But when Julian disappears, her attempts to get him back unravel some deep mysteries. She realizes that her family held some dark secrets, and now her responsibilities to the past are catching up with her. Reagan is a supernatural bounty hunter who knows better than to fraternize with the enemy. Elora Laiken is slipping through dimensions until she lands among a society of ancient vampire hunters.
Sergeant Linny Cantor had no plans to participate in the military base talent show. Sure, he has a way with words and a hard body she imagines pressing into her. But, someone wants Linny dead and Rokk is the only one who can protect her. Will Rokk be able to save his mate? A beautiful witch and a vampire cowboy? Together, Ronan and Kira must fight for their lives and take down the evil warlock Orjyll. Cara Paulsen is a smart and sexy scientist who would do anything to protect her daughter.
Enter the dangerously hot Talen, a year-old vampire, who attempts to kidnap them both. Cara may not be able to resist his touch, despite the danger that comes along with it. Dante Gabriel is finally free. After escaping a life in captivity, he has a thirst can only be quenched by human blood. Dante is infatuated with Erin, addicted to her scent and her touch. Elisa Sullivan and Connor Keene come from entirely different worlds, forbidden from being with each other.
Elisa is the only vampire child ever born, but with that comes a dark secret. Her heart belongs to the prince of his pack, Connor Keene.
The two find each themselves infatuated with each other despite how many rules it breaks. When old feuds rise from the surface, these star-crossed lovers must make choices that will change everything. Sola is running from her dangerous past, looking to turn over a new leaf.
When his life is on the line, Sola must risk it all for the man she loves. Will Sola be able to protect not just her loved ones, but her own heart? Paranormal foresight is both a gift and a curse for Syssi, a mortal seeress. In her dreams, she sees a mysterious stranger both alluring yet dangerous.
When she is hired at a neuroscience lab, her life changes forever. Then, Syssi meets Kian, and she recognizes him as the stranger from her dreams. He lets her live if she agrees to train at the Institute of the Shadow Fae. The heat turns all the way up between Arianna and Ruadan, but Arianna will have to make choices that could change it all.
When Emma moves to the small town of Astoria, Oregon, she is told not to fraternize with the elites, especially her bad-boy neighbor, Lexen Darken. Emeline McAra has a tender heart but her tough side is growing with her anger. Being together could mean a war and total devastation, but they need each other in more ways they ever could have predicted.
Makarios of Kronos is a rebel smuggler who gets captured by the Hive. When he manages to escape to another type of prison, the Colony, he has a chance at freedom. Regina Woodward, a fierce fox shifter, has just about given up on love until her best friend Nessa has the wild idea to set her up with Oscar Torres. Oscar is a brick wall emotionally, not willing to let Regina in. No one in her family would approve, but as she gets to know Oscar, she finds herself falling harder than she ever expected. Lady Arianna Blackthorn is going to risk everything to save her brother from BleakHall prison, a dangerous triple max security prison where only the worst of the worst are locked up.
Will Ari be able to keep her secret and accomplish what she set out to do, or will she blow it all for Lathe? Isola Dragice must escape from the war breaking out at her home on earth, so she returns to the world of dragons. Four guards are assigned to protect her, but they become much more than just her protectors. She finds herself mesmerized by him, but can she survive long enough for them to be together? Catherine is a natural born fighter and slayer of dragons.
Her world is shaken when her sister Lucy is kidnapped by dragon shifters. Her only option? Make a deal with three princes of a neighboring kingdom. Each prince drives her wild on their journey as the heat turns up. Ashley is shocked when the hunky CEO of her company, Ben, asks her to be his personal assistant.
Ben is infatuated with the beautiful human, and his inner wolf is desperate to protect her. As the sparks fly, the danger also grows. Will Ashley be able to save her sister and have a happily ever after with the werewolf billionaire? Melody is an introverted librarian looking for her perfect match- and he must love books. Will the two lovers from opposite sides of the tracks find their HEA? Follow the four women of the Ouellette bear shifter clan, Nadia, Izzy, Kelsey, and Tally, on their whirlwind journeys to love, safety, and happiness.
