Children’s/Young Adult Fantasy


I am an avid reader of children’s/young adult fantasy novels, and this is the target audience for whom I write my own novels. If you’re a fan of the genre, or you know a young person looking to add to their reading list, here are some suggestions…

*Newer posts are at the bottom, so be sure to keep scrolling!


Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


I don’t think this one needs a description…do you?
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The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini


A spellbinding young adult series more in the vein of Lord of the Rings than Harry Potter that will appeal to audiences both young and old. Includes Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr–all of which are action-packed and full of twists and turns. This is an epic series that makes you want to read around the clock, and the writing gets better with each volume. Book 4 of the cycle has yet to be released, but Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia is worth checking out while you wait. (image from

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The Land of Elyon series by Patrick Carman

A very well-written and entertaining series for younger fantasy fans, full of mystery, adventure, and charming companions. Includes The Dark Hills Divide, Beyond the Valley of Thorns, and The Tenth City. Also look for Into the Mist (the prequel to the Land of Elyon series) and Stargazer (the follow-up to the original trilogy) by Patrick Carman, as they are equally engaging. (image from

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Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer


Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series is as funny/witty as it is compelling/suspenseful. The protagonist is a 13-year-old boy genius turned criminal mastermind, and his adventures are highly addicting, thanks to Colfer’s masterful plotting and wry delivery. The series also features a lot of descriptions of cool, futuristic pieces of technology. A must for readers who like their fantasy to have a bit of a sci-fi tinge. (image from

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Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage

This series is a lot of fun–the first book is Magyk, which introduces us to the loveable Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, who also happens to be a boy wizard. Septimus Heap’s story continues with Flyte, Physik, Queste, and the recently published Syren. Angie Sage creates a truly magykal world in this series, full of humor and imagination. (image from

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Cashore’s debut novel, Graceling, is simply stunning.

From the publisher: 
“Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.  When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.” 

Although written for young adults, Graceling will enchant older audiences as well, for it is strikingly original and sets a fast pace from the first page. Cashore breathes life and complexity into her characters with her rich details and descriptions, and this combined with a stellar plot makes the book nearly impossible to put down. The companion novel, Fire, is set in the same fascinating world as Graceling but takes place 50+ years prior, and the two tales have only one character in common. Fire features another powerful female protagonist and compelling storyline, and this pair of novels will definitely leave Cashore’s readers hungry for more. (image from

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The Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas


Young Connwaer–a name meaning “blackbird”–is a gutterboy and a thief. He lives in Wellmet’s Twilight (on the wrong side of town) and picks pockets for  a living, but Conn’s path changes course when he tries to rob Nevery the wizard and touches his locus magicalicus–a stone that channels the city’s magic. Conn should have died from the stunt, but he lives and becomes Nevery’s apprentice, under the condition that he find a locus magicalicus of his own. But as Conn studies to become a wizard, he learns that the city of Wellmet is losing its magic. Conn’s ensuing quest to protect Wellmet’s magic leads him, across the series, on a journey to unravel the mystery of the magic’s very existence and the terrible force that longs to take its life. In this amusing trilogy from Sarah Prineas, a street-smart young boy with a knack for picking locks and an endless appetite discovers he must embrace his inner thief in order to become the wizard he wants to be.  (images from

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The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins

Like your fantasy dark? If so, F. E. Higgins is the perfect author for you. Her settings are eerie, her characters are mysterious (and sometimes downright sinister), and you can count on the plot taking a creepy turn or two in this gripping novel. Ludlow Fitch escapes from his nightmare-ish life in the City and ends up in the quiet mountainside village of Pagus Parvus. He quickly becomes the apprentice to the new man in town, Joe Zabbidou, the Secret Pawnbroker. Fortunately for Joe, everyone is anxious to get something off their chests, and he pays well for each citizen’s darkest and deepest secrets. Ludlow records each secret in Zabbidou’s Black Book, and although the boy does not miss his old life in the City, he is naturally a bit disturbed by his new job. What, really, is Zabbidou after? And what will happen when the people of the town trust him with their secrets? F. E. Higgins spins a marvelous tale of lies and guilt, power and greed, crime and justice, all with intriguing characters and suspense to keep the pages turning. Nothing is as it seems in Pagus Parvus–for even Ludlow hides a chilling past. (image from

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. embodhiment
    Jan 21, 2010 @ 21:51:45

    great to find your site. have you read the seven waters trilogy by juliet marillier? pax, e


    • psychofwriting
      Jan 22, 2010 @ 10:33:44

      Thanks for visiting my site! No I haven’t read any of the Sevenwaters books, but I’ll have to check them out. My list of books to read is continuously growing 😛


  2. bookworm
    Apr 22, 2010 @ 20:12:23

    these are my favorate books, you have introduced me to the Magyk series and Artemis Fowl books! both are awesome, thanks!

    P.S. HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!! 🙂 (look at date)


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