23 Best Books About Witches to Bring Magic Into Your Travels
We collected some of the best books about witches for your witchy bookshelf. 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.
Are you ready for a truly magical travel experience?
Best books about witches that will take you around the world
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23| Ravina the Witch? by Junko Mizuno | Published: 2014
One of the best Fiction Graphic Novels about witches for a magical visit to Europe.
This gorgeous graphic novel is a beautiful tale about Ravina, a young girl who once upon a time lived in an enormous cloud of toxic fumes on the coast of a tiny European country. And Ravina is about to be unleashed on the human world!
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.
The Calligraphy of the Witch is a riveting tale of a young woman who was captured and enslaved and brought to Boston while trying to leave her home country Mexico.
* 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.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond tells the story of Kit Tyler, a young orphan who, in 1687, travels from the tropical island of Barbados to the stark 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 Babysitters Coven will not be everyone’s favorite. While it’s a fun YA Paranormal witchy book it’s good to know before you start that the writing style feels like it aims for 11 – 14 years olds rather than those who are over 14. If you don’t mind or even like books written in this style, then this one will be a fun and quick ride.
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.
The Witches of New York takes us inside the lives of three marvelous young women and shows us how they navigate their lives in the 1880’s New York using any means necessary and possible, including witchcraft.
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.
The Hangman’s Daughter is about a hangman and his family who are based will on a real-life clan of executioners and live in 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.
C.S. Lewis’ name is very well known in the circles of fantasy book readers and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is probably his most famous fantasy novel. It’s also the first book of The Chronicles of 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.
The Red of His Shadow is based on true events that took place in Haiti around Holy Week. This beautiful story is about ferocious love, the struggle for power, intense hatred, the specter of death and the devastating passion which develops between Mistress ZulE, a Voudon priestess and spiritual leader, and the infamous, bloodthirsty SimilA Bolosse, a rival Voudon priest.
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.
Voodoo Dreams is the fascinating tale of Marie Laveau who lived in New Orleans in the mid-nineteenth century.
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.
While Uprooted’s land is not a real place in Eastern Europe this magical witchy book will help you learn about Eastern Europe’s myths and legends.
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 a beautiful coming of age witch novel by the wonderful Hispanic writer and father of Chicano literature in English.
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.
Labyrinth Lost is the first book of Cordova’s young adult witch book series and is a powerful Brooklyn Brujas. It’s an intriguing start. It’s filled with myths, gods, magical creatures, magic, witches, and wizards as well as travel between 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.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is the love child of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It’s not only one of the best funny books for adults but also a magical novel filled with demons, angels, witches, hellhounds, and lots of jokes. This will be one of the most entertaining and funny witch books you’ll ever read.
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.
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
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
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
The Penguin Book of witches is unquestionably my favorite nonfiction book about witches. It’s a collection of historical documents, writings about the seventeenth-century witch trials in the US.
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.