YA Fantasy

YA Fantasy

“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.” ―William GoldmanThe Princess Bride 

What better way is there to describe fantasy fiction?


Compiled by:
Sam O. and Lizzy S.
Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Okorafo)

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.


Beasts Made of Night

Tochi Onyebuchi
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Onyebuc)

After he eats the sin of a royal, Taj, a talented aki, or sin-eater who consumes the guilt of others whose transgressions are exorcised from them by powerful but corrupt Mages, is drawn into a plot to destroy the city, and he must fight to save the princess he loves and his own life.


The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Clayton)

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. Camellia wants to be the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.


Black Wings Beating

Alex London
(Young Adult Fiction - Y London)

Nothing in the world of Uztar is more revered than the birds of prey and no one more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer--while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. A war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe. Together the twins must journey into the treacherous mountains to trap the Ghost Eagle, the greatest of the Uztari birds and a solitary killer.


Caraval

Stephanie Garber
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Garber)

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance, are over. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnaped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend, and whoever finds her first is the winner.


Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Adeyemi)

Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.


Damsel

Elana K. Arnold
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Arnold)

Waking up in the arms of Prince Emory, Ama has no memory of him rescuing her from a dragon's lair, but she soon discovers there is more to the legend of dragons and damsels than anyone knows and she is still in great danger.


Dance of Thieves

Mary E. Pearson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Pearson)

A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen's premier guard. A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent. When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives--and their hearts.


Empress of All Seasons

Emiko Jean
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Jean)

During a once-in-a-generation competition to find the new empress, Mari, who hides a terrible secret, Taro, the prince who would denounce the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human outcast, will decide the fate of Honoku.


Even the Darkest Stars

Heather Fawcett
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Fawcett)

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the Emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. Everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister Lusha—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas.


Finnikin of the Rock

Melina Marchetta
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Marchet)

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.


Of Fire and Stars

Audrey Coulthurst
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Coulthu)

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia's marriage will seal the alliance between their homelands, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna possesses an Affinity for fire--a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria's formidable warhorses before her coronation--and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the Princess Amaranthine (Mare), sister of her betrothed. When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit.  Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms--and each other.


For a Muse of Fire

Heidi Heilig
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Heilig)

Jetta's family is the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick-- a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta uses the forbidden old ways to bind the souls ofthe recently departed to the puppets with her blood. When the family earns a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, they hear rumors the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Now Jetta will face decisions that she never imagined-- and safety seems far away.


Furthermore

Tahereh Mafi
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mafi)

Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities.


The Girl King

Mimi Yu
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Yu)

When their father names a male cousin as next ruler of the Empire of the First Flame, Lu must go on the run to reclaim her birthright, leaving her younger, timid sister, Min, to discover her own hidden power.


The Iron Trial

Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
(Juvenile Fiction - J Black)

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.


Keeper of the Lost Cities

Shannon Messenger
(Juvenile Fiction - J Messeng

At age twelve, Sophie learns that the remarkable abilities that have always caused her to stand out identify her as an elf, and after being brought to Eternalia to hone her skills, discovers that she has secrets buried in her memory for which some would kill.


The Last Magician

Lisa Maxwell
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Maxwell)

In an alternate version of present-day Manhattan, magic is dying, and Esta, a Mageus with a talent for manipulating time, travels back to 1901 to stop the destruction of a book that can possibly restore magic, but in Old New York, Esta must navigate gangs, secret societies, and her feelings for another magician in order to save the future of magic.


The Library of Fates

Aditi Khorana
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Khorana)

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything--family, her childhood love, and her freedom--to save her people. Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life--and another love--await?


Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword

Henry Lien
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lien)

Now in her second year at Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout Chen strives to reclaim her place as a champion of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful sport of martial arts figure skating. But Peasprout faces a surprising threat: Yinmei, the exiled heir to the Shinian throne and the newest student at the Academy. As Peasprout guides her battle band on a mission to save her new home of Pearl, she must learn what it truly means to be a leader.


The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Stiefva)

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the RavenBoys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.


Rebel of the Sands

Alwyn Hamilton
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Hamilto)

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself.


Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Taylor)

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?


Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

Jonathon Auxier
(Juvenile Fiction - J Auxier)

In nineteenth-century England, after her father's disappearance Nan Sparrow, ten, works as a "climbing boy," aiding chimney sweeps, but when her most treasured possessions end up in a fireplace, she unwittingly creates a golem.


Tempests and Slaughter

Tamora Pierce
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Pierce)

Arram Draper, Varice Kingsford, and Ozorne Tasikhe forge a bond of friendship that sees them through many changes as student mages at Imperial University of Carthak.


Three Dark Crowns

Kendare Blake
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Blake)

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born - three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is an elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose...it's life or death.


Truthwitch

Susan Dennard
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Dennard)

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a 'witchery,' a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble--as two desperate young women know all too well.


Uprooted

Naomi Novik
(Science Fiction & Fantasy - SF Novik)

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.


We Set the Dark on Fire

Tehlor Kay Mejia
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mejia)

Dani must question everything she's worked for as she learns about the corruption of the Median government.