The best YA fantasy novels are easy to find once you consult this list. It has every book a serious reader could ever ask for. And even if you love reading young adult fantasy, we can almost guarantee you haven’t read every book on this list. So, sit back and enjoy while you find all the books you’ve been waiting for.
1. The Elements of the Crown – Kay L. Moody
Magic. Power. A dark and dangerous land. She clings to the past and it might destroy her future. Join Talise in the adventure of a lifetime as she fights to become who she was meant to be. There’s a reason this is included on this list of the best ya fantasy novels. Everyone is sure to enjoy this gripping adventure!
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2. The Cruel Prince – Holly Black
If you haven’t heard of this series, you’re probably new to the world of YA fantasy novels. This was the most popular series in 2019 and for good reason! It has court intrigue, faeries, and a strong enemies-to-lovers romantic sub-plot. If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your list.
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3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer
If you’re a fan of fairy tale retellings, you must add this book to your list. It features a strong heroine and a broody prince. There’s even a charming commander who might steal your heart. This book is a must when it comes to the best YA fantasy novels.
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4. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
This series has been around for a few years, but it hasn’t lost an ounce of popularity. The gorgeous crown covers probably have something to do with that! These books take place in a post-apocalyptic United States, but they have a high fantasy feel. Perfect for anyone who loves books about royalty.
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5. Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
This book took the young adult fantasy world by a storm when it was released. It became an instant favorite of many readers, and it’s easy to see why. The cover is utterly gorgeous, plus the story has incredible magic and a heart-stopping forbidden romance.
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6. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
Here’s another older series that is so popular, it’s no surprise it made this list of best YA fantasy novels. The series includes both adorable and breathtaking romances. It also has sci fi elements that everyone is sure to love. Did I mention every book in the series is a fairy tale retelling. These books really have it all!
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7. House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig
This may be one of the most atmospheric reads you will ever find. It’s eerie and gripping, perfect for anyone who loves darker reads. This book also retells the fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to add it your list.
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8. Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian
If you love books about royalty, this is sure to be one of your favorites. A princess becomes a prisoner, and she must fight to regain her throne. Personally, the cover is one of my favorite things about this book.
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9. The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
This story takes place in an underground world, which is clearly the start of a great book. It has everything you could ever want in a pirate story: painters, lovers, and ships! You’ll pick it up for the fantastic romance; you’ll stay for the fascinating world and characters.
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10. Crown of Coral and Pearl – Mara Rutherford
This is a classic story of a simple girl being sent to a castle to marry a prince. But she has a dangerous secret, and she doesn’t even like the prince. It’s a beautiful read and no wonder it’s on a list of the best YA fantasy novels.
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11. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Join Alina as she discovers a hidden power in the midst of a dark conflict in a dangerous world. This world has a few spin off series now and it’s no surprise why! Everyone loves this magical world full of intrigue, magic, and power.
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12. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
When the circus comes to town in this book, it’s an experience no one could ever forget. The bond between two sisters is strong, but an arranged marriage might be too much for Scarlet to handle. The Caraval performance is the perfect distraction.
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13. Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
Now that this series has finished up, it has only risen in popularity. In this chilling fantasy story, three sisters must fight to the death to become queen. Even with magic, the three sisters must fight their hardest to earn their crown. This story is a must for any serious reader who loves the best YA fantasy novels.
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14. Dance of Thieves – Mary E. Pearson
This is a spin-off series to the wonderful world of The Remnant Chronicles. It has all the fantasy elements that readers love: an outlawed family, a son thrust into power, three awesome young woman who form the queen’s guard. There’s nothing you won’t love!
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15. The Selection – Kiera Cass
No list of the best YA fantasy novels would be complete without The Selection. When a young woman is happy with her simple life, fate has other plans. The young woman soon arrives at the castle vying for the love of a prince she doesn’t want. But maybe life could be even better than she ever imagined.
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16. Shadow Frost – Coco Ma
A monster terrorizes a kingdom, it’s up to the princess to defeat it. Her unique power may be the key to defeating the beast. But only if it doesn’t get to her first. This book is perfect for anyone who loves strong female characters.
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17. Furyborn – Claire Legrand
This book tells the story of two young women, each with a destiny to save their world. With cruel assassins, legendary monsters, and powerful elemental magic, this story will keep you glued to the pages. It’s no wonder it’s one of the best young adult fantasy books out there.
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18. Bloodleaf – Crystal Smith
This luscious fantasy world has a great story and an even better world. Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch. When her magical abilities are accidentally discovered, she must flee to save her life. Once safe, she has one thing left to do… get revenge.
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19. The Hundredth Queen – Emily R. King
In this gripping book, an orphan girl becomes a warrior. But she doesn’t stop there. Soon, she fights to overthrow an entire empire, hoping only to reclaim her life as her own. It’s one of the best YA fantasy novels there is.
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20. Frostblood – Elly Blake
The ruling class has ice power, but Ruby controls fire. When her mother is killed trying to protect her, Ruby never expects who shows up asking for her help. This story features magic you’ll wish you could do, plus a vivid world full of intrigue.
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21. The Traitor’s Game – Jennifer A. Nielsen
All the best YA fantasy novels have intrigue, and this book is no different. Kestra is in exile, but her father’s court position make her a bargaining chip. When she gets kidnapped, it puts her on a path that might save the kingdom… or destroy it.
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22. Four Dead Queens – Astrid Scholte
When the story features a skilled thief and liar as its main character, you know it’s going to be good. Especially when said thief is entangled in a conspiracy with an upstanding citizen who wants no part in anything devious. This book is sure to delight all serious readers who love the best YA fantasy novels.
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23. The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynne Herman
This book is said to be perfect for fans of Stranger Things, so you know it must be amazing! It has an eerie atmosphere, intertwining plots, and a terrifying monster. It’s sure to be a hit for everyone who loves young adult fantasy.
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24. The Thorn Princess – Bekah Harris
Here’s another beautiful cover to add to this list of the best YA fantasy novels. Ivy Hawthorne has a dark past. Is her destiny even darker? Filled with magic, romance, and betrayal, this dark faerie fantasy is a must-read.
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25. The Wish Granter – C.J. Redwine
This is a brilliant fairy tale retelling which is inspired by the story of Rumpelstiltskin. An illegitimate princess must fight against an evil fae who wants to steal her brother’s soul. But when the fate of the kingdom is at stake, she isn’t sure where her true loyalties lie.