Fantasy books are amazing! They invite to a world unlike ours and yet so familiar at the same time. Fantasy worlds give you a chance to escape reality.
And who doesn’t want that? It’s nice to be able to visit a world that makes you forget about all your problems.
And that’s why I complied a list of some of my favorite fantasy novels/series for teens to read.
On to the list!
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1. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives.
Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th-century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it.
But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue.
So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot–claiming it will put an end to the plague–Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows.
To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
This is a well-written historical fantasy and a great book for teens to read! It’s an amazing book and I highly recommend you read it!
I loved Thomas and Emma so much! Even Thomas annoyed me on countless occasions. He has a good heart so I guess he’s okay. 😉
I’ll admit, the first quarter or so of the book was a little slow for me… but I’m glad I kept going because the rest of it is amazing!
You can buy Fawkes from Amazon.
2. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath, and has a unique ability to hear the thoughts of everyone around her–something that she’s never known how to explain, and has made her an outcast, even in her own family.
But everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds.
She discovers there’s somewhere she does belong, and staying where she is will put her in grave danger.
In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from her own.
Sophie has new rules and skills to learn, and not everyone is thrilled with her ‘homecoming.’
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory, secrets that other people desperately want.
Would even kill for…
This is the first book in an on-going series. It’s geared toward middle-graders but I think it’s a great fantasy book for teens as well.
You can get Keeper of the Lost Cities from Amazon.
3. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon.
All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.
Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed.
There he not only find friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.
Eek! I love this series too! The first book is fun and light-hearted. The books get a little darker as the story goes on, but it’s still a great series for teens to read.
You can buy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from Amazon.
4. Dreamlander by K.M Weiland
What if it were possible to live two very different lives in two separate worlds?
What if the dreams you awaken from are the fading memories of that second life?
What if one day you woke up in the wrong world?
Only one person in a generation may cross the barrier of dreams to reach the other world – a world of war-scarred countries and fallen faiths. When a Chicago-born journalist finds himself on the far side of his dreams, he must hurl himself into battle to save a princess from her own people, two worlds from annihilation, and himself from a dream come way too true.
This book was interesting. I don’t remember much since I read it only once… but I do remember liking it. So… yeah…
You can buy Dreamlander from Amazon.
5. The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
Something is wrong in the house Lin’s family rented. The clocks tick too slowly. Frost covers the flowerbed, even in a rain storm.
And when a secret key marked “Twistrose” arrives for her, Lin finds in a crack in the cellar and unlocks a gate to the world of Sylver.
This frozen realm is the home of every dead animal who ever loved a child. Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with Rufus, the pet she buried under the rosebush.
But together they must find the missing Winter Prince in order to save Sylver from destruction…and they’re not the only ones hunting for the Prince
This story is cute and fun and scary all at the same time. The setting is gorgeous (at least in my imagination) and the characters (some of them) are fun and loveable!
If you’re looking to go on a whimsical and wintry adventure, grab a copy of The Twistrose Key!
You can buy it from Amazon.
Have fun reading!
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