The Newest Best Books For Teens in Epic Fantasy


Epic fantasy takes us places.

Amazing worlds that immerse us in different kinds of lands, peoples, and monsters. Sometimes new magic systems become a part of our epic fantasy experience. Originators like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis shown us what happens when you take High Fantasy, and make it even more fantastic. The stakes are greater, to the point that often the entire world is in jeopardy. The following best books for teens follow some of the same guidelines, and bring us something new along the way.

Snowflakes: A Snow Queen Short Story Collection (The Snow Queen Book 3) by K. M. Shea

This is the third book in the young adult epic fantasy Snow Queen series, and in reality it’s actually a collection of short stories. It answers different questions about characters from the first two Snow Queen books. It includes a total of twelve short stories, offering a fresh look at events that happened earlier in the series. Make sure to check out the first two books, Heart of Ice and Sacrifice, to get the most enjoyment out of this third installment.

What do readers say?

“For those who have enjoyed the snow Queen here is a nice collection of shorts giving some smaller pieces of the story, providing background and insight and rounding out the narrative. You should definitely read the Snow Queen books first, though, as this book depends heavily on those for context.”Brian Davis, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The Dragon’s Price (A Transference Novel) by Bethany Wiggins

What would you choose? Marry an enemy prince? Or give yourself over to a dangerous dragon? That’s the choice that princess Sorrowlynn has to make. Everyone expects her to choose the prince, but Sorrow will show everyone that she controls her own destiny. Being dropped into a dragon chamber has its challenges, but events get wild when the shunned prince also drops into the dragons lair in the hopes of rescuing fair maiden. A fight is likely, and there’s a lot at stake for both the loser, and the victor. Check out this first book in the young adult epic fantasy Transference series.

What do readers say?

I loved this book! Holy cow, it was a fast read. Once I started chapter 1, I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. The dragon story is fresh and interesting, and the love story was sweet and at times, heartbreaking. Wiggins is a master plotter who knows how to keep the reader turning the pages.Bonny J. Anderson, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


City of Wind (Steel and Fire Book 4) by Jordan Rivet

In book four of the young adult epic fantasy Steel and Fire series, Siv and Dara Pendark have a lot to deal with in the brutal City of Wind. Dara is bound by a magical shackle, and is forced to help her captor study the links between Fire and Watermight. Not an easy task. Siv yearns to rescue his sister and his kingdom, but not without the help of Dara. The armies of Soole tear apart the kingdom of Trure, and Princess Selivia leaves for a distant city of mystery. There she will discover the troubles in the City of Wind. Will Dara’s captor keep her from helping Siv? And what secret does the Princess learn that could change everything?

What do readers say?

“I have now finished reading the third and fourth book in this series, and I must say that it is lovely. The development in plot is intriguing, the character and relationship development is simply amazing. I love how the characters mature, overcoming hurdles, some longer than others and learning new things. It is an intriguing world with a lot of depth and history. I love it! And I can’t wait for the next one!!!!<3”Zalys, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes

Magnus and Cleo have their love tested when Gaius claims that he’s not the King of Blood, but instead a newly changed man. Princess Lucia is pregnant with the child of a Watcher, and sees her powers failing as she journeys to fulfill a prophesy that could mean safety for her child, but possibly the end for Lucia herself. Jonas travels with Lucia, and Amara has taken the Mytican throne, but doesn’t have the ability to release the water magic trapped in her stolen crystal. The battle between man and gods could tear Mytica to pieces. What will win? Love, or magic? This is book five in the young adult epic fantasy Falling Kingdoms series.

What do readers say?

Crystal Storm met my expectation. As the fifth book in the series and a huge cast of characters, seeing all of them slowly find each other and interact is a treat. This novel is more character-driven than plot-driven as the “calm before the storm” in the series, but as things are finally clicking into place, I can tell that the final book in the series will be an explosive ending for sure.Amazon Customer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Duskwoven (Shattering of the Nocturnai Book 3) by Carrie Summers

This is book three in the young adult epic fantasy Shattering of the Nocturnai series, and book four is coming out later this month. Lilik and the resistance has dealt a swift blow to the the oppressors of the city, giving them a chance to return to the island volcano. But shortly following the huge victory, Lilik was captured while trying to rescue her family. Severed from her soul magic, she plans to reverse the situation and destroy her captors from within. That is, if a bandit queen hidden deep in an abandoned mine doesn’t cause her own trouble first.

What do readers say?

