When YA Fantasy does well, it does very well indeed (I’m looking at you, Harry Potter), and with such a lot of competition in the genre, fantasy fans can miss some hidden gems. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking with friends who love the genre and I’ve come up with five fantasy series that I suspect you won’t have heard of, but are well worth a read!
We all know the big books in the YA fantasy genre from the last 20 years, from Harry Potter to Artemis Fowl, The Hunger Games and Divergent, and most recently Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the Grisha novels. And these novels get talked about so much that a lot of brilliant YA fantasy goes under the radar.
Today I’m balancing that out a little, here we go!
Monster Blood Tattoo – D. M Cornish
Set in the world of the Half Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo series is a world of monsters, potions and altered souls. The three book series is a must for fantasy fans and it’s seriously underrated!
Rebel of the Sands Trilogy – Alwyn Hamilton
This YA trilogy with female protagonist Amani is set in ancient, magical Persia and it’s kick ass! Gunslingers, bloodthirsty sultans, and magical beings all stand in the way of the throne. The finale to the trilogy is due next year, and it’s a must read for YA fantasy fans.
The Books of Babel – Josiah Bancroft
With six books to date, The Books of Babel offers plenty to get your teeth into. Senlin, a school teacher, is drawn to the Tower of Babel by the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The ancient and immense Tower seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving, Senlin loses his young wife, Marya, in the crowd. What happens next is a truly underrated fantasy adventure.
Isles of Glory – Glenda Larke
Kick ass woman holding a giant sword and riding on a sea creature? I’m in! Isles of Glory is fun and modern YA fantasy as a halfbreed’s search for a mysterious slave woman leads her to a lawless land of magic and evil.
There are so many seriously underrated fantasy series out there, we though we’d change that just for today!
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