Both of us have always loved stories about games. They’ve played big roles in our childhoods, whether it was Pokémon or Mario Kart tournaments with our siblings (Amanda) or reading The Westing Game approximately twenty-five times (Christine) or being overly competitive at family game nights (…both of us).
So when we set out to write about a death tournament filled with dark, twisted magic, no one was particularly surprised. But while we’ve had a blast crafting our own duology, we also have a deep-seated love for other books that feature magical contests, tournaments, and puzzles.
Here are just a few highlights–some old favorites, some new favorites, and some upcoming releases we’re excited to read.