10 Great Magical Books for Adults

The Tempest, William Shakespeare

In the most magical of Shakespeare’s plays (save, of course, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which could also have made this list) Prospero, the exiled sorcerer and Duke of Milan, has been stranded on an island for twelve years with his daughter Miranda, whom he dearly wishes to restore to her rightful place in society, their deformed servant Caliban, and the spirit Ariel. Though the play takes its title from the storm Prospero conjures to exact his revenge, the story is really about the magic of something much more mundane and poignant: the relationship between father and daughter, what each wishes for the other, and what happens when the latter grows up.