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Top Ten Favorite Books Set in a Castle

I love the dark mysteriousness of castles, where secrets are hidden behind dozens of closed doors. Thankfully, there are a ton of moody YA books with castles, thus the list below.

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Top Ten Favorite Books Set in a Castle

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1Entwined by Heather Dixon– This was a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses, which definitely takes place in a castle. There’s even spooky things in the basement.

2The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe– Well, this book technically takes place in a boarding school, BUT it’s on a misty moor in England. So, sort of a castle, right?!

3Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder– Yelena moves from the untamed desert to a lovely castle…as a prisoner sentenced to death. Upgrade ya!

4Graceling by Kristen Cashore– Katsa lives in her uncle’s castle (he’s the king), but sort of hates it. Well, until a certain someone shows up to make things interesting. 🙂

5Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier– Marillier knows how to imagine a setting, let me tell you. Heart’s Blood has a castle straight out of fairy tales (or nightmares).

6Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– There actually is a throne of glass, as the title suggests. But, Celeana hates it. Bummer. It’s got to be better than the soul-sucking mines, though, right?! (Guess again).

7Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers– The characters move from a creepy convent to a spooky castle. Double points FTW!

8The Selection by Kiera Cass– I think of the castle in this book as more of the classic romantic styles and less of the foreboding kind. More Cinderella than Sleeping Beauty.

9The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley– Agh, love this story. It’s classic fantasy at its best. And, definitely set in a castle.

10The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale– Although the goose girl is wandering around the forest most of the time, she does occasionally grace the halls of a castle.

What are your favorite books settings?

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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.
  • What a fun idea! I love several of these (The Blue Sword is my one true book love) and need to read some of the others. Also, Jessica Day George’s recent mg book, Tuesdays at the Castle, would fit well.

  • Bloggin’ ’bout Books

    Ooooh, fun topic! I’ve only read one of these, but I need to put the rest on my TBR list. Who doesn’t love books set in castles??

  • Good topic list! Nice choices, and being as I have only read one of those, I now have several new titles to pursue; thanks.

  • LisaILJ

    I love your topic! it is so unique. I also love books set in castles. I’ve read a few of those listed, and I guess I will have to check out the others.


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  • Jillyn

    My favorite book in a castle is probably Harry Potter in Hogwarts, haha. Great choices.

    My TTT.

    • Jillyn….until you JUST SAID Harry Potter, I didn’t even think of those books! Wow, serious HP fan fail. lol

      • Jillyn

        Ahaha. I know the feeling, I forgot one of my favorite series on my list!