I am a huge fan of the YA genre and young adult fantasy series are my absolute jam. There’s nothing like getting super immersed in a magical world, in fierce characters and romantic relationships, in a daring and captivating plot — it’s the best!
When I first started my journey of reading young adult fantasy series, I spent hours scouring Google for comprehensive lists that included some of the most popular and not-so-popular series out there. I didn’t have a ton of luck, so thank goodness for my bookstagram friends opening my eyes to so many amazing ones
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30+ Young Adult Fantasy Series You Won’t Want to Put Down
I’ve rounded up a list of some of my personal favorites and some that are widely loved on bookstagram and GoodReads!
Keep in mind, this list is solely for YA fantasy books. There will be other blogs for Sci-Fi and Dystopian book series down the road! I also did not include middle-grade fantasy series (except for Harry Potter, because how can I not include it?)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast is one of my faves. A Court of Thorns & Roses involving faes, a wicked kingdom, and a human heroine trying to save them all. These books are definitely more NA for their smuttiness, but if you love fantasy books with a strong romance plot, you’ll adore this YA series.
Ash Princess Trilogy by Laura Sebastian
After Thora’s mother, The Queen of Fire, is killed and their land invaded, she is taken captive by the same man who tore her family apart. Thora is forced to live in the king’s castle as The Ash Princess and used as a pawn to tame rebel groups. 10 years later, she is forced to commit an unspeakable act and decides enough is enough. It’s time she takes back her rightful throne.
The Folk of the Air Trilogy by Holly Black
Jude was just seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to be accepted there, but many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy)
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. This trilogy follows Alina Starkov as she discovers her dormant powers and is swept up in a world of luxury and illusion. As Alina struggles to fit into her new life, a threat to the kingdom of Ravka grows―one that will test old alliances and challenge the very limits of magic, one that will forge a leader from a frightened girl.
Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Set in the same world as The Grisha Trilogy, this story follows Kaz and his crew into a world of magic and mayhem as they attempt to pull off―and survive―the job of a lifetime.
Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett has never left the island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, cruel father. Scarlett dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, and
this year, her long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
While on a search for her missing mother, 15-year-old Clary Fray, ends up in an alternate New York filled with mysterious faeries, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and the demons who want to destroy it all. She becomes a part of the secret world of the demon hunters and as she does, discovers that saving her mother might put their entire world in jeopardy.
Legacy of Orisha Series by Tomi Adeyemi
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic, but everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass is a young adult high fantasy series that follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage assassin in a corrupt kingdom with a tyrannical ruler. When Celaena is summoned to the castle to win her freedom, it quickly becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
The Last Magician Series by Lisa Maxwell
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are.
Esta is a talented thief with an ability to manipulate time and all of her training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Born into a highly traditional society, Lia decides to run away from home and an arranged marriage. While on the run, she encounters the prince she was promised to and an assassin who’s been sent to kill her. The three become bonded as they explore new kingdoms and meet new friends and enemies, all while Lia wrestles with love and her loyalties to her home country, and tries to forge her own destiny.
The Cursebreaker Series by Brigid Kemmerer
In this contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn, he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction.
Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems.
An Ember in The Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir
Under the Martial Empire, a brutal world inspired by ancient Rome, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones. Laia’s brother is arrested for treason and in exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy and hopefully, change the fate of the Empire itself.
The Hazel Wood Series by Melissa Albert
This fun fairy-tale retelling is about seventeen-year-old Alice — she and her mother have spent most of their life on the road, running from the streak of bad luck they can’t seem to break But when Alice’s grandmother, the author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
A Twisted Tale Series by Liz Brasswell
What if Aladdin never found the lamp? What if Sleeping Beauty never woke up? What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula? This series features re-tellings of the classic fairytales we grew up loving, but with dark and devious twists!
The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
Passion. Power. Secrets. The villainous Mortmain and his terrifying clockwork army are on the move to destroy the Shadowhunters. Can Shadowhunters, Tessa, Jem, and Will, stop his wicked plot?
