23 Best Fantasy Books For 13 Year Olds (8th Grade)

Fantasy books have the power to ignite the imagination and take readers on amazing journeys to other worlds.

In this post, we will explore the 23 Best Fantasy Books For 13 Year Olds.

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The fantasy books mentioned in this post are based on comprehensive research and reviews and are considered some of the Fantasy Books For 13 Year Olds.

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Overview Of The 23 Best Fantasy Books For 13 Year Olds

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

In “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas, Feyre, a girl, faces trouble after she kills a wolf. She’s taken to a dangerous magical place. However, as Feyre adapts to her new home, she finds herself in deep trouble when ancient darkness grows in the lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it to save the place from destruction.

Don’t forget to check out A Court of Thorns and Roses Box Set.

Six of Crows

“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo is about a diverse group of characters. The story takes place in a dark city where criminal mastermind Kaz Brekker gathers a team for an impossible heist. Each member of the crew brings their unique skills and secrets, making for a suspenseful and engaging read. The book is full of twists and turns and filled with magic, danger, and complex relationships.

The Cruel Prince

In “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black, there’s a girl named Jude who wants to live in the dangerous High Court of Faerie, even though she and her sisters were left there after their parents were killed. But Jude is determined to prove herself. She gets involved in secrets. However, a war is threatening the Faerie Courts, and to save her sisters and the Faerie world, Jude must make a big decision.

Be sure to check out The Folk of the Air Set.


In “Redwall” by Brian Jacques, there’s a peaceful place where mice are happy and have lots of food. But then something bad happens, a mean rat and his scary group want to take over their home. The mice who live there are in trouble. They believe that if they can find a special sword, they can stop the mean rat. The story is about a young mouse who goes on a big adventure to find the sword and protect his home.


In “Fable” by Adrienne Young, follow a dangerous world where Fable, a trader’s daughter, has grown up. She was left alone on a tough island when she was young after her mother drowned, and she had to learn skills her mother taught her to survive. Fable’s biggest goal is to find her father, who left her. To do this, she teams up with a young trader. But the place, where her father is, is full of dangers and secrets. Fable and his friend must overcome storms and challenges to survive.

The Prison Healer

In “The Prison Healer” by Lynette Noni, Kiva has spent a long time surviving in the deadly prison. Her life takes a turn when the Queen is captured and Kiva is tasked with keeping her alive. She risks her own life to save the Queen and to secure their freedom. However, no one has ever survived these trials before.

Once Upon a Dream-A Twisted Tale

In “Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale” by Liz Braswell, A powerful curse controls Princess Aurora’s mind but she is not alone, as a prince and his friends join the mission to save her. However, enemies are chasing them and they must face the challenges at every turn. Time is running out, and Aurora must wake herself up from this magical sleep.

The Gilded Cage

In “The Gilded Cage” by Lynette Noni, Kiva has survived a tough prison and a dangerous Trial. She starts a new life in the city. But there’s tension in the city as rumors of danger from the north rise. Kiva must figure out how to stop this danger, and to do that she’ll have to deal with a lot of lies and secrets that could put everything in danger.

Conceal, Don’t Feel

“Conceal, Don’t Feel” by Jen Calonita tells the story of Princess Elsa, who is going to be the Queen. Elsa’s life changes suddenly when her parents pass away and she discovers that she has magical powers that were hidden before. These powers unlock memories from her past and Elsa begins on a journey across the kingdom to break a curse and solve the mystery.

Prince of Song & Sea

In “Prince of Song & Sea” by Linsey Miller, Prince Eric faces a dangerous curse that his mother warned him about before her disappearance. Eric is desperate to find a solution. His mother’s letter reveals that he must defeat the sea witch who cursed him. Join Eric on this adventure filled with magic and danger.

The Blood Traitor

In “The Blood Traitor” by Lynette Noni, Kiva faces the consequences of her actions. After a troubling event at the palace, Kiva wants to make sure her family is safe. As kingdoms are on the point of war, she begins on a mission. Join Kiva on her journey as she navigates a world full of danger and fights for justice.

The False Prince

In “The False Prince” by Jennifer Nielsen, there’s a kingdom that is filled with corruption and might have a war. Conner comes up with a plan to find someone who looks like the missing prince and make them pretend to be the prince. Join them on this adventure where danger lurks around every corner, and secrets are waiting to be revealed.

