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Our Favorite YA Fantasy Books of 2017

August 14, 2017
Sam Benson
Riveted Editorial Board

So far, 2017 has been a great year for fantasy and it’s only August! Some fantasy novels are from new authors that we’re just starting to fall in love with, while others are old favorites we’ve had on instant pre-order for years. We know you’ll be dying to get your hands on these books once you read about them, so we’re only including books you can get RIGHT NOW. But there are a ton of amazing fantasy stories coming out in the fall, so we’ll keep updating this post to make sure you know what to keep an eye out for!

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters.
These soul eaters are twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. And they feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys was spared and sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think he is. And neither is Alys.

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

The “fresh and fascinating magical world” (School Library Journal) of The Imposter Queen expands in this companion novel that answers the question: who is the real queen of the Kupari?

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