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36 Best YA Fantasy Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most true list of best YA Fantasy books.

Our process:
1. Search for "best YA Fantasy books" and study the top 5 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 5
    Appears in 3 articles
  2. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  3. 7
    Appears in 3 articles
  4. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
  5. 10
    Appears in 2 articles
  6. 11
    Appears in 2 articles
  7. 12

    Girl, Serpent, Thorn

    Melissa Bashardoust

    Appears in 2 articles
  8. 13
    Appears in 2 articles
  9. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  10. 15

    Fable

    A Novel

    Adrienne Young

    Appears in 2 articles
  11. 16

    Caraval

    Caraval, Book 1

    Stephanie Garber

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 18
    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 19

    Uprooted

    A Novel

    Naomi Novik

    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 20

    Pet

    Akwaeke Emezi

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 25
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  22. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    27
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 31
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 32
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 33
    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 34
    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 35
    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 36

    The Thief

    Attolia, Book 1

    Megan Whalen Turner

    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this list created?

    We searched for "best YA Fantasy books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many books are in this list?

    There are 36 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of YA Fantasy books on the internet.

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