Sarah J. Maas, author of the just-releasedCrown of Midnight, reveals her five favorite fantasies for young adults.
1. The Queen’s Thief
series by Megan Whalen Turner Honestly, there’s no way for me to properly convey how much
I adore this series (and its
protagonist, Gen). It’s brilliant and thrilling and romantic, and just so
wonderful that I’d recommend it to both fans and non-readers of fantasy. I’m a
Megan Whalen Turner fangirl for life.
2. Finnikin of the
Rock by Melina Marchetta So, Marchetta’s Lumatere
Chronicles has everything on my reader wish-list: intricate world-building,
unforgettable characters, and complex romance. Confession: When I met Melina at
Comic-Con 2012, I actually burst into tears as I explained to her what her
books meant to me. That is how good
these books are. It’s YA fantasy at its finest.
3. Summers at Castle
Auburn by Sharon Shinn I am a huge fan of
several of Sharon Shinn’s adult fantasy series. Her Samaria and Twelve Housesseries are among my all-time favorites, and I am dying of anticipation for the second installment in her Elemental Blessings series, Royal Airs. Summers at Castle Auburn is one of her YA novels, and is absolutely
charming, lovely, and compulsively readable. It’s a great introduction to her
4. Sabrieland Liraelby Garth Nix So, I had to include these two books in Nix’s Old Kingdom Chronicles because they were
part of the reason why I got into writing in the first place—and have remained
a huge influence on my own work. They’re dark, gripping, and has some of the
best world-building ever. Sabriel and Lirael remain two of my favorite heroines
to this very day—both of them strong, complex, and absolutely unforgettable.
Leah Cypess This book should be on any fantasy fan’s to-read list. It’s
a read-in-one-sitting kind of book—with a haunting atmosphere, well-drawn
characters, and clever twists. Even though I read it a few years ago, it’s a
novel that I find myself still thinking about. I’m a huge fan of Cypess’s work,
and cannot wait for her next novel, Death