*Updated with new selections 3-25-15*
Brennan, Herbie. Faerie Wars and sequels
Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.
Briceland, Vince. The glass maker's daughter & sequel The Nascenza conspiracy
Sixteen-year-old Risa's disappointment over an unprecedented event is devastating, but the evil and destruction that follows the king's death show her that the god and goddess have special need of her talents.
Carey, Janet Lee. Dragon’s keep
In 1145 A.D., as foretold by Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind, who will be the twenty-first Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has much to accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while hiding from her people the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects only one of her mother's dark secrets.
Cashore, Kristin. Graceling (and sequels Fire & Bitterblue)
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
Chima, Cinda Williams. The heir chronicles
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.
Constable, Kate. Singer of all songs and sequels The waterless sea & The tenth power
Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins other chanters with different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all their powers for his own.
Croggon, Alison. The naming and sequels Books of Pellinor
A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.
Durst, Sarah Beth. Vessel
When the goddess Bayla fails to take over Liyana's body, Liyana's people abandon her in the desert to find a more worthy vessel, but she soon meets Korbyn, who says the souls of seven deities have been stolen and he needs Liyana's help to find them.
Hale, Shannon. Book of a thousand days
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
Kennedy, James. The order of odd-fish
Thirteen-year-old Jo suddenly finds her humdrum life turned upside down when Colonel Anatoly Kordakov shows up at her aunt's party and announces he has come to protect her.
LeGuin, Ursula. Gifts
When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"--A violent talent shared by members of his family--he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.
Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the rock and sequels Froi of the exiles & Quintana of Charyn
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.
McKinley, Robin. The blue sword
Harry Crewe, the Homelander, bored with her sheltered life as an orphaned girl in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers her own magical gifts when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers and is transformed into Harimad-sol, King's Rider, the heir to Gonturan, the mystical Blue Sword once wielded by the Lady Aerin herself.
Mull, Brandon. The Fablehaven series
When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
Nix, Garth. Sabriel and sequels Lirael & Abhorsen
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn and sequels Skybreaker and Starclimber
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Owen, James. Here there be dragons & The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica (6 books)
Three young men are entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of fantastical places to which they travel in hopes of defeating the Winter King whose bid for power is related to the First World War raging in the Real World.
Pierce, Tamora. Terrier: a tortall legend, Bloodhound & Mastiff
When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes "Puppy" to a pair of "Dogs," as the Provost's Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall's Lower City.
Pierson, D.C. Crap kingdom
Tenth-grader Tom Parking's dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least "cool" place in the universe.
Pratchett, Terry. Discworld series
The Discworld is home to a wide and varied bunch of interesting and colourful characters.
Pullman, Phillip. The golden compass and sequels The subtle knife and The amber spyglass
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Rutkoski, Marie. The winner's curse & sequel The winner's crime
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
Scott, Michael. The secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel series
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Stroud, Jonathan. The amulet of Samarkand and sequels The golem's eye & Ptolemy's gate
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
Wrede. Patricia. Dealing with dragons (and sequels – Enchanted Forest Chronicles)
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
Wrede, Patricia. Sorcery and Cecelia (and sequel The mislaid magician)
In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits, which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.
Yolen, Jane. Dragon's blood
Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a Keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar IV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.
Zinn, Bridget. Poison
When sixteen-year-old Kyra, a potions master, tries to save her kingdom by murdering the princess, who is also her best friend, the poisoned dart misses its mark and Kyra becomes a fugitive, pursued by the King's army and her ex-boyfriend Hal.