Each develops their own romantic adventure with a total dreamboat in their search for their true mates. These shifter men and shifter women can barely keep their paws off each other in this steamy saga that is sure to make your heart melt. Travel to Zarhab Groht with a silver sexy alien warrior Torin Mardak on a dangerous mission to get deadly Calladium weapons off the street.
His focus is tested when he meets a group of humans, one in particular named Steph who catches his eye. Can Torin protect her from the great dangers of the Nine Galaxies? Her power is called into action when 11 women are murdered in North Carolina. On the hunt for a killer with the sexy detective Nathan McNamara, Sloan meets a mysterious stranger.
For the first time, she cannot see his soul. Darby Callan is going to have a mate, whether she likes it or not. Jean-Michel Gautier, a sexy alpha pack leader, is going to make her his mate and make sure that she likes it. Savanna James is okay with sitting by herself at lunch. Then, she meets the Patton brothers, who happen to be Alts, with their dark hair and silver eyes.
The Patton brothers worship Savanna, and her life will never be the same with the three boys by her side and in her bed. Yet, destiny seems to have another plan when it brings Zoe Watson into his life. Zoe and Grayson are meant for each other, but is love enough or will their demons ruin their HEA? Trina Chapman, mountain lion shifter and mostly recently a bar owner, is hoping to make enough money to pay the bills and get her life on track. His name is Kade, and as Trina gets to know the troublemaker, she finds herself falling harder and harder for him. Three dangerously handsome vampires find themselves infatuated with Eleira and will do anything to protect her.
Dark secrets await at every turn as Eleira seeks safety, and maybe even a H. When he finds out hunters are coming for his loyal soldiers, the Iron Dogs, he will fight to the death to protect them. Elara Harper is caught in between the world of the humans and the immortals, and needs to stop a deathly war from being waged on Earth. Diana Bishop is hesitant to practice magic- even if she is a descendant of witches. When she accidentally uncovers an ancient alchemical manuscript, the enchanted book summons an underworld.
Now delving headfirst into a magical adventure with the deliciously handsome 1, year old vampire Matthew Clairmont, Diana will learn about herself and her powers. Demons, witches, and vampires alike want to get their hands on the powerful book, and Matt and Diana must stop an interspecies supernatural war from breaking out. Ferren Daniels has a normal, happy life until one night she stops to help an injured animal. Alpha bad boy Kodiak Wylde runs his pack with authority and strength. Will Kodiak be able to follow his heart, all while protecting the ones he loves?
Life is but a dream for Kennedy Solstice when her crush, Owen Parker, notices her back. The handsome bad boy had resigned himself to a life of loneliness until the dragon shifter set his eyes and heart on Kennedy. Unfortunately for the new couple, there are dark forces working to destroy their happily ever after. Lily Marks just wants to take a moment to relax from her complicated life.
A demon-hunter involved in a forbidden fling with a fallen angel, Julian, Lily is used to a dangerous lifestyle. When the Sanctuary where she works suspects her of being a traitor, all hell breaks loose for Lily. Lily just wants to be with Julian, but she suddenly has bigger worries- like surviving. After the last Phoenix perishes, Ranger Mason must continue to hustle to survive. Rael, Zain, and Oran are sure Ranger holds the key to bringing fire back to their world. Her heart belongs to the sexy new men in her life, but she has a mission. Their connection is firey hot, but will that be enough to bring the element of fire back to the world?
Eva Taylor is woken up by the devilishly handsome Prince Aiden to find all of her memories have been wiped. As Aiden helps her to rediscover herself and her powers, Eva begins to piece together her past, her lovers try to reconnect with her as well. Eva will see her life in a whole new way as her heart and mind are put to the test. Sasha Urban considers herself to be a regular girl. She works at an investment firm during the day and follows her dreams to be a magician, working as an illusionist at night.
