15 Must Read Young Adult Fantasy Books

In no particular order, here are the top 15 young adult fantasy novels every bookworm must read. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, or your next great read, this list of books are guaranteed to satisfy.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

By Rick Riordan

Arguably the go to young adult series for this generation. Perfect for the reader who enjoys a modern twist on Greek mythology and adventure.

City of Bones Book Review (Cassandra Clare) by Johnathon Nicolaou

The Mortal Instruments

By Cassandra Clare

This series is the perfect blend of fantasy and romance. Set in New York City we are introduced to a secret group of enhanced hunters who must protect the unknowing populations from the demons that hide in society.

Shadow and bone book

The Grisha Trilogy

By Leigh Bardugo

Set in a fantasy world based on the constructs of Tsarist Russia. This trilogy uses Russian folklore to to guide the plot as our hero must use magic to stop the uprising of an ancient being who’s spent centuries hiding in the shadows.

Harry Potter

By J.K. Rowling

Though the author has come under heavy criticism as of late, there is no denying the impact these books had/continue to have. A great young adult series that answers the question, ‘what if I was a wizard?’

The Chain Between Worlds by Johnathon Nicolaou

The Lost Artefacts

By Johnathon Nicolaou

Packed with sorcerers, hunters, demons, monsters, nature spirits, and more, these books tick off all fantasy boxes as we follow our heroes travel through different dimension as they uncover a decade old mystery tied to an ancient evil.

six of crows review johnathon nicolaou

The Six of Crows Duology

By Leigh Bardugo

This book is what would happen if Ocean’s Eleven had a baby with the fantasy genre. The characters a brilliantly written, and the story is intelligently crafted.

The Kane Chronicles

By Rick Riordan

After finding success in the young adult Greek mythology department, Riordan turned his focus to Egyptian mythology, drawing on his expertise as a high school history teacher.

Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas

Built entirely in its own world, we are introduced to a former assassin who’s been given a second chance at life when the prince calls upon her services in a deadly tournament.

The Lorien Legacies

By Pitticus Lore

A series built around powered teens from another planet who are being hunted and murdered. Numbers one through three are already dead, number four is next…

The Wolves of Mercy Falls

By Maggie Stiefvater

A fantasy romance set in the real world where our protagonist is attacked by a werewolf, becoming one herself…

Beautiful Creatures

By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

This is one of the few books that only hold up for the YA audience. It is a great read about magic and vampires, but definitely only for young adults, I was unable to read it when I returned to it years later.

The Infernal Devices

By Cassandra Clare

Set in Victorian London, we are introduced to an older time in the Shadowhunter chronicles. It’s a love triangle at its finest and extremely well written.

The Folk of the Air

By Holly Black

A book about a mortal orphan who has been raised by the Fey, forced to live in a society that despises mortals… what could possibly go wrong?

Vampire Academy

By Richelle Mead

Two best friends who’ve been hunted are forced into a boarding school for vampires.

His Dark Materials

By Phillip Pullman

Raised in ignorance of her true our protagonist is sent traveling across the world in search of her kidnapped friend and imprisoned uncle.


More from Johnathon Nicolaou

The Lost Artefacts Series

If you love a good fantasy read then you should check out The Lost Artefacts series, starting with The Chain Between Worlds.

The Lost Artefacts Series by Johnathon Nicolaou 2022 banner

The Dome Trilogy

100 years in the future… The world is a post apocalyptic wasteland. What was once thriving with life is now a desolate wilderness. The earth is scorched, the air is toxic, and the world is ruled by mutant monsters… continue reading >

Dome Trilogy header banner Dec2022

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: