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Top Selling Fantasy Books for Teens, Tweens, Kids

Why Top Selling Fantasy Books?

Mysterious worlds full of magic, mystery, danger, and dark secrets fill the pages of fantasy books. It's easy to see why fantasy book fans keep us coming back for more. Here are some great books for tweens, teens, and young adult readers.

Top 8 Best Selling Fantasy Books for Teens | Fans of fantasy literature are often found to be reading more books in the genre than any other.

No matter what age range you belong to, there is a fantasy book for you out there. Fantasy books are also enjoyed by teens, as these books allow them to escape and explore their imagination through different dimensions and worlds with magic and mystery.

There are many reasons why teens love fantasy books; one of the most popular is that it allows them to explore imaginary worlds with magic, mystery, and adventure that they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience in their real lives. Indeed, fans of fantasy literature are often found reading more books in this genre than any other! In fact, the number of fantasy books read by teens has increased by over 50% in the past decade.

Fantasy books have a wide appeal among teens. They are equally popular with boys and girls, and they have the ability to offer a sense of escapism for teens who are struggling with their identity.

Teens of today tend to be more educated than prior generations so fantasy novels are able to offer more than just an escape from reality. In many ways, they provide a path towards self-discovery and empowerment that is less guided by parents, school teachers, and other authority figures.

There are many different types of fantasy novels. Some fantasy titles are more like science fiction, while others are more like straight fantasy. Popular books today include those by J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings series, G.R.R. Martin, and Philip Pullman.

Fantasy fiction is a genre of books, stories, and films that are primarily written by women and that are based on imaginative adventures, especially those featuring elves, dragons, and other mythical creatures. These stories are often allegorical or heroic and are generally set in the fantastical kingdom or lands of one of the fantasy genres, such as high fantasy, sword & sorcery, epic fantasy, or magic realism. Fantasy fiction can be found under such subheadings as magical realism, heroic fantasy, sword & sorcery, and epic fantasy.

Fantasy books make great gifts for kids and grandkids.

They’re fun to read, easy to find, and timeless. Fantasy books are great for kids -- they are fun and offer lots of adventures to keep them entertained. The list of books provides here has a great selection of fantasy books, including books on mythology, children's books, books about faraway lands, and books on mythology and fiction.

Considered by many to be the greatest fantasy novels ever written, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are the two most famous examples. The novels have sold almost 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages.

*The Two Towers
*The Fellowship of the Ring
*The Return of the King
*The Fellowship of the Ring
*The Two Towers
*The Return of the King
*The Hobbit
*The Lord of the Rings
*The Two Towers
*The Return

Amazon’s top-selling fantasy books in the U.S. for the year 2022. Which are the best fantasy books to read in the US, right now? Amazon’s top 8 best-selling fantasy books for teens in the U.S. for the year 2022 are listed below:

Top 8 Best Selling Fantasy Books for Teens


The Black Witch: An Epic Fantasy Novel (The Black Witch Chronicles Book 1)

The Black WitchElloren Gardner is the spitting image of her grandmother, who drove back the enemy forces in the last Realm War. But while her people believe she will follow in her grandmother's footsteps and become the next Black Witch of prophecy, Elloren is devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at Verpax University. But she soon realizes that the university may be the most treacherous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, Elloren's best hope of survival may be among a secret band of rebels…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to fear.

Critics are raving about Laurie Forest’s incredible debut, The Black Witch

“Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.”

“Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.”

Booklist starred review

“Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Briskly paced, tightly plotted…set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review.

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy Book 1)

Shadow and Bone
Enter the Grishaverse with Book One of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Times –bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier . Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite—and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.

As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

The Caged Dragon (Cycle of Dragons Book 1)

The Caged DragonA young man wanting to protect his family begins an epic journey.

Life on the farm at the edge of the kingdom is anything but routine for Ashan. The plains around Berestal suffer from severe storms, making travel to the city difficult, with the threat of an attack from the people of Vard always looming. He long ago abandoned dreams of serving as a dragon rider, caring for his injured father and brother, but everything is about to change.

A Vard attack forces Ashan to risk everything to protect his sister. Doing so brings him closer to the dragons than he had ever imagined but brings him into a war he never intended to join. Somehow, Ashan and his best friend might be the only ones able to prevent the Vard from reaching a prize they’d long sought, if only they can survive the dangers of the forest, the mysterious Djarn people, a terrifying creature chasing them, and the power of a dragon mage.

Packed full of action and adventure, The Caged Dragon is the beginning of a brand new epic fantasy adventure.

Dragon Keepers (Dragon Keepers Fantasy)

Dragon Keepers Trilogy

Goldwell's fantasy book series Dragon Keepers can be considered a prelude for young readers before reading the Harry Potter series. This dragon fantasy book series is imaginative and adventure filled.

Dragon Keepers is a dragon book series by Bruce Goldwell whose main character is Merlin the Wizard. It is written in third-person narrative. The narrative is about the fantasy life of Merlin which includes dragons, fairies, mermaids, unicorns, and other fantasy creatures popular in mythology around the world. While the story uses aspects of Arthurian legend, much of the story is based on fantasy characters and events made up by the author.

"The author has a very wise intention for choosing the fantasy world, a fantasy genre illustrates a gateway to stories and imagination that is beyond the narrow convention of this known world. The series will certainly allow the readers to escape from the reality and get back to the world of mystery. Through the characters, readers often find crisis, inequality, pain, and loss, those issues are valid and challenging ones that we are confronted with in our real world, whether as individuals or socially. More importantly, using the fantasy world, the author tries to engage more connectivity with those issues and instruct how to avoid them in a realistic setting." - The Ritz Herald, Article April 2022

** Dragon Keepers is a dragon fantasy book series for teens and adults. The series follows the life of Merlin the Magician. In Book I, Merlin turns 13 years old and is made an official dragon keeper, a position that requires him to learn how to control and care for dragons. The story includes a romance between Merlin and a young girl from the World of Dragons named Aeem. This fantasy book series is for kids 9-13, however, it can be enjoyed by teens of any age as well as adults. **

A Trial of Sorcerers

A Trial of SorcerersIce is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira secretly meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

A Trial of Sorcerers is the first book in a brand new, young adult, epic fantasy series intended for readers who love stories involving: sorcerer competitions, slow-burn romance, adventures to distant lands, and elemental magic.

Eyes of the Void (The Final Architecture Book 2)

Eyes of the Void

The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us the second novel in an extraordinary space opera trilogy about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.

After eighty years of fragile peace, the Architects are back, wreaking havoc as they consume entire planets. In the past, Originator artifacts – vestiges of a long-vanished civilization – could save a world from annihilation. This time, the Architects have discovered a way to circumvent these protective relics. Suddenly, no planet is safe.

Facing impending extinction, the Human Colonies are in turmoil. While some believe a unified front is the only way to stop the Architects, others insist humanity should fight alone. And there are those who would seek to benefit from the fractured politics of war – even as the Architects loom ever closer.

Idris, who has spent decades running from the horrors of his past, finds himself thrust back onto the battlefront. As an Intermediary, he could be one of the few to turn the tide of war. With a handful of allies, he searches for a weapon that could push back the Architects and save the galaxy. But to do so, he must return to the nightmarish unspace, where his mind was broken and remade.

What Idris discovers there will change everything.

STARFIGHTERS - DEFENDING EARTH: YA Space Fantasy (Book One of The Starfighters series)

STARFIGHTERS - DEFENDING EARTHThe Earth is about to be attacked. The first battles are about to be fought, and the war for Earth's future is just about to begin. Whoever wins will determine the fate of humanity. When the fate of humankind depends on the bravery of teenagers, you need a team you can count on. The fate of the world is in their hands.

“Starfighters is a new teen sci-fi fantasy series. Destined to be the next big hit for sci-fi book fans. This fantasy book series is somewhere in between The Last Starfighter and Star Wars. Are you ready for a space adventure book that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat?”

When an alien force, known as the Thrall, is about to attack Earth, a group of teens from around the world are assembled to defend it.

No one can stand in the way of Billy Bronson and his dream of becoming the best starfighter pilot in the civilized world. He's laser-focused and determined to make it to the top. In a world where everyone is a potential competitor, this is not easy. But what makes Billy's quest even harder is that he lives--and goes to school--in one of the outlying planets where they still haven't been connected to beings from other worlds. That’s about to change.

Billy Bronson is obsessed with Starfighter, the Virtual Reality game that makes you feel like you are piloting your Starfighter. As is every teenager in the civilized world. When he completes a time-sensitive mission in second place, he is surprised to see that he is invited to Nevada to compete to be ranked one of the best Starfighters in the entire world.

But, when Billy gets there, all is not what it seems, Billy realizes that the alien known simply as Harvey has taken it upon himself to train up his group of Starfighters on Earth, without the permission or the consent of the Galactic Federation. He cannot let innocent people die. The way he has managed to do this covertly is by implementing Starfighter training into the hit game Starfighters.

With the help of Harvey, a member of the Galactic Council, will a small group of rag-tag teens be able to stop the Thrall from destroying the earth?

Starfighters Defending Earth is a YA space fantasy with a teen romance for young adults and is Book One of The Starfighters Book Series.

This sci-fi fantasy series with a group of young teens from around the world obscures the lines between epic fantasy and sci-fi adventures. When two teens from opposite sides of the world experience a seemingly love at first sight encounter, this space adventure includes a friends-to-lovers romance for YA readers.

** The Starfighters book series is a collaboration between the authors, Bruce Goldwell and Lace Brunsden, based on a Movie Treatment written by Goldwell called Star Knights. The treatment was 1st registered with the Screen Writers Guild around the year 2000. The treatment was based on a story that Goldwell came up with while he was homeless. The Starfighters book series is a science fantasy space series with a group of teen heroes that features epic fantasy adventures in space, a dynamic space battle, sibylline space settings, innocent romance, and all set in a galactic realm at the center of the known Universe. **


EversionFrom the master of the space opera comes a dark, mind-bending adventure spread across time and space, where Doctor Silas Coade is tasked with keeping his crew safe as they adventure across the galaxy in search of a mysterious artifact.

In the 1800s, a sailing ship crashes off the coast of Norway. In the 1900s, a Zepellin explores an icy canyon in Antarctica. In the far future, a spaceship sets out for an alien artifact. Each excursion goes horribly wrong. And on every journey, Dr. Silas Coade is the physician, but only Silas seems to realize that these events keep repeating themselves. And it's up to him to figure out why and how. And how to stop it all from happening again.

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