Fantasy Books All Readers Will Love

Action & Adventure | October 12, 2021

23 Fantasy Books All Readers Will Love

Love reading fantasy? Consider this your go-to guide for finding the perfect your next read! From myths, to fairy tales, to action-packed series, we’ve got a story that’s perfect for you.

Beasts and Beauty

You think you know these stories, don’t you? 

You are wrong. 

You don’t know them at all. 

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that free hearts long kept tame, truths that explore life . . . and death. 

New York Times bestselling author Soman Chainani re-spins old stories into fresh fairy tales for a new era and creates a world like no other. These stories know you. They understand you. They reflect you. They are tales for our times. So read on, if you dare.  

  

Gussy

A magical, lyrical novel that will enchant fans of Kelly Barnhill and Anne Ursu, about a girl who must take on the ultimate responsibility in her village—and the dangers of secrets kept locked away in the dark. 

Gussy knows that being a village Protector is a big job, even if Grandpa Widow makes the role look easy. So when Grandpa Widow is suddenly called to travel across the desert surrounding the village, and Gussy has to step into the role of Protector herself, she barely feels ready to perform the magical Rites that keep her village safe from the Great Doom, the mysterious power that threatens the residents in the lands outside. 

Soon it becomes clear that the Great Doom has managed to get inside the village walls. And as the villagers all look to Gussy for help, Gussy will have to turn to some surprising allies to save the only home she’s ever known. 

  

Spell Sweeper 

This delightfully dysfunctional fantasy is an imaginative twist on magic school that’s perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil. 

Cara Moone is a wizard—but she’s basically flunked out of wizard school. Now she’s in training to be a MOP, also known as Magical Occurrence Purger, also known as it’s Cara’s job to sweep up the hazardous dust a real wizard’s spells leave behind. 

A real wizard like Harlee Wu, the so-called Chosen One destined to save the magical world. But when one of Harlee’s spells goes awry and leaves behind a rift in the fabric of magic itself, it’ll take more than magic to clean up the mess. 

Luckily, messes are kind of Cara’s thing. 

  

The School Between Winter and Fairyland

Perfect for fans of middle grade fantasies including the Serafina series and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline 

Twelve-year-old Autumn Malog is a servant at the enchanting Inglenook School, where young magicians study to become the king’s future monster-hunters.  

But when she isn’t mucking out the wyvern stalls, Autumn searches for clues about her twin brother’s mysterious disappearance. Everyone else thinks he was devoured by the feared Hollow Dragon, but Autumn is convinced she’s heard—and glimpsed—him calling to her from within the castle walls. But who will believe a lowly servant? 

So when Cai Morrigan, the “Chosen One” prophesied to one day destroy the Hollow Dragon, comes to her for help, Autumn agrees on one condition: Together, they’ll search for her brother and uncover the dark truth at the heart of enchanting Inglenook School once and for all. 

  

Cinders & Sparks 

A fresh, funny, and fabulous take on Cinderella for everyone who loves series like Whatever After and Grimmtastic Girls. 

Cinders and Sparks #1: Magic at Midnight 

Cinders isn’t supposed to know how to do magic. Her dog, Sparks, isn’t supposed to talk. And they’re definitely not supposed to go to the fancy palace ball. 

But with a fairy godmother named Brian, do we really think that’s going to stop them? 

  

 

 

 

 

Cinders and Sparks #2: Fairies in the Forest 

Cinders, her talking dog Sparks, and the hapless Hansel are on their way to Fairyland—but first they’ll have to make it through the Deep Dark Forest, where they’ll meet three bears, a multitude of adventures, and one woman called Rapunzel. 

Will Hansel eat the three bears’ porridge? Will Sparks offer useless advice at every turn? Will Brian the fairy godmother appear and actually help for once? 

  

 

 

 

Cinders & Sparrows 

A suspenseful tale of witches, family, and magic from internationally bestselling author Stefan Bachmann.  

When a twelve-year-old orphan unexpectedly becomes the mistress of a seemingly abandoned castle, she is thrust into a mysterious plot involving murderous spells, false identity, and a magical battle of wills between the living and the dead. Readers of Kate Milford’s Greenglass House, Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghostsand Diana Wynne Jones will be riveted. 

  

 

 

The Land of Roar series

Everyone remembers their secret imaginary world . . . but what if you discovered that yours was real? This series is perfect for fans of the Chronicles of Narnia and Peter Pan!  

  

The Land of Roar 

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were the heroes of Roar, a magical world they invented where wild creations roamed. Now that they’re eleven, Roar is just a distant memory. But it hasn’t forgotten them. 

