High Fantasy Reads for Teens

High Fantasy fiction is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction and is usually defined as stories that have an epic quality about them, have tons of action and adventure, and are set in a made up world that may also have fantastical creatures.  If this sounds like your kind of book, then check out some of our suggestions below!

AmuletSamarkandThe Amulet of Samarkand by Brian Stroud

YA STROUD, J.

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

sabriel book coverSabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

GracelingGraceling book cover by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

EragonEragon by Christopher Paolini

YA PAOLINI, C.

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters.

The Girl of Fire and ThornsGirl of Fire and Thorns book cover by Rae Carson

YA CARSON, R.

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Throne of GlassThrone of Glass book cover by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

YA HARTMAN, R.

In a world of the kingdom of Goredd, where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

FinnikinFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

YA MARCHETTA, M.

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

Shadow and Boneshadow and bone book cover by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

DemonKingThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

YA CHIMA, C.

Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

TerrierTerrier by Tamora Pierce

YA PIERCE, T.

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.

The False Princefalse prince book cover by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Falling Kingdoms Falling Kingdoms book coverby Morgan Rhodes

YA RHODES, M.

After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.

Grave mercy book coverGrave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

YA LAFEVERS, R.

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

EonEon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman

YA GOODMAN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

An Ember in AshesAn Ember in the Ashes book cover by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

WeeFreeMenThe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

YA PRATCHETT, T.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

ThiefThe Thief by Megan Whelan Turner

YA TURNER, M.

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

NamingThe Naming by Alison Croggon

YA CROGGON, A.

A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.

The Last Dragonslayer book coverThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer–and Big Magic.