Top Ten Tuesday: Books set in magic schools


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One of the settings that will always be one of my favourites is a form of school or university. Especially in Fantasy books we come across them a lot! Here are some of the books I enjoyed, that play partly or fully in a school. It’s more than 10 this time.


The Kingkiller Chronicle / Patrick Rothfuss –> Most of the first book and a good part of the second take place at uni. Both books belong to my all-time favourites and the setting is one of the reasons for that. I just loved reading about Kvothe’s life as a student, his constant struggle to save up money for tuition, his classes, his research in the library.. I could read about it forever!

Harry Potter / Joanne K. Rowling –> Of course there can’t be a list of magic schools without mentioning Harry Potter. I grew up with the books and they are one of the main reasons why I love Fantasy so much.

The Rithmatist / Brandon Sanderson –> That’s what you get when you combine Sanderson’s ideas and his awesome writing with a Harry Potter-like setting. Plays entirely at a school for Rithmatists and introduces the reader to a new kind of magic. Lots of magic classes and teaching. I very much enjoyed it!

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Blood Song / Anthony Ryan –> The main character Vaelin is training to become a warrior and spends the first part of the book learning how to fight. The setting is very much a school where Vaelin meets new friends and enemies and has to take classes & tests to become a full member of his order.

Black Magician Trilogy / Trudi Canavan –> Although not one of my favourites, I still liked this trilogy and especially the setting of a school where the main character Sonea learns how to use magic. Although not all of the action takes place there, I would call it the most important setting, as everything always leads back to it.

Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card –> Not a ‘magic’ school, but a combat school in space. Just as good!

Discword Series / Terry Pratchett –> The Unseen University is an important place on the Disc where a lot of books are set. Partly or fully. The Unseen University is located in the proud city of Ankh-Morpork and houses the most powerful wizards 🙂 I love reading about the wizards of the Discworld and especially the Unseen University is a creative and lively setting that never gets old. Books that feature the University are for example: Unseen Academicals, Sourcery, Equal Rites, Reaper Man, Soul Music, The Last Continent)


The Heralds of Valdemar / Mercedes Lackey –> I loved the books about Talia who is training how to become the Queen’s herald. Great books for Kids!

Circle of Magic / Tamora Pierce –> Four kids are learning how to deal with their special elementary magic

Song of the Lioness / Tamora Pierce –> Alanna of Trebond trains to become a knight, I just love Alanna so much, she’s still one of my favourite heroines 🙂

The Artefacts of Power / Maggie Furey –> Standard Fantasy about the woman Aurian who attends an Academy to train her magic. I only read the first 2 books and don’t remember a whole lot. Only that I enjoyed them, when I was a kid.

Books about teaching magic, that don’t really take place in schools

Sabriel / Garth Nix –> Sabriel is at a college only at the start of the novel and keeps travelling afterwards.. Travelling, but still learning 😉

Books of Pellinor  / Alison Croggon –> Maerad is being taught by her mentor, while they are travelling. I think part of the series takes place at a school as well, but I can’t really remember so much, as it’s been a while since I read the books and I skipped the third xD I remember that I liked it though and was shipping Maerad and her mentor.

The Paper Magician Trilogy / Charlie N. Holmberg –> It’s about teaching magic, but the main character already finished school and now is trained at home for her last test.

Uprooted / Naomi Novik –> Similar to the above.

The Farseer Trilogy / Robin Hobb –> Fitz trains to be an assassin, but there’s no real school, only his mentor. It still gives you magic school-vibes sometimes. Depressing magic school xD



  1. I love this topic! I’m definitely a fan of the magic school setting. Some of these are my favorites like Farseer, Uprooted, Harry Potter and Kingkiller. And can I just say I’m so happy to see the Black Magician trilogy on your list? I love it, but I barely ever see people talking about Trudi Canavan!

    So many of these are on my to-read list, and it’s kind of shameful I haven’t read them. For example, I’ve never read a Tamora Pierce book… Or a Terry Pratchett one..

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  2. Omg this makes me SO excited because I love magic schools and I fully just bought Name of the Wind and Blood Song!! I didn’t even realise Blood Song had a school-like-vibe so that makes me even more keen. Eeeep. 😀 Here’s my TTT!

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  3. YAY Alanna! 🙂 I didn’t love Name of the Wind (although I liked it enough to read the sequel), but the setting and the focus on Kvothe not having the money to cover tuition was probably my favourite bit.

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  4. I like schools or universities in fantasy too. I forgot about the Valdemar books! And yes I agree about the Farseer books- Fitz’ story can be a bit depressing at times, she’s hard on her characters. 🙂

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  5. The magic school setting is always a great one. So many on these I still have to get to like The Name of the Wind, The Magician’s Guild, Ender’s Game, The Rithmatist etc. Too many. Great list!


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