Popular Sword & Spell Books for Teens and Young Adults
The genre of Sword et Spell has recently been popular with YA readers. Books like The Iron Cast and The Six of Crows have caught on with this audience, but there is a whole new generation of readers looking for these kinds of stories. Here are some of the most popular books in this genre:
In her debut novel, Lazlo Strange, Teen & YA Sword - and Sorcery Fantasy, Sarah Taylor builds expansive worlds and introduces an unlikely hero. Lazlo Strange, an orphan-turned-librarian, is obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, a world where a legendary hero once killed supernatural beings and left a dark legacy. But can Lazlo be bold enough to cross half the world to find the city of Weep?
Six of Crows
While the premise of the book is YA-esque, it's also an adult fantasy, with references to the bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Set in a fictional/fantasy kingdom, Six of Crows follows a group of misfit criminals as they plan a heist, and the story's magical elements are just as vivid as its plotline.
The House of Thieves is a shadowy organization that stands between aristocracy and the magical world. Its leader, Severin, is on a mission to retrieve a mysterious treasure and takes along an unlikely crew: a former student with an unorthodox gift for forging metals, a former prisoner with the ability to read objects, a dancer with a dangerous reputation, and a historian who is looking for a way in. The story is a thrilling, suspense-filled adventure, with a complex cast of characters.
The Bird and the Sword: An epic slow-burn paranormal romance. A shape-shifting king and a girl with the power to command anything, this series is a must-read for all fantasy fans. The series also includes an all-gender cast. The characters are all different and interesting, so you can read them without worrying about your gender.
The first book in the Iron Cast for Teen / Young Adult Sword - Sorcery Fantasy series is set in a dystopian future, where a young woman, Luce, is sent to a boarding school where troubled kids are sent for a year to make them mature. When Luce first arrives at the school, she immediately catches Daniel's eye, but he'll give her no time. She soon discovers that Daniel has secrets that he'll never tell her.
The seventh child of a witch, Seraphina Dovetail aspires to be an inspector and find her family. But her life is turned upside down when she is compelled to attend the Advanced Studies Program at the Witchling Academy. As an outcast, she falls into the hands of Professor Nikolai Barrington, who is determined to protect her kingdom from a looming dragon invasion.
Princess Academy is a Newbery Honor book that explores themes of family, education, and relationships. It follows the adventures of a group of teenagers, including thirteen-year-old Miri, who is on the verge of marrying a prince from the village. The book was a Newbery Honor Book and a New York Times Best Seller. It is the first in a series of novels, which include Princess Academy: The Palace of Stone and Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters.
In this tale, a young girl named Miri lives on a mountain, where her ancestors quarried stone. After she is divined as the future bride of a prince, her king orders all girls ages twelve to eighteen to attend an academy nearby. There, common girls are transformed into ladies and trained to become a princess. A prince will be chosen from among the girls who attend the academy.
The book is a YA Sword 'n' Sorcery, and is perfect for the teen or tween demographic. Set in an island paradise, this story has an adventure and romance layered throughout the plot. The characters are well-developed, and the story moves smoothly from one chapter to the next. You will be swept up by the plot, and will be drawn in to the world's story.