When their grandfather is spirited away into Roar by the villain who still haunts their nightmares, Arthur and Rose must go back to the world they’d almost left behind. And when they get there, they discover that Grandad isn’t the only one who needs their help. 

  

 

 

 

Land of Roar #2: Return to Roar 

When the twins go back to Roar for their first visit after rescuing Granddad, they soon realize there’s no time to explore—Crowky, the villain, is poised to destroy their world. Arthur and Rose must once again become the masters of Roar to save the world they love, but they’ll need to confront their deepest fears to do it. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Accursed Vampire 

A spooky and funny graphic novel perfect for fans of The Witch Boy and Real Friends. 

A few centuries ago, Drago was cursed by a witch, and now, he’s is a vampire kid. 

When the witch wants a spellbook from Baneberry Falls, Drago sets off with their immortal friends. Will Drago figure out if the keepers of the spellbook have a hidden agenda, like everyone else they’ve ever known? 

One thing’s for sure: after this accursed mission, Drago’s immortal life will never be the same again!  

   

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

 

From the acclaimed author of The Real Boy and The Lost Girl comes a wondrous and provocative fantasy about a kingdom beset by monsters, a mysterious school, and a girl caught in between them. 

Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread.  

For all the hopes Marya’s family has for her brother Luka, no one has any for her, since she can never seem to do anything right. So no one is prepared when they receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. 

Soon she is a hundred miles from home in a strange and unfamiliar place. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which the kingdom is built. 

  

Tidesong 

Perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli and The Tea Dragon Society, this is a magically heartwarming graphic novel about self-acceptance and friendship. 

Sophie is a young witch whose mother and grandmother pressure her to attend the Royal Magic Academy—the best magic school in the realm—even though her magic is shaky at best. To train for her entrance exams, Sophie is sent to relatives she’s never met. 

Cousin Sage and Great-Aunt Lan seem more interested in giving Sophie chores than in teaching her magic. Frustrated, Sophie attempts magic on her own, but the spell goes wrong, and she accidentally entangles her magic with the magic of a young water dragon named Lir, who has lost his memory. 

With his help, Sophie might just ace her entrance exams, but that means standing in the way of Lir’s attempts to regain his memories. Sophie knows what she’s doing is wrong, but without Lir’s help, can she prove herself? 

  

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Academy: No Humans Allowed! 

From New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Roux and acclaimed artist Tim Probert comes an all-new original Dungeons & Dragons middle grade series! 

Welcome to Dungeon Academy, where monsters and creatures train for the dark world that awaits just beyond the dungeon walls! But Zellidora “Zelli” Stormclash is a bit—different. She’s the one thing monsters and creatures of the Forgotten Realms fear the most: Zelli is a human! 

Get ready for humor, heart, magic, and adventure as middle graders and beyond learn to embrace who they are, accept others’ differences, and discover that making mistakes is OK—as long as you learn from them.  

  

Fireborn

Fireborn is an epic quest, perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials and The School for Good and Evil series, that will spin readers into a magical world like no other—and introduce them to an unforgettable new heroine named Twelve. 

Twelve gave up her name and identity to train in the art of hunting them—so she says. The truth is much more deadly: she trains to take revenge on those who took her family from her. 

But when Twelve’s new home is attacked, she’ll find herself on an unexpected journey, where her hidden past is inescapably intertwined with her destiny—and the very fate of her world. 

  

The Circus at the End of the Sea

Maddy Adriana knows that magic is real. All her life, her heart has pulled her towards things too perfect to be ordinary. One day, that tug leads her to a magical street circus, hidden in plain sight in Venice Beach. 

For the first time in Maddy’s life, she finally feels like she belongs. But the circus is in grave danger. Maddy will need to confront the frightening side of magic, as well as her own deepest fears, if she’s to have any hope of saving the place she dreams of calling home. 

  

 

 

 

The Wolf’s Curse 

Narrated by the sly, crafty Wolf, Jessica Vitalis’s debut novel is a vivid and literary tale about family, friendship, belonging, and grief perfect for readers of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and A Wish in the Dark. 

Twelve-year-old Gauge’s life has been cursed since the day he cried Wolf, for his superstitious town believes the Great White Wolf brings death, If Gauge can see the Wolf, he must be in league with it. Instead of playing with friends or becoming his grandpapa’s partner in the carpentry shop, he must hide and pretend he doesn’t exist. But then the Wolf comes for his grandpapa, and for the first time, Gauge is left all alone. With a bounty on his head. And the Wolf at his heels. 

When a young feather collector named Roux offers Gauge assistance, Gauge is eager for the help. But soon the orphans are questioning everything they have ever believed—about their town, about the Wolf, and about death itself.  

