If you like "The Earthsea Cycle" by Ursula K. Le Guin, then you might enjoy...

Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance. -Amazon

Books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

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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 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone good?

This is the first book of a finished seven book series about Harry Potter, the boy who lived. To be honest, I am not a fan of the two first books in this series, but the rest of them are absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended.

Why is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone recommended?

Harry Potter and The Earthsea Cycle has many common tropes in common. The chosen one, wizarding school, the rival, and many more. The first Harry Potter books start out for a younger audience, but the later ones are aimed more for the same type of audience.

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

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This is the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle, a story that tells the 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 Name of the Wind 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 is Name of the Wind recommended?

Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles) and The Earthsea books all have magic and magicians as a central theme. They also have much of the story set in and around a magic school.

The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy #1) by Trudi Canavan

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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.

Is The Magicians' Guild good?

I liked this book quite well, but I read it back in my earlier days when I was new to fantasy books. The story in The Magicians' Guild is kind of unoriginal and follows standard fantasy structure. But if you are kind of new to fantasy books or like me, liking these kind of stories, then it should be a good read.

Why is The Magicians' Guild recommended?

The Black Magician Trilogy also has a magical school as a main setting, and the protagonist also is learning magic. Both characters are also very powerful magicians.

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)

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Two neighbouring countries are divided by a wall, Ancelstierre to the south and the Old Kingdom to the north. Ancelstierre has a technology level and society similar to that of early-20th century England. The Old Kingdom has a more medieval technological level, but they do have both Free magic and Charter Magic. This last titbit is officially denied by the government of Ancelstierre and disbelieved by most of their inhabitants. Sabriel is in her last year at Wyverley College, a private school in Ancelstierre that lies close to the wall to the Old Kingdom. An undead creature enters their dormitory. Sabriel notices it is attempting to communicate, its a messanger from her father, the Abhorsen, who is past the Seventh Gate of Death. He tells her that she is to take on the role of Abhorsen and defeat Kerrigor, a powerful necromancer, who is attempting to make his way back into Life. The unded messanger gives her the Abhorsen's bandelier of bells, the Abhorsen's sword and a map of the Old Kingdom. Sabriel leaves Wyverley College and travel into the mytical land of the Old Kongdom.

Is Sabriel good?

Sabriel is a really great book and the rest of the Abhorsen books are just as good.

Why is Sabriel recommended?

The Earthsea Cycle and Abhorsen dos not really have anything in common. But it feels like they somehow belong together.

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

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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 Wizard's First Rule 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.

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

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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 Magician: Apprentice 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.

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)

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Eragon, a fifteen year old farm boy, finds a polished blue stone in the forest. He thinks it is just a lucky discovery that might buy is family meat for the winter. But it`s no stone, it's an egg, and when a dragon hatches from it his life is changed forever. Eragon is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and evil beings. Can Eragon take up become one of the legendary Dragon Riders and save the Empire?

Is Eragon good?

Eragon, and the rest of the The Inheritance Cycle, is ok books, but not more than that. They are worth reading, but only if you do not have anything better at hand.

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

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A hobbit gets a ring and the wizard discover its evil power. They have to destroy it, but only one place can do that. A small fellowship is formed to get to he place it has to be destroyed. Orcs and other evils try to stop them... You know the story, no need for me to tell more of it.

Is The Lord of the Rings good?

The Lord of the Rings is a classic fantasy book and a must read for any fan of the genre.

Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey

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Humans and their flying dragon companions live in fear of thread, a caustic, deadly material that falls sporadically from space. But when the thread doesn't fall for a long time, people become complacent, forgetting that it is the brave dragonriders who can save them from the periodic threat. But when the thread falls, human and dragon heroes must fight the scourge. - Amazon

Is Dragonriders of Pern good?

Great books. Its a while since I read them, but they are great.

Anime

Tales from Earthsea

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The world of Earthsea is a world full of magic and wonder, wizards and dragons. In this world we meet Ged, a wandering wizard, who is investigating why dragons are entering the world of humans. He meets Prince Arren who is manipulated by the witch named Kumo. And so the fun begins.

Is Tales from Earthsea good?

Tales from Earthsea are based on the books written by Ursula K. Le Guin, it has been changed significantly from the books. It is still worth to see, as long as you do not expect to get a real visualization of the stories from the books.

Why is Tales from Earthsea recommended?

Tales from Earthsea (Ged Senki) is based on The Earthsea Cycle books. The anime does not hold up to the books, but it's worth a try if you like the Earthsea books and like to watch anime.