The world of the supernatural is encroaching upon her own world, and chaos is coming. Will Sasha be able to use her newly discovered powers for good? Evan is a Soldier of Death. Fitz is very much fallible. Despite the gift of magic, he often makes mistakes, misses clues, and undergoes hardships. It's difficult to maintain a likable character despite this, but Hobb expertly builds Fitz shortcomings as natural learning experiences. Fitz never becomes perfect, and that's what makes him feel so real. With a Martin-esque plot and Jim Butcher pace, The Axe and the Throne is a definite "must read" for even the pickiest fantasy fans.
In his stunning debut, Ireman has built the type of world so vivid and engrossing that leaving it at the end is agony. In spite of leaning toward grimdark, where authors often enshroud every scene in depressing darkness, there is no lack of cheerful moments or brilliant scenery. Yet the pangs of near-instant nostalgia that come after you put down a book like this have less to do with the inspired setting, and far more to do with those who inhabit it.
From savage, unremorseful heroes, to deep, introspective villains, the cast of this story is comprised of believable characters capable of unthinkable actions. And it is these characters -- the ones you wish you could share a drink with or end up wanting to kill -- that forge the connection between fantasy and reality. Keethro, Titon, Ethel, Annora. These are names you will never forget, and each belongs to a man or woman as unique as they are memorable. No book would be complete without a its fair share of intrigue, however, and there is no lack of it here. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, and Ireman's masterful use of misdirection leads to an abundance of "oh shit" moments.
Do not be fooled or do -- perhaps that's part of the fun by storylines that may appear trope-ish at first. This is no fairytale. Earthsea Cycle. This award-winning novel takes the classic coming of age story and gives it a dark spin. We follow Ged, a young, brash wizard who plays with forces beyond his control. Thinking his magic school training makes him next to invincible, he unleashes a shadow that threatens the world. Much of the book follows Ged's mental and physical journey as he comes to terms with his mistake and tries to hunt down the evil he has released.
There are dragons, rivals, battles, and everything you want out of traditional fantasy. However, with her lyrical narration, Le Guin manages to turn it into a much deeper lesson. It's an exploration of our thirst knowledge, the temptation of power, and the darkness that lies inside of all of us.
It details redemption, love, and the need for balance in all things. A blend of sci-fi and fantasy, Frank Herbert's Dune created a foundation for many of the themes in modern genre fiction. Its exploration of ecology, pacifism, and mysticism pairs with a story of destiny to remain relevant fifty years after its publication. However, underneath that apt commentary lies a powerful coming of age story. The story follows Paul Atreides, the heir of a family that controls the planet of Arrakis. In a layered, complex world of religion and politics, Paul becomes a hero and messiah.
This happens not in a sudden rush of circumstance but slow and painful progress through training. Throughout it, Herbert weaves an expertly adapting mental state. The protagonist comes to understand the meaning of equality, love, and most importantly, time. Dune is not an easy read. It's wordy, jargon-filled, and examines difficult but important concepts.
But if you can get past Herbert's initial learning curve, you'll find a rich world that's only overshadowed by its use of character. This trope-defying series is often compared to Harry Potter, The Wizard of Earthsea, and other defining novels. When you get down to it, though, The Magicians' cynical attitude provides a completely different experience.
The characters in Grossman's series aren't perfect, they aren't nice, and they're not happy. The main character, Quentin, is depressed, overly-analytical, and book-obsessed. His hopes mirror that of any fantasy reader that the world of his favorite novel actually exists. Except, when it does turn out to be real, it solves nothing. Sure, magic exists, but Quentin is now in a school full of geniuses. Though he learns to control his magic, think critically, and do great things, he must ultimately learn to accept that he's not outstanding, and nor is anyone else.
Likewise, the heroes from his novels aren't as great as they're cracked up to be. In fact, they're kind of assholes. At its heart, The Magicians is a story of growing up. Not an idealistic, censored version, but one of real significance. Grossman doesn't shy away from sex, drugs, swearing or death. The overarching message is that no matter which world you're in, internal struggles will always catch up to you. Pratchett's immensely successful Discworld gets the most attention of his works, but amongst those works lie unrelated novels that deserve even more praise.
