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The Top 11 Best Teen Fantasy Books

Updated on February 24, 2012
The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief
Fablehaven
Fablehaven
The Merchant of Death
The Merchant of Death
Rangers Apprentice
Rangers Apprentice

11 Amazing Books


Everybody loves to read fiction, Nonfiction is o.k. if you need the information but for a good story it has to have some magic a few wizards and a dragon in it (At least that’s what I think). Here are some of my favorite fantasy books and why I like them. Some of them are pretty well known and liked but hopefully you will find an interesting one to put on your must read list. I lined them up from very amazing to really amazing (Haha).


Percy Jackson & the Olympians

1st book- The Lightning Thief

Author- Rick Riordan

# of books in series- 5

This is a great series of books that I think are not only fun to read but also very educational about the Greek gods. So you get to read an awesome action packed adventure that has fighting, monsters and demigods in it but as a bonus the next time someone asks you who the Greek god of war is you can tell them. (It’s Ares for anyone who's curious)


Fablehaven

1st book in series- Fablehaven

Author- BrandonMull

# of books in series- 5

I think that these books are great because they are so attention holding, I mean you know how people describe good books by saying they cant stop reading them, well, I really could not stop reading. It is yet again another different look at an author’s view of magical creatures. These books are packed with all the magical creatures expected (and some unexpected) but it has different twists to them. Also it is cool because you can really see how it’s just two ordinary kids that get wrapped up in all the magic. This is a nice rounded series that should be on your book list.


Pendragon

1st book in series- The Merchant of Death

Author- D.J. MacHale

# of books in series- 10 and also a 3 book companion series

So say you’re just a regular person (like most of us) and then you uncle drags you through a Flume (portal) to another world were you have to save every body on that planet from an evil spirit. Sounds pretty interesting because this is what happens to Bobby Pendragon in the Merchant of Death. This is a very interesting series because of all the very different places Bobbies adventures take him. It is cool to see the different people from all the places. If you like stories with a bunch of action, high stakes and a guy with a very cool last name this is the story for you (even if you don’t you should still read it). :)


Rangers Apprentice

1st book in series- The Ruins of Gorlan

Author- John Flanagan

# of books in series- 10 books are out and John Flanagan is still not sure when the series will end. An 11th book is coming soon.

This is an awesome series. The setting is in a place that is like a medieval earth (but much cooler). The main character is will. Will gets selected to be a ranger which is an elite group of archers that keep peace. The books are about Wills many cool adventures. It is a very good series because of the way you see will grow up. In the first couple of books he’s apprentice then he’s a full ranger and so on. This is a great series and I really suggest reading it.



Septimus Heap
Septimus Heap
Dragonlance Chronicles
Dragonlance Chronicles
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
The Roar
The Roar
The Amulet of Samarkand
The Amulet of Samarkand
Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Eragon
Eragon

Septimus Heap

1st book in series- Magyk

Author- Angie Sage

# of books in series- 5

These books follow Septimus Heap from living in the poor part of town to being an apprentice wizard and then a full wizard. This series is very remarkable because of how different the books are with there own themes and ideas. It never gets boring reading these because you change perspective of people and the places and situations they are in so much from book to book. This is definitely a worth while read if you like fantasy.


Dragonlance Chronicles

1st book in series- Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Authors- Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

# of books in series- There are 4 books in the Dragonlance chronicles (which is a good place to start) but there are like 50 other books that are in different sub series but are the same world. For a full list visit this site- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dragonlance_novels

These two authors are very established and can really write a good book. The dragonlance chronicles are about a group of adventurers (half elf, dwarf, Kender, knight and who ever else they pick up on the way) who live in the world of krynn. There was a huge cataclysm 300 yrs ago and ever since the god have been absent from krynn. Evil is ruling and bandits are every where. Soon an evil dragon army is almost in control of krynn. This group of adventurers is captured escape and tries to find the true gods and to find peace with themselves. This is a very good series with all the fantasy aspects. I would definitely suggest reading this if you want a series that has plenty of books to keep you entertained for a long while.


