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8 Best Fantasy Novels for the YA Reader

You know that friend who wishes everyday life had a little bit more magic? Here are the best fantasy novels we could find. We used our gift guide to round up 8 books perfect for the fantasy fanatic in your life!

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

In the cruel Martial Empire, one step out of line means the destruction of everything you hold dear. How far would you go for what matters most?


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this series is a rush of battles, betrayals, and bargains in the kingdoms of ancient Mytica.


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Every evening, the Caliph of Khorasan takes a new wife, only to have her executed in the morning. 16-year-old Shazi marries him seeking revenge, but once she enters his palace…she’ll find out that not everything is as it seems.


Soundless by Richelle Mead

Fei lives in a world without sound, but after she hears a piercing noise for the first time, she’ll start to question everything she’s ever been taught.


The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Adelina’s been mistreated because of the scars and strange powers that a blood fever left her…but now’s her time to fight back and take what she wants.


Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz

Twin witches Molly and Mardi have been sent away to learn to control their powers, but trouble boils around every corner – especially when they meet the handsome Gardiner boys.


The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

Sophia Tims is on the hunt for her uncle in the New World, which was formed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when each of the continents was flung into a different time period.


Atlantia by Ally Condie

When Rio’s sister abandons her in their underwater city of Atlantia, she’ll have to question her mother’s death, her destiny, and everything she thought she knew about the divide between land and sea.


Looking for a different kind of fantasy?  Here are 9 books that blend reality and fantasy!

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