Epic Fantasy series offer a broad range of reading experiences for teen readers, but which are right for you? To help in the search, multiple large user polls were consolidated to rank the Top 5 fantasy series for teens, with each offering a completely different reading experience.
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Perfect For: Older teens looking for an epic adventure of swords and sorcery
Author: David Eddings
First Book: Pawn of Prophecy
Sample Chapter: Prologue, Pawn of Prophecy
Long ago, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.
But Garion did not believe in such stories. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved–but did not know…?
Perfect For: A wide range of teens (must like dragons!)
Author: Christoper Paolini
First Book: Eragon
Sample Chapter: Chapter 1, Eragon
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy- until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save – or destroy- the Empire..
Perfect for: Older teens seeking mystery and romance
Author: Garth Nix
First Book: Sabriel
Sample Chapter: Not available
Dark Secrets, Deep Love, and Dangerous Magic
Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him. She soon finds companions in Mogget, a cat whose aloof manner barely conceals its malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories.
As the three travel deep into the Old Kingdom, threats mount on all sides. And every step brings them closer to a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death—and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own destiny.
Perfect For: Older teens ready to tackle complex concepts of society and organized religion
First Book: The Golden Compass
Sample Chapter: Excerpt from Golden Compass / Northern Lights
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
Perfect for: Any age looking for a creative and exciting story
Author: J.K. Rowling
First Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Sample Chapter: Chapter 1, The Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!
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