Artemis Fowl

1st book in series- Artemis Fowl

Author- Eoin Colfer

# of books in series- 7 and the 8th and last book will be coming out in 2012, Titled The Last Guardian

Artemis Fowl is an evil genius. It is very cool that the story is told from the perspective of the so called bad guy. I think this is a great series because of how well thought out it is; you really think Artemis is a genius because the ideas in this book are very thought out and smart. It has a lot of different scenarios and kinds of relationships, like for example between Artemis and hisButler. This is yet another really great series to consider.


The Roar

1st book- The Roar

Author- Emma Clayton

# of books in series- 1 and there is rumored to be a second one in future

This is a pretty cool book. It is a highly exiting and thought provoking book that is based in a future Londonthat is surrounded by wall to keep them safe from an animal plague or so they think. The roar is an amazing adventure as Mika (12) tries to rescue his sister who has been thought dead. This book has a few themes from Enders Game but is definitely an amazing action packed original. This book is very well written, an enjoyable read, and will keep you captivated till the end.


Bartimaeus Trilogy

1st book- The Amulet of Samarkand

Author- Jonathan Stroud

# of books in series- 3

Now this amazing 3 book series is absolutely stupendous. It has such an involving plot and magical feeling it just sucks you in. One of the things I liked about it is that it seemed like a very well rounded book series, I mean it has a beginning and then by the last book it has an ending. Not like some of those series that just keep dragging on or the ones that leave you hanging. It is about the adventures of a demon and his wizard "master". I would highly suggest reading this book.


Harry Potter

1st book- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Author- J.K. Rowling

# of books in series- 7

Harry Potter has rocked the genre of fantasy and is very well known throughout the world. This book is definitely at the top of many readers favorites list. I really enjoyed the series because of the amazingly in depth plot and characterization. I also like how J.K. Rowling makes every thing fit almost seamlessly throughout this gigantic 7 book series. If you have not read this series, drop everything and read it right now. (:


The Inheritance Cycle

1st book- Eragon

Author- Christopher Paolini

# of books in series- 4

This is my very favorite book series that I have ever read. It is simply fantastic. It gives you a unique and well written look at the perfect fantasy book (you know: dragons, magic, elves, dwarfs, etc.) but makes it so realistic and great. The very young author Christopher Paolini can really put together a good story. The series is complete and contains four books. The series was originaly a trilogy but the third book grew to large so it was changed to the inheritance cycle. I was just glad becouse it meant there was another book in the series that i could read. So if you are going to read one of the books on this list, a real good choice would be Eragon.


Comment if you think that there is a book I should read. (I need suggestions :)

I know it seems like I am just Highly suggesting every single one but i really am, these are very good books.




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      Meg 14 months ago

      Give read works in hole one of those book ha ha ha a a I have No life

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      Nate 2 years ago

      Check out the heir series and the seven realms series

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      Reesie 2 years ago

      Jaxon Stewart & The Black Dragon by Clarice Nairn is a must read.

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      anonomys 3 years ago

      You should check out the secrets of the immortal nicholas flamel-the first one is the alchemyst-they are awesome.

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      dude 3 years ago

      Artemis fowl is awesome

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      JCearley 3 years ago

      Dragon is hands down the best book series out their it is a must read :) .

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      Brittany 4 years ago

      I recently found and read a great new book. I finished reading it a week ago and am still blown away, its definitely one of those books that you will love to reread. I heard they are coming out with Book#2, I'm a fan, Found the book on http://inevitabledestinybook.com

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      tlesunset 4 years ago

      Looking through several websites for great fantasy stories I have yet to see Eon - The Dragoneye Reborn or Eona - The Last Dragoneye written by Alison Goodman. I recommend reading these. Adventurous from the beginning to the end.

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      Paige 4 years ago

      The Graceling series by Kristen Cashore is absolutely phenomenal, there are currently 3 books out -- Graceling, Bitterblue, and Fire -- I cannot wait for her to publish more! Definitely read those if you haven't.... I read them in a week.

