I’m a huge fan of the fantasy genre, and books with amazing magical creatures are wonderful and awesome. We all know that Harry Potter and Percy Jackson ran into a bunch of amazing and interesting magical creatures, but here are a few more of my favourites.

This week’s topic: 5 books full of magical creatures

  1. The White Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey – I love that this book features both human and gryphon characters equally. The whole trilogy is interesting because it shows the beginnings of the Valdemar and the rest of the world Lackey has created. If you are like me and started reading the books somewhere in the middle of the timeline, it can be a bit confusing to try to piece together why certain areas in the world casually use magic while others don’t. Plus seeing how the gryphons came to be is really pretty cool.
  2. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen – Not only are there a tonne of amazing fairytale characters in this series, but there are great magical/mythical creatures too. My favourite, and probably everyone else’s too, is Tummeler the talking badger. He’s just so darn adorable, with his bag full of blueberry muffins and cute accent. And then there are the Dragonships who protect the Archipelago of Dreams from evil.
  3. The Flight of the Phoenix by R.L. LaFevers – Nathaniel Fludd is this adorable kid who learns that his parents have gone missing and that the has to go live with his eccentric aunt. When he gets there he learns that his family has been protecting the magical creatures of the world for generations, and that his parent’s disappearance may not be the accident that everyone thinks it is.
  4. A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony – I’ve read a bunch of Piers Anthony’s books, although I have no idea where they all are now. I’m sure my collection is hiding somewhere in the boxes I left with my mom. Every book is a crazy adventure in Xanth, and there are tonnes of puny magical creatures that populate this world. I learned about so many different mythical and magical creatures from these books during my initial introduction to the fantasy genre.
  5. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – I’m sure that most people have an idea of what this book is about. I personally didn’t know that it was a book until a few years ago. I just knew the movie that my sister and I watched dozens of times. Although the unicorn is the central character in the story, there are also a number of other magical creatures that show up. As scary as the harpy is in the movie, I feel like I might have been even more horrified reading the book. For now I think I’ll stick to the graphic novel or the movie.

Do you know more books full of magical creatures? Tell me what your favourite magical creature is, and why!