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26 Best Fantasy YA Books to Read (2022)

Are you looking for some of the best fantasy YA books to add to your reading list?

However, it is her second series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, that is my absolute favourite

Most SJ Maas fans believe this to be much better than her first series, especially when you

This series is all about Feyre, a human girl struggling to keep her family alive

She notices that a wolf is also stalking her prey, so she shoots the wolf, not realising

There’s politics, romance, and intrigue in this series and it’s definitely worth adding to your

Whilst A Court of Thorns and Roses is good, it’s the second book in the series, 

If you’re looking for the best YA fantasy romance books, here’s your series!

Holly Black is another longstanding author of ya fantasy fiction and The Cruel Prince series is one

They’re sent to live with their mother’s ex-husband (the murderer!) in the world of the

Jude and Taryn try to fit in with the faerie children in their new realm but they

Sweet little twins Jude and Taryn are long gone by the end of The Cruel Prince and

The Cruel Prince is similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses above so if you loved

Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer and is a Cinderella

It may be more science fiction and dystopia than fantasy but with a kick-ass heroine, princes, balls

She’s seen by most as a technological mistake but being a cyborg has also made her

However, in Cinder’s attempts to please the young Prince, her younger sister (a human), becomes exposed

But in all their prodding and poking, the scientists discover something very special about Cinder

The story of an orphaned protagonist with heightened skills for survival who has to evade the corrupt

However, having a main character that is a Cyborg amidst the fictional setting of New Beijing is

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Loved by children, young adults and adults alike, this series completely took the world by storm upon

The series is all about Harry Potter, a young orphan with a lighting bolt scar on his

He lives a pitiful existence in his aunt and uncle’s cupboard under the stairs and they

With floating candles, magical feasts, friends and more, Harry’s life is suddenly full of colour

Although Lord Voldemort was vanquished back then, it seems that something dark is brewing and the series

The Harry Potter books are a cultural phenomenon and if for some reason you are yet to

Whilst the first one or two books could be said to be children’s books, the series

If you want to read about some badass witches then The Witchlands series is for you

In this fantasy world, some individuals are gifted with extraordinary capabilities at birth

Iseult is a Threadwitch, which means she can sense the bonds that tie different people together

Safiya is a Truthwitch, which means she can tell whether someone is lying or telling the truth

There’s magic, politics, war, romance and some amazing female protagonists

The absolute best thing about the Witchlands series is the sisterly bond between Safiya and Iseult

It’s an epic female friendship – something we need more of in fantasy novels for young adults!

This intense bond between the witches reminded me of the Ironteeth clan in the Throne of Glass

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However, after witnessing his grandfather’s mysterious death in the woods, Jacob begins to think that his

Determined to get to the bottom of his grandfather’s death, Jacob embarks on a journey to

His grandfather grew up here and Jacob believes it may hold the clue to his death

Miss Peregrine’s Home was an instant hit upon its release and there’s even a film

There are alternate realities, time travel, supernatural beings, and more

Ransom Riggs blends lots of different genres and styles together to make this perfectly bizarre novel

What’s more, it’s littered with black and white photographs of all the peculiar children, which

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is an Arabian Nights retelling with a unique premise

King Khalid has a murderous reputation and is feared by all his subjects

Every day he marries a new and different girl, and by morning she is dead

She volunteers to be the King’s next bride in order to get close to him and

This continues night after night and, against the odds, the two begin to develop feelings for each

How could this sensitive and caring man she has been sharing stories with each night be the

It seems that there is more to King Khalid than the rumours suggest and Shahrzad is desperate

The romance is subtle and you find yourself really rooting for Shahrzad and Khalid, who by all

In Rebel of the Sands, mythical beasts still roam free in the remote areas of the desert

It’s a tough place for mere mortals to grow up, especially if you’re poor, orphaned

However, Amani refuses to accept her lot in life and sneaks out of her uncle’s house

Although Amani had often dreamed of leaving the deadbeat town she was brought up in, she never

She’s tenacious and determined to fight against the prejudiced system of her home county

Women have no rights so Amani disguises herself as a boy in order to escape Dustwalk and

Rebel of the Sands is a sort of cross between a Western and Aladdin and Hamilton has

Read my full review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton here

Eragon is a teen fantasy series that I was positively obsessed with as a 15-year-old

What’s quite astonishing too is that Christopher Paolini was only 15 years old when he wrote this

The story begins when Eragon discovers a blue egg in the forest

What he doesn’t appreciate, is that he’s about to unleash a legacy as old as

His life is now in danger and he has the weight of the Dragon Riders’ legacy on

Guided only by an old storyteller, Eragon must now take on the Empire and its cruel king

To put it in perspective as to how much I loved this series, it’s probably the

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Lyra sets off to the North to save her friend Roger who has been taken by the

It also happens to be where her mysterious uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to

As the story progresses, the pair meet armoured bears, fallen angels and even soul-eating creatures

His Dark Materials is a series that many will first come to at a young age, but

And whilst it may be deemed a young adult fantasy series, it’ll make you question certain

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An Ember in the Ashes is a story of power battles and political espionage inspired by Ancient

Laia’s family are ripped away from her at the beginning of the story and she winds

Laia is sent to the palace to be the Commandant’s servant and she is treated brutally

It turns out that Elias is the Commandant’s birth son, though she shows little care for

He is forced to compete in a series of trials, the winner of which will be crowned

This complicates things as the pair have conflicting loyalties and as the plot unfolds it turns out

How could I write about the best YA fantasy books of all time without mentioning the man

The Hobbit comes before the events in Lord of the Rings and is a great introduction to

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, a small creature of the green Shire that lives a quiet existence

The hobbit that was once a homebody is thrust on an adventure with dwarves, elves, dragons and

Tolkien’s writing is in itself a form of art and The Hobbit is a great introduction

Fair warning: the Hobbit books and films are very, very different so you may be for in

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Set in the 19th century, we follow treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie on a high-stakes

To help him, he bands together an unlikely crew – an engineer with a debt to pay, a

Together they embark on a journey that could change the entire course of history, but only if

If you liked Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo then you’ll also like this magical and

Plus, a diverse young adult author with diverse young adult characters? That’s a win for me!

A Darker Shade of Magic is set in London, but not as you know it

Kell is a magician with the ability to travel between parallel Londons: Red, Grey, White, and once

He was born in Red London but is an ambassador of these worlds

He escapes to Grey London, where he meets Delilah Bard, a thief with lofty aspirations

They need to stay alive, but danger lurks around every corner

The premise of this young adult book is incredible and it’s a highly readable tale of

As a Londoner myself, I adored the idea of multiple parallel Londons where history is different in

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Scarlett is engaged to Count d’Arcy, a man she has never met before, but she is

After a failed escape attempt two years earlier, this seems like their only route to freedom

However, every year, Scarlett has written a letter to Caraval Master Legend, begging him to bring his

Caraval is a five-day performance that requires audience participation

Things are not at all as they seem but we aren’t really given any clues as

I felt like I was in the dark for a long time but it kept me on

There’s so much mystery in this story and I truly had no clue what plot twists

Caraval is a fantastic debut novel from Stephanie Garber and it blew me away

It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is another YA fantasy series that dominated the YA book scene upon

Those with red blood are common, whilst those with silver blood are typically born with some sort

However, it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary red blood

It seems a genetic mutation means that whilst she was born a red blood, she too has

Fearing her powers, the palace concoct a story to tell the world that Mare is actually a

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She’s an expert with every kind of weapon but could even kill a man twice her

If you’ve read any kind of fantasy novel you’ll know that that’s exactly the

And, unfortunately, Katsa has been forced to be her uncle, King Randa’s, mercenary since she was

In doing so, she realises that he must be graced too and is in fact graced with

Katsa is the epitome of a strong, independent woman and makes for a great heroine

She’s clear about the fact that marriage and playing happy families is for her and Po

The romance here is blended into the action and drama in a way that neither overpowers the

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The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city in chaos

Juliette Cai is the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang – a network of criminals far above the

When a deadly madness strikes gangsters on both sides, the people start to whisper

For if they can’t stop this mayhem, there will be no city left to rule

Once an enchanted land, Orïsha’s magic vanished without trace, leaving those who wielded it enslaved

But now magic is returning and one girl has the chance to turn the tide…They killed

  With her white hair, the mark of the gods, she is marked as one of the ibawi –

But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands

Lin is the Emperor’s daughter and she spends her days trapped in a palace of locked

When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her

Jade is the lifeblood of the city of Janloon – a stone that enhances a warrior’s natural

When a modern drug emerges that allows anyone – even foreigners – to wield jade, simmering tension between the

The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all in the families, from their

Jade City is an epic tale of blood, family, honour, and of those who live and die

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they

A natural magician, Ged becomes an Archmage and helps the High Priestess Tenar escape from the labyrinth

But as the years pass, true magic and ancient ways are forced to submit to the powers

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance

Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying

She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human

He taught her how to defend against the corruption and excesses of the old kings, before revolutionaries

She is determined to uncover the truth and bring the assassin to justice

As the investigation quickly spins out of control, Hesina realizes that no one is innocent

Not the heroes in history, or the father she thought she knew

But when families begin to go missing, Jane uncovers a conspiracy that pits her against some powerful

A powerful, compelling tale of a young girl’s journey through a hostile world, Jane McKeene is

What are your favourite YA fantasy books? Share your recommendations in the comments below!

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