10 Sensational Fantasy Novels for Young Adults

If you love thrilling tales of fantasy, you've come to the right place. The ten novels listed here are aimed at young adults, but that doesn't mean older fans can't enjoy as well. Anyone with a fascination in dragons, elemental magic, and all things paranormal should consider adding these titles to their personal library. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

10 Sensational Fantasy Novels for Young Adults

Title Author More by the Author
1. Keeper Kim Chance Seeker
2. Slayers C.J. Hill Friends and Traitors
3. Empress of All Seasons Emiko Jean We'll Never Be Apart
4. As You Wish Chelsea Sedoti The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
5. Storm-Wake Lucy Christopher The Killing Woods
6. Destined Jessie Harrell Before
7. Grace and Fury Tracy Banghart Rebel Wing
8. The Rise of Kyoshi F.C. Yee & Michael Dante DiMartino The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
9. Touching the Surface Kimberly Sabatini
10. Witch Finder Ruth Warburton Witch Hunt

Fun Activities For Fantasy Fans

10 Great Fantasy Films For Young Adults

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  2. Dragonslayer (1981)
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
  4. The Lord of the Rings (2001)
  5. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
  6. The Dark Crystal (1982)
  7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians (2010)
  8. The Magic Sword (1962)
  9. The Giver (2014)
  10. The Last Unicorn (1982)

Why Fantasy Matters

In Depth

The pure enjoyment of escaping reality and experiencing an incredible adventure is part of what makes readers return to the genre of fantasy again and again. These absorbing books can take you to unforgettable worlds and introduce you to extraordinary characters. In no particular order, here are ten sensational fantasy novels written for young adults.

#1. "Keeper" by Kim Chance. When sixteen-year-old Lainey Styles is attacked by the ghost of an old witch, she wants to seek out a sensible explanation. When she comes across a picture showing the connection between the witch and her own dead mother, she decides to consult a psychic. Lainey discovers that she's a Keeper, a witch who is capable of unlocking and using a special spell book called the Grimoire.

#2. "Slayers" by C.J. Hill. Rich girl Tori is interested in dragons and has been asking her parents to send her to dragon camp for years. When she gets the chance to join a secret program, she finds herself caught up in a centuries-old war, training to be a dragon slayer. Before these creatures were killed off, several eggs were hidden to make sure their kind survived. Upon learning that the eggs have fallen into the wrong hands, Tori and the descendants of slayer-knights must stand up to the man who plans to hatch the eggs and unleash fiery chaos upon the world.

Before these creatures were killed off, several eggs were hidden to make sure their kind survived.

#3. "Empress of All Seasons" by Emiko Jean. An immersive tale of family, love, and honor written against an elegant background, this is the story of finding the next Empress of Honoku. For every generation, a competition is held, requiring participants to survive the palace's enchanted seasonal rooms. Everyone is welcome to compete except the monsters and spirits that the emperor despises, known as the yokai.

Mari has spent her life preparing to become empress but struggles to keep her half-human, half-yokai identity a secret. After meeting Prince Taro and fellow half-yokai Akira, she must make a choice that will determine the future of Honoku.

#4. "As You Wish" by Chelsea Sedoti. This captivating, thought-provoking novel revolves around a simple theme: be careful what you wish for. In a small town in the Mojave Desert, people are granted a wish once they reach their 18th birthday.

In a small town in the Mojave Desert, people are granted a wish once they reach their 18th birthday.

Eldon struggles with what to ask for after seeing people whose granted hopes have had permanent, unfortunate consequences. He faces pressure to wish for money for his sister's recovery as well as his own popularity in school. With Eldon's desires and decisions, readers will be reminded that getting what we want is not always as easy as it seems to be.

#5. "Storm-Wake" by Lucy Christopher. In this mesmerizing coming-of-age tale, a young girl named Moss and her father live alone on an uninhabited island after being shipwrecked years ago. Pa tells Moss they're better off in this place because the rest of the world has already been flooded. Possessing magical powers, Pa grows healing flowers, grants wishes, and brings on storms.

After Moss wishes for a companion of her age, Callan comes out of the water and joins them. Years later, two more boys reach their island, disrupting the peace of the family. Moss begins to question her father's stories and the growing evidence that the outside world may not have come to an end as she had been made to believe.

After Moss wishes for a companion of her age, Callan comes out of the water and joins them.

#6. "Destined" by Jessie Harrell. An engaging adventure from start to finish, this Greek mythology-based novel follows Psyche as she is looked after by Aphrodite and prepares to take on a more public role in Greece. When Psyche rejects Aphrodite's request for her to wed her son, Eros, she faces the wrath of the powerful goddess. A prophecy reveals that she's set to have a dreadful future and will fall in love with a fearful creature. With plenty of twists and turns, fans will be captivated by Psyche's journey as she gets tested by true love and destiny.

#7. "Grace and Fury" by Tracy Banghart. In this engaging story that combines feminism and fantasy, Serina Tessaro has undergone training to be chosen as a Grace and hold the the highest standards of principles. Her younger sister Nomi has unwillingly trained to be her handmaiden. Surprisingly, Nomi is chosen by the heir to the throne while Serina is left with the handmaiden position, faced with the consequences of her sister's rebellious acts.

#8. "The Rise of Kyoshi" by F.C. Yee and Michael Dante DiMartino. Based on the popular animated show, "Avatar: The Last Airbender," the book follows the powerful Kyoshi from the Earth Kingdom, the longest-living human in the Avatar world. This includes her efforts in training women in defensive combat, forming the first group of Kyoshi Warriors.

This includes her efforts in training women in defensive combat, forming the first group of Kyoshi Warriors.

While she masters all four elements and defeats captors such as Chin the Conqueror, her decisions have long-term consequences, like the establishment of the Dai Li, which ultimately leads to the decline of the Earth Kingdom. Of humble origin, Kyoshi ruthlessly fights for justice and peace, and is still feared and well-regarded centuries after her death.

#9. "Touching the Surface" by Kimberly Sabatini. In this unique paranormal tale, Elliot Turner arrives at the Obmil, a Limbo-type destination for the dead, for the third time. Before souls can move on to the unknown, they must overcome issues from their past lives, and they have three chances to do so. Her best friend Julia also enters the Obmil, along with the handsome Oliver and the mysterious Trevor. Sharing a connection, the group needs to retrieve their past memories, face their fears, and discover a deeper bond between them.

#10. "Witch Finder" by Ruth Warburton. Delving into witchcraft in a dark, brooding setting, this unforgettable read follows Luke and his longtime desire to get into the Malleus Maleficorum. Wanting to hunt down witches and seek revenge for his parents' murder, he looks forward to his task: killing a witch selected from the institution's records.

Delving into witchcraft in a dark, brooding setting, this unforgettable read follows Luke and his longtime desire to get into the Malleus Maleficorum.

However, Luke learns that the chosen witch, Rosa, is her family's hope of restoring their fortune. They have set their eyes on the wealthy Sebastian, a member of the witches' ruling council, for her match. Meeting each other only leads to difficult decisions with Luke and Rosa being torn between loyalty to their families and their growing attraction for each other.