Nation is one of those, and may even be the best novel he's written. The book is essentially in a parallel earth, detailing the story of a boy who has lost not just his family, but his entire tribe. His only company is Daphne, a westerner and sole survivor of a shipwreck. It has Pratchett's textbook humor and vivid writing, but wrapped up in it is a tale of growth and emotion. Through its incredible characters, Nation tells a story not just of death, but of creation.
Through it, Pratchett examines the internal voice both characters hold their rules and traditions that must be questioned to move forward. By doing so, he creates a feeling of connection and a story that's simultaneously, sad, funny, and poignant. It will leave you laughing and crying, and, most importantly, thinking.
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Western settings. Farm boys. Spoilt rich kids. Often, coming of age fantasy hits you over the head with unsubtle interactions and world-building. Abraham's Long Price Quartet does not fit into that category. It's a gentle piece. There's intricate world-building, a heavy focus on character progression, and little need for action. The World consists of city states with an asian inspiration, each looking to gain political influence.
This is where much of the novel lies. Not in fighting, or magic, though both are present, but human interaction. Part of that is presented in the growth of characters, which is presented in an entirely unique way. Each book in the series is spaced fifteen years apart, presenting a change in the characters that can only be achieved by time.
The central character is Itani, a laborer who is much more than he pretends to be. The Long Price Quartet follows him from the age of 12 through to 80, and from a young boy to an emperor. Ambitious in its timeframe, the series is much more than the sum of its parts, and far more nuanced than can be described in a short summary. This Hugo and Nebula nominee goes outside the realm of traditional fantasy in a blend of steampunk and dark magic. Maia is a little more exotic, the subject of an arranged marriage between human and elf.
He's considered an abomination, but unfortunate circumstances lead to the young prince reluctantly taking the throne. What follows is a book of politics, intrigue, and friendship. Maia isn't the usual perfect, arrogant protagonist. He's kind and extremely likable. As he's thrust into having more responsibilities, he has to learn many things. Social skills, dancing, ruling, and, importantly, his own worth. There's no huge scale battles here, no needless action sequences, and that's what makes it special. Addison manages to weave an entertaining story of political intrigue and mystery through her characters alone.
There's little romance, little magic. It's entirely about the personal journey. Mark Lawrence's debut series is one that seems to divide readers, and a lot of the criticism comes from its non-traditional take. The story of thirteen-year-old Jorg Ancrath doesn't follow those tropes.
Jorg is a sociopath. He's not a good person, he's a killer and a marauder. He rapes, burns, and tortures, reminiscing in cold detail. This book doesn't ask for empathy like many in the sub-genre. Instead, it keeps readers hooked with a grim fascination and great prose. The protagonist's transformation is less of a transformation of morals, and more in power.
The series details Jorgs journey from boy to king, and the things he has to do along the way. Despite this, Lawrence creates moments that make you question everything. A kind gesture here, a moment of vulnerability there. Just enough to keep you caring, before the horror show begins once more.
The fallout will make you wonder if Jorg is the victim of his circumstances, or if he was just born a broken boy. A Song of Ice and Fire. Most of the world has heard of Game of Thrones by now, but R. Martin's book series is still overlooked in favor of the more accessible TV show. For fans of coming of age, that could be a huge mistake. There are many ways A Song of Ice and Fire differs from its counterpart, and one of those is the depth and growth of younger characters.
Martin's tale is a slow and weaving one, taking the perspective of many characters in the third person.
With this variety comes multiple coming of age stories. In just one family there's growth in swordsmanship, magical ability, and inner strength. Then there's the story of Daenerys Targaryen, from girl to Khaleesi, and from Khaleesi to the mother of dragons. However, Martin's novels are set apart by a realistic portrayal of not just "good" characters, but bad ones too. Joffrey Baratheon is one of the most hated names in fantasy, yet he still manages to present a story of growth not in morals, but in power, insecurity, and the lengths he's willing to go to.
The contrast is tied together with the incredible blend of politics, death, and betrayal the series is known for. This incredible series has inspired countless children and a good number of adults too. In a time when coming of age stories were incredibly popular, L'Engle's books stood above the rest in their refusal to conform. A Wrinkle In Time tells the story of Meg Murry and her brother Charles as they travel through time and space to rescue their father.
