Armstrong, Kelley. Sea of Shadows. Y FIC Armstrong
Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they’re charged with protecting turn vengeful.
Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Y FIC Bardugo (SERIES)
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegâe of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold. SEQUELS: Siege and Storm (2013) & Ruin and Rising (2014).
Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Y FIC Carson (Fire and Thorns Trilogy SERIES)
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. SEQUELS: The Crown of Embers (2012) & The Bitter Kingdom (2013).
Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. Y FIC Cashore (SERIES)
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. Fire (2009, Prequel), Bitterblue (2012, Companion).
Cypess, Leah. Death Sworn. Y FIC Cypess
When a young sorceress is exiled to teach magic to a clan of assassins, she will find that secrets can be even deadlier than swords.
Forster, Miriam. City of a Thousand Dolls. Y FIC Forster
Nisha lives in the City of a Thousand Dolls, a remote estate where orphan girls in the Empire become apprentices as musicians, healers, and courtesans, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. When girls begin to die, Nisha begins to uncover the secrets that surround the deaths–jeopardizing not only her own future within the City but her own life.
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Y FIC Hartman (SERIES)
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. SEQUEL: Shadow Scale (2015).
LaFevers, Robin. Grave Mercy. Y FIC LaFevers (His Fair Assassin SERIES)
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny. SEQUELS: Dark Triumph (2013) & Mortal Heart (2014).
Lu, Marie. The Young Elite. Y FIC 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.
Maas, Sarah J. Throne of Glass. Y FIC Maas (SERIES)
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. SEQUELS: Crown of Midnight (2013) & Heir of Fire (2014).
Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock. Y FIC Marchetta (Lumatere Chronicles SERIES)
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. SEQUELS: Froi of the Exiles (2012) & Quintana of Charyn (2013).
Nix, Garth. Clariel. Y FIC Nix
Ignoring rumors about her family’s claim to the throne after moving to the city of Belisaere, Clariel dreams of escaping to a hunter’s life while trying to outmaneuver a Free Magic creature, an unwanted betrothal and a plot against King Orrikan.
Rhodes, Moran. Falling Kingdom. Y FIC Rhodes (SERIES)
A fantasy about three kingdoms on the brink of war and the destiny of one princess. SEQUEL: Rebel Spring (2013).
Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner’s Curse. Y FIC Rutkoski (SERIES)
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. SEQUEL: The Winner’s Crime (2015).
Tahir, Sabaa. An Ember in the Ashes. Y FIC Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
Thomas, Sherry. The Burning Sky. Y FIC Thomas (Elemental Trilogy SERIES)
A young elemental mage named Iaolanthe Seabourne discovers her shocking power and destiny when she is thrown together with a deposed prince to lead a rebellion against a tyrant. SEQUELS: The Perilous Sea (2014).