These immersive fantasy books will whisk teen readers to wondrous new worlds, introduce them to curious characters and perilous beasts, and take them on utterly riveting adventures. Featuring dark and dangerous quests, magic and mystery, feisty protagonists and otherworldly creatures, browse below for the very best fantasy books for teens.
This dark and powerful novel stars Faith, whose curiosity is piqued when she stumbles across her disgraced father's journals. Amongst the hotchpotch of scribbles and notes within, she finds tales of a strange tree which can uncover a truth if it is told a lie. On Faith's quest to locate the tree, she finds herself in real peril, and quickly realises these lies could shatter the truths her world has been built around...
This dark, gripping fantasy read stars Sabriel, who is sent beyond the Wall to the safety of a boarding school in Ancelstierre, away from magic - and away from the Dead. But at 18 years old, she receives a cryptic message from her father, and sets off back across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. There, she undertakes a dark adventure fraught with peril, magic, and sinister forces. She must find her father, discover her destiny, become the person she was fated to be, and - most crucially - protect the living from the malevolent Dead.
Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this thrilling fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to amazing fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.
In this first heart-pounding adventure of the epic Wheel of Time series, embark on an epic journey with Rand al'Thor, a young shepherd from the quiet village of Emond's Field, as he and his friends are forced to leave their tranquil home and flee across the country. Their goal is the apparent safety of Tar Valon, city of the magic-wielding Aes Sedai - but their quest will be perilous, fraught with darkness and danger, and ultimately, they will see the fate of the world hang in the balance.
The first book in the heart-pounding Black Magician trilogy follows Sonea, a girl who lives in the downtrodden slums of the city of Imardin. Every year, the city's magicians 'purge' the streets of urchins and slum-dwellers. They put up a magical shield to ward against attacks - but Sonea somehow penetrates this shield with a rock. The magicians' worst fear has come true: there's an untrained magician loose in Imardin. They've got to find her, but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever - despite her powers growing increasingly uncontrollable.
When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to the dreary town of Forks, she expects her new life to be just as dull as the town. But her new classmates are drawn to her, unlike the Cullen family, it seems. Bella is certain that Edward Cullen despises her - until he saves her from an out-of-control car, that is. Bella will discover there's a reason Edward behaves so coldly: he is a vampire, and he thirsts for her blood. This dark and gripping fantasy romance will hook teen readers.
This engrossing fantasy series tells the story of Adelina Amouteru, survivor of a terrible illness that has left her with strange markings and mysterious abilities. She becomes one of the 'Young Elites', a group with powerful, inexplicable gifts. They are being hunted down by the bloodthirsty Inquisition Axis, but Enzo Valenciano of the Dagger Society is determined to find them first. When he discovers Adelina, he is astonished by her abilities - and her increasingly powerful dark side...
This enchanting series has inspired a love of books in millions of children with its enthralling adventures, fantastical creatures and spellbinding characters! Join young Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous!) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a terrifying basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master and so much more, and must ultimately face his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort.
Eragon, a young farm boy, lives a simple, uneventful life - until a dragon hatches from what he thought was just a stone. Eragon is thrown into a new world of destiny, magic, peril and power. Armed with only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller, Eragon and the dragon must navigate hazardous terrain and dark enemies ruled by a malevolent king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider and save the Empire? Young fantasy fans will love this gripping read.
This award-winning novel features an ancient monster, made up of leaves and branches, who visits 13-year-old Conor O'Malley each night at 12.07am. The monster offers to tell Conor three stories - if Conor will tell his own story afterwards. We learn that Conor's mother has cancer, Conor is bullied at school, and that he has strained relationships with his father and grandmother, but the monster has come to heal him. Friendship, love and overcoming loss are central to this poignant tale.
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Teenage fantasy adventure books
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
- The Magicians' Guild by Trudi Canavan
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness