Need a touch of magic in your life? These three books offer some.
The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Penguin Classics), edited by Brian Copenhaver, is a rich anthology of works that treated magic seriously as an influential part of Western culture, from the Bible to Paradise Lost and beyond.
The Fifth Petal (Crown) by Brunonia Barry is a novel of supernatural mystery set in contemporary Salem, Mass., where a teenager dies suspiciously on Halloween and the town's magical history shadows it; a sequel to The Lace Reader.
The Last Days of Magic (Penguin) by Mark Tompkins is a novel set in 14th century Ireland, the last outpost of powerful magic, where faeries and other beings are battling the forces of Christianity for survival.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor