I’ve been revisiting some of my old YA adventure novels this past week. They’re a very specific subset of novels: they’re all about a young woman’s coming of age in a mysterious kingdom far away (no real historical places or time periods need apply).
If you like young adult fantasy/adventure stories, you’ll probably like:
— Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, both set in the mythical kingdom of Damar, in both of which hitherto overlooked young women (who feel rather unheroic to themselves) discover their own inner strength as they rise to the occasion to defend Damar;
— Mercedes Lackey’s Arrows of the Queen (followed by Arrow’s Flight and Arrow’s Fall), in which a young girl from a repressive fundamentalist community finds herself “chosen” to serve as one of the Queen’s elite guard, and must learn her own powers and the treacherous ways of court intrigue;
— Julia Kagawa’s The Iron King, in which a teenage girl must plunge into the land of the faerie to save her little brother, discovering her own unexpected heritage along the way;
— Julie Dean Smith’s Call of Madness series, in which the princess of a kingdom in which magic is reviled must flee and seek support abroad when her own magical gift reveals itself;
— Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles, starting with Dealing with Dragons, in which the idiosyncratic Princess Cimorene volunteers herself as a dragon’s princess (these are rather more playful than the others above);
What are your favorite YA adventure/fantasy novels?