I'm always looking for my next YA fantasy series to read. With so many new books out there, it can be hard to know where to start! So I thought I'd share my top 3 favorite fantasy series of 2022. (Ask me again in a few weeks and this list will probably change, but what can ya do?)
Whether you're looking for a new adventure to embark on or something that will keep you entertained into the wee hours of the night, these books are sure to deliver. Let's dive in!
The Folk of the Air Series, by Holly Black
If you haven't heard of The Cruel Prince (book 1 in this series), you're probably living under a rock. ;)
Okay, but can I be honest? I haven't read this series yet. But it's literally in my Amazon cart right now, because it's about Fae which I love and everyone is raving about it. After reading a TON of reviews while I was prepping for this post, I found that it's pretty critically acclaimed too. It seems that readers either love it or vehemently hate it, which immediately piques my interest...
By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
"A novel of political machinations, of lies and brutality, of cruelty and beauty and brilliance"
The Throne of Glass Series, by Sarah J. Maas
I would be remiss if I didn't include at least one of SJM's series in this post. Since I'm currently in the middle of reading this one and it's AMAZING, I figured it would be a perfect candidate for the list. Plus there's like a million books in the series already (okay, 7) and I believe it's complete!
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Five stars is simply not enough.
Fun protagonist and gripping magic system.
The Fable Duology, by Adrienne Young
Have you read Adrienne's books yet? Because if not, you REALLY should. She is one of my favorite authors for a reason. Her writing is whimsical and beautiful, her imagination is out of this world, and her attention to character development and worldbuilding makes me envious!
The Fable duology, while only two books, is ABSOLUTELY worth the read. Fable as a main character is complicated and scrappy and the world around her is breathtaking. Ugh, I just can't. Just go read it!
Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology.
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.
As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.
Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue and adventure.
While there are many YA fantasy series to choose from, these three are a must-read for any fan of the genre. With intricate plotlines, well-developed characters, and page-turning action, you won’t be disappointed!
I'm just getting started on this list of must-read fantasy series and I know there are plenty more out there. So tell me, what’s your favorite YA fantasy series? Do you think one of these should have made the list instead? Let me know in the comments below!