Fantasy books have been an integral part of literature and the genre has made remarkable progress since the last decade. Imagining the unimaginable, experiencing the impossible, and witnessing the magical has been a dream of every being since he was a teenager. Though Fantasy books have their fans in all age groups also it has a special connection with teenagers.
We all remember reading Harry Potter and dreaming about being a wizard when we were a teen, right? The best thing about fantasy novels is that it takes you to a whole different world, a world where everything is extraordinary that lets us dream more and more.
There have been some incredible works done by some brilliant authors in this genre that will fascinate you. The fantasy books for teens, as one would admit are unputdownable and thrilling to read. These novels will not only get in your heads but they will also get you day-dreaming.
Wondering Which is a Good Fantasy Books For Teens To Read, There’s an Ocean To Choose From:
There’s nothing to worry about because we have curated some of the best picks for you. Have a look below:
1. Howl’s Moving Castle
Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones is a perfect blend of fantasy, adventure, and humor. The book by the author deserves to be stapled to every teenager’s bookshelf if you haven’t already. The story of the book follows the life of a girl named Sophie Hatter. Sophie Hatter belongs to a poor family and is the eldest of all her siblings.
She has three little sisters and they all live in a town in Market Chipping. They run a shop of hats at the market and Sophie is the one who handles it as it is a responsibility because she is the eldest. One day, a wizard comes to her shop and turns her into an old woman.
After this happens, Sophie begins her own adventure and overall the story becomes quite a humorous and adventurous teenage fantasy book.
2. The Hero and The Crown
The Hero and The Crown by Robert McKinely is the story about Aerin, the daughter of a witch. Aerin has grown up listening to stories about her mother and how she tricked her father who is a king into marrying her by casting a spell on him. When the witch gave birth to Aerin, her daughter, she killed herself out of shame because Aerin was not a son who would become the heir of Damar.
Now Aerin is all alone to fight with her life. Though she has the support from his father who is the king and a few other royals from the kingdom. Aerin eventually becomes the dragon master when she discovers an ointment that is immune to fire. In her adventure, she is finally able to acquire the blue sword and becomes the ultimate ruler of the kingdom.
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Written by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is now a major motion picture. The story of the book follows the adventure of a 16 years old boy named Jacob Portman. Jacob had a horrific family tragedy after which he was forced to travel to an abandoned orphanage.
While at the abandoned orphanage he senses something is different about this place when he inspects the rooms and the hallways. The mission of Jacob is to find out about his grandfather’s past but in his mission, he realizes something else.
He gets an idea that the children who lived their were the possessors of some extraordinary powers. They were no regular kids and they may still be alive. This book has a great story with a past, children with powers, some mystery, and a time loop to make it one of the best teen fantasy novels of all time.
4. Beautiful Creatures
Beautiful Creatures is written by Kami Gracia and Margaret Stohl. The teen fantasy book is actually a romance novel with magic and power. The story revolves around Lena and Ethan, both of them are spellcasters and madly in love. They want nothing but to be together forever with each other but that is too much to ask in their case.
Turns out their love is forbidden because of their family history and they can not be together. The story starts when Lena meets Ethan as soon as she moves to South Carolina. They instantly fall in love only to find out that they had similar ancestors’ history and the result of which were deaths of a lot of people and curses.
And that is why the two could not be together. Now it is Lena who has to decide which magic she will let dominate herself, evil or good and what would be the result of it. The book is now made into a movie.
5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is another magical book on the list that will make your imagination go wild. The book is considered one of the greatest fantasy books of its time. It is about an art student named Karou who lives in Prague and most of the day is spent with Zuzana, her best friend, just like any other normal teenager.
But further what the story holds is not so ordinary. Karou is actually raised by four Chimeras and she lives in a dusty woodshop, in her home, there is a portal, a portal that works as a door between the earth and the land of Chimeras known as Eretz.
This is not the only portal but several others who are distributed around the world and there’s only one man who controls it. Brimstone, who is the father figure for Karou has control of these portals. Later it is revealed in the story that the rivals of Chimeras, Seraphim is making those suspicious black marks on the portals.
The girl then gets caught up in the war between the two and goes on a quest to find her true self.
6. Percy Jackson and The Olympians
The stories of Percy Jackson has gifted us with very many great fantasy novels, the mythological stories are especially famous among the readers of fantasy novels. Since the Hunger Games, his books have special progress. The story does not feature, magicians, spell casters, wizards, etc, but there are Gods in the stories for an interesting approach.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a series of five books which feature a teenager who gets transformed into a demigod. Each book with a different story, the series is about the adventure of Percy. The whole story is about how he fights with the evil forces that are dominating him. From first to last, each book is better than the other.
7. Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a must on the list featuring a kick-ass character. The book follows the adventures of Celaena Sardothien, an assassin who is just 18 years old. The girl is imprisoned by the king because of the crimes she committed. She wants nothing but freedom and she is ready to pay any cost for that.