It's a simple plot at its core, but with tons of hidden depth. Meg is not the subject of typical 60s girl books. She's awkward, wears braces, and has bad eyesight. In some ways, she parallels to J. K Rowling's Hermione. Throughout the course of the series, she comes to realize that intelligence and family are more important than her appearance. It's a growth in unconformity, self-confidence, and the ability to ask the right questions.
But here we are, in a world where Damon broke the critics and box office's neck with his bare hands, stabbing them with a pen and beating them to death with a book. Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller Dragons and Madguts the Murderous are on the prowl, all because of a book! The Fortress. Bev baglady marked it as to-read Feb 28, Praised for its complex portrayal of romance, intense character development, and meaningful exploration of how Arianna adapts to her new world, this book is a thrilling read. And when Maks dies in a bus crash, she stretches her abilities to the breaking point to bring him back.
L'Engle's work shines just as much in secondary characters such as Calvin, the love interest. Though he lacks Meg's mathematical intelligence, his journey is no less poignant. It's an evolution in thinking, self-acceptance, and love. These themes combine with an overall conflict of good versus evil, creating a christian story that's as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Kan Savasci: a legend, a warrior, a mage… hero and villain. Tears of a Heart marks the tale of a young man, Aeden, who unwittingly shapes the world.
The writing is beautiful, layered, and timely. Chase Blackwood weaves an intricate tale that hints at so much more. And that may be its greatest challenge. Tears of a Heart, the first book in the series, was beautifully written, and interesting. It shows us an amazing world filled with detail and depth, but for a portion of it, just a touch slow. The writing, such beautiful writing, overshadows this, as does the ending.
Tower of the Arkein , the next book in the series, is where the story truly begins to unfold, and where Chase Blackwood shines as an author. It is fast paced, full of action, adventure, and love. A very strong entry in the fantasy genre, and if the next book is equally as good, expect it to make quite a splash. You can buy on Amazon now. This trilogy offers another refreshing take on traditional coming of age stories. Often in fantasy, magic is seen as a way out for the protagonist. It lets them move away from their humble beginnings to a magic college where everything is better.
In McKillip's world, that's not quite true. The wizards are all dead, and the only way to uncover their secrets is through riddles. Morgon is not a peasant boy, he's the ruler of a farming island called Hed. He's not happy with adventure, or the dangerous journey through magic.
Unfortunately, he was born with three stars on his head, marking him for prophecy. However, this prophecy is not complete, and Morgon spends much of the novel reluctantly trying to figure out who he is and what he's supposed to be. The result is a hero with a real sense of vulnerability, both internally and in his ability to defend himself.
His journey is a slow one, stretching out across the whole trilogy, tied together with elegant prose, unique magic and incredible attention to detail. Ostensibly a Science Fiction read, but when you dig down deep, it's a book that can easily cross over into the fantasy sphere.
This series gets a lot of comparisons, not least with Divergent and The Hunger Games. The truth, however, is that though Red Rising presents a similar, dystopian setting, the parallels do it a disservice. At its core, the series is closer to high and epic fantasy. It has a slow pace, a nuanced world, and steady character development.
Brown tells the story of sixteen-year-old Darrow, a miner on Mars who is at the very bottom of society's rungs. His only hope of a pleasant life is to win a 'laurel' from his overlords, providing goods and luxuries for his group. Thankfully, he's no ordinary person, possessed with reflexes and abilities that put him above the average miner.
Throughout the course of the series, Darrow works his way to the upper echelons of society in a world far more brutal than others in its genre. In his quest, he must face the realization that everything he knew was a lie and risk his life in a twisted and bloody contest. In the words of the author:. Gaiman is one of the biggest names in modern fantasy, and for good reason. His ability to craft fairytale-like, lyrical stories is almost unparalleled. With The Graveyard Book, he goes a little outside of that norm, presenting us with a slightly darker story. Despite being for children, the novel starts with a very macabre tone.
