If you like "The Black Magician Trilogy" by Trudi Canavan , then you might enjoy...

Sonea is a young slum rat that suddenly discovers that she has magical potential when she throws a stone through a magical barrier and accidentally hist a magician shielded behind it. The magicians want her join their guild but Sonea has an understandable but unnecessary distrust of the magicians, so she run away from them. The magicians must find her before her uncontrolled and untrained powers kill her and possibly destroys the city. This is not an easy task since Sonea knows the slums and its hidden sewers like only a slum child can. The guild desperately tries to hunt her down to attempt to convince her to join them and start in their school.

Books

Book cover: Schooled in Magic

Schooled in Magic (Schooled in Magic #1) by Christopher G. Nuttall

Emily is a teenage girl with an alcoholic mother (named Destiny) and an abusive stepfather that is suddenly summoned from earth to another world by an evil necromancer that plans to sacrifice for his own gain because she is supposed to be a "Child of Destiny". She is saved by a lone power mage called Void. Emily her self has magic power in this world, so Void swiftly sends her of to the famed magic school White Hall.

Is it good:
I like these books, but i kind of like magic school books for some reason. It`s interesting to see "modern" technology being introduced to a medieval like magic world, and the magic system is interesting and detailed. The main character is also enjoyable.

Why:
Emily from Schooled in Magic is a teenage girl from this universe that is sent to a fictional universe with magic and monsters. In Other words, Schooled in magic is an "Alternative Universe" slash "Trapped in another world" fantasy setting, or trope if you like. This is not true for The Magicians' Guild, Sonea is from the same universe that the book is from. But both books follow the magical school trope. Emily is also a bookworm and excels in magic, only Emily mainly excel by adapting knowledge from our world and being a clever girl.

Book cover: Magician: Apprentice

Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga #1) by Raymond Feist

Pug is despite his name a human orphan and not a dog. He was chosen to study under the master magician Kulgan. They will soon discover that dark beings from another world have opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to begin again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos. Pug ends up in the centre of this strife. Will he be strong enough to save his world?

Is it good:
The Riftwar Saga is a great series. Magician: Apprentice starts out like most coming of age fantasy books, but it is written exceptionally good. Absolute worth reading.

Why:
Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar saga) is similar to The Magicians' Guild by it being a coming of age story about a magician, only its a boy instead of a girl. Pug, from The Riftwar saga, has only one master, Kulgan, while Sonea goes to a school with teachers. In other words, The Magicians' Guild is more a magical school setting while the Magician: Apprentice is more a master and apprentice theme.

Book cover: Name of the Wind

Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

This is the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle, a story that tells a first person story of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as an orphan suer rat in a crime ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful gamble to enter a legendary school of magic.

Is it good:
This book starts out a little slow, but it becomes one of the better fantasy books there is. It`s a must read for any fantasy book lover.

Why:
Both The Black Magician Trilogy and the Kingkiller Chronicle has the typical fantasy coming of age part. Only the Kingkiller Chronicle is about a boy magician instead of a girl. It also describes some parts of the magical system in more details. The Kingkiller books, like The Black Magician, is set in a high fantasy magical school setting.

Book cover: The Way of Shadows

The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy #1) by Brent Weeks

For Azoth, a guild rat living in the slum, survival is precarious. To survive this brutal life he learned to judge people quickly, and to take calculated risks. Risks like selling his soul to the devil, Durzo Blint, the most accomplished assassin there is. Azoth does this in order to protect his friends Jaral and Doll-girl, but to be accepted by Durzo Blint, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins world of dangerous politics and strange magics.

Is it good:
The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel Trilogy, an excellent book it is. The hours just fly by as we live the life of Kylar Stern.

Why:
The Way of Shadows is acomming of age fantasy just like The Magicians' Guild, but where Sonea is becoming a magician, Azoth is training to become an assassin. Both Sonea and Azoth is from the slums before their destinies changes.

Book cover: Wizard's First Rule

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind

Richard Cypher, a young man in the Westland, helps out Kahlan Amnell, a young woman from the Midlands in trouble. She has managed to cross the boundary between the lands to see Zedd, of all people. She brings with her dark news from the other side of the Boundary. Darken Rahl, Ruler of D'Hara, has brought down the Boundary between D'Hara and the Midlands. Kahlan Amnell seeks a great wizard who had left the Midlands for the Magic free Westlands to have him Name a Seeker of Truth. That way they can find a way to defend them self against Darken Rahl.