      Also, the Tryll Novel Series -- by Amanda Hocking -- Switch, Torn, and Ascend -- were also amazing. I read each of those books in 2 days. Definitely worth reading.

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      Lorina 4 years ago

      alright so the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong is awesome,so is the House of night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast, it is just so good,it sucks you in,I finished the first book in the first day I just couldn't put it down. I stayed up all night reading it. Its a twist on vampires and the supernatural,excellent. The Caster series is really good too. God I read so many books that I think you might like because of the list. I can recommend a lot more books if you want to email me at pearls4me0(that's a zero)@gmail.com

      Btw Artemis Fowl series is awesome.

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      Eldunari 4 years ago

      Eragon rocks, it's really awesome (My fav book btw)!! HP is great too, I only read the first book of percy jackson and a bit of 2nd but didn't like it too much.. but still really nice book :)

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      Krissy 4 years ago

      I've read every single Percy Jackson book and they are just fantastic! Great choice. I've never heard of Fablehavan! I'll have to check that out! I'm actually writing an article for a magazine in one of my college classes and it's going to be Top 10 Young Adult books you've probably never read. Some of these are great choices! I mean, most everyone has read Harry Potter but, you know what I mean. Good article (:

      I voted for Harry Potter :P

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      Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

      I've read the first three Percy Jackson books and enjoyed them very much. I plan on reading the others in the series. I've read the Inheritance Cycle and thought the first three books were the best. The ending seemed to go on forever in the fourth book, but besides that it wasn't bad. My favorite among your selection was the Artemis Fowl series. I've read all of them. I liked it because it was a mix of fantasy, action adventure, and part technological thriller.

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      Annonymus 4 years ago

      I read all of these accept one...

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      Mustafa 4 years ago

      I really recommend reading septimus heap. It has lots of twist and turns and has magic,dragons and a really awesome story.

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      ANONYMOUS 4 years ago

      @sashalilac - if your son likes Assassin type book you could check out the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks I believe...Probably my in my top three favorite series.

      Not sure how old he is, Brent's style can be a little crude at times, but definitely check the series out they're amazing

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      ANONYMOUS 4 years ago

      @sashalilac - if your son likes Assassin type book you could check out the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks I believe...Probably my in my top three favorite series.

      Not sure how old he is, Brent's style can be a little crude at times, but definitely check the series out they're amazing

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      sashalilac 4 years ago

      I am using suggestions from your list to Christmas shop for my son. He has read about two thirds of the books on your list, but I will look for some of the others. His current favourite authors are Alison Croggan (series name escapes me) and Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice series.

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      blackmagyk 4 years ago

      I will check it for sure then. I love books that keep you flipping pages. Thanks!! :)

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      AJ279 4 years ago

      My favorite book series is "Adventurers Wanted" by M.L. Forman

      this was just amazing. I literally had would read it all day then when i went to bed i would actually dream about reading it some more.

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      Eragon is a great book. It has all the perfect fantasy stuff in it. The hobbit and lord of the rings have a lot of the same themes in them. Another book I can think of are the dragonlance chronicles by Margaret weis and Tracy Hickman. It is a huge series but the original first one to start with is Dragons of autumn twilight. Thank for commenting. Hope you enjoy whatever you next read.

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      sid 5 years ago

      I voted for Eragon, my all time favorite book. Know any with a similar set-up? With Dwarves and Elves and Humans and Dragons. I can't find a book like that besides the Inheritance Cycle.

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      Yeah I know, I am pretty sad that The Last Guardian is going to be the last book in the series. It was really good though and I think that now was the right time to end it. Thanks for your comment :)

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      diplorging 5 years ago from Serbia

      I voted for Artemis. I had to, although Harry Potter is much bigger phenomenon... But I love that little criminal so much

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      Thanks, I will make sure to read those when I get a chance.

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      Try Airborn by Kenneth Opell or Looking for Alaska by john green.

