8 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Need to Read This Spring

Updated: Mar 27

If you’re looking for adventure, you’ve come to the right place.

Are you after wand-waving magic and fire-breathing dragons?

Ready to explore forbidden forests, vast arctic plains, or even a towering, royal castle?

Throw in some brave, young heroes to find hidden powers and follow their destinies.

Ready to save the world from evil empires, legendary beasts and more.

To embark on mythical quests in far-away lands...

Young adult fantasy books really have it all, don’t they? From magic and mystery to politics, drama, action, adventure, and so much more.

Fantasy is not about age, either. You can enjoy a fantastic fantasy story no matter how old you are.

Young adult fantasy is a dazzlingly diverse and historic genre. With a lineage of modern classics such as The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis, Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, fantasy has brought us some of our favourite stories.

However, YA fantasy is still very much alive and kicking. New book releases are springing up left, right and centre – read on and you’ll find some of these in the list below!

More broadly, the fantasy genre continues to boast worldwide appeal with record-breaking HBO TV shows such as Game of Thrones. As you’ll probably know, the series, adapted from George R.R. Martin’s books, well and truly took the world by storm and become a cultural phenomenon – 17.4 million people tuned in for its Season 8 premiere.

Fantasy is special, so make sure you read one of these amazing covers and fling yourself to a far-away universe. Here’s 8 Young Adult fantasy Books that you need to read this spring.

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8 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Need to Read This Spring

1. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Deathless, #1)

This fierce new debut by Namina Forna takes us to a chilling ancient, patriarchal kingdom, girls are outcasts by blood and a woman’s worth is bound to her ‘purity’.

In The Gilded Ones, the first in a West-African inspired series, we follow sixteen-year-old Deka who bleeds gold - the colour of impurity – and faces fatal consequences. But when she is saved by a mysterious woman, she discovers that she carries hidden powers, and now she must realise her fate...

This powerful, gritty tale is an instant hit – it's already made its mark as a New York Times Bestseller - so don't miss it!

2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air, #1)

You’d do anything to save family, right? But what if you had to save a supernatural society, too?

Enter: The Cruel Prince, by number one New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black.

Jude was only seven years old when she and her two sisters were taken away to live in the perilous High Court of Faerie, after her parents were murdered. Fast forward ten years, and Jude is fighting for her place at the Court. Now she wants to stay, but the immortal fey hate humans like her, including the evil son of the High King, Prince Cardan.

Soon, she becomes entangled in palace politics, and civil war is brewing on the horizon; one that could flood the courts in violence. Pick up this breath-taking book today, the first in its series, and join Jude on her quest to save her sisters, and the world as she knows it.

3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Get ready to join the secret ranks of the Shadowhunters, in this first volume of Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

You may also recognise City of Bones from the cinemas, as it was adapted into a blockbuster film in 2013, starring major actors like Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower.

In City of Bones, we meet fifteen-year-old Clary Fray. She’s on her way to a nightclub in New York City when she stumbles across a murder, carried out by three teens covered head-to-toe with strange tattoos. Soon, she discovers the hidden world of the Shadowhunters, tasked with hunting down demons and keeping them out of the mortal world. You don’t want to miss out.

And if you’re on the hunt for more book-to-screen titles, why not check out our blog post on some great book-to-film adaptations?

3. Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, #1)

Have you ever found out that you’re actually the child of a Greek God? You better read on...

This is a modern classic (and a personal favourite of mine). It's appeared on the The New York Times bestseller list for more than 10 years, been adapted into two major films and a Broadway musical, and now it’s even going to be a TV series on Disney+.

Percy Jackson & The Lightening Thief is the first book in a monstrously-epic five book mythical saga. Here, we meet Percy Jackson, a troubled boarding school kid who finds himself flung from his mortal life to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (half-human, half-god). Before long, Percy and his new friends must set out on a quest to reach The Underworld to prevent an all-out war between the gods.

Choose this book, and you’ll embark on an ancient Greek adventure like no other. You’ll come face-to-face with Greek gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Athena, fight off supernatural beasts like minotaurs and cyclopes, and carry out world-saving quests in dangerous, magical worlds. Are you in?

5. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood, #1)

What if your childhood fairy tales turned out to be more real than you thought? What if you found yourself having to venture into them?

The Hazel Wood tells the tale of seventeen-year-old Alice, granddaughter of a reclusive author who wrote a cult-classic book of dark fairy tales. When her mother gets taken away by a mysterious figure, Alice’s only clue is a message her mother left behind, which reads: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood”.

To find her mother, Alice must travel to the Hazel Wood, and then into the world where grandmother’s tales began. A far-away world that is far-away from friendly.

6. Liberté by Gita Trelease (Enchantée, #2)

Harry Potter fans and history geeks, it’s your time to shine. This stunning tale of young magicians takes place at the time of the French Revolution, at the end of the eighteenth century.

Liberté is the spell-binding sequel to the bestselling Enchantée, which takes place in a Paris – a network of streets full of beggars, thieves, and magicians like Camille Durbonne. In Enchantée, Camille is forced to use dark magic to keep her and her family alive and ends up transforming herself into a baroness in the Palace of Versailles, before revolution sparks up.

In Liberté, Camille is writing pamphlets to help girls living on the fringes of society, but King Louis XVI rules that all magic is a crime, and magicians are enemies of France. Paris is as violent and dangerous as ever.

And if you're a Harry Potter geek, why not check out this Potter-tastic blog post on a range of Harry Potter activities that you can try at home!

7. Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Caraval, #1)

If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, you’ll love this enchanting series.

We’ve also got yet another New York Times bestseller for you here (just how great is this list?!).

Caraval, the first in the series, is a mesmerising story of sisterhood and public performance will blow you away. Scarlett and her sister Tella finally get an invitation to see Caraval, an annual show where the audience participates, and they travel far away from their island home.

But when Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organiser, Scarlett is then thrust into a game like no other, and it’ll play with your mind. What’s real and what’s not? You’ll have to find out in this thrilling book.

8. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials, #1)

Not only has this book has been hailed as a modern masterpiece, but it’s now made its way onto our screens as a critically acclaimed HBO television series, too. Have you seen His Dark Materials on TV yet?

Northern Lights, first published in 1995, is the first instalment in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Lyra Belacqua and her beloved animal companion, a shape-shifting daemon, live happily at Oxford University, but soon her destiny will throw her into frozen Arctic lands, where witch-clans rule and polar bears brawl...

Her supernatural journey will change the world in seismic ways, and you’ll have to buy this dazzling fantasy adventure to find out how.

Which of these books takes your fantasy fancy? I’m planning to re-read my prized Percy Jackson collection at home - it's been a while since I've rocked up at Camp Half Blood!

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