FANTASY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS – YOUNG ADULT

Hey everyone! Fantasy is my all time favourite genre because, firstly, it’s awesome and secondly, it was the genre that introduced me to the wonderful world of books. Today, I will be recommending some young adult fantasy books that I love and think that everyone should read.

  1. THE INFERNAL DEVICES BY CASSANDRA CLARE:

“There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”

The Infernal Devices is a YA fantasy novel set in 1878 in Victorian London and it follows the main character Tessa Gray as she arrives in London to find her brother. She ends up being kidnapped by two women called the ‘Dark sisters’. From them, she learns that she is a strange kind of warlock and that she has the ability to shape – shift. She is rescued from the Dark Sisters by a Shadowhunter Will Herondale. Shadowhunters are special angelic warriors who fight demons. The triology follows Tessa and the Shadowhunters of the London Institute as they try to figure out Tessa’s powers and end up unraveling big secrets. The Infernal Devices is one of my most favourite YA fantasies. It has a fantastic world – building, such rich and complex characters and a believable and adorable love triangle. This triology has three books – Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

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2. SIX OF CROWS & CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO:

“No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

A group of six characters coming together for an action – packed heist; a book with such amazing worldbuilding and an awesome magic system – this book has it all. Six of crows is the first book of a duology and is set in the Grishaverse, specifically, in Ketterdam. It follows a group of six people who come together under the master criminal, Kaz Brekker to perform a heist. The plot, characters and everything in this book kept me riveted and I absolutely loved it. This is a MUST READ for anyone who likes fantasy novels because, it is amazing!

Six of crows is followed by Crooked Kingdom which takes place after the heist. Kaz Brekker and his crew of outcasts end up with something that could change the world forever.

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3. THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:

“I loved the feeling of discovery, of not knowing how much I wanted something until I had discovered its absence.”

Star touched queen follows Maya, the princess of Bharata, who has a cursed horoscope. Her father tries to marry her off for political reasons. She escapes this and marries Amar, the prince of Akaran. While there, Maya learns more about her previous birth and the secrets about Akaran. The most beautiful part of this story is its magical writing.

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You can read more about The Star touched queen in my previous review here : https://thesoulfulscripturient.wordpress.com/2021/02/16/review-of-the-star-touched-queen-by-roshani-chokshi/

4. CROWN OF WISHES BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:

“A story. This was the key to immortality. The things that made kings quiver and deities distrustful: Nothing but a tale.”

Crown of wishes is a YA fantasy novel which is set in a world inspired by Hindu mythology and folklore. It follows Gauri, the princess of Bharata and Vikram, the prince of Ujjain as they compete in the Tournament of wishes organized by the God Kubera, Lord of wealth. The story is magical, gripping and has so many beautiful elements of Hindu folklore woven into it. As someone who has grown up listening to these stories, I found it so exciting to read about them in a different light. The writing in this novel is enchanting and it is definitely a refreshing read. This novel is a companion to The Star touched queen.

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5. SORCERY OF THORNS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

“Knowledge always has the potential to be dangerous. It is a more powerful weapon than any sword or spell.”

Sorcery of thorns is set in a world where the main magic is based on Grimoires or magical books, and great libraries. These grimoires can sometimes turns into monsters of ink and leather and hence, there are people tasked with protecting these grimoires and also controlling them when they turn into monsters. Elisabeth Scrivener is an orphan who grew up in the great library of Summershall. When an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, Elisabeth embarks on a journey with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and she learns things that change her whole perspective of everything she has known.

This best aspect of this novel is its simple plot. It is a light fantasy read with enough plot that is complex enough to keep you riveted, but also easy and light. If you are looking for a fun and light fantasy book, Sorcery of Thorns is perfect for you.

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That’s it for today! I hope you liked these recommendations. Comment below and tell me your favourite fantasy books!

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I am usually a slow reader. I enjoy in reading one book happily over a long time than rushing with many books. So, my TBRs are a bit small. Also I don’t generally have TBR for every month or something. But, once in a while, I compile all the books I want to read in the future. Let’s have a look at that list.

NOTE: I am not including any classics here because I have an exclusive list just for them.

  1. THE SILVERED SERPENTS

AUTHOR: ROSHANI CHOKSHI

GENRE: FANTASY

This book released only on 22 September. I’ve been waiting for this book for months now. This is the second book in the Gilded Wolves series by Roshani Chokshi. It is a fantasy novel. Gilded wolves is one of my all time favorite books. And the ending made me want to read Silvered Serpents so badly!!!

  • KING OF SCARS

AUTHOR: LEIGH BARDUGO

GENRE: FANTASY

When I first read Shadow and Bone, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I loved the Six of Crows. I started Siege and Storm with not much love. That is until my favorite character came in – Nikolai Lantsov. After that, I just kept on reading. If he gets his own book series, then obviously, I would want to read it! I have heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, but I don’t care as long as Nikolai is in it.

  • ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES

AUTHOR: ROSHANI CHOKSHI

GENRE: MYTHOLOGY

This is a middle grade book. Being brought up on a steady diet of Hindu mythology, I just love Aru Shah. All the characters are hilarious. Aru’s sassiness and Mini being over protective of just about everything always cracks me up. This is the third book in the series. I really look forward to reading it.

  • THE STAR DAUGHETR

AUTHOR: SHVETA THAKRAR

GENRE: FANTASY

This book follows Sheetal, who is the daughter of a star and a mortal. When a flare of starfire injures her father, she embarks on a quest to help him. It is based on a lot of Hindu mythology. It sounds really interesting.

  • A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

AUTHOR: V. E. SCHWAB

GENRE: FANTASY

I’m really excited for this book. Mainly because there are four Londons with varying types of magic or something like that. That is literally all I know about this book.

  • HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS

AUTHOR: ERIN A. CRAIG
GENRE: FANTASY

Generally speaking I hate horror books or movies. But, I have heard so much about this book and it really sounds great. This is not exclusively a horror story. It’s a blend of Horror, Fantasy and Romance. This is a twelve dancing princesses retelling. Annaleigh lives at Highmoor with her sisters, father and stepmother. One by one, four of them die mysteriously and people believe this family to be cursed. But Annaleigh finds out that her sisters have been attending glittering balls at night. Then she sets out to solve the mystery. It sounds spooky but also interesting.

  • OF CURSES AND KISSES

AUTHOR: SANDHYA MENON

GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

This book is like a contemporary Beauty and the Beast. This is set in St. Rosetta’s international academy. It follows two clashing clans and some curses and romance. It just sounds so great!

That was my recent TBR!!!