There is nothing in this world like a fantastic YA fantasy fiction novel! There are so many incredible ones that I love to spend hours whisked away in. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites, as well as some new ones I am looking forward to. I hope you’ll love them just as much as I do!
1. Daughters of Nri – Reni K Amayo
As the result of a gruesome war, the old gods departed from earth. Their only connection remains in two twins who were separated at birth. The girls are Goddesses who believe that they are human. Naala seeks adventure in her small, quiet village. Sinai lives in the political palace of Nri. Though the girls are miles apart, they share a bond and a magic that was thought to have vanished with the lost gods.
As both girls are tested, a formidable power awakens deep within themselves. Eventually, their paths lead both of them back to the mighty Eze, their enemy, and the man who rules the Kingdom of Nri.
Can they defeat the man who defeated the Gods?
Buy Daughters of Nri here
2. Ghosts Of The Shadow Market – Cassandra Clare
Over the years, Brother Zachariah has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market – a place where magical objects are bought and sold, dark bargains are made, and secrets are whispered. Brother Zachariah was once a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and he was deeply in love with the warlock, Tessa Gray. In the Shadow Markets, where a lost heir and a ghost are hidden, Jem is searching for a relic from his past. But no one can save you once you have traded away your heart.
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3. Heir of Bitter Thorn – Kay L Moody
Determined to have one last adventure before getting married off, Elora sneaks out and meets a dryad. She asks for her help, inviting Elora to a place called Faerie to help save a lost prince from an evil queen. Though Elora worries for the family she would leave behind, she doesn’t want to pass up on the adventure of a lifetime. She’d rather face the dangers of the unknown than think about her eventual marriage.
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4. A Heart So Fierce And Broken – Brigid Kemmerer
Continuing this list of must-read ya fantasy fiction is A Heart So Fierce and Broken! (Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read A Curse So Dark and Lonely yet)
In the heart-stopping sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, the curse is finally broken. However, Prince Rhen of Emberfall continues to face dark troubles. Rumors have been circulating that he is not the true heir to the throne, and a forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. To make matters worse, his guardsman Grey has gone missing.
Though Grey knows he is the heir, he doesn’t want anyone to know. Grey is on the run, and he has no desire to take the throne – until once again, Karis Luran threatens to take Emberfall. Can Karis’s daughter convince Grey to stand against Rhen to save Emberfall?
Buy A Heart So Fierce And Broken here
5. The Queen’s Rising – Rebecca Ross
The only two things Brienna desires are to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Brienne struggles to find her passion – art, music, dramatics, wit, or knowledge. Eventually, she chooses knowledge. Then her life takes an odd turn when a disgraced lord offers to be her patron. She reluctantly accepts, though she is suspicious of his intent. However, she soon realizes that there is more to his story. There is a plot to overthrow the king of Maevana – a rival kingdom – and restore the queen to the throne. With war brewing on the horizon, Brienna will have to choose which side she will stay loyal to: passion or blood.
Buy The Queen’s Rising here
6. Ash Princess – Laura Sebastian
When she was six, Theodosia’s country was invaded, and her monther, 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
Thrall – Jennifer Quintenz
Braedyn Murphy is a typical, shy sophomore navigating her way through high school life with her two bets friends. When Lucas moves in next door, Braedyn develops feelings for him, feelings she has never felt before in her life. But when Braedyn learns that she is a descendent, the mother of all demons, her normal life comes crashing down. To make things worse, she might end up playing a critical part in a war between the Daughters of Lilith and the Sons of Adam. Along the way, she learns that things aren’t as clear or easy as she thought they would be.
Buy Thrall here
Heartless – Marissa Meyer
Long before she becomes the terror of Wonderland, Catherine is just a girl who wants to fall in love. Though she is a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, her interests lie in opening a bakery shop with her best friend. But such a goal is unacceptable for a woman who could be the next queen.
Then Catherine finds love in Jest, a mysterious and handsome court joker. Because their relationship would offend the king and infuriate her parents, they keep it as secret as they can. Catherine is determined to fall in love on her own terms, and to define her own destiny. But unfortunately, fate has other plans.
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Forest of Souls – Lori M. Lee
Sirscha Ashwyn’s plans to become a royal spy are derailed when shamans kill her best friend Saengo. But somehow, Sirscha is able to restore Saengo to life. Sirscha is the first soulguide in living memory, and she is immediately summoned to the domain of the Spider King. Only a soulguide can help restore the peace the Spider King is fighting for in the Dead Wood. As war looms on the horizon, Sirscha has to master her new abilities before peace is shattered, or worse, her friend Saengo is taken by the enemy.
Buy Forest of Souls here
Burn – Patrick Ness
Sarah Dewhurst and her father are outcasts in their town of Frome, Washington. Because they are so poor, they are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm. The dragon they hire, Kazimir, has more to him than they are initially aware of. He has a prophecy on his mind that involves a cult of dragon worshippers, a deadly assassin, two FBI agents, and Sarah Dewhurst herself.
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The Elements of the Crown – Kay L Moody
Talise’s ability to manipulate the elements could save her life. First, she must win a competition in front of the emperor and become a Master Shaper. By doing so, she will escape the dangerous and poverty-stricken land from which she comes. But when one goal is reached, another becomes necessary. This epic fantasy series has royalty, romance, intrigue, and elemental magic!
Buy The Elements of the Crown here
That wraps up my list of YA fantasy fiction! Let me know in the comments which YA fantasy fiction books are your favorite!