Top 5 Young Adult Fantasy Series

  1. Throne of GlassSarah Maas

If Cinderella were an assassin, she would be Celaena Sardothien. This series follows 18 year old Celaena as she maneuvers through the high court of Endovier.  Celaena finds herself in this situation after Prince Dorian rescues her from a life ofThrone_of_Glass_UK hard labor in the salt mines. However, in return for her life, she must be the Prince’s champion in a competition to find the new court assassin.  If she fails, her life is forfeited. In the meantime, both Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall find themselves drawn to the mysterious assassin. The series puts an original twist on the classic “princess” tale. Celaena is complex and conflicted and just wants everyone to leave her alone. Each book paints a captivating picture of a mysterious individual with complicated secrets. She is the perfect heroine: spunky, well-armed, intelligent, feminine, and knows her own worth. The third book, Heir of Fire, hit shelves on September 2.

Reading Order:

  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  1. The Iron FeyJulie Kagawa

PrincIronKingBige Ash. Need I say more? This series follows the coming of age adventures of Meghan Chase. Now Meghan is no ordinary teenage, she is the illegitimate daughter of Oberon, King of the Summer Fey.  When the Iron Fey kidnap her half-brother, Meghan embarks on a desperate search through the Nevernever to find him before time runs out.  The main narrative follows Meghan as she adapts to life in the Nevernever, her role as a fey princess/future queen, and the fight against the Iron Fey. The secondary story arc deals with Meghan’s romance with Prince Ash, the Winter Prince.  Summer and Winter Fey are forbidden to socialize, much less pursue a romantic connection. Fortunately, this story has a better ending than Romeo & Juliet. Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck, serves as the secondary male lead and sarcastic sidekick.  I like this series because the main characters mature over time. Each character has to struggle with loss, familial hostility, and uncomfortable decisions. Prince Ash is nearly too perfect, not that I am complaining.

Reading Order:

  • The Iron King
  • The Iron Daughter
  • The Iron Queen
  • The Iron Knight
  1. Seven RealmsCinda Williams Chima

Han Alissevenrealmstair is a reformed thief who struggles to provide for his mother and sister. He only possesses one item of any value, a pair of thick silver cuffs around each wrist. However, he cannot remove them and they are clearly magicked as they grow with him. One day, Han and Dancer (his best friend) are confronted by three hot headed magicians. Han manages to steal one of their amulets, setting of a continuous game of cat and mouse. Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna finally returns to court to fulfill her duties as the heir to the Gray Wolf Throne. However, her mother wants her to marry a suitor who stands against everything the throne has fought to maintain. This series follows Hans and Raisa as they both come to terms with their destinies and the expectations of their elders. This series really excels at showing that sometimes the villain is more grey than black; and even heroes struggle with morals.  I enjoyed the Seven Realms series because the narrative effectively combines adventure with political intrigue and cultural tensions. And it has a satisfying ending.

Reading Order:

  • The Demon King
  • The Exiled Queen
  • The Gray Wolf Throne
  • The Crimson Crown
  1. The Inheritance Cycle-Christopher Paolini

Never waInheritanceCycleCoverstch the movie, it is a cinematic nightmare.  Eragon is a fifteen-year-old boy who lives in a small village. While on a hunting trip, Eragon discovers an unhatched dragon egg. Flash forward and Saphira emerges from her egg.  Under the tutelage of the mysterious Brom, Eragon becomes the second known Rider in Alagaësia. Throughout the series, King Galbatorix moves to conquer the neighboring kingdom and kill/capture Eragon. Meanwhile, Eragon deals with the political wrangling of the dwarves, elves, and humans. The second book, Eldest, deals with Eragon’s training with the elves. The main secondary narrative deals with Roran (Eragon’s cousin) and the human resistance against Galbatorix. This series has everything: swords, magic, elves, dragons, folklore, multiple training sequences, unrequited love, obtuse witches, and a made-up-language. I love this series because the plot is easy to follow and the story is engaging; though the ending was disappointing.

Reading Order:

  • Eragon
  • Eldest
  • Brisingr
  • Inheritance
  1. The Books of PellinorAlison Croggon

I stumb13488552led upon this series over the summer and it is fantastic. The series is a retelling of the “Naraudh Lar-Chanë”, the Riddle of the Treesong and is set in the mythical world of Edil-Amarandh. Maerad, the main character, grew up in slavery after the sacking of the Bard school of Pellinor. One day while toiling in the stables of her owner, Maerad encounters Cadvan of the Light (a travelling Bard). Sensing that Maerad possesses bardic potential, Cadvan rescues her from slavery. Turns out Maerad has the potential to be the most powerful Bard in history. But she lacks training and is plagued by self-doubt. With an ancient evil rising out of the shadows, Maerad and Cadvan are suddenly thrust into a war torn country. Further complicating things is widespread corruption in the Bardic Schools. Normal countrymen view Bards as harbingers of doom and hardship. What I liked about this series is Maerad’s struggle with self-identity and self-doubt. This struggle adds depth and prevents the character from descending into caricature.

Reading Order:

  • The Naming (also published as The Gift)
  • The Riddle
  • The Crow
  • The Singing
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