There is nothing in this world like a good fantasy book! They have such a special way of whisking us off to imaginary worlds and bringing magic and hope to our lives. With everything going on right now, I thought I would put together a list of some of my favorite fantasy books for teenage girls that have brought excitement and happiness to countless readers around the world. I have a variety of authors listed here, from Tomi Adeyemi to Rae Carson, Kay L Moody, and so many more! Hopefully this helps you find something special to read!
1. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A. Brown
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is one of my favorite fantasy books for teenage girls!
The Solstasia festival is an opportunity for Malik to escape his war torn home to start a new life in the city of Ziran. But when his sister Nadia is abducted, Malik strikes a deal. Kill the Crown Princess of Ziran, Karina, and then his sister Nadia will be set free. However, Karina has goals of her own. Her mother has been assassinated, and Karina decides to resurrect her through ancient magic. The ritual requires the heart of a king, and Karina knows how she can get it: by offering herself in marriage to the winner of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik ends up in the contest, the two of them start a fierce course to destroy each other. But as feelings grow between them and enemies stir, will they be able to see their tasks through to the end?
Buy A Song of Wraiths and Ruin here
2. Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
In the year 2380, Tyler Jones and his recently graduated squad of misfits are about to be caught in the middle of a war millions of years in the making. Struggling to understand each other and the forces at play, they are possibly the last hope for the entire galaxy. Buckle up for a sci-fi adventure that will keep your heart racing!
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3. Court of Bitter Thorn – Kay L Moody
Court of Bitter Thorn is a book written by me, which fits perfectly on this list of fantasy books for teenage girls!
Eager to win a chance to become the High King, Brannick, a fae prince, tricks Elora into a bargain. She must teach him her sword skills. Elora is forced to enter the realm of Faerie and will not be allowed home until the prince succeeds at becoming the High King or is taken out of the running.
Desperate to return to her starving young sisters, Elora decides to sabotage Brannick’s chance for the crown so that she can return home quickly. During the day, she helps train the prince and tries to ignore her growing attraction to him. At night, she works with a nearby king who plans to destroy as much of Faerie as he possibly can.
Can Elora reach her goal and stay alive?
Buy Court of Bitter Thorn here
4. Gravemaidens – Kelly Coon
Living in the city-state of Alu, Kammani wants to be an accomplished healer like her father once was. However, Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, and Kammani’s beautiful younger sister Nanea is chosen to be one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. Nanea believes that this is her chance to live a grand life. But Kammani sees through the deception and knows what being chosen really means – death for her sister.
In order to save her sister, Kammani works her way into the palace to try and heal the ruler. Once there, she discovers that there is more at stake than she ever could have imagined. But she will stop at nothing to dig up the buried secrets of the palace and save her sister – even if it means sacrificing herself.
Buy Gravemaidens here
5. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha Book 2) – Tomi Adeyemi
Continuing this list of fantasy books for teenage girls is Children of Virtue and Vengeance!
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE:
Zélie and Amari have successfully brought magic back into the land of Orïsha. However, the ritual was more powerful than they had anticipated, and they have not only reignited the powers of the maji, they have also restored powers to nobles with magic ancestry.
With the enemy just as powerful as they are, Zélie struggles to unite the maji. With the monarchy and military uniting to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie has to fight to protect the new maji from the wrath of the monarchy and secure Amari’s right to the throne.
Civil war looms on the horizon, and Zélie soon finds herself at a breaking point. If she doesn’t find a way to bring the kingdom together, Orïsha will tear itself apart.
Buy Children of Virtue and Vengeance here
6. The Girl The Sea Gave Back – Adrienne Young
Washed ashore as a child, Tova has lived among the Svell who found her for as long as she can remember. She does not remember much of her own home and clan, but she is covered with sacred symbols and staves inked over her whole body that mark her as one who can see into the future. Her world is fragile, but comes close to collapse when two eastern clans bury their blood feud and join together.
The leaders of the Svell are divided, not knowing whether to maintain peace or go to war with their allied clans. And when the chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones and see the future, she sets in motion a series of events that will change the mainland forever, and finally give her a home.
Buy The Girl The Sea Gave Back here
7. Reign of the Fallen – Sarah Glenn Marsh
Odessa is a master necromancer, working with the Kingdom of Karthia’s ruling Dead. Her job requires her to raise dead nobles by retrieving their souls from a dangerous world called the Deadlands. The cost to being raised is that the Dead have to remain shrouded. If even an inch of skin is exposed, the Dead are turned into bloodthirsty Shades.