Crooked Kingdom

In “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo, Kaz and his crew have done a brave heist, but instead of getting their rewards, they’re in big trouble. They’ve been betrayed and are now weak. Kaz faces old enemies and new opponents, testing his team’s loyalty and his own cleverness. Join Kaz and his crew as they face danger and challenges in this thrilling story.


In “Namesake” by Adrienne Young, Fable and her crew initially enjoy their freedom from her father’s influence. However, their freedom is short-lived as Fable gets involved in the plans of a dangerous criminal. As Fable delves deeper into a world of betrayal and lies, she discovers that their people are in danger. To save them, Fable must take daring risks and fight against enemies.


In “Fablehaven” by Brandon Mull, there’s a secret place called Fablehaven where magical creatures live. Kendra and Seth, two kids, don’t know their grandpa takes care of this place. Inside, there are rules to keep the creatures safe, but Seth breaks them by being too curious. This causes big problems, and now Kendra and Seth have to be brave and go on an adventure to save Fablehaven.

Full Tilt

In “Full Tilt” by Neal Shusterman, Blake is the responsible one in his family, while his brother Quinn is always looking for adventures. Their lives take a turn when they find themselves in a strange ghost festival. To save his brother and himself, Blake must survive seven rides while facing his fears. Join them on this journey through a festival filled with dangers and secrets.

The Phantom Tollbooth

In “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster, Milo’s life is very dull and boring. One day, a strange tollbooth appears in his room, and he decides to drive through it because he has nothing better to do. He begins on a journey through the island and discovers a magical world full of surprises.

These Hollow Vows

In “These Hollow Vows” by Lexi Ryan, Brie is living her life peacefully But when her sister is taken by the king due to a debt, Brie is determined to rescue her. To get inside the court, Brie pretends to be different. It becomes even harder when she gets help from a group of mysterious rebels. Join Brie as she navigates a world filled with magic and danger.

Rise of the Evening Star

In “Rise of the Evening Star” by Brandon Mull, Kendra and Seth return to Fablehaven, a place for magical creatures, as summer vacation begins. Their grandfather seeks the help of three specialists to protect Fablehaven from an evil group. The group wants to take a powerful hidden artifact. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could bring disaster for Fablehaven. Kendra and Seth must team up and face this danger bravely.

A Trial of Sorcerers

In “A Trial of Sorcerers” by Elise Kova, Eira lives quietly, overwhelmed by her magical secrets. She decides to compete in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms and she wants to be the champion. But as Eira becomes more famous, her hidden past comes back to haunt her, and she realizes that rewards can also bring dangers.

The Shattered Castle

In “The Shattered Castle” by Jennifer Nielsen, King Jaron returns to his kingdom, to bring stability. However, a sudden attack on his castle reminds him that challenges persist. Jaron faces not only external threats but also uncertainties in his relationships. To save his kingdom, he must become fearless and face this challenge with bravery.

Chain of Gold

“Chain of Gold” by Cassandra Clare tells the story of Cordelia, a brave warrior trained to fight demons. When her father is charged with a terrible crime, Cordelia and her brother go to London to protect their family’s honor. In London, she meets her childhood friends and they introduce her to a world of hidden secrets. But things get complicated when terrible demons start attacking London in a new way. Cordelia and her friends gain special powers and must face this danger to save the city.

Be sure to check out The Last Hours Complete Collection.

Grip of the Shadow Plague

In “Grip of the Shadow Plague” by Brandon Mull, danger spreads throughout Fablehaven as a mysterious curse turns creatures into dark beings. The siblings, Kendra and Seth, face a difficult situation as the danger keeps getting worse, both inside the Fablehaven and outside the world. Join Kendra and Seth as they navigate this thrilling adventure, facing danger and discovering secrets together.

Check out the Fablehaven Complete Set.


We hope that our list of fantasy books for 13 year olds has given you some great options to choose from and your 8th grader will have fun while exploring these fantasy books together.

The fantasy books recommended in this list have been thoroughly researched and reviewed, and are considered some of the best Fantasy Books For 13 Year Olds. While I may not have personally read all of these fantasy books, they have been highly recommended by other readers.

We would love to hear from you about which Fantasy book your 8th grader enjoyed the most, or if there is a favorite fantasy book that we missed. Please leave your comments and feedback below.

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