Following a triple homicide, Nobody Owens seeks a new family in his local graveyard. Adopted by ghosts, vampires and other creatures, he makes his home among the tombstones. In a blend of creepy and sweet, the author manages to appeal to a whole spectrum of ages. Along the way, Nobody learns to use magic, the history of the ghosts, and the truth about his parents killer. More importantly, though, he struggles to gain the skill to return to the world of the living.
Gaiman's book draws parallels with the same challenges children face today, raising questions about traditional upbringings and if you can truly be prepared for adulthood. Entwined in that is a brilliant exploration of death and living in spite of loss. It's impossible to even gauge the impact Tolkien had on the genre when he created The Hobbit. It's the grandfather of coming of age fantasy, inspiring generations of authors to create.
It was written as a simple story for his children, but its brilliance gave it international acclaim. Now, Bilbo is not the age you'd expect for such a story. At the start of the novel, he's 50 years old. Not ancient by hobbit standards, but not young either. Still, it's hard to deny that the book fits into this list.
It's a story of dragons, magic, and great evil. It details elves, trolls, orcs, and more. But the underlying theme is Bilbo's growth into his true self. At the start of The Hobbit, he's shy, complacent, happy to live a simple life. By the time the journey ends, he is an adventurer, a legend, and much more confident. The events in the novel serve primarily as a catalyst for Bilbo's change, forcing him to rely on his own strengths. It's this aspect that makes the tale so relatable, reaching across age brackets to bring joy to both adults and children.
Tolkien's unmatched world-building, lyrical prose, and standout characters only enhance this, creating a must-read for any fantasy fan. It's an incredible accomplishment for Polish video game studio CDProjekt, but much of that success comes from the work of one man, Andrzej Sapkowski. Though his stories are popular domestically, Sapkowski didn't hit it quite as big outside of eastern Europe. Thankfully, that's not due to any lack of quality.
More than anything, The Witcher series promises a unique experience. There's nothing that quite matches the brooding, creature-infested world and its incredible depth. The story follows Geralt, a mutated monster-hunter or 'Witcher', and his protege, Ciri. It's in her that we see the main transformation.
Born with elven blood, she will soon come into incredible power. Eager to protect her, Geralt and the other Witchers teach her to slay monsters, use a sword, and figure out her magical abilities. Throughout, Sapkowski manages to expertly juggle emotional scenes, action sequences, and politics to create a series that is an easy equal to its sister games. The Wheel of Time sits next to Tolkien's series as some of the most distinguished fantasy series of all time.
That's not an accident, it's an incredible epic that starts with a strong but familiar coming of age story. Rand starts in a small farming community and makes his way into legend. The premise has been done hundreds of times before, though admittedly Jordan got in pretty early. However, this book transcends those simply by its incredible attention to detail in world building and character. Every person in this series is a living, breathing human, and none more so than Rand. Jordan follows the classic 'chosen one' trope, quickly establishing Rand as the dragon reborn. Joined by Mat and Perrin, he avoids the dark creatures that hunt him.
The journey is offset by intense personal battles. Rand has to accept his destiny, Perrin has to face his fears, and Mat struggles with an evil influence. Everything unfolds so organically that you find yourself completely lost in Jordan's world, carried along by culture, growth, and perfect pacing.
His Dark Materials. Pullman's multi award-winning series is as inventive as it is emotional. It sits in a parallel to our world, with references to Oxford college yet beautifully crafted fantastical elements. It starts with Lyra, a young orphan, who, like everyone else, has a daemon. It takes the form of various animals, mirroring the soul of the human and settling into a final form with adulthood.
In that single element, Pullman manages to weave a coming of age into the heart of his story. There's a layered plot of other worlds, child thieves, and polar bears, tied together through the perspective of Lyra. It's far from predictable, forcing the reader and protagonist to confront their views as she's thrust into dangerous situations.
With sparse prose, it describes the growth from a disobedient child to a strong young woman. It's hard to say what makes this series so special, but there's no question that it is just that. It has all the elements of a generic fantasy story an orphan, thieving, an island city. Yet Lynch manages to tell a story so compelling and fresh that it makes you evaluate your bias for those tropes. Some of that is thanks to the brilliance that is Locke Lamora.
