Historical Fantasy Fiction (Teen)

Billingsley, Franny.  Chime.  Y FIC Billingsley
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Bray, Libba. The Diviners. Y FIC Bray
Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Bray, Libba.  A Great and Terrible Beauty.  Y FIC Bray  (Gemma Doyle SERIES)
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.  SEQUELS: Rebel Angels (2005) & The Sweet Far Thing (2007).

Brown, Teri.  Born of Illusion.  Y FIC Brown
Set in 1920s New York City, this is the story of budding magician Anna Van Housen, who has spent her whole life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother–and trying to hide the fact that she actually possesses the very abilities her mother fakes.

Carson, Rae.  Walk on Earth a Stranger.  Y FIC Carson
A young woman who possesses a supernatural ability to sense the presence of gold disguises herself as a boy and seeks safety and romance in California.

Clare, Cassandra.  Clockwork Angel.  Y FIC Clare.  (Infernal Devices SERIES)
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.  SEQUELS:  Clockwork Prince (2011) & Clockwork Princess (2013).

Crossley-Holland, Kevin.  The Seeing Stone.  Y FIC Crossley-Holland  (Arthur Trilogy SERIES)
In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.  SEQUELSAt the Crossing-Places (2002) & King of the Middle March (2004).

Egan, Catherine.  Julia Vanishes.  Y FIC Egan
Possessing an ability to hide, near invisibly, on the edge of perception, young thief Julia conceals her talents in a city where magic is banned and poses as a grand lady’s housemaid alongside an eccentric band of fellow housemates who have ties to a powerful killer.

Fox, Janet S.  The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle.  Y FIC Fox
In 1940, during the Blitz, Katherine, Robbie and Amelie Bateson are sent north to a private school in Rookskill Castle in Scotland, a brooding place, haunted by dark magic from the past–but when some of their classmates disappear Katherine has to find out if the cause is hidden in the past or very much in the present.

Goodman, Alison.  The Dark Days Club.  Y FIC Goodman
In April 1812, as she is preparing for her debut presentation to Queen Charlotte, Lady Helen Wrexhall finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy reaching to the very top of society, and learns the truth about her mother, who died ten years ago.

Hand, Cynthia, Ashton, Brodi & Meadows, Jodi.  My Lady Jane.  Y FIC Hand
A fantastical, comedic romance adventure inspired by the true story of Lady Jane Grey follows the experiences of a 16-year-old noblewoman who, on the eve of her marriage to a stranger, is swept up in a conspiracy to usurp the throne from her cousin.

Hardinge, Frances.  The Lie Tree.  Y FIC 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.

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).

Larbalestier, Justine.  Razorhurst.  Y FIC Larbalestier
In 1932, in Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, where crime and razor-wielding men rule, two girls with contrasting lives who share the ability to see ghosts meet over a dead body and find themselves on the run from mob bosses.

Moriarty, Chris.  The Inquisitor’s Apprentice.  Y FIC Moriarty  (SERIES)
In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler’s ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.  SEQUEL: The Watcher in the Shadows (2013).

Nielsen, Jennifer A.  Mark of a Thief.  Y FIC Nielsen
Forced to enter a sealed cavern that reputedly holds the lost treasures of Caesar, slave boy Nic discovers an amulet imbued with divine power and finds himself at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War.

Nix, Garth.  Newt’s Emerald.  Y FIC Nix
After the Newington Emerald is stolen at the height of a conjured storm, eighteen-year-old Lady Truthful Newington goes to London, disguised as a man, to search for the magical heirloom of her house, and is soon caught up in a dangerous adventure where she must risk her life, her reputation, and her heart.

Skye, Evelyn.  The Crown’s Game.  Y FIC Skye
When the tsar of the Ottoman Empire demands the assistance of a wizard to fend off Kazakh invaders, the country’s only two enchanters are forced to compete in a dual to the death in spite of their growing feelings for one another.

Sullivan, Laura L.  Delusion.  Y FIC Sullivan
Two beautiful teenage sisters, Phil and Fee Albion, descendents of a long line of stage illusionists, are sent from London to the countryside during World War II, only to discover a hidden college of real magicians who just might help them save England from the Nazis.

Thomson, Sarah. L.  Deadly Flowers: A Ninja’s Tale.  Y FIC Thomas
A  girl’s first mission as a  ninja is complicated by a  pair of young siblings and dangerous Japanese spirits.

Zettel, Sarah.  Dust Girl.  Y FIC Zettel  (American Fairy Trilogy SERIES)
On the day in 1935 when her mother vanishes during the worst dust storm ever recorded in Kansas, Callie learns that she is not actually a human being.  SEQUELS: Golden Girl (2013) & Bad Luck Girl (2014).

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