There’s nothing better than a well-crafted world: magic, politics, and rebellion blending together to form universes you’ve never explored! These high fantasy books sink in their teeth and don’t let you go; you’ll be stuck in that world long after you turn the last page.
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
The day Han Alister caught Micah Bayar setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea, his fate was sealed. Now armed with a strange amulet that contains more power than he could even imagine, he has no doubt the Bayars will do just about anything to get it back. Meanwhile, princess Raisa ana’Marianna is tired of being kept in the dark. She’s returned to court after three years of hard work with the Spirit clans, unaccustomed to this life of embroidery and courtship. She is determined to find her own way — with or without her mother at her side.
Graceling (Seven Kingdoms #1) by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some children are born with an extreme skill, dubbed a Grace, Katsa is burdened with the responsibility and power of a Grace to kill. She lives under the command of her uncle, King Randa, who uses her as a thug to punish those under his thumb. Running a secret council in the underground of the castle with her cousin Raffin and companions Oll and Giddeon, Katsa meets a prince named Po who will pull her into a journey that spans nations and a frightening secret that might kill them all.
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
A refreshing high fantasy about a girl named Sydelle who is whisked away from her village by Wayland North, a wizard who needs an assistant and finds her the right person for the job. But as they cross the country Sydelle begins to realize there’s a lot of things she doesn’t know about herself, her journey, and North himself.
Eon (Eon #1) by Allison Goodman
Eon has been studying dragon magic for years, all in preparation to apply for an apprenticeship to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. The problem is, Eon is actually Eona, a sixteen year old girl who could be killed for attempting to form a link with a dragon on account of the fact she’s female. After succeeding in gaining a dragon, Eon is catapulted into the Imperial Court where enemies are lurking and it becomes harder and harder to keep secrets hidden.
Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the tension between Dragons and Humans in the nation of Goredd. Able to fold into human shapes, the dragons are able to meld into human society as teachers and advisers, famous for their rational and logical minds. However, Seraphina has reason to fear both sides. As a musician she is thrust into the court life just as a member of the royal family is murdered…in a very draconian manner. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation by Prince Kiggs, dangerously perceptive and intelligent. The deeper they delve into the mystery the harder Seraphina finds it to keep her own secret, one that could very well cost her her life.
Thief’s Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #1) by Ari Marmell
Before, she was Adrienne Satti: orphan of Davillion who climbed from rags to riches only to be cheated out of her life by blood and murder. Now she is Widdershins, skilled thief with a god named Olgun with no followers but herself on her shoulder. With Davillion in the midst of political unrest, Widdershins was happy to stay out of it and keep picking her loot off unsuspecting noblemen. But it seems everyone is after her: the city guard, members of her guild, and something dark that can’t seem to let her go.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
The Shadow Fold is made of impenetrable darker, full of monsters that feast on human flesh and torment the country of Ravka. Alina is a foot soldier and an average one at that, not particularly skilled in any one thing. However, a trip through the fold reveals her to be a Grisha, an gifted magic user of the imperial army, and can produce light from her hands at will. She is thrust into the world of the Grisha, lavish and elite, while honing her skills in hopes of being used to help her kingdom. But when the Grisha have a more sinister plan in mind, how will Alina balance her duty and the one place she’s ever felt she belonged?
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Liyana has been trained her entire life for one purpose: be a vessel for her God to bring fertility to their land. However, when the ceremony ends, Liyana is still there. The tribe is furious, confused, and sure it is Liyana’s fault. They leave her to die in the dessert and, once saved by a God trapped in his vessel body, Liyana sets out on a journey to find the other vessels and their Gods. However, the more she lives in this new world, the more she doesn’t want to find her God and be forced to leave.
The Girl Of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson
Elisa has always been called the chosen one, destined for greatness. However she is the sibling of an older sister infinitely more prepared and shipped off to marry a king whose country is in turmoil. He needs her and he’s not the only one; a rebel faction is growing, increasing in strength by the day, and the thing they need most might just be her.
The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal
As princess to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia’s lead a very privileged life. Until the day she is revealed to be a false princess, a stand-in to prevent assassination of the actual heir to the throne. Cast out of her castle and home, shunned by the people she considered parents, and forced from the best friend she’s ever known; she’s sent to live with her only living relative, an aunt who has little impatience and is unbelievably cold. Returning to the capital city under the guise of a magical scribe, Nalia looks for the answers to her heritage and gets much more than she bargained for.