18 Days of Young Adult Fantasy

18 Days of Young Adult Fantasy

by Sam

I wish I could do a whole year of YA Fantasy, then I might have enough room on a list for all of my favorites. As it stands, I write to you having compiled the ultimate list of Young Adult Fantasy books that will blow your mind and make you want to devour them. There is a fantasy for everyone on this list, and I hope you find yours. I have ranked them from awesome to awesome r(18-1). Some authors are repeated because they are so good I’m pretty sure their grocery lists are thrilling, plus it would be impossible to feature them only once. So sit back, relax, and prepare yourself. 


18. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

This book is so cool it hurts. Sabaa Tahir has created a world that rings with truth and mystery. Strong themes of loyalty, friendship, and justice. 

17. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill

This book has a classic fantasy world structure. It’s got all the basics: magic, monarchies, and war. It is beautifully written and I fell into it. 

16. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Schotle

This book is by far the most unique book I’ve read in the past year. Set in a fantasy world, this is a murder mystery! It was all woven together quite skillfully.

15. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first in a completed trilogy set in a world filled with conflict and magic. Soon to be a Netflix Original Show!

14. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

A brilliant use of African mythology and YA fantasy to send a message about oppression and racism with a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement.  I loved the complicated characters and world building, and the story ended at a point that has left me waiting for the next one in this trilogy. (Guest review from Cori!)

13. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

A classic tale of destiny and adventure. This book speaks to so many, from innocent children to jaded adults. 

12. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rodgerson

A truly immersive stand-alone story. I was entranced and I eagerly raced through the pages. 

11. Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

Reading this book is a beautiful and entrancing experience, almost hypnotic. 

10. Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

Gothic, dark, and enchanting. For those of you who love the shadowy side of a book, or who love a good villain. 

9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rodgerson 

Fantastically whimsical tale told in a magical library, Hogwarts has got nothing on Summerhall. 

8. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Creative, riveting, and stunning. A fantasy book about birds, who would have thought it could be so good???

7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

Haunting, Jude is a protagonist unlike any other. She is ruthless and cunning, willing to work hard to build her world up all around her and to send it crashing down around everyone else. 

6. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller 

A fantastical seafaring journey I loved every second of. Adventurous and lively, I want to be friends with these girls so badly. 

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

An epic tale that spans seven (7) books. The beginning reeled me in but you won’t believe where you end up. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love every sentence of it. 

4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This is it people, literary gold:  A fantasy heist novel. Think Oceans 11, but with magic and a lot more danger.  

3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Demon hunting, family drama, and star crossed love. This book has a little something for everyone. I have loved this book since I was 13, it will forever hold a place in my heart. 

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas 

This book hit me hard. This series hit me hard. The journey, character development, and world building are all just stunning. The first book is amazing, the second book blew me away, and the third book brought me back. 

1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

This is the fantasy that I compare all others to. It is the perfect blend of epic and exciting, there is magic, dragons, war, secrets, and prophecies. What else could a book lover want?