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      point-dexter 5 years ago

      hey great list read a lot of them myself and i love all of the choices, another to add which really is an outstanding book is the chronicles of nick infinity! probably the best books i have ever read were in that series than any other

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      Colausbra 5 years ago

      Wow looking for a new book to get sad part is I've read all of these

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      I completely agree, it's definitely one of my favorites. Have you read The Ring of Solomon, it is a prequel to the bartimaeus trilogy.

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      Daniel Pereira 5 years ago

      Actually, I have read all the books and i find the best of all is Bartimaeus Trilogy with its most hilarious plots and funny chapters, reading it was really a blast...

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      I read Peter and the starcatchers a while ago but I have not read airborn yet. I will check it , I just finished The Death Cure and was looking for something new.

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      Anonymous-Hip-Hop-Apotomus 5 years ago

      All I need to say is that you MUST read

      Peter and the Starcatchers (trilogy I think) Barry something

      Airborn (Trilogy) Kenneth Oppel

      Both of these are the best books I've ever read and I've read almost all the books on your list and thoroughly enjoyed them. If you only bother to read one, then read Airborn it is the better.

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      blackmagyk 5 years ago

      Thanks, I'll check it out. Sounds like a good way to stay organized.

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      YoyoMa 5 years ago

      The hunger games, Harry Potter, and Fablehaven are my favorites from your list. There's a website that I think you might really like: http://www.goodreads.com This is basically a giant website with a collection of pretty much every book you can think of, and what you do is go through and add books to your "already read" list, your "to read" list, and recommend books to others. You can also add a rating to the books you've read and let people know how much you enjoy them. Check it out!

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      I definetly will thanks :)

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      laurenmarie397 6 years ago

      Haha... I've read almost all of those books and I think they're all pretty good (especially The Hunger Games, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, and Harry Potter).

      Another fantasy book I loved was Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. I would recommend reading it!

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      alright, i will thanks

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      Emma Godier 6 years ago

      When i picked eragon when it first came out it was one of the first books I just could not put down, husband wasn't too happy cause it was on our holiday and I spent most of the time with my face buried in a book! I love books written by trudi canavan, a really good fantasy read was the black magician trilogy beginning with the Magicians Guild, give them a go trust me ;)

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      Yea it does not have any magic or dragons in it but i think there is a little magic in what the rangers do, even though it is technically just skill.

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      hatlessrabbit124 6 years ago from australia

      rangers apprentice is a great series,but it moves away from any fantasy aspects around the the first two books (with the death of morgarath), unlike any of the other books on the list it has a lack of any real magic or dragons,dungeons .etc with the exception of morgoraths evil forces (kalkara, wargals) and the rangers go further and disprove that the magic exists (book 5 and 8) but still a must read

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      CB 6 years ago

      Yess! Rangers apprentice was an awesome series. This is a good list!

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      Im glad you like eragon to and thanks for the suggestion i will read those.

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      LynxGirl 6 years ago

      I'm so glad Eragon is ur fav book! It's mine too! I especially like Brisingr. You should try reading The Magic Kingdom of Landover series by Terry Brooks. Those are good too.

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      i will definetly take a look at them. Thanks

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      Skaditch 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you for adding to my already long list of must reads! I agree, with the ones I've read of course but if you haven't read the Fablehaven series please do so because that's one of my favorites. Great hub. Cheers!

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      I haven't even read the twilight series

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      blackmagyk 6 years ago

      Yea I didn't like the movies either and maybe I'll add to animorphs

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      evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL

      Animorphs was my favorite growing up. I do think your wrong about there not being much great about the series. Some of the characters (like rachel) went to pretty dark place. But I forgive you since you also love eragon. :)

      except the movie really dissapointed, just like the animorphs tv series

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      recklessfunk 6 years ago from NYC

      So happy to see that the Twilight saga (since some consider it a fantasy-romance hybrid) is not among these books (which have actual character development and plot). Thank you for suggesting REAL literature for teens to read :)