Culture The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series  

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Whether they are set in gritty future landscapes or feature larger-than-life creatures, the best young adult fantasy series capture readers' imaginations. But while they all fall under the same genre, the top young adult fantasy series are all very distinct. Some great YA fantasy collections focus on star-crossed lovers while other fantasy series for young adults incorporate lots of action. Many of the most popular YA fantasy book series have been adapted into big budget films.

What popular series will you find on this list? Taking place in a dystopian future, The Hunger Games saga has everything that a young reader would be looking for in a fantasy series. A captivating love triangle, live or death situations, and one rebellious teenager named Katniss Everdeen keep readers engaged throughout the three-book collection. The romantic vampire epic Twilight is another good YA fantasy series. The Lord of the Rings series is arguably the greatest fantasy series of all time, continuing to enchant readers of all ages. Other good sagas featured on this top YA fantasy series list include Harry Potter and The Divergent series.

Which book franchise deserves the top spot on this list? Give a thumbs up to the books that kept you reading well past your bedtime, and add any notable YA series that are missing.
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167 33
Percy Jackson and the Olympian... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
2
201 63
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
J. K. Rowling
3
156 38
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
4
142 42
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
J. R. R. Tolkien
5
155 86
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Suzanne Collins
6
83 45
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Christopher Paolini
7
108 90
City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Cassandra Clare
8
111 96
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Veronica Roth
9
84 90
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
James Dashner
10
88 122
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Stephenie Meyer
11
48 70
Graceling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Kristin Cashore
12
46 73
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Eoin Colfer
13
44 71
The Golden Compass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Brian Sibley
14
36 71
The Kane Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
LaurynThamaraksagul added
15
29 68
The Ruins of Gorlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
John Flanagan
16
27 67
The Kane Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
LaurynThamaraksagul added
17
26 66
Fablehaven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Brandon Mull
18
19 65
Stormbreaker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Anthony Horowitz
19
21 71
Relentless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
pixie1 added Karen Lynch
20
14 55
Maggie Stiefvater is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
21
15 60
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Jessica Lyn added Holly Black

Includes Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside.

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17 67
The Amulet of Samarkand is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Jonathan Stroud
23
6 64
Stoneheart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Fantasy Series
Charlie Fletcher