She then makes the deal with a Prince to get out of jail. All these events resulted in the formation of a great battle where Celaena had to prove herself. If she wants her freedom, she will have to defeat what comes in the way and win the battle.
But it is not so easy, there are a total of 23 warriors, killers, and thieves in the competition that she will have to kill to get her freedom. The war gets more intense as she tries to fight to keep herself alive. Will she be able to make it? You will only find out after reading the story.
8. Twilight Series
Our list of fantasy novels is incomplete without adding the Twilight series. The Twilight Series is written by Stephanie Meyer. There may be a load of books featuring vampires but no will come even closer to the Twilight series. The Twilight is the series of four books and it follows the life of Bella and Edward.
On the one hand, where Bella is an ordinary girl, there is something mysterious about Edward. Turns out, Edward is 104 years old vampire who feeds on animal blood. But wait the story is about to get more interesting when they both fall in love and later they both fight the evils that come in their way and it becomes the most epic love story ever.
9. The Mortal Instruments
The Mortal Instruments is another series in the list with an extraordinary story. Written by Cassandra Clare, the book follows the life of Clary Fray. Clary Fray was a normal teenager until she realized she is not, there is something different about her. Soon she realized that she is too a shadow hunter just like her mom and also has angel blood.
The story moves forward as she tries to fight the demons meanwhile also continuing with her ordinary life and maintaining a friendship with her friends Jace and Simon.
10. Hunger Games
And how could we possibly leave out Hunger Games when talking about great fantasy novels. The Hunger Games has received a lot of recognition and appreciation since its release. Written by Suzanne Collins who is the New York Times bestseller author, The Hunger Games is about the battle for life.
After Harry Potter, the Hunger Games is considered as the best fantasy novel for the teens to read. The book is now made into a picture but if you are a bookworm, you will definitely find the book better.
The book is set in the dystopian country named Panem, the capital of the country every year organizes a televised match called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is not just an ordinary competition but about life and death. The participants who take part in this game are children and they must fight until just one of them is alive.
The game soon becomes about a 16 years old teenager named Katniss Everdeen who manages to win the game but in the process has triggered the rebellion against the authoritative figures behind this game.
Everlost by Neal Shusterman is about the afterlife. We often wonder what happens after someone is dead, where do they end up at, hell or heaven, do these places even exist or just in books? In the book written by Neal Shusterman, the young children who are dead, end up in Everlost. Everlost is the realm between life and death.
The story is about Nick and Allie who ends up in Everlost after a car accident. At Everlost they meet Lief, Lief who pretends to be their friend warns them about a monster named McGill. He warns them to stay away from that devil.
But later they find out that McGill is not the monster but Lief himself is. The rest of the story is about how these two uncover the truth and make their way back to their friends.
12. Poison Study
Poison Study is written by Maria V. Snyder. The story is about a young girl named Yelena. Yelena is just twenty years old and her life is totally changed when she becomes the food taster for the king. Meanwhile, the Commander of Ixia feeds her butterfly poison in order to keep her from running away.
Now it is mandatory for her to take her antidote every day to present herself from the slow death. Later to fight with the evils she develops some magical powers and learns about the truth of the commander. In the process, she falls in love with the right-hand man of the Commander named Valek who tries to protect her.
13. Watership Down
Watership down is written by Richard Adams and it is a classic tale of fantasy and adventure. The book takes an interesting approach towards fantasy and is about a group of rabbits. The group tries to flee their home as soon as they realize that humans are going to destroy them.
A rabbit seer named Fiver warns them that humans will soon destroy their warren but it is difficult for him to convince them into believing him. Soon he along with some of the rabbits who believe him flee their habitat and goes in a search of a safe place.
Now the story soon becomes the story of their survival that how they try to keep themselves safe from the attacks of the humans and meanwhile trying to reach their destination, Watership Down.
14. The Lord Of The Rings
While talking of the best fantasy books, how can we forget the Lord of the Rings series! This series is quite followed by its fans and it was also cinematized shortly after its books were released. We can see its fan following at comic cons over how people dress up as its characters and have fun.
This series consists of 4 books, it was written by J. R. R. Tolkien, and the story revolves around 20 power rings that were created by elven smiths except for one which was created by the dark lord, Sauron. The ring created by Sauron was in an attempt to rule all the other rings.
I still remember the well-known statement from the series, “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.
Although it’s quite difficult to choose, my favorite book from this series would be The Hobbit.
The world of fantasy always fascinates us, and what is there not to be fascinated by? The kids with magical powers, the evil characters, the storyline, the thrill all so makes the fantasy novels so great. We all love reading these books and the specialty of these books is that they make our imagination go wild and gives us the most unforgettable story ever.
The above mentioned are some of the great books written by some brilliant authors. The books were selected on the basis of their popularity among the readers and user experience. I am sure you will enjoy reading these books and be amazed by them.
If you have read any other fantasy books for teens that deserved to be on the list, do let us know about them in the comment section below. Also if you have any queries or feedback you can give it to us by commenting below.