RECOMMENDED AND SIMILAR BOOKS

A Practical Guide to Sorcery

Similar Features:

1. Misunderstandings, Accidental Success, Weak Character believed to be Strong

2. Hard Magic System, Magic System Analysis, Magical School and Classes

3. Realistic Power Progression, non-OP Characters

4. Rational-Aspiring Characters, Everyone is a Realistically Unreliable Narrator

5. Worldbuilding

Title: Ciaphas Cain Series
Author: Sandy Mitchell
Book Genre and Premise: Set in the world of Warhammer 40k, Ciaphas Cain is a commissar of the Imperium, and eventually hailed as one of its greatest heroes.
Similar Features: Misunderstandings, Accidental Success, Weak Character believed to be Strong
Similarity Level: Medium
Reason for Recommendation: Cain is, by his own account quite average, and tries his best to avoid engaging in actual combat. Ironically, his unlikely successes have him named “Hero of the Imperium” and put in even more dangerous situations. While slightly different in flavor as Cain is more aware of the social aspects of being heroic and will purposefully laud himself, it bears distinct similarities to some of the Raven Queen’s own undeserved mythos.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
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Title: Just a Bystander
Author: Aefraga
Book Genre and Premise: Budding arcanist Caden enrolls in the Academy, entering the same cohort as the legendary Chosen ones.
Similar Features: Hard Magic System, Magic System Analysis, Magical School and Classes
Similarity Level: Medium
Reason for Recommendation: Set at a magical school, there is a focus on exploring how the magic, and particularly prophecy, actually works. The main character is a hard worker, talented without being OP.
Recommended By: Azalea Ellis
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Title: Arrogant Young Master Template A Variation 4
Author: LivingSpoon
Book Genre and Premise: LitRPG; Respectful Xianxia parody. The main character is reincarnated into the body of an Arrogant Young Master, and struggles to balance every move forward against the risk of death by Xianxia trope.
Similar Features: Misunderstandings, Accidental Success, Weak Character believed to be Strong.
Similarity Level: Medium Similarity
Reason for Recommendation: This is LivingSpoon’s debut web novel and has a strong start with excellent writing. It is unfinished, but worth the read.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
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Title: Mother of Learning  
Author: Domagoj Kumaic
Book Genre and Premise: Mother of Learning is an online cult classic: a power progression fantasy with flavors of LitRPG and murder-mystery. Zorian is a skilled student at Cyoria’s magical academy, and finds himself stuck in a time loop after being murdered. His only option to escape is by using his extra time to learn, improve his skills, and unravel the mystery.
Similar Features: Realistic Power Progression, non-OP Characters, Hard Magic System, Magic System Analysis, Magical School and Classes
Similarity Level: Medium-High Similarity
Reason for Recommendation: Mother of Learning is one of the most interesting takes on the “time loop” trope that you’ll have the chance to read. Instead of being repetitive, it’s fascinating at every turn. 
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Read at Amazon: Mother of Learning

Title: A Young Woman’s Political Record
Author: Jacobk
Book Genre and Premise: “With the war over and her military career in shambles, Tanya von Degurechaff has to forge a new path for herself. Fortunately, she finds an opportunity to get involved in the political scene. A safe, easy job has never been closer at hand. What could possibly go wrong?”
Similar Features: Misunderstandings, Accidental Success, Weak Character believed to be Strong.
Similarity Level: Medium Similarity
Reason for Recommendation: Tanya does her best not to be elected, and then to get herself deposed, but everything just leads to the people loving her more. Similar obliviousness levels to Siobhan, along with much accidental success and semi-worship.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Read for free on Spacebattles.com: A Young Woman’s Political Record (Youjo Senki Fanfiction)

Title: Paranoid Mage
Author: Inadvisably Compelled
Book Genre and Premise: Urban fantasy and magical realism collide as Callum, a middle-aged man is forced to pull his head out of the sand and acknowledge that the supernatural exists and he is, indeed, a mage.
Similar Features: Rational-Aspiring Characters, Everyone is a Realistically Unreliable Narrator, Hard Magic System, Magic System Analysis,
Similarity Level: Low Similarity
Reason for Recommendation:  Callum is a man who is set in his ways and has no interest in magic, but when the powers that be discover that he is a mage, they attempt to force him to bend to their rules: and Callum wants nothing to do with it. Well-developed world building, a solid plot, and a main character whose life goes to hell without plans.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Read for free on Royal Road: The Paranoid Mage
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Title: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Author: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, or LessWrong
Book Genre and Premise: Harry Potter fanfiction set in an alternate universe where Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit.
Similar Features: Rational-Aspiring Characters, Magic System Analysis
Similarity Level: Medium Similarity
Reason for Recommendation: This story is what got me interested in Rationality (in my books, Thaddeus calls it the Way) in the first place. They mix science with magic, and I think many people who enjoy my story would like this one. Give it a try, even if you have never read fanfiction before!
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Read for free on FanFiction.net: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Title: Song of the Lioness
Author: Tamora Pierce
Book Genre and Premise: These fantasy books are set in a world of magic and wars between powerful kingdoms that are influenced by the gods themselves. They star Alanna, a girl who must disguise herself as a boy to pursue her dreams of knighthood and adventure, and turns into an accidental hero along the way.
Similar Features: Girl Disguised as Guy
Similarity Level: Low similarity.
Reason for Recommendation: These were my first introduction to the trope and I loved them. Pierce’s Circle of Magic Universe books are recommended for a different but more thoroughly explored magic system. And even more recommended, her Protector of the Small quartet. Pierce’s works are widely available at local libraries in the USA.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Read the first book on Amazon: Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness 

Title: Bloody Jack
Author: L.A. Meyer
Book Genre and Premise: “Life as a ship’s boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There’s only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life–if only she doesn’t get caught. . . .”
Similar Features: Girl Disguised as Guy
Similarity Level: Low similarity
Reason for Recommendation: This series goes off the rails in later books, but the first one, and maybe a few after that, remain favorites.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Link: Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. 

Title: Worth the Candle
Author: Alexander Wales
Book Genre and Premise: This LitRPG tale is the story of a Dungeon Master stuck in a world seemingly of his own creation. As Juniper tries to survive long enough to unravel the mystery of the world he’s stuck in, echoes of his own plots and ideas ripple through his surroundings.
Similar Features: Worldbuilding, Rational-Aspiring Characters, Everyone is a Realistically Unreliable Narrator, Hard Magic System, Magic System Analysis
Similarity Level: Medium Similarity
Reason for Recommendation: I love these ones. It might seem like a bog-standard LitRPG to start, but it is very much not. Very thoughtful characters, and an expansive, detailed magic system set within a fascinating world. The worldbuilding here has some similar feel to PGTS, with the references to history and other cultures.
Recommended by: Azalea Ellis
Read at Amazon: Worth the Candle by Alexander Wales

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