“I am spoiled as I just started this series this week. Now I have to be patient for the rest. This is a YA story, so it is clean. There is tons of action and intrigue in this one. It seems we have resolved a couple of issues, but there is still much for our girl to do. I have to say, I really enjoyed our new characters. I was saddened by part of this story, but don’t want to say too much to avoid spoilers. Looking forward to next month when the next one is released.”Lis, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Princess Dennaleia has been betrothed to prince Mynaria since childhood. The marriage will complete the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland. But her Affinity for fire is a dangerous secret in a land where magic is outlawed. Denna learns the ways of her new kingdom while hiding her magic and training in horsemanship under Mare, the touchy sister of her betrothed. But an assassination shocks the kingdom and causes Denna to pair up with Mare, bringing the two together in ways that might force them to choose between their duty, and their hearts.

What do readers say?

I’m probably biased since this book had themes that intrigued me before I even began. I knew I’d love this book and I was right. If you’re a fan of medieval type fantasy with romance this is definitely the book for you. On an additional note, the pacing and believability was great. That’s a quality that makes or breaks a book. If you liked huntress, I think you’ll love this one.Kindle Customer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes) by Sara Raasch

The final book in the New York Times bestselling young adult epic fantasy Snow Like Ashes series. Meira will do whatever it takes to save her world. Angra fights to break through her mental defenses, and she can’t even control her own magic yet. Given the chance to learn from a mysterious Order from Paisly, Meira moves closer to victory, but not until she enters the labyrinth to destroy the same magic that she’s learning to control. Mather must find Meira, and share with her how he truly feels. And Ceridwen will stop at nothing to save her kingdom, and her one true love. Meira, Mather and Ceridwen must unite Primoria before it’s too late.

What do readers say?

Nothing worth fighting for is ever free and the struggle of every Kingdom bears this out. As we witness the struggle between good and evil, we see the drama that unfolds for each of the main characters. The outcome comes at great cost to everyone but faith, hope, and abiding love carries everyone through to the end. This trilogy is a fantastic read, I highly recommend it!Kathy, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


Goldenhand (Old Kingdom) by Garth Nix

The fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series, Goldenhand follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case. Lirael lost one of her hands, but don’t think that will slow her down. She has a new, gilded steel hand that does magic. She journeys to her childhood home, where she receives a message from her deceased mother, Arielle. It’s a warning about the Witch with No Face, who threatens the Old Kingdom, as well as the cold, cruel river of Death.

What do readers say?

This I have been waiting for over a decade. Lirael, possibly my all time favorite character, is finally reunited with Nick, but there has to be a catch right? Well Chlorr is finally getting her own ending, but she does not want it, and wants to fight for more. Thus, we find out more about Lirael’s mysterious mother in a visit, and the vision of the past. Finally, we get a promise of marriage through Dog’s own promise of dancing at hers and Nick’s wedding! Now I’m interested for hopefully another installment of Ferin who decidedly attached herself to Sam! Seems like Moggot approves lolPauline, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


A Keeper’s Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by JA Andrews

Tomkin is many things, but unfortunately heroic is not one of them. The bookworm would rather be a heroes scribe than the actual hero. So how did he end up on a ledge above a sleeping dragon, dropping the family sword onto the dragon’s head? Followed by Tomkin himself, onto the dragon. After being captured, Tomkin finds a maiden locked in a tower. Can he capture her? Not if the maiden has anything to say about it. This young adult epic fantasy story is a lighthearted tale that will make you smile as you keep turning the pages.

What do readers say?

A Keeper’s Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by J.A. Andrews is a terrific story with dragons, mismatched couple, a castle, lots of action, humor, and loads of fun. This could not be a better, more creative, wittier novel if she tried! A young book worm duke, tries to appease a farmer who claims he saw a dragon by reluctantly going to the broken down castle to search for this “dragon”. He certainly finds more than a dragon! But a girl also. He becomes the dragon’s captive. It is a fun and sometimes suspense-filled journey to get to know each other, the boy and girl, and for the boy to escape. Great fantasy and fun. Loved it completely!!!Montzalee Wittmann, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]


The White Tower (The Aldoran Chronicles: Book 1) by Michael Wisehart

Sixteen year old TY knows that he’s different. The recent arrival of the Black Watch signals a secret that could hurt everyone around him. But Lyessa has a secret of her own, and her sword fighting skill could be the help the people need. The White Tower and the High Prince threaten to wield a war between those with magic, and those without. This is the first installment in the Aldoran Chronicles, a young adult epic fantasy series about a world struggling with the use of magic.

What do readers say?

This is an amazingly well written story. The characters are so complex and you learn to love them as they learn about themselves. Don’t let the size of this book deter you. Once you start reading the pages will fly by, you’ll be so immersed you won’t want to leave. I hate the villains, well all but one, I’m waiting to find out if he can overcome what’s happened to him first before I fully commit to disliking him. I love all the heroes, even though some are unsure, they do find an inner strength and come through in the end. I recommend this book for everyone, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.FlameDancer, Amazon user. [Review from Amazon]

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