Is it good:
I remember that I really liked The Sword of Truth. I guess i still do. I have read that some people complain about bad writing, that might be true, but I am very seldom affected by bad writing. I am more interesting in story and characters, and that it has. This book series is absolutely worth a try... if you have time for 11+ books with about 700 pages each.

Book cover: Pawn of Prophecy

Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad #1) by David Eddings

Garion is a young boy living on a large farm. He lives there in a peaceful happy ordinary life with his Aunt Pol and his friend Durnik the blacksmith. One they when the storyteller called Mister Wolf comes on his regular visits, Garion`s life undergo a dramatic change. Garion, aunt Pol, Mister Wolfe and Durnik sets out on a long journey to retrieve a lost item.

Is it good:
Pawn of Prophecy, the first book in The Belgariad, is a splendid book. It is very old fashion classic fantasy with a boy growing up with special powers, a travelling quest, black and white morals and fighting the evil overlord. But it is written very well and it is absolutely worth reading. It might be a classic in the fantasy genre.

Book cover: Poison Study

Poison Study (The Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Yelena is sentenced to death for committing murder, but she is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She is offered to become the food taster for the commander of Ixia. This is a dangerous job where she risks assassination by anyone trying to kill the commander. The chief of security leaves nothing to chance and deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust, only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. Yelena tries to escape her punishment but she gets tied up in rebel plots and here own newly found magical powers that she can't control.

Is it good:
Poison Study is the first book in The Study series. It is an excellent book that is absolutely worth giving a try.

Animes

Anime cover: Zero no Tsukaima

Zero no Tsukaima

Hiraga Saito is an average Japanese boy until the day he suddenly finds himself in an alternate universe. Louise Françoise, a magician at the Tristein Academy, accidentally summon him when she is trying to summon a familiar. A familiar is a servant and partner to support their master as they do magic. Hiraga and Louise can't stand each other but they have no other choice than to cooperate together. Louise can`t attempt another summoning and Hiraga cant return tho his world. Louise is nicknamed Zero Louise by the other students because she is not able to use her magic correctly. More problems start when Hiraga refuses to accept the social inequities that Louise and other aristocrats consider the status quo, and Louise discovers that her magic is more unique than anybody else's magic.

Is it good:
Zero no Tsukaima is a quit good anime. Far from the best, but still more than watchable. Adults who has never watched animes should probably pick another one if they want to try out an anime to watch. But anyone else should give it a try.

Why:
The main similarity is that both are set in a magical school and they both have a girl magician. Other than that they actually have lots of dissimilarities. Zero Louise is from a rich family, she is initially bad at magic, and the other main character is from another world.

Anime cover: Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia

Atsuko Kagari does not come from a long line of witches like the rest of the students that enroll in Luna Nova Magical Academy, she comes from an ordinary family. Her idol is still the world-renowned which Shiny Chariot, even tho most people lose their admiration as they grow up. The life at the Academy dos does not turn out as Atsuko Kagari dreamed of, boring lectures, strict teachers and being mocked for still admiring Shiny Chariot and not coming from a magical family. When a rampaging dragon threatens the academy she sees jumps on the chance to prove her self to the others by stopping it before it flattens the school.

Is it good:
Little Witch Academia is a funny magical school type anime movie that is worth watching. The TV series version is also worth watching.

Movie

Movie cover: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry lives a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl, a letter with an invitation to Hogwart, an infamous school for witches and wizards.

Is it good:
This first movie is not that good. I like the movies best from three and up. Number one and two are a little childish. The best thing about this first movie is to watch Harry`s first experience with the wizard world.

TV-Show

Legacies-cover

Legacies

Legacies is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. It follows a new generation of magical beings where some is the children of characters from the earlier shows. Hope Mikaelson, Josie and Lizzie Saltzman, and Landon Kirby are the main characters. Hope Mikaelson is Klaus Mikaelson's daughter and she is a witch/vampire/werewolf hybrid. Lizzie and Josie Saltzman are the twin witch daughters of Alaric Saltzman. Landon Kirby, he is something else. The shows main setting is The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Its a school for vampires, witches, and werewolf.

Is it good:
Legacies is an ok show, not great, but ok. If you like this kind of teen fantasy show like Teen Wolf and the Vampire Diaries then its absolutely worth watching. I personally find it better than The Vampire Diaries, but not as good as the Originals.

Why:
Legacies is set in a magical school but it also has werewolves and vampires in addition to witches. Most of the main leads are also girls.