | Published: 2011
One of the best YA Fantasy, Folklore, & Myth books about witches for a magical visit to modern-day Nigeria.
If you want something totally different and exciting I would suggest you Akata Witch. It’s one of the best YA books about witches because of Okorafor’s style is delightful, it’s setting is original, it has a fresh take on magic, and it’s characters are likable and unique.
Our protagonist is Sunny a teenage girl who has a hard time fitting in and finding her way. Due to her albinism and because of the fact that she was born and raised (up until she was 9 years old) in New York Us the rest of the kids pick on her and even beat her. However, she’s able to build a true friendship with Orlu and eventually two other friends.
Together they embark on a magical journey where they learn about the ‘Leopard People’ who are able to do magic. Not only that but Sunny learns that she’s one of the most powerful of them all. Akata Witch is not only one of the best books about witches you will ever read but also one of the most unique.
5| Witch Child by Celia Rees | Published: 2000
One of the best Speculative Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to colonial Massachusetts, US.
I first read Witch Child when I was fifteen. Mary’s story (the protagonist) compelling, adventurous but terrifying as well. I read the whole thing in one night. The Witch Child is considered one of the best children’s books about witches but it’s well written and a good fit for adult readers as well.
Mary’s story or ‘The Mary Papers’ is presented as a personal journal that was found in a rare quilt from the colonial period. Rees did an excellent job creating authentic characters and descriptions of the time period.
Mary’s tale starts in 1659 when her grandmother is accused of witchcraft and is hanged in the town square. Mary, fortunately, is rescued by a strange woman and then sent to the New Land. During her journey, Mary realizes she has supernatural powers which she calls ‘The Sight’. While Mary manages to find a friend (Martha with a healer’s touch) she soon learns that the Puritans of this New World are just as intolerant and dangerous as the people she escaped from in England.
4| Dark Witch by Nora Roberts | Published: 2013
One of the best Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance books about witches for a magical visit to medieval County Mayo, Ireland.
This was the first Nora Roberts book I’ve read and I was afraid of this book and excited about it at the same time. Afraid because I usually end up not liking even the most successful romance stories but excited because of its setting, time period and of course because it’s about witches.
This story revolves around the dark witch (the title kinda gives it away) and her family. The title is a tad misleading because in most cases this would mean something bad but in this case, it’s a good thing. This book is definitely not a thriller or a dark and scary witch story but rather a paranormal suspense story with a dark twist.
Iona (our main character) sold her belongings and decides to move to Ireland where she meets two of her cousins. She shortly finds out that her new found cousins and herself as well are witches and that they have a deadly inheritance. It’s the first beautifully written book of a trilogy (as expected from Ms. Roberts), is a quick read with healthy but maybe a little predictable romantic relationships however the magical themes make up for it.
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3| Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison | Published: 2004
One of the best Urban Fantasy, Mystery, & Horror books about witches for a magical visit to modern-day Cincinnati, OH, US.
This is the book you should pick up if you want a good urban fantasy with plenty of violence, magical creatures, and complex and fun witchy characters.
Rachel lives in a world where magical creatures don’t have to hide anymore because a virus wiped out half of humanity and they decide it’s safe for them to live amongst humans again. Our protagonist herself is an earth witch who works for the Inderland security and catches those who turn to the dark side.
Rachel lives in constant fear because her job is extremely dangerous and no one thinks she’ll be able to stay alive for long. Our heroine (Rachel) can be annoying and overly paranoid at times but if we consider her line of work it’s understandable. My favorite character was Ivy a vampire who has a special connection with Rachel. She fears but clearly attracted to Ivy at the same time. I would even say they’re flirting at some point and I hoped this would develop into an interesting romantic relationship but Rachel ended up with a guy.
The world is well built and is a quick and absolutely entertaining, fun book about witches and romance.
2| The Witching hour by Anne Rice | Published: 1990
One of the best Gothic Fiction & Science Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to modern-day New Orleans, LA, US.
Ms. Rice’s writing style is impeccable, her characters are well-developed, and her storytelling techniques are undoubtedly brilliant and ‘The Witching hour’ is one of her finest works.
While most of my favorite Rice characters are from her ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ series there is just something absolutely magical about the plot and the Mayfair family that hooks the reader.
This is a thick book with an elaborately plotted story of a centuries-old mystery of the Mayfair family who are waiting for the thirteenth witch in their succession. So the entity that has been passing itself through the eldest Mayfair women can finally become flesh.
1| Chocolat by Joanne harris | Published: 1999
One of the best Magical Realism & Fiction books about witches for a magical visit to modern-day France.
My favorite book about witches because I fell in love with Harris’s style and her characters. Vianne is a fantastic lead, she’s inspiring, warm, magical, and easy to relate to.
Vianne and her daughter Anouk arrives at the village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to open her chocolate shop and to settle down and try to leave her traveling days behind. However, not everyone is ready to accept her special treats and their effect on people.
This story is really a modern-day tale about finding happiness in life, tolerance between people, and how religion and other parts of our society can affect our lives, our behavior, and acceptance towards people who are different than us.
While the charming village Lansquenet-sous-Tannes is not a real-life place you can visit Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy where the movie version was shot.
Chocolat is one of the most magical fiction books for foodies set in the beautiful French countryside.
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Thank you so much for allowing me to contribute to this stellar post. This list is incredible, and I love the vast array of countries represented. I also applaud the diversity of titles for their literary genres. Your consistency within your niche is spot on too. If you ever upgrade to a magazine, please hire me in any capacity.
I am trying to figure out which books I can read that won’t give me nightmares, although I appreciate that not all are scary. I LOVE Chocolat. I actually never thought of Vienna as a witch….so interesting or weird on my behalf.
Love, Christine of The Uncorked Librarian
Wow! I did not change a thing! The same thing happened with my FB share it was broken the next day it worked again perfectly without me changing anything… Thanks so much! I would be happy to do that! I love your style and would be proud to have someone on my team with your skills! 🙂 Not sure when will I get to that point when I’ll be able to hire people but I will definitely keep your offer in mind!:)
To me, Vianne represents the modern-day “real witch”. I think she’s the type of women who would have been burned & hanged during the witch hunts. I think that’s why the witch of Portobello is interesting as well because it shows us a real-life witch.
Congratulations! I loved the post. Try Brida, from Paulo Coelho. It’s a romance about a young witch and your path. 😘
Thank you! =) I will definitely read it!
Quite an extensive list. I am always in search of great fantasy/witchy books and delighted to have found a couple of great ones I haven’t read yet. 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy your new finds! I’m also a huge fan of fantasy and witchy books and always update this post with my new favorites. =)