Who doesn’t love a bit of nail-biting adventure, especially when it’s packed into an exciting YA novel? We have so many fantastic recommendations for adventure fantasy books for teens that we know you’ll love! Check out our list for must-read additions to wrap up your summer!
1. A Thief Among The Trees – Sabaa Tahir and Nicole Andelfinger
Years before the events of An Ember In The Ashes, young Elias Veturius, Helene, and Tavi are Fivers, training to become elite military recruits at Blackcliff Academy. Sent on a dangerous mission to steal a poison on Isle South, they are confronted with surprising enemies that also include other recruits. Elias and his friends soon realize the harrowing reality of Martial room and will have to come to grips with their place in the system and the choices they will be forced to make in order to survive.
A Thief Among The Trees is the first graphic novel to be included on our blog! It’s so well done, we just couldn’t resist talking about it! Do you have any other favorite graphic novels for teens? Comment below with your suggestions!
Buy A Thief Among The Trees here
2. Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
Born in America and moved to Nigeria, twelve-year-old Sunny has African features, but she is albino. A terrific athlete, Sunny can’t go out into the sun to play her sport, soccer. She doesn’t fit in anywhere. Then she learns an amazing fact about herself – she is a “free agent” with magical power. Soon, Sunny joins a quartet of magic students who study both the visible and invisible and learn to change reality. But will their training be enough to help them catch a dangerous criminal who also knows magic?
Akata Witch explores a whole new dimension of fantasy and folklore that will capture your imagination and keep you reading late into the night! Don’t miss this unique and special addition to the YA fantasy genre!
Buy Akata Witch here
3. Water Storm – Kay L Moody
SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT READ PREVIOUS ELEMENTS OF KAMDARIA NOVELLAS:
Talise’s survival is in jeopardy, and her heart is broken.
To top that off, something is poisoning the land. The pursuit of it has provided distraction from her broken heart, but the conflict in Kamdaria is just at its beginning. Talise must choose which side she is on, with one side leading to treason and the other leading to her death.
This exciting addition to Kay L Moody’s Elements of Kamdaria series is one you won’t want to miss! But it today so you will be the first to join Talise on her new adventures!
Buy Water Storm here
4. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
One of our favorite adventure fantasy books for teens is Children of Blood and Bone!
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.
We could go on and on about how much we love Children of Blood and Bone! Realistic and relatable characters, exciting adventures, and a creative magic system? Yes please!
Buy Children of Blood and Bone here
5. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C. Dao
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is destined for greatness and meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. Her aunt, the witch Guma, read the cards and saw the possibilities of Xifeng’s glorious future. Growing up as a peasant on the edge of the map, Xifeng deeply desires to fulfill that destiny.
However, in order to reach greatness, she will have to spurn the man who loves her and exploit her magic by eating the hearts of those who have been recently killed. She has no other option, the god that sent her on this journey will not stop until he has absolute power.
This East Asian-inspired fantasy has both incredible pain and glorious beauty. We can’t recommend it enough, Julie C. Dao is a master writer.
Buy Forest of a Thousand Lanterns here
6. House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig
Continuing our list of adventure fantasy books for teens, we highly recommend House of Salt and Sorrows!
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?
Get ready for incredible writing and an absolutely breathtaking story that you won’t be able to put down! House of Salt and Sorrows is a must-read!
Buy House of Salt and Sorrows here
7. Bone Crier’s Moon – Kathryn Purdie
Charged with using magic drawn from animal bones to take the dead to the afterlife, Bone Criers are the last of the descendants of an ancient famille.
In order for Ailesse to become their matriarch, she is required to finish her rite of passage: kill the boy she is destined to love.
Bastien’s father was killed by a Bone Crier, and Bastien is bent on revenge. But now that Ailesse’s ritual has begun, their fates are destined to be entwined both in life and in death.
Unique and beautifully written, this is a story you don’t want to miss out on!
Buy Bone Crier’s Moon here
8. Spin The Dawn – Elizabeth Lim
Continuing our list of adventure fantasy books for teens, we have Spin The Dawn by 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.
Elizabeth Lim is an incredibly talented writer, Spin The Dawn is one we know you will love!
