They might feature a wide range of settings, a variety of magics, an array of fantastical foes… but these YA fantasy novels are all united by imagination, beautiful writing, and above all, heart.
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY'S BEST YA OF THE DECADE! Discover the book that began it all with the New York Times bestselling reissue of V.E. Schwab’s long out-of-print, stunning debut. Part fairy tale, part love story, The Near Witch is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.
If you’re already a fan of the Shades of Magic series, The Near Witch offers an early glimpse into the magical imagination that would go on to write these books, but don't worry! If you’re yet to explore Schwab’s Four Londons, it also serves as the perfect jumping off point into your next author obsession.
All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Named as one of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of 2020, All The Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. As heir to the throne, she must master the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. But the kingdom holds more wonder and peril than Amora anticipated. A destructive magic is on the rise, and to conquer it, Amora must face legendary monsters, vengeful mermaids, and a stow-away she never expected…
All The Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
The stunning sequel to All The Stars and Teeth!
Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses. No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul. Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
Fable by Adrienne Young
Trader. Fighter. Survivor.
Seventeen-year-old Fable is a dredger—a freediver who excavates rare gemstones from the coral reefs that fill The Narrows. For the last four years, she’s been trying to get off the island of Jeval, find the father who abandoned her there, and claim her mother’s place on his trading crew. But when she finally makes it off the island, she discovers it may have been the safest place for her.
The October 2020 YA pick for the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club, this is the first instalment in the fantastic Fable duology from New York Times-bestselling author Adrienne Young.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
An instant New York Times bestseller on release, Sky in the Deep is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings – and all heart.
Raised a warrior, 17-year-old Eelyn fights with her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki. Her life is simple: train to fight, fight to survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she saw die 5 years ago. Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. She must survive the winter with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.
Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her father is murdered, she's thrust into power. Determined to find her father's killer, Hesina enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act in Yan, where magic was outlawed centuries ago. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?