There is no better way to escape the craziness of teenage years than getting lost in a great book! There are so many good fantasy books for teens it’s almost impossible to know where to start reading. To help you start (or continue!) your reading journey, I’ve put together a list of the most exciting and compelling reads for teenage readers. And don’t worry. These books are great for older readers who still love young adult books too!! Check through the list to find your next thrilling read.
1.Eragon – Christopher Paolini
To start off this list of good fantasy books for teens, I recommend Eragon! This epic fantasy is a YA classic that is well loved by many around the world. It tells the story of a poor farm boy named Eragon and his discovery of his destiny as a Dragon Rider. Accompanied by his dragon, Saphira, Eragon stumbles into a dangerous world of glory, magic, and power where he must escape the clutches of an evil king and protect those he loves from destruction.
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2. Crown of Feathers – Nicki Pau Preto
Veronyka is an orphan who wants to become a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After her sister betrays her, Veronyka sets out to find the Riders – and disguises herself as a boy in order to join them. In the meantime, the empire has discovered the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them completely.
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3. The Elements of the Crown – Kay L. Moody
Talise can easily manipulate the elements. Coming from a crime-laden land, her only chance for a better life is to become Master Shaper. If she wins the competition for the position, she will work for the emperor, live in the palace, and escape her inevitable death. Seemingly impossible obstacles arise, making winning the competition incredibly difficult. As Talise is forced to make an impossible choice, she learns that holding too tightly to her past may destroy her future.
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4. Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
Amani would give anything to get her way out of Dustwalk, the town where she is destined to be married. Not even her skills with a gun can earn her passage to freedom. But when she meets a foreigner named Jin, everything changes and the perfect escape is made clear. What she doesn’t know is that she will soon become swept up in a deadly battle that will bring everything she thought she knew into question. Can she survive and save those she loves?
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5. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Alina Starkov knows that she might not survive her first trek as a soldier across the Shadow Fold – darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina performs magic that she had no idea she possessed. Now she is pulled into a world of intrigue and royalty as she trains with the Grisha – the military elite. Their leader believes that Alina is capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their ravaged country. However, Alina makes a dangerous discovery that will threaten everyone she loves and the future of her nation.
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6. Serpent and Dove – Shelby Mahurin
Louise le Blanc fled her coven two years ago and found shelter in the city of Cesarine. She has forsaken all magic and must live off of what she can steal. But in Cesarine, witches like Lou are hunted. Feared. Burned. When Lou pulls a stunt, she finds herself in an impossible situation – marriage to the huntsman of the church, who will not suffer a witch to live.
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7. We Hunt The Flame – Hafsah Faizal
Continuing this list of good fantasy books for teens is We Hunt the Flame! In the kingdom of Arawiya, Zafira and Nasir are legends. Zafira is the Hunter. Nasir is the Prince of Death. While Zafira embarks on a quest to retrieve a lost artifact that would bring magic and healing to her world, Nasir is sent to kill her and find the same artifact. What both of them do not know is that the prize they so desperately seek could bring a threat more serious than either of them can imagine.
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8. An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson
Isobel is a talented artist with an increasingly dangerous group of clients: the wicked fair folk, who cannot weave cloth, bake bread, or write without crumbling to dust. Isobel’s paintings are highly sought after. When she paints her first royal patron, Rook, she makes a mistake – she paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, which could cost him his life. Angry and hurt, Rook takes her away to stand trial for her crime. As they travel, they begin to fall in love, which violates the fair folks’ laws. Now both of their lives are at stake. Isobel must use her skills to fight the fairy courts and make sure that they both come out alive.
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9. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
Zelie Adebola vividly remembers the night magic disappeared. Her mother and all the other maji were killed under the orders of a ruthless and bloodthirsty king. Given a rare opportunity, Zelie has the chance to strike back against the monarchy and restore magic. With the help of her brother and unexpected assistance from a princess, Zelie races against powerful enemies to bring back magic and help her people rise once again.
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10. House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life with her family: twelve sisters, her father, and stepmother. Rumors are spreading that the family is cursed by the gods – four of the sisters have died tragic deaths. As Annaleigh is increasingly disturbed by ghostly visions, she becomes suspicious that the deaths of her sisters are not accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out each night to attend balls, and Annaleigh doesn’t know whether to join them or stop them. Where are they going, and who – or what – are they really dancing with?
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11. Spin The Dawn – Elizabeth Lim
Maia dreams of becoming the best tailor in all the land. When her ailing father is summoned to court, Maia disguises herself as a boy to take his place as a tailor. She becomes one of twelve tailors vying for the job. Nothing could have prepared her for the challenge she is given: sewing three magic gowns from the blood of stars, the laughter of the sun, and the tears of the moon. In order to complete this impossible task, she sets off on a journey where she finds more than she could have ever imagined.
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12. Crown of Coral and Pearl – Mara Rutherford
Nor has dreamed of seeing the beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that rules her village. However, when an accident leaves her with a permanent scar, her sister Zadie becomes the likely candidate to marry the Crown Prince – with Nor left behind. When Zadie is badly injured, Nor sets out to Ilara in her sister’s place. Unfortunately her future husband, Prince Ceren, is forbidding and cold. As Nor grows close to Ceren’s brother, she discovers unsettling truths about the royal family, and a plot to destroy her home. Nor wants to save her people, but discovering her strength may end up costing her everything.
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13. Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
Elisabeth has always known that all sorcerers are evil. She hopes to protect the kingdom from the very tools of sorcery – Grimoires, that can transform into grotesque monsters when provoked. When an act of sabotage releases the most dangerous grimoire, Elisabeth is implicated in the crime. The only person she can turn to is her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Elisabeth is soon swept up in a deep conspiracy, set to send the Libraries up in flames and the world along with them.
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14. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
Wrapping up this list of good fantasy books for teens is The Bear and the Nightingale! At the edge of the Russian wilderness, Vasilisa’s father brings home a new wife from Moscow. The new wife forbids her family from honoring the household spirits, and Vasilisa fears the consequences of what this will bring. Misfortune begins to frown on the village. As their defenses weaken and evil comes near, Vasilisa uses gifts that she has kept hidden in order to keep her family safe from frightening tales come to life.
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Did you get some good ideas from this list of good fantasy books for teens? Let me know in the comments what book you’ll be reading next!
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