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Thanks for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. You asked us to match the Harry Potter novels, citing the adventure, fight against evil, political thinking, warfare, and drama. How about trying one of more of these:

Dune series by Frank Herbert
Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe an allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and scion of House
Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. The story explores the complex and multilayered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as forces of the Empire confront each other for control of Arrakis and its spice. ("Dune, novel" from

Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic...the alien Buggers threaten humanity with extinction, and Earth's ultimate savior may be one small boy. Andrew "Ender" Wiggins thinks he is only playing computer games, but he is really commanding Earth's last great fleet. (catalog summary)

Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
One of the great masterworks of science fiction, the Foundation novels of Isaac Asimov are unsurpassed for their unique blend of nonstop action, daring ideas, and extensive world-building. The story of our future begins with the history of Foundation and its greatest
psychohistorian: Hari Seldon. For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future;a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire;both scientists and scholars;and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation. But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. And mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and live as slaves or take a stand for freedom and risk total destruction. (catalog summary)

The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-Earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. (catalog summary)

The Once and Future King by T.H. White
This omnibus of White's four novels, The Sword and the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight, and The Candle in the Wind, retells the Arthurian story from Arthur's early days to his final battle and death. White refashions Thomas Malory's material into a tragic statement of considerable power. (What Do I Read Next?)

Shannara series by Terry Brooks
Shannara is an epic fantasy series of novels...beginning with The Sword of Shannara in 1977 and continuing through The Gypsy Morph which was released in August 2008. The series is probably best known for its blend of magic and primitive technology. It is also known for where it is set, as the setting is on Earth long after civilization as we know it was destroyed in a chemical and nuclear holocaust called the Great Wars. By the time of the prequel First King of Shannara, the world has now reverted to a medieval state and magic has re-emerged to supplement science. Further into the novels science starts to become more advanced.
Shannara is not actually the name of the world itself (that being the Four Lands) but it is instead the name of an Elven noble family. Many of the protagonists in the series are descended from this family, beginning with Jerle Shannara. ("Shannara" - Wikipedia)

Watership Down by Richard Adams
A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years...a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England's Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. (Product description at

Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
This epic series follows the physical and personal journey of its hero, Rand al'Thor, a shepherd who fights myriad battles against powerful forces. Ten volumes are projected for the series; and each volume is over 700 pages long and filled with wondrous details that truly create an alternate reality. These books have caused fantasy buffs to place Robert Jordan's name alongside Tolkien's as a master of the genre. (What Do I Read Next?)

I hope you find something you like in these suggestions. If we can help you find anything else, please let us know.

Michele R. Brown
Reference Librarian