Monsters of Verity Series by Victoria Schwab
In this dark urban fantasy, Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. Kate wants to be as ruthless as her father, letting the monsters roam free to make humans pay for his protection. August wants is to be human, good-hearted like his father — but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.
When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s been kicked out of her boarding school, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I couldn’t create a YA fantasy series blog without including HP, right? It’s one of the most beloved series of all time, but if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s about a young boy, Harry Potter, and his adventures as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns how to perform magic, creates lifelong friendships, and must face his archenemy, Lord Voldemort to protect it all.
The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard
Magic. Adventure. Romance. War. On a continent ruled by three empires, many people are born with a “witchery”. Some command the wind, some the water, some fire, some metal. And some can master the truth, or time, or even death itself. Now, as war breaks loose and magic is dying, two young women may hold the key to a centuries-old prophecy that could control the world…if they can survive.
The Sylvan Chronicles by Peter Wacht
Orphaned and on the run, Thomas Kestrel never expected the fate of the Kingdoms would rest on his shoulders. Until he meets warriors of legend, uncovering hidden magic more powerful than he ever imagined.
With the fall of the Highlands, its people enslaved, and its Marchers exiled, Thomas is faced with the ultimate choice: accept his fate and likely death or walk away and stay alive with his newfound power hidden.
Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow, a lowly Red in a world of red-blooded laborers and silver-blooded elites, learns that her red blood has been disguising a secret ability, one usually reserved only for Silvers, her life is turned upside down. How will the Silver ruling class keep her secret hidden from the restless Red’s restless revolutionaries? And how will Mare use her sudden power to change the caste system, the kingdom, and the world forever?
The Harbinger Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Trinity’s ability to communicate with spirits is the reason she’s been in hiding for years in a compound guarded by Wardens—shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. When Wardens from another clan arrive with reports that something is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s world implodes as a supernatural war is unleashed…
And I Darken Trilogy by Kiersten White
The And I Darken series is a retelling of Vlad the Impaler and has been described as a YA Game of Thrones. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters and a fearsome heroine.
The Empirium Trilogy by Claire Legrand
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed as the Blood Queen…unless the trials kill the queen first.
1000 years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana, a bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, until she joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.
Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once, Black. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see, but it’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences.
Something Dark and Holy Series by Emily A. Duncan
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop a centuries-long war.
Life After Series by Julie Hall
Immortal Instruments meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this paranormal urban fantasy series is about a girl who wakes up in the afterlife and is forced to live out eternity as a demon slayer. But when she gets her hands on the most powerful sword in existence, Satan is after her, but she must protect it because it might be the key to protecting the living.
The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
When Bella moves to Seattle to live with her dad, her classmate, Edward, catches her eye and he can’t help to be drawn to her. Bella quickly realizes that he’s more than human and becomes wrapped up in a world of vampires. If you love werewolves, vampires, and the drama of a love triangle, Twilight is 100% for you.
The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has spent the majority of her life being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with Gansey and the other Raven Boys, who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.
Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins and the last queen standing gets the crown.
The Fire Queen’s Apprentice Series by Jordan Rivet
Pendark is a city of murky canals, brutal gladiator fights, and sorcerers who feud over access to the magical substance known as Watermight.
Tamri is a scrappy magic thief who’s trying to get her grandmother out of Pendark, but when her meeting with a dragon goes awry, she’s shipped off to a distant kingdom where the legendary Fire Queen is starting a school for magic wielders. The King of Pendark suspects the Fire Queen is up to something more dangerous, and he orders Tamri to find out the truth.
Carve The Mark Series by Veronica Roth
Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him.
But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers. In the midst of a raging rebellion, can they fight for what’s right if it means betraying their countries, their families, and each other?
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power. A legendary street thief leading a mission. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.
When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
The Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. Elisa is the chosen one, but she is also the younger of two princesses and the least remarkable of the three. On her sixteenth birthday, she becomes the secret wife of a handsome king whose country is in turmoil. But savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. If the prophecy is fulfilled, Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. That is, only if she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.
Do You Have a Fave Young Adult Fantasy Series?
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