Buy Spin The Dawn here
9. The Witch Hunter – Virginia Boecker
Though Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, she is accused of being a witch herself and sentenced to be burned at the stake. Her only salvation comes in the form of Nicholas Perevil, the man who she thought was her enemy. Nicholas is the most dangerous and powerful wizard in the kingdom, and he offers her a deal. If she will break the curse he is under, he will save her from dying.
The catch is that Nicholas and those who follow him know absolutely nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting. If they find out, being burned alive will be the least of her concerns.
Magic, betrayal, and sacrifice weave an enthralling tale that will keep you hooked until the very end!
Buy The Witch Hunter here
10. 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.
Crown of Feathers is one of our favorite additions to our list of adventure fantasy books for teens! Creative, engaging, and beautifully written, we know it is one that you will enjoy!
Buy Crown of Feathers here
11. Air Awakens – Elise Kova
The rare magic in 17-year-old Vhalla Yarl has the power to shift the war that the Solaris Empire has been years fighting. Vhalla has been taught from a young age to fear sorcerers. However, she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers, the Crown Prince Aldrik. After she saves his life, she finds herself enticed by his world. Vhalla must decide whether to embrace her sorcery or to eradicate her magic. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will cost more than she ever could have known.
Romance and adventure await in this exciting fantasy!
Buy Air Awakens here
12. Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust
Mina is motherless, her magical father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat at all. She always thought that was normal, not knowing that her father removed out her heart and replaced it with a glass one. When Mina first moves to the castle and sees the king, she decides on a plan: win the king’s heart, become his queen, and finally experience love. The catch? She’ll have to become a stepmother.
Lynet looks just like her late mother: a magician made her out of snow to look like the dead queen. Though she looks like her mother, Lynet wants instead to be like her stepmother, Mina. Lynet’s wish is granted when her father replaces Mina with Lynet as queen of the southern territories. Mina hates Lynet for it. Now Lynet must decide how to win back the only mother figure she has ever known, or make the difficult decision to defeat her.
Only one can win all.
This enthralling tale gives a unique look at the intertwined lives of two women. Combining the past and the present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is bold and creative. Don’t miss out on this unique story!
Buy Girls Made of Snow and Glass here
13. The Black Witch – Laurie Forest
Elloren Gardner’s people believe that she will follow in the footsteps of her grandmother and become the next Black Witch of prophecy. However, Elloren has no powers, and her society values magical ability above everything else.
Given the opportunity to pursue her dream of being an apothecary, Elloren joins her siblings at Verpax University. Unfortunately, the university is the most dangerous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
Elloren’s only hope of survival is found among a band of secret rebels. Can she trust those who she has been taught to fear?
Rich and diverse, The Black Witch will keep you spellbound for hours on end!
Buy The Black Witch here
14. The Watermight Thief – Jordan Rivet
Tamri is a magic thief trying to get her grandmother out of Pendark, a city of brutal fights and feuds. When a score goes wrong, Tamri is sent off to a distant kingdom where the Fire Queen of legend is starting a magic school.
But Tamri is not going there only to learn. The King of Pendark is suspicious that the Fire Queen is doing something more dangerous than simply training young magicians, and Tamri has been ordered to find out the truth.
If Tamri fails, she and her grandmother will die.
This book is an absolute necessity in our list of adventure fantasy books for teens!
Buy The Watermight Thief here
15. Mark of the Raven – Morgan L. Busse
Heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the family gift of dreamwalking, Lady Selene can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate them. The Ravenwood women have used their gift for years for hire to obtain information or to kill.
Selene is given the assignment to assassinate a man who can bring peace, but who also has the power to bring the downfall of her house.
Selene is torn. Will she uphold the legacy of her family and solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood or will she refuse and face shame and death?
Captivating and deep, Mark of the Raven is a beautiful story about the power of hope against a background of darkness.
Buy Mark of the Raven here
That wraps up our list of adventure fantasy books for teens! Comment below which one you plan to read before heading back to school!
If you enjoyed our book selections here, check out our list of must-read YA Fantasy Romance Series!
We are super excited for the release of Kay L Moody’s Court of Bitter Thorn! Stay tuned for more details.