Grafton Public Library

Fantasy Books

What kind of fantasy book are you looking for?

“I want high fantasy”

  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    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.
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
    Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

“I want fairy tale inspired fantasy”

  • Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
    A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king’s gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.
  • Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
    In this re-imagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

“I want urban fantasy”

  • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Daniels
    When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on – then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.
  • Undertow by Michael Buckley
    A 16-year-old girl is caught in an epic clash of civilizations when a society of undersea warriors marches out of the ocean into modern-day Coney Island.
  • Reawakened by Colleen Houck
    A visit to an Egyptian exhibit brings teen Lilliana Young face to face with a recently awakened mummy-turned-handsome-sun-god as she gets caught up in an adventure with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

“I want paranormal fantasy”

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill – an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
  • The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
    Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
    Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

“I want historical fantasy”

  • Lee Westfall, a young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers, so when her best friend Jefferson heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out on her own dangerous journey.
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
    In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with a dangerous gifts – and a violent destiny.
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
    On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

“I want fantasy with dragons”

  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
    In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
  • Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
    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.
  • Talon by Julie Kagawa
    In a first installment of a series featuring near-extinct dragons who pass as humans to grow their numbers secretly, siblings Ember and Dante Hill prepare for destined positions in the world of Talon only to be hunted by a dragon-slaying soldier who questions everything he has been taught.

“I want fantasy with mermaids”

  • Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
    Uncovering an ancient evil, Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas, to save their hidden world.
  • Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
    Galen, prince of the Syrena, is sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. He finds Emma and after several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, Galen becomes convinced Emma holds the key to his kingdom.
  • Emerge by Tobie Easton
    Land-dwelling mermaid Lia Nautilus lives in a secret Malibu community of Mer where she attends high school with humans, and although she is supposed to keep her distance from the non-Mer, she risks exposure when her crush is approached by another girl.

“I want fantasy with vampires”

  • Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
    Select teenagers from some of New York City’s wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines.
  • Eighth Grade Bites by Zac Brewer
    For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and his best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents’ deaths, than he could have guessed.
  • Marked by P.C. Cast
    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked as fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night where she will train to become an adult vampyre.

“I want fantasy with werewolves”

  • Tantalize by Cynthis Leitich Smith
    When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family’s vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
    Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it’s their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shapeshifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla’s heart, she’s faced with a decision that could change her whole world.
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
    In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

“I want fantasy with science fiction”

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with the handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
    The teenage princess of a future-world Canadian superpower, where royal children are held hostage to keep their countries from waging war, falls in love with an American prince who rebels against the brutal rules governing their existences.
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others’ control before they become unlikely survival partners.

“I want fantasy with djinns”

  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
    Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army, she unlocks the powerful trust about the desert nation of Miraji… and herself.
  • The Forbidden Wish  by Jessica Khoury
    Forced to hide her true identity, Zahra, a teenage genie, finds her chance for freedom challenged by her love for her master, Aladdin.
  • A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
    What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This Twisted Tale explores a new version of Disney’s Aladdin. See what happens when Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp.

“I want fantasy with witches”

  • Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
    Resisting her adopted mother’s pressure to become a wicked witch, Cam is horrified when her mother summons a demon that possesses a cute boy at school, triggers zombie transformations and unleashes a phoenix on the Halloween Dance.
  • Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
    A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
    On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a ‘witchery,’ a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble – as two desperate young women know all too well.”I want fantasy with witches”

“I want fantasy with faeries”

  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
    On the eve of her 16th birthday, Meghan Chase learns that she is the daughter of the summer faery king, and when her half-brother is kidnapped, she must journey into a fantastical world she never imagined to face an unknown enemy and save the people she loves.
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
    Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.
  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
    Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe’s most dangerous enemy – Peter Pan – and falls in love with him.

“I want fantasy with humor”

  • The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
    Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer – and the Big Magic.
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    A graphic novel debut based on the author’s critically acclaimed Web comic follows a nefarious plot by an impulsive young shapeshifter and a vengeful villain who want to defame their kingdom’s Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.
  • You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
    Kayla McHenry’s life is transformed when a wish on her sixteenth birthday comes true – along with all of her previous birthday wishes, beginning with the appearance of a pink pony.