A dramatic increase in attacks by Shades brings suspicion and fear to the kingdom. A conspiracy soon comes to light: Someone is purposefully creating Shades and training them to attack innocent people. As she fights alongside her fellow mages, Odessa must untangle the plot to destroy Karthia. If she doesn’t, the Shades will take everything and everyone that she loves.
Buy Reign of the Fallen here
8. Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson
Continuing my list of fantasy books for teenage girls is an incredible historical fantasy – Walk on Earth a Stranger!
Lee Westfall can sense the presence of gold around her. Everything from gold buried beneath the earth to pebbles in the river, and nuggets that come from the forest floor. Gold has meant life and home to her – until everything she has is ripped away by a man who wants to control her gift. Lee disguises herself as a boy and begins walking to the trail that leads across the country. Where can a magical girl such as herself find safety?
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9. Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian
When she was six, Theodosia’s country was invaded, and her mother, the Fire Queen was murdered. Crowned Ash Princess – a title of shame – Theo is now living her new life as a prisoner. For ten years, Theo lives as a prisoner in her own home, until one day the Kaiser forces her to do something unthinkable. As a result, she has blood on her hands, and has lost all hope of reclaiming her throne. However, she does have a weapon: her mind. Power isn’t always won on the battlefield, and the Ash Princess has seen her people enslaved and her land ruined for long enough.
Buy Ash Princess here
10. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
Eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is prepping for his shot at glory as a mentor in the Hunger Games. His once-mighty house has had hard times, and Snow hopes to gain recognition by mentoring the tribute who wins the Hunger Games. But the odds are against him. His humiliating assignment is to mentor the female tribute from the lowest district, District 12. Unexpectedly he starts to feel for the girl, and must make difficult choices between following the rules and his desire to survive.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a nail-biting addition to this list of fantasy books for teenage girls! Unique and thought provoking, I highly recommend it.
Buy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes here
11. Chain of Gold – Cassandra Clare
Cordelia is a Shadowhunter, trained since childhood to battle demons. In order to prevent her family’s ruin after her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London. While there, a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These demons are unlike anything Shadowhunters have fought before, and seem impossible to kill. Cordelia and her friends soon discover that with their connection to a dark legacy, they have been gifted with incredible powers. Unfortunately, they are also forced into a difficult choice that will show just how cruel the price of being a hero truly is.
Buy Chain of Gold here
12. Sabriel (Old Kingdom Book 1) – Garth Nix
Ever since she was a child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom. Away from magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. Once her father, the Abhorson, goes missing, Sabriel must cross into that unknown world to find him. She teams up with Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, and Mogget, who is a powerful and possibly malevolent spirit, and travels into the Old Kingdom. Once there, she comes face-to-face with an evil that threatens much more than her life.
Buy Sabriel here
13. Caraval – Stephanie Garber
Scarlett and her sister, Tella, live on a tiny island with their cruel father. Scarlett dreams of seeing Caraval, a once-a-year performance where audience members participate in the show. Her dreams are dashed when her father arranges a marriage for her.
However, Scarlett is surprised to find that her long-awaited invitation to Caraval has arrived! She and Tella escape their father and travel to the show, with the help of a mysterious sailor. But upon arrival, Tella is kidnapped. As Scarlet searches for her sister, she is informed that this particular Caraval revolves around Tella. Whoever finds her first wins the game.
Become enthralled in a game of magic, love, and heartbreak as Scarlett plays to find her sister and win. Scarlett must be careful though, careful of being swept too far away…
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14. Daugher of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller
On a mission to find a hidden ancient map – the directions to a treasure trove – Alosa purposefully allows herself to be captured by her enemies. This gives her the opportunity she has been looking for to search their ship. Alosa is more than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, but the only thing standing between her and the map is her captor. Alosa is determined to get past him. Because no lone pirate is capable of stopping the Daughter of the Pirate King.
Buy Daughter of the Pirate King here
15. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
Last on this list of fantasy books for teenage girls is Shatter Me by the incredible author, Tahereh Mafi.
With one touch, Juliette Ferrars can kill anyone. No one knows why she has such amazing power. Though her powers feel like a curse to Juliette, The Reestablishment sees her as an opportunity. A deadly weapon. Though Juliette has never fought for herself before, she soon is forced to find a strength she never knew she had.
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That wraps up my list of fantasy books for teenage girls! Which ones are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below!