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Offline amberargyle

YA Epic Fantasy
« on: December 18, 2010, 09:33:55 PM »
I'm a writer of YA Epic Fantasy. And I'm trying to find novels similiar to mine. Problems is, I'm not having much  luck. Sure, there's lot of adult epics, but very little YA.
Graceling, Fire, etc by Kristin Cashore
The Ranger Apprentice series
Shannon Hale books
Anybody have any others? Especially the new stuff.

Offline Overlord

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010, 05:16:31 AM »
The Old Kingdom Series is pretty epic... I did a review on it here if you want to know a bit more about it;
http://fantasy-faction.com/2010/old-kingdom-trilogy-by-garth-nix

That certainly isn't 'new' though.

I found this link and thought it might help you, it is a list of the top 25 Young Adult Series;
http://www.dbrl.org/files/readers/25_Best_YA_fantasy.pdf

I would argue that some are not really YA, but more simply A - however there are some good ones on there :)
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Offline amberargyle

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 04:12:29 AM »
I looked over the list. There are some good titles I need to check out. Still, it surprises me how few new titles there are.

Offline GSarnak

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 01:34:22 AM »
What about Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins? I love all her books!

Offline AlexEatsBooks

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 08:51:39 AM »
What a great list! Definitely bookmarking that one.
I've just looked through our shelves and it's true - there really is not much 'new' fantasy for YA out atm. Gregor the Overlander series (while awesome) has been out for quite some time, but only just being published in the UK.
Another older series (but new for the UK) is an Australian series called 'Obernewtyn' by Isobelle Carmody. They've only published the first two here so far, with the third coming out early next year :)
The two more recent books that I've read, I'm not really sure you could call them 'epic' but 'Runemarks' by Joanne Harris was a brilliant mix of Norse mythology and fantasy - the author is currently writing the sequel. And also the books by Maria V. Snyder - which I know a lot of people would classify as Romance/Fantasy - but I really enjoyed the first book 'Poison Study' and hope to read the rest of the series soon!

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Offline annmarie ager

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 10:41:28 PM »
not to long ago read eon by alison goodman her next book in the series is gonna be called eona. i liked eon it was a really good book.
i have read the whole study series and glass series by maria v. snyder which are really amazing books.
i really cant think of any other ya fantasy series i have read but ill keep a look out and see.

Offline lynseyish

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2011, 01:34:46 AM »
The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare is quite new, and then there's James Patterson's Maximum Ride books. I've read both and they're pretty decent reads.

Juliet Marillier has also written some stuff for YA and though most are standalones a few tie in with her Sevenwaters trilogy.

Offline missoularedhead

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2011, 07:45:07 AM »
There's always the oldies but goodies:  Pyrdain Chronicles, Earthsea series, and Madelaine L'Engle's books, although I do wonder if perhaps that last is a fantasy series or not...
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Offline Rhevian

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2011, 11:29:50 AM »
How about the series that starts with "Wolf Brother" by Michelle Paver? It's set in the late stone age.

Offline Ken

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2011, 04:32:19 AM »
I loved Brian Jacques's Redwall series when I was young.

Offline Alchera4ever

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2011, 09:47:17 AM »
There's a new book out on Amazon Kindle;
Vaalbara Visions and Shadows by Michelle Horst.  It's YA Fantasy and it's epic.
You will definitely like it if you enjoyed Fire, Twilight and Torment.
It's causing quite the stir under the Vampire Diaries fans at the moment.
Hope this helps ;)

Offline mkpresson

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2011, 10:03:22 PM »
I'm prepared to be slapped for this, but my novel, "Itara: Son of C'reseth" fits into both YA and A (well, books 2 and 3 fit into A).  It's the first in a trilogy. 

Also, there's a novel called "Old Magic" by Marianne Curley that I found a few years ago that's good for the Modern Fantasy YA department. 

Offline LoboPub

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2011, 12:48:11 PM »
Hi All, I'm new to this forum and glad to be here! I've just published my YA epic fantasy fiction novel, The Toy Sorcerer - the first of a trilogy. It's now with Smashwords and Amazon - though as I'm from the UK, I have to await USA tax forms etc, before it can actually go into print! It will be on Kindle within the next 24 hours or so. I'm keen to receive feedback, so please take a look.

Talking of good fantasy fiction - I have just read 'The God's Wife' by Lynn Voedisch. Although it't not directly aimed at YA - I think it fits pretty well into the category.

Offline Silence

Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012, 01:32:27 PM »
"It's an old code but it checks out, sir..."

I should probably let sleeping dogs lie, but since I have an epic fantasy series that was initially launched as a YA series (I'm not quite sure how my publishers see it now but you'll find it in the main SFF sections of bookshops now instead of in the YA section), and now have the benefit of quite a lot of hindsight, I would have to ask any author of YA epic fantasy - why is it YA? Teenage protagonists, coming of age stories, those are all grist to the mill of fantasy and have been for ages. Writing YA epic fantasy is a great way to be asked onto panales about writing YA epic fantasy. Other than that, ask yourrself why does it HAVE to be labelled YA?
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Re: YA Epic Fantasy
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012, 11:22:29 PM »
Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next), has a YA trilogy in progress, the first two books The Last Dragonslayer and Song of the Quarkbeast are out. The Fforde is probably more of an epic with his own twist on it.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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