Don’t you just hate it when you have to wait another year before the sequel to your favorite book comes out? Me too, which is why I thought I’d make a list of 10 completed YA fantasy series, for all you impatient people out there in the world! I’ve tried to include some popular and less popular books on here, so I hope you do find something you’re interested in! Note than I’ve cut down some of these excerpts to fit the formatting, but you can read the entire thing linked on Goodreads!
1. Want a hate-to-love series with court politics, fae, and a female heroine that fights back against the Fae that despise her for being human? Try The Cruel Prince!
Jude was seven 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. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
2. Want a fantasy/sci-fi novel where a video-game has taken over society and the main character hacks herself into the Global Championships, where a romance slowly develops? Try Warcross!
Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem…and he wants Emika for the job.
3. Want a morally-grey heroine that enters a school with deadly assassins in order to survive to initiation? Try Nevernight!
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
4. Want a political, royalty-focused world where time is currency and a love-triangle develops? Try Everless!
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
5. Want a lyrically written book where a librarian discovers mysteries surrounding an ancient, lost city? Try Strange the Dreamer!
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
6. Want a dark urban fantasy duology with a city overrun by monsters? Try This Savage Song!
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
7. Want a fantasy about a girl graced with the power to kill people with her bare hands falling in love with a prince? Try Graceling!
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
8. Want a political, magical world with plots to overthrow the kingdom that a girl enters after failing to master her passion and find a patron? Try The Queen’s Rising!
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana—the rival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne.
9. Want a dark story with complex court politics where a girl is held captive and needs to fight back to reclaim the throne? Try Ash Princess!
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She’s endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.
Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn’t always won on the battlefield.
10. Want a superhero book with humans with extraordinary abilities and a girl vying for them over vengeance? Try Renegades!
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
And that’s it! I hope you’ve found this post enjoyable! I know I just did a recommendation post like a week ago, but I always find these to be fun to write! Tell me if you’ve enjoyed any of these, or give me any of your own recommendations if you’re feeling it (I’m always looking to expand my endless TBR)!