– Magic systems that feel real enough that I try casting a spell just to see

– Layered intrigue and multiple POV characters

– Animism! I want to read about the ways characters exist in a living landscape.

– Miyazaki meets Harry Potter

– Murakami meets high fantasy

– Grand stories that nevertheless stay close to the starting village. Bonus points if we get a good peek at a harvest festival.

– Anything to do with a coven of witches, especially if they dig through dusty tomes to research magical arts.

– Tarot-inspired elements. Think the Deck of Dragons in the Malazan series.