15 Must-Read YA Fantasy Books for Teens

In the mood for a YA fantasy book? You’re in luck! We’ve collected some of the best young adult fantasy books and series for you to add to your TBR. Whether you love exploring new worlds or you need an escape from reality for a while, plunging into a teen fantasy novel will do the trick.

From fairy tales to epic sagas, these YA fantasy books will sweep you away to far-off kingdoms filled with magic, mystery, and romance. Find somewhere comfortable to settle in, because you won’t be able to stop reading!

Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn

By Elizabeth Lim

When her father is summoned by the emperor to compete for the coveted position of royal tailor, Maia knows he is too old and frail to go. Disguised as a boy, she goes in his place. Later, she journeys to the far reaches of the kingdom to collect magical elements to sew into three dresses. Filled with magic, romance, and danger, the Blood of Stars is a YA fairy-tale retelling every fantasy lover needs to read! Part two of this duology is coming in July 2020!

Blood Heir

Blood Heir

By Amélie Wen Zhao

In this teen fantasy novel, Anastacya has spent her entire life hiding her magical abilities behind the palace walls. After Ana is blamed for the murder of her father, the emperor, she flees the palace. Desperate to find out who killed him, she enlists the help of Cyrilia’s notorious crime lord. Together, they uncover the corruption and conspiracies running rampant in the city.

Gravemaidens

Gravemaidens

By Kelly Coon

In this fantasy YA book, Kimmani’s younger sister is chosen as one of three beautiful girls to accompany the dying king to his grave. In order to save her sister from the ritualistic death, Kimmani must first save the king from his deathbed. But danger lurks in the palace, and it will take all of Kimmani’s wits and strength to save her family from an unthinkable fate.

The Guinevere Deception

The Guinevere Deception

By Kiersten White

The queen of YA fantasy books is back with a new twist on the legend of King Arthur. With threats looming over Camelot, Merlin summons Princess Guinevere to marry and protect King Arthur. However, Guinevere is not the girl she appears to be. In fact, she may pose the biggest threat of all.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition)

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (HBO Tie-In Edition)

By Philip Pullman

Join Lyra on an adventure filled with magic, danger, and self-discovery. Beloved by readers all over the world, this YA fantasy series begs to be read again and again. If you enjoyed the original trilogy, then don’t miss the new additions to Lyra’s story in the Book of Dust trilogy. And take our quiz to find out what animal your dæmon would be!

House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

By Erin A. Craig

If you love dark fairy-tale retellings with ghosts, curses, and ancient deities, pick up a copy of the YA fantasy book House of Salt and Sorrows. Everyone thinks the Thaumas family is cursed, but Annaleigh believes something sinister is behind the deaths that plague her family. While her remaining sisters dance their troubles away at magical balls every night, Annaleigh races to uncover the dark forces that have caused so much devastation.

The Enchantress

The Enchantress

By Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel has kept himself alive for hundreds of years by brewing an elixir of eternal life. When a doctor who plans to destroy the world steals the book that holds the recipe, twins Sophie and Josh get swept up in the adventure. This young adult fantasy series is a modern classic and must-read for any fan of Harry Potter!

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)

Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)

By Tamora Pierce

Whether you’re already a fan of Tamora Pierce or are a new reader of her books for teens, you’ll have no trouble slipping into the magical world of Tortall. Arram has a knack for attracting trouble, and as the most powerful and promising student mage in the realm, he has the power to alter his kingdom forever. This book is the start to an unforgettable YA series, packed with magic, romance, and adventure.

Ash Princess

Ash Princess

By Laura Sebastian

For the last ten years, Theo has been a captive in her own palace. Imprisoned and humiliated by the people who overthrew her, Theo uses her sharp mind and talent for manipulation to change her fate and that of her kingdom. If you love YA fantasy novels about fallen royalty rising from the ashes, don’t miss out on this heart-pounding series.

Eragon

Eragon

By Christopher Paolini

When Eragon finds a dragon’s egg, his life is changed forever. Together, Eragon and his dragon journey over mountains, through sprawling cities, and deep underground. Filled with magic, adventure, and the eternal struggle between good and evil, you’ll be hooked on this YA series from the first page.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)

By Jessica Cluess

Because of her unique ability to burst into flames, everyone believes that Henrietta is the prophesied one. She is destined to save England from the Ancients—terrible monsters ravaging the nation. In a world filled with politics, magic, romance, and betrayal, Henrietta learns to harness her unpredictable powers and discovers her true destiny in this dark YA fantasy series.

Reawakened

Reawakened

By Colleen Houck

If you love legends and ancient mythology, don’t miss out on this fast-paced adventure! When Lilliana discovers a live Egyptian prince inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, they work together to stop an evil god from taking over the world. Ancient curses, magic, and romance fill the pages of this addictive young adult fantasy series.

Seraphina

Seraphina

By Rachel Hartman

In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live together in tenuous peace. When a member of the royal family is murdered, a gifted musician named Seraphina teams up with the prince to investigate, and they uncover a plot to destroy the fragile peace holding their kingdom together. If you enjoy this duology, pick up the spin-off YA novel Tess of the Road and read our travel guide to the Southlands. 

The Girl at Midnight

The Girl at Midnight

By Melissa Grey

When war threatens the magical creatures that Echo calls family, she is tasked with hunting down the legendary firebird—a creature with tremendous power. Along the way, Echo finds new friends, first love, and more danger than she bargained for. Filled with magic, adventure, and romance, this young adult book series will keep you glued to the page.

The Paladin Prophecy

The Paladin Prophecy

By Mark Frost

For his entire life, Will’s parents have demanded nothing more than mediocrity. When Will accidentally aces an important exam, his parents go missing and he has no choice but to enroll in an exclusive boarding school. There, he learns about his magical abilities, makes new friends, and discovers the school is not as safe as he thought. If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced YA fantasy series with magic, monsters, and mystery, grab a copy of The Paladin Prophecy!

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