  

The Endangereds 

The A-Team meets Endling in this middle grade duology about four animals who decide to take fate into their own paws — by environmentalist, award-winning author, and Xploration Awesome Planet host Philippe Cousteau and TURBO Racers author Austin Aslan.  

  

The Endangereds

Innocent animals are in trouble: temperatures are climbing, tides are rising, and nature is suffering. Someone needs to step in to rescue animals from extinction.  

And that someone is . . . the Endangereds, the unlikeliest heroes you’ll ever meet—a superstrong polar bear, a pangolin with a genius for engineering, an extremely sarcastic narwhal, and an orangutan with a big dream. Together, these four daredevils are determined to save endangered species across the globe, no matter what the risk.  

But when two of their friends get kidnapped by a villain with a dastardly agenda, the team finds themselves up to their snouts in trouble. Can the Endangereds save the day? Or will this villain put humans and animals alike on the extinction list?  

  

The Endangereds #2: The Melting Point

When word reaches the Endangereds that one of the last of a species of nearly extinct sloths is in trouble, the team don’t hesitate to strap on their gear, fire up their helicopter, and rush off into action. But this time their mission is complicated by the appearance an unexpected foe—an animal faction bent on saving the world by making humans extinct. It’s the toughest assignment the Endangereds have faced yet as the faction will stop at nothing to take back the world, one biome at a time. 

  

 

 

 

Sisters of the Neversea 

In this beautifully reimagined story by NSK Neustadt Laureate and New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek), Native American Lily and English Wendy embark on a high-flying journey of magic, adventure, and courage to a fairy-tale island known as Neverland. 

Lily and Wendy have been best friends since they became stepsisters. But with their feuding parents planning to spend the summer apart, what will become of their family—and their friendship? 

Little do they know that a mysterious boy has been watching them from the oak tree outside their window. A boy who intends to take them away from home for good, to an island of wild animals, Merfolk, Fairies, and kidnapped children, to a sea of merfolk, pirates, and a giant crocodile. 

A boy who calls himself Peter Pan. 

  

Verdigris Pawn 

The heir to the Land should be strong. Fierce. Ruthless. At least, that’s what Beau’s father has been telling him his whole life, since Beau is the exact opposite of what the heir should be. With little control over his future, Beau is kept locked away, just another pawn in his father’s quest for ultimate power. 

That is, until Beau meets a girl who shows him the secrets his father has kept hidden. For the first time, Beau begins to question everything he’s ever been told and sets off in search of a rebel who might hold the key to setting things right.  

  

 

 

Orphans of the Tide 

An ancient myth looms over a powerful new friendship in this fantasy for fans of Wildwood and The Mysterious Benedict Society. 

The City is the only home that Ellie has ever known. She’s always been told that there is nothing to see beyond the shores of her small, salty island. That is, until a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, trapped inside the belly of a whale. 

The citizens of the City believe he’s ruled by the Enemy—the legendary god who drowned the whole world—come again to cause untold chaos. Only Ellie believes that the boy is innocent. 

To save him, Ellie must prove that he’s not who they think he is—even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret. 

  

Cathedral of Bones 

A stunningly imagined world, page-turning thrills, and a pair of unlikely heroes on an epic quest make this unique and immersive dark fantasy—from acclaimed author A. J. Steiger—perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kelly Barnhill. 

Simon Frost lives in a curious place, where magic is used by the very best Animists to do wondrous things. Simon is not one of those Animists, though he’s been trying to become one for years.  

When a plea arrives from a distant hamlet, preyed upon by an abominable monster, Simon sees the opportunity to finally prove his worth. But upon arriving in the tiny village, Simon finds not just a monster but a key to his past—and a pathway into an unbelievable future. 

  

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

When a powerful desert spirit kidnaps her sister, Cece Rios must learn forbidden magic to get her back, in this fantasy perfect for fans of The Storm Runner and Aru Shah and the End of Time 

Living in the remote town of Tierra del Sol is dangerous, especially in the criatura months, when powerful spirits roam the desert and threaten humankind. But Cecelia Rios has always believed there was more to the criaturas, much to her family’s disapproval. After all, only brujas—humans who capture and control criaturas—consort with the spirits, and brujeria is a terrible crime. 

When her older sister, Juana, is kidnapped by El Sombrerón, a powerful dark criatura, Cece is determined to bring Juana back. To get into Devil’s Alley, though, she’ll have to become a bruja herself—while hiding her quest from her parents, her town, and the other brujas. Thankfully, the legendary criatura Coyote has a soft spot for humans and agrees to help her on her journey. 

With him at her side, Cece sets out to reunite her family—and maybe even change what it means to be a bruja along the way. 

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