The character builds an instant and likable connection with the reader. He's not a particularly nice person; in fact, he's a thief and a liar. Even so, his humor, energy, and loyalty leaving you pining for his next word and wondering what heist he will pull next. Locke's development isn't an easy one, nor is it thrown in your face.
It's a slow build, a realization that things need to change, a need to adapt to circumstances. He struggles his way into legend, building an empire bit by bit through pure resilience. He gets angry, he gets jubilant, and he learns the importance of both. A clever, turning plot runs through those themes, pairing with memorable characters to build an incredible yet unfinished series. Schools are a common theme in coming of age, be it a magic academy or just a mentor. It's difficult though, to do that in an original way, and Ryan's series offers something fresh.
Vaelin was given to the Sixth Order at ten years old, a secular group with a penchant for both battle and god. In a blend of high fantasy and excellent storytelling, we learn of Vaelin's journey from a boy to a hardened warrior, with a hint of power beyond comprehension. It's not an easy path, fraught with dangerous trials that are only offset by the loyalty between his peers. This book is regularly compared to The Name of The Wind, and in some ways it's justifiable. Both are told through flashbacks. Both are coming of age stories. However, Raven Shadow is not about a man who is good at everything, but at a single discipline.
Vaelin is not a Mary Sue. He's flawed, and if you didn't like Rothfuss' character, you'll probably like this one. Where his immersion is next-level, Ryan's storms ahead with his intensity. Intricate subplots weave together, atmosphere overwhelms, and you always wonder how it will end. Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. Staveley's Unhewn Throne series presents an intelligent mash-up of three simultaneous coming of age stories. Separated for eight years, three royal children must face the fallout of the Emperor's assassination and learn to deal with their complex new duties.
It's a simple premise, but it's hard to describe how complex and weaving Stavely manages to make it.
Each of the children has a feeling of relatability, trapped by their obligations yet likable and down-to-earth. They present an entirely different viewpoint on the same world the view of a soldier, a monk, and a finance minister. With the touch of a true master, Stavely manipulates these plot threads, expanding some, abandoning others, giving glimpses at a grand design. Then, with sweeping grandeur, he manages to tie them all together in a rush of revelations and satisfaction.
It ends with a real sense of development, the characters undeniably shaped by their roles and experiences. Nobody writes coming of age quite like Garth Nix, and this quickly became clear with Sabriel in In this world, the dead refuse to stay that way, and the Abhorsen are needed to keep them in check. With her father missing, that job falls down to Sabriel, and she has a lot to learn.
Nix writes his female protagonist, not as a whiny girl, or ridiculously strong, but somewhere in between. Sabriel is flawed, yet her worries feel real and acceptable. Her thoughts and motives feel intensely human, as do her sidekicks a magic bound cat and a royal guard that was frozen in time. Incredible attention to detail transports readers straight into the Old Kingdom, blending zombies, swordplay, and a unique and detailed magic system.
Nix is a master of selecting the right information at the right time, forgoing info dumps and forging understanding through action and lyrical prose. As Sabriel grows into her role, the story reaches a dark crescendo of action and emotion. Though Sanderson's main criticism is a lack of character depth, it's hard to deny the satisfying coming of age stories in Mistborn.
The novel describes a classic rags-to-riches story, Vin progressing from street scammer to metal ingesting magician. However, Vin's development and the scope of the story goes much further than that. Sanderson raises many important questions through the protagonist and lets her grow as she comes to her own conclusions.
There's an exploration of class, religion, moral ambiguity, and, most importantly, trust. Rather just presenting a story of powerless to powerful, the author explores how one so exploited can come to form meaningful relationships. While some would be content to leave it there, this tale contains similar progression in other characters.
The latter books focus on the growth of Elend from an intellectual to a leader, while a minor character plot explores the quest to find meaning among powerful friends. These plot arches combine with an incredible magic system, detailed worldbuilding, and intense action sequences to create an easy and entertaining read.
