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Ten Books For Readers Who Like High Fantasy

High fantasy may sound intimidating, but all it is is super rich, well-crafted fantasy novels. And, I have a few of my faves listed below.

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Ten Books For Readers Who Like High Fantasy

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1. Graceling-by Kristin Cashore. Graceling should be on every list ever. It’s just extremely well-crafted and so ingenious!

2. Red Queen-by Victoria Aveyard. I was super impressed by the world created in these pages. Color class wars and power struggles are my jam.

3. Shadow and Bone-by Leigh Bardugo. The Grisha Trilogy is just untouchable. The characters, the setting, the magic – it’s all incredible. I may need to re-read these soon…

4. Throne of Glass-by Sarah J. Maas. Another series that is full of political intrigue and romance. The best thing is we still have 3 more books to enjoy!

5. The Winner’s Curse-by Marie Rutkoski. It’s just a rave session today. The Winner’s Curse and Crime are outstanding in their detail and thoughout-ed-ness. As I said before – they are the definition for delicious torture.

6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns-by Rae Carson. I was slow to warm up to this series, but it is beautiful and so moving. I love the unexpected that comes at you in these books.

7. The Burning Sky-by Sherry Thomas. Gah, the last book is coming!! I’m a sucker for a girl dressing up like a boy. Who knew?

8. Stolen Songbird-by Danielle L. Jensen. I wish more people have heard of and of this book! It’s so well-written and a whole lot of fun.

9. Sabriel– by Garth Nix. This is going waaaay back! Sabriel is a fantasy classic. With Clariel recently published, this series is fresh and new again!

10. Seraphina– by Rachel Hartman. Ya’ll, do you love dragons? Do you love sassy, grumpy heroines (a la Alina from Shadow and Bone)? The, this book is FOR YOU.

What YA high fantasy books have you read?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kati Junge

    Yes, very good selection indeed! I would add Trial by Fire (Josephine Angelini) and The Young Elites (Marie Lu, sequel the Rose Society out 9/15) and the Lunar Chronicles 😉

  • Steph H. Barker

    Thanks for the great recommendations. Everyone is talking about Red Queen and Shadow and Bone so really need to check them out.

  • Great list! The Winner’s Curse and Red Queen are both on my TBR. 🙂

  • Yay, another one of your amazing lists! Even better, save for Red Queen, I read all of these. Guess I like my fantasy really high 🙂

  • Jane McGarry

    I read all the Graceling books & the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy and enjoyed them all. I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the Red Queen and I am anxious to read it & also the Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows.

  • Missie

    I started Graceling and then put it down, I should really try again. I don’t think I was in the right place for it.
    New follower 🙂
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  • Nori

    I loved Red Queen and Throne of Glass! I have Graceling and The Winner’s Curse, but I haven’t read them yet.

  • My favourite fantasies are The Young Elite & The Bone season.