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Cozy Fantasy Books Ultimate List
By TJ Klune
The House in the Cerulean Sea is a heartwarming fantasy novel that follows the story of Linus Baker, a caseworker assigned to evaluate an orphanage for magical children, where he spends time with the children and their enigmatic caretaker, Arthur, leading to unexpected events. This book emphasizes themes of acceptance, found family, and the power of love, making it an uplifting read.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built
By Becky Chambers
In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers introduces a world where robots have gained autonomy and retreated into the wilderness. Sibling Dex, a tea monk searching for life’s meaning, encounters Mosscap, a curious robot seeking to understand humanity. Together, they embark on a journey exploring life, existence, and their place in the world, forging a friendship that transcends the boundary between human and machine.
Howl’s Moving Castle
By Diana Wynne Jones
Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle tells the enchanting story of young Sophie Hatter, who finds herself cursed to live as an elderly woman. In search of a way to break the spell, she encounters the enigmatic wizard Howl and his fire-demon Calcifer. As Sophie explores the magical, ever-moving castle, she uncovers her own hidden abilities and navigates a fantastical world of magic, curses, and unexpected love.
Legends & Lattes
By Travis Baldree
Legends & Lattes is a charming and whimsical tale that follows the life of an orc named Gorm Ingerson, who retires from adventuring to open a coffee shop. Amidst brewing specialty drinks and serving pastries, Gorm discovers that life’s low stakes can be just as fulfilling as epic quests. This cozy fantasy explores the importance of friendship, community, and finding one’s place in a world filled with magic and wonder.
The Bear and the Nightingale
By Katherine Arden
In The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden weaves a magical tale set in the Russian wilderness, where young Vasilisa grows up hearing her nurse’s captivating folklore. As evil forces awaken, Vasilisa discovers her own extraordinary gifts and must use them to save her family from the clutches of darkness. Struggling against societal expectations, she must confront the dangerous creature Morozko to protect her loved ones and preserve her people’s fading customs.
By Neil Gaiman
In Neil Gaiman’s enchanting novel, Stardust, young Tristran Thorn embarks on a quest to retrieve a fallen star for his beloved Victoria Forester. His journey takes him beyond the village of Wall and into the mystical realm of Faerie, where he encounters witches, royalty, and magical creatures. As Tristran discovers his true heritage and the star’s human form, Yvaine, they face danger and adventure, ultimately leading to an unexpected and heartwarming resolution.
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
By Megan Bannen
In The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen, two unlikely allies, Hart and Mercy, embark on a treacherous journey to save their kingdom. Hart, a disgraced nobleman-turned-grave-robber, and Mercy, a skilled healer, must navigate their differences and overcome dark magic to retrieve a stolen artifact. As they face danger and betrayal, they discover the power of friendship and the possibility of redemption in a world plagued by deceit and corruption.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
By Kelly Barnhill
In The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, a kind-hearted witch named Xan saves a baby from a sacrificial ritual by the Protectorate. Xan accidentally feeds the baby moonlight, bestowing her with magical powers. As the child, Luna, grows, her powers threaten to overwhelm her. To protect her, Xan locks away Luna’s magic. When the Protectorate’s sinister secrets are revealed, Luna must uncover her true power to save those she loves.
Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea: A Cozy Fantasy Steeped with Love
By Rebecca Thorne
In Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea, Rebecca Thorne weaves a whimsical tale of magic, mystery, and tea. Protagonist Eliza Tilling, a talented tea witch, finds herself tangled in a political conspiracy when her unique tea blends attract the attention of powerful figures. Balancing her newfound fame, secret romances, and brewing political unrest, Eliza must use her skills to uncover a treasonous plot and save her beloved tea shop.
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
By Sangu Mandanna
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches follows 12-year-old Maya Nidal, who discovers she has magical abilities. Feeling isolated, Maya stumbles upon the Society of Irregular Witches, a secret group of girls who harness their unique powers to protect the world from magical threats. As Maya embraces her newfound identity, she and her new friends must band together to uncover a sinister plot that could unravel the delicate balance between magic and the non-magical world.