Top 10 Best Fantasy Books for Teens

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.

1. The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge

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...

2. Sabriel

Garth Nix

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.

3. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

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.

4. The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1)

Robert Jordan

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.

5. The Magicians' Guild

Trudi Canavan

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.

6. Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

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.

7. The Young Elites Series

Marie Lu

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...

8. The Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling

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.

9. Eragon

Christopher Paolini

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.

10. A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness

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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  • ACEIG
    Trudi Canavan
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    Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild's worst fear has been realised ...There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.
  • EGN2 11 years +
    Christopher Paolini
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
  • ACYRC 11 years +
    Philip Pullman
    11 years +
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    A modern masterpiece from Philip Pullman, this slipcased collection includes all three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

    A bestseller all around the world that tackled a number of important and controversial issues, it also won many awards and has had a remarkable influence on literature since.
  • MNSC 13 years +
    Patrick Ness
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    This is a special film tie-in edition of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls; a novel that won both the Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal when it was published in 2012.

    Now adapted into a heartbreaking film (by director J.A. Bayona) starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson as the voice of the monster, the book discusses the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss. Based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness is the author of the novel and it's an unforgettable page-turner - just make sure you have some tissues on hand to dry your eyes.

    The story begins with the intriguing sentence: 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' and what follows is a compelling account of Conor's visions of this creature, who comes to be nothing quite like what he imagined...

    As his mum begins treatments, he starts to see another side of this ancient and wild monster.
  • AAABP 12 years +
    Stephenie Meyer
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    When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

  • AABDJ 12 years +
    Garth Nix
    12 years +
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    Who will guard the living when the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands -- for her father is none other than The Abhorson. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him -- and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties -- to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities -- and her destiny.
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
    HRYP 9 years +
    9 years +
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    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film in 2018, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
    Format: Paperback
  • LTIE 13 years +
    Frances Hardinge
    13 years +
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    Acclaimed by the likes of Patrick Ness and Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge's Costa Book of the Year-winning The Lie Tree is a dark, powerful and beautiful novel. It's presented here with incredible black-and-white illustrations from the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

    When Faith discovers her disgraced father's journals, her curious nature takes the better for her. She has a love for science, secrets and knowledge and these notes are full of scribbles and theories that have driven a man close to madness.

    In amongst the nonsensical work are tales of a strange tree which, when told a lie, will uncover a truth. The greater the lie, the greater the truth that is revealed to the liar. As Faith searches for this tree she finds herself getting into greater danger. She quickly realises these lies could shatter the truths her world has been built around...
  • Marie Lu's The Young Elites Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780141376318 - Marie Lu
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    A fantasy series that will transport you back to the 14th century, Marie Lu's The Young Elites series is packed with action and will appeal to fans of Harry Potter, X-Men, The Mortal Instruments and Game of Thrones.

    You're introduced to Adelina Amouteru, a survivor of the blood fever - a deadly illness that swept through the nation a decade ago. While many perished, those children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale and she now has a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto (an abomination ruining their family's name and standing in the way of their fortune).

    However, some of the fever's survivors are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts. Although their identities remain secret, they're known as the Young Elites. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society, a group who seek out Young Elites before the Inquisition Axis - led by Teren Santor, who believes the Young Elites will destroy the nation - can. When Enzo finds Adelina, he's amazed by her powers... soon, the lives of these three are intertwined in ways none of them would have expected. What does remain clear is Adelina has special abilities, but also a darkness inside her that could become all too powerful...
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    Robert Jordan
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    The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not ...What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.