I love YA Fantasy. So much so that I’ve read most of the best YA Fantasy books that have already been published.
The biggest struggle I have is finding more YA Fantasy books that I’ll like, books like Throne of Glass. So with that in mind, I’ve put together as complete a list as I can manage of the best YA Fantasy books as of the time of posting this article.
Only the first book in the series is included to save space, but certainly if a book is listed here you can pretty much assume I’m also recommending all subsequent books in the series as well.
Bookmark this page and come back to it when you need something to read. I might have even added more of the best YA fantasy books since the last time you saw it!
Soul Render by T.L. Branson
What if you had the power to steal the body of the man that killed you?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
After serving out a year in the salt mines for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince…
The Dragon Orb by Mike Shelton
The fate of a kingdom rests on three young wizards who couldn’t be more different.
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
An orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition.
Dragon School by Sarah K.L. Wilson
A disabled teen, an empathetic dragon, and a bond that will save the world.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village for a new life when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive.
Duel of Fire by Jordan Rivet
Throne of Glass meets A Knight’s Tale in this swashbuckling fantasy adventure.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa is a teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing.
A Warden’s Purpose by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
An academy of magic and science, another focused on military excellence and deadly secrets resonate within both.
Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch
A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.
Phoenix Descending by Dorothy Dreyer
Tori Kagari has already lost one family member to the fatal phoenix fever. Who must she become in order to survive?
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities.
On Borrowed Luck by TJ Muir
Ancient Prophecies. Shadow Dancers. And a side of assassination.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it.
Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision
The pirate crew of the Lady Luck lives by many rules, but chief among them is this: no men on board.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Grace Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Dark, romantic and unforgettable, this riveting debut tells the fantastical story of a young woman’s journey towards love and acceptance.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed.
Frost Blood by Elly Blake
An “enchanting and fast-paced debut” that “lights up the page with magic, romance, and action.”
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.
The Midnight Society by Rhonda Sermon
Back to the Future meets The Mortal Instruments in this action packed mix of magic, time travel and teenage drama.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Jude was seven when she was stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there.
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
A library girl with a secret. A dark and fiery prince. When he awakens her magic, there’s no going back.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Raised to be a warrior, Eelyn fights alongside her clansmen. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
On a continent ruled by three empires, everyone is born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Percy thought he was a good kid, but then his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe
Five years ago, Corin’s brother entered the Serpent Spire — a tower with shifting rooms, traps, and monsters.
He never returned.
Unsouled by Will Wight
Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts. When faced with a fate he can’t ignore, he must defy his family’s rules…and forge his own Path.
Waters of Salt & Sin by Alisha Klapheke
Rare magic. Legendary treasure. Forbidden love. Dive into this internationally bestselling fantasy adventure today!
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea.
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year.
The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
An outcast finds herself bound to a disgraced lord and entangled in his plot to overthrow the king.
The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Two fiercely independent young women, born centuries apart, hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
A sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.
First Year by Rachel E. Carter
Magic. Romance. War. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.
Fantasy of Frost by Kelly St. Clare
I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know…
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
War brought them together. Love will tear them apart.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Zoe Jabril needs to devise a kick-ass plan to save the world ASAP. Otherwise, Armageddon starts the day she turns eighteen
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes.
Arcane by Sever Bronny
A coming of age young adult saga readers are comparing to Wheel of Time and Eragon. A tale of magic, ambition, betrayal, and compassion.