12 Fantasy Novels That Will Bring Out the Beast In You

Ask most people what they think of when they hear the words "fantasy novel" and they'll probably mention some kind of creature. From mythical beasts like dragons to real critters like wolves and horses, animals play an important role in a lot of fantastical tales. In this list, we've selected a dozen novels that are sure to satisfy your inner beast. When you click links from this website, we may receive advertising revenue to support our research. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

12 Fantasy Novels That Will Bring Out the Beast In You

Title Author Creature(s) Next in Series
1. The Tiger and the Wolf Adrian Tchaikovsky Shapeshifters The Bear and the Serpent
2. Baby, I'm Howling For You Christine Warren Shapeshifters Your Lion Eyes
3. Green Rider Kristen Britain Intelligent horse First Rider's Call
4. Ice Sarah Beth Durst Talking polar bear N/A
5. Eon Alison Goodman Dragons Eona
6. The Angel Trials Michelle Madow Shapeshifter The Angel Hunt
7. Skinwalker Faith Hunter Shapeshifters Blood Cross
8. Into the Wild Erin Hunter Intelligent cats Fire and Ice
9. The Priory of the Orange Tree Samantha Shannon Dragons N/A
10. Once Bitten Kalayna Price Shapeshifters Twice Dead
11. Scarlet Celia Kyle Werewolves Gabriella
12. Kitty and the Midnight Hour Carrie Vaughn Werewolves Kitty Goes to Washington
  1. Werewolves: Humans who transform into wolves during a full moon
  2. Loch Ness Monster: Sea monster that lives in a Scottish lake
  3. Mermaids: Half-human, half-fish sea creatures
  4. Unicorns: Horses with horns that often have magical powers
  5. Dragons: Giant, flying, fire-breathing reptiles
  6. Phoenix: Birds who can re-generate with a bang
  7. Centaurs: Half-human, half-horse creatures
  8. Kraken: Terrifying giant sea monsters
  9. Bigfoot: Hirsute humanoid often spotted in the woods
  10. Sphynx: The body of a lion with the head of a human

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In Depth

Since fantasy novels are often entirely fictional in nature, they allow for a lot of artistic freedom. This means that authors can freely deviate from reality and create worlds rich with legendary beasts and the presence of magic. With that in mind, we've created a list of twelve books where magical creatures play an important role in the plot, and these are sure to bring out your inner beast. Take note that this list is done in no particular order.

First up, at #1, is "The Tiger and the Wolf" by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Set in a world where humans can shapeshift into whatever animal their clan represents, it mainly revolves around a girl named Maniye. She is the offspring of the Wolf chieftain and the Tiger queen, and because of this, she has the ability to change into both clans' forms.

It's an action-packed novel, and it introduces readers to a world full of conflict and politics where the different clans are constantly at each other's throats.

It's an action-packed novel, and it introduces readers to a world full of conflict and politics where the different clans are constantly at each other's throats.

Next, at #2, is "Baby, I'm Howling For You." Written by Christine Warren, it's the first entry of her "Alphaville" series. It features the story of Renny Landry, a woman who can shapeshift into a wolf. After being driven out of her home by a group of coyote shifters, Renny makes her way to a town called Alpha, which is considered to be a safe space for people like her. There, she meets a fellow wolf named Mick, and they start working together to fend off the pack of coyotes.

At #3 is "Green Rider" by Kristen Britain. The first book of the eponymous series, it focuses on a girl named Karigan. After running away from school, she encounters a dying messenger, who begs her to deliver a letter to the king. She's left with a highly intelligent horse that knows where they're supposed to go, and she's forced to fulfill the dying rider's wish.

Karigan is instantly thrust into a world full of danger as she finds herself being pursued by the same evil forces that killed the previous messenger. Along the way, she gains new allies and magical abilities.

Along the way, she gains new allies and magical abilities.

Next up, at #4, is "Ice" by Sarah Beth Durst. It tells the story of Cassie, a teenager and aspiring scientist who lives at an Arctic research station with her father. One day, she's approached by a polar bear that can talk, and he tells her that her long-lost mother is alive and imprisoned by trolls.

The book is a modern retelling of an old Norwegian fairy tale called "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and it combines elements of both science and magic to create a supernatural world in a mostly unexplored region of Earth.

At #5, we have "Eon" by Alison Goodman. Heavily inspired by East Asian culture, the novel revolves around a teenage girl named Eona. She's training to become a Dragoneye, which are apprentices of the twelve dragons that bring good fortune to the people.

She's training to become a Dragoneye, which are apprentices of the twelve dragons that bring good fortune to the people.

Since women are forbidden from practicing dragon magic, Eona is forced to pretend that she's a young boy in order to achieve her goal, and getting caught will result in her death.

Next, at #6, is "The Angel Trials." Written by Michelle Madow and set in her "Dark World" universe, this book mainly focuses on a woman named Raven. After her mother was kidnapped by a demon, she finds herself tagging along with a wolf shifter named Noah to find out more about her true nature.

They have to work together to rescue her mother in a magical place called Avalon. Along the way, she learns more about the existence of supernatural creatures and places.

They have to work together to rescue her mother in a magical place called Avalon.

At #7 is "Skinwalker" by Faith Hunter. This urban fantasy novel features a shapeshifter and vampire hunter named Jane Yellowrock. In New Orleans, a rogue vampire is running rampant and killing its own kind. Because of this, Jane is hired by the same people she hunts down for a living to put an end to the rampage.

Next up, at #8, is "Into the Wild" by Erin Hunter. The first book in Hunter's "Warriors" series, it revolves around a house cat named Rusty. After leaving his home and wandering into the woods, he ends up becoming a member of ThunderClan, one of the four feral cat clans. Throughout the story, Rusty trains to become a warrior while also helping his fellow clansmen fend off the evil ShadowClan.

Next, at #9, we have "The Priory of the Orange Tree" by Samantha Shannon. This high fantasy novel is about a war-torn world full of magic and legendary creatures, most notably dragons. It's inspired by both Western and Eastern mythologies, and the story is told from the perspective of four characters from very different backgrounds.

It's inspired by both Western and Eastern mythologies, and the story is told from the perspective of four characters from very different backgrounds.

At #10, we have "Once Bitten," which is the first entry of Kalayna Price's "Haven" series. It introduces readers to Kita Nekai, a female shifter trying to run away from her clan. While hiding out in the city of Haven, she is unwittingly turned into a vampire and is accused of creating a rogue shifter who's at large and killing innocent people. The story follows her struggles as she tries to clear her name while avoiding hunters from her clan.

Next up, at #11, is "Scarlet" by Celia Kyle. This short novel is about a female werewolf named Scarlet, who's "marked" to be the mate of an alpha male. In their society, men rule in pairs, and they find women in an event known as the Gathering. The story revolves around two pairs of alphas who are fighting over who gets to mate with Scarlet.

Finally, at #12, we have "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" by Carrie Vaughn. It features a late night radio DJ named Kitty. As a werewolf, she suddenly decides to start offering on-air advice to fellow supernatural creatures. This catches the attention of the local supernatural groups, and someone puts a contract out for her life. Now, she has to deal with a bounty hunter while also helping the police find a serial killer who they suspect is a werewolf.