23 Thrilling Books for Teens Who Love Fantasy

Wonderful world-building and exciting stories make these fantasy books gripping reads for teens. From magic spells to ghosts, fairies, evil rulers, and fearsome, grotesque creatures, the fantastic elements and riveting characters in these books take readers out of the here and now and plunge them into unreal action, peril, and triumph. There's romance and brave self-sacrifice, too. Pick your poison -- literally. For more exciting teen reads, check out our Thriller Books for Teens and Romantic Fantasy Books for Teens

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It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit

age 8+

Funny rants, slow pacing in apocalyptic tale.

By: Justin A. Reynolds (2022)
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The Belles

age 13+

Richly imagined dark fantasy explores the price of beauty.

By: Dhonielle Clayton (2018)
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The Book of Living Secrets

age 13+

Spunky teen time travelers get lost in a good bad book.

By: Madeleine Roux (2022)
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Flamecaster: Shattered Realms, Book 1

age 13+

Absorbing fantasy romance full of spies and palace intrigue.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns: Rise of the Empress, Book 1

age 13+

Vivid dark-fantasy series off to a compelling start.

By: Julie C. Dao (2017)
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In Every Generation

age 13+

Witty, fun, and very gory Buffy vampire series reboot.

By: Kendare Blake (2022)
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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

age 13+

Deliciously dark, illustrated Grisha world fairy tales.

By: Leigh Bardugo (2017)
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A Magic Steeped in Poison: The Book of Tea, Book 1

age 13+

Unique fantasy has intrigue, magic, and tea.

By: Judy I. Lin (2022)
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A Psalm of Storms and Silence

age 13+

African myth drives exciting saga of cursed princess.

By: Roseanne A. Brown (2021)
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The Scorpio Races

age 13+

Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.

By: Maggie Stiefvater (2011)
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A Thousand Steps Into Night

age 13+

Fantastic, sweeping, folklore-based fantasy epic.

By: Traci Chee (2022)
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Ashes of Gold: Wings of Ebony, Book 2

age 14+

Teen heeds call to lead in satisfying fantasy conclusion.

By: J. Elle (2022)
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Ballad & Dagger: Outlaw Saints, Book 1

age 14+

Pirates, reborn Caribbean saints mix in fascinating fantasy.

By: Daniel Jose Older (2022)
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Bitter

age 14+

Beautiful fantasy about girl's quest for safety, power.

By: Akwaeke Emezi (2022)
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The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air, Book 1

age 14+

Tricky fantasy will keep readers guessing until the end.

By: Holly Black (2018)
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Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Book 1

age 14+

Dynamic writing sets intense angel romance apart.

By: Laini Taylor (2011)
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An Ember in the Ashes, Book 1

age 14+

Gripping romantic fantasy in an alternative universe.

By: Sabaa Tahir (2015)
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The Lost Dreamer

age 14+

Ancient Mesoamerican fantasy is compelling, lyrical.

By: Lizz Huerta (2022)
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Our Crooked Hearts

age 14+

Teen witches cast a spell in moody fantasy.

By: Melissa Albert (2022)
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Six of Crows, Book 1

age 14+

Riveting, violent fantasy of flawed teens on a mission.

By: Leigh Bardugo (2015)
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