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A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin. A more contemporary and adult take on a fantasy epic. This is an incredible piece of work that does not emphasize magical elements nearly as much as most fantasy. I highly recommend this series.
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs (Llewellyn's Sourcebook Series) (Cunningham's Encyclopedia Series)
If you have heard of Agatha Christie and are curious to read her books: good for you! She is a fantastic author who writes mysteries that still thrill people long after they finished the last page of one of her books. But, where to start? She has written 66 detective stories, and it can be quite intimidating as to which one to read first. This list is here to help with that.