Flewelling's series takes place in the medieval country of Skala and presents a near-perfect sword and sorcery experience. It details the growth of Alec, saved from prison by Seregil, a hired thief and member of a secretive group called 'The Watchers'. Flewelling has always written strong characters, and this series is no exception. The bond between the two men is the defining feature of these novels, with Seregil acting as both mentor and friend.
Where Alec is naive, Seregil is sharp and witty, creating a perfect contrast in morals and personality. However, at its base level, Nightrunner is a coming of age story. It's about Alec learning to accept his new profession, but also to trust. He's thrown into a tight-knit group, so ready to accept him that it almost feels suspect.
He comes to respect them and believe in himself, meeting wizards, learning, and discovering his sexuality. Flewelling manages to write bisexual characters while keeping it incredibly natural. There's no dwelling, and if there is a clear message in Alec's growth, it's of loyalty and acceptance. Abercrombie kicked off his Shattered Sea series with the award-winning Half a King , but his second novel approaches true mastery. Half the World picks up many years after the first, featuring some crossover characters but working perfectly as a standalone.
Thorn Bathu is the new protagonist, and she presents a familiar dilemma. She was born to be a warrior, but she was also born female. Though she can train with the rest of the boys, she will never be one of them, and that's only made worse when she's branded a murderer. Abercrombie's foray into YA is a slightly more lighthearted take than his usual taste. But only slightly. Thorn's story is one of failure, learning to accept infallibility, accepting she isn't perfect. There's a deep exploration of morals through Brand, a naive warrior who tries not to kill. It's a divergence from the usual gore and killing off main characters, but that somehow makes it feel more intelligent.
Together, Thorn and Brand must travel the world, convince allies, and start a war. The Deed of Paksenarrion. The Paksenarrion trilogy introduces another female warrior lead, but that doesn't mean its protagonist is ordinary. Paks doesn't start out a strong, brooding hero. She's not particularly intelligent, she doesn't question orders, she doesn't want children. It's loyalty that holds her together, and it's what eventually leads her to change.
The pure scope of Moon's trilogy makes the number of books feel warranted, and that's partly thanks to the huge character development. It's not just a case of sheep farmer to paladin Paks changes right down to her very core. Her morality, psychology, and religion are all influenced by the events in the series, leaving a feeling of real change, rather than an afterthought.
There's a sense of a classic chronicle to the book, a medieval world complete with elves and dwarves. It's high fantasy, but also very clearly an epic adventure. Its battle scenes are littered with Moon's experience as a marine, complete with gory scenes and the ambiguity of hero or tool. A lot of novels on this list are either children's stories or young adult.
While they make for great stories, there are some great coming of age stories that feature very mature content. Primarily, Phedre's Trilogy is a fantasy series. It features a medieval world in Terre d'Ange, a mirror of France. It's complete with angelic powers, myths, and warriors. It also contains some BDSM. In the hands of a novice writer, this could become a Fifty Shades sleaze-fest.
And though this is Carey's debut, she's far more subtle than that. Sexuality is tied into the very fabric of the world, feeling like an extension of it rather than being thrown in randomly. It's a fantasy book first, and a romance one second. Still, Carey realizes that the discovery of sex is an important role in coming of age. She doesn't linger on it unnecessarily, but it does tie naturally into the thread of the story.
We follow Phedre from her roots as a courtesan, where a red mote in her eye makes her undesirable. However, it's more than just a blemish. According to her new patron, it's a mark from the heavens. What follows is an education surpassing her humble beginning. She learns not just language and history but to observe and influence. It's a telling that's epic in scale, stretching across three large books as Phedre uses her knowledge to combat conspiracies and save the ones she loves.
Her flawless writing skill brings something really special to the YA genre and won her Newbery Honor in McKinley's country of Damar takes readers away from the popular medieval setting and into a sandy world. There's stunning detail here, not just in vivid description but the cultures of each group. When Harry is captured by the nomadic Hillfolk, things only get better.
Finding she has kelar in her blood, she slowly comes to terms with her heritage and magical ability. She quickly takes to the Hillfolk, feeling at home for the first time with the horses and language. But there's a war coming from the north, and Harry has a lot of growing up to do before she can face it.