YA Fantasy Books With No Love Triangles – Part 3

This is a multi part blog post series featuring the YA Fantasy books without love triangles, where romance is minimal or not central to the plot.

See Part 1 here

See Part 2 here

I included the Goodreads links to make things easier so clicking on the image will take you to the Goodreads profiles of the series/books.

The Network Series by Katie J. Cross

I have read the first book of this and going to read the rest as soon as I can. Read my review for Book 1 here.
This is an impressive indie series which was received well by the readers and got in Amazon’s best seller lists. If you are looking for a magic school environment with different kind of magic mixed with Wiccan elements, you will love this series. The second book features sword training and the political intrigue gets deeper. It’s very inspiring for young girls and has been acclaimed by teachers and parents. I think it’s a great read for all ages.



Graceling Realm by Kirsten Cashore Ness


Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is pretty solid and his Mistborn trilogy has a huge fan base. I haven’t read any of his books yet but people swear up and down all of his books are great. This series is a YA dystopian scifi-fantasy and sounds like an interesting read.

Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Another great series by highly acclaimed Brandon Sanderson, this one new and already a NY Times best seller. The second book is expected to be released in 2017. This is an epic teen adventure, it has received great reviews and lot of praise from the fantasy reader community. It’s high up in my TBR list, along with his Mistborn and the Stormlight series.

Un Lun Dun by China Miéville (Standalone Novel)


Railsea by China Miéville (Standalone Novel)


Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This series has a bunch of prequels and alternate beginnings, you might want to check the Goodreads page to see them. There is also an Omnibus edition including the complete series. I think that’t the best option.

The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld

An alternate history YA steampunk series by the NY Times best selling author Scott Westerfeld. I’ve been meaning to start reading some steampunk and I think I will start with this series since you can’t go wrong with Westerfeld.


This concludes Part 3. See you next week in Part 4!

YA Fantasy Books With No Love Triangles – Part 2

This is a multi part blog post series featuring the YA Fantasy books without love triangles, where romance is minimal or not central to the plot.

See Part 1 here

I included the Goodreads links to make things easier so clicking on the image will take you to the Goodreads profiles of the series/books.

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

This is not exactly YA genre but it’s appropriate for the young readers. It’s high up in my to-read list, since I have a fondness for heist stories.



The Chaos Walking Trilogy By Patrick Ness


A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness (Standalone Novel)


The Giver Quartet By Lois Lowry


Young Gods: A Door into Darkness By J. Daniel Batt (Standalone Novel)


Edge Chronicles By by Paul Stewart



Bartimaeus Sequence By by Jonathan Stroud



The Great Library series by Rachel Caine

This is a brand new series, the first book came out this summer. It has received great reviews from reputable book blogs and sounds quite promising.


YA Fantasy Books With No Love Triangles – Part 1

I’m mainly a High Fantasy/Grimdark reader but I enjoy reading decent YA Fantasy every now and then. However, all the modern YA fantasy I see in the blogosphere is usually centered around teen romance and the love triangle cliche.

Nothing wrong with teen romances with fantasy elements if they are marketed as such, but it greatly annoys me when the books are promoted as epic or heroic fantasy and turn out to be teen romances centered around love triangles.

Dystopian YA Fantasy these days means teen love triangle with some magic elements, and quite a number of people I know wrinkle their noses when they hear the term YA Fantasy. I still think of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson when you say YA Fantasy, but many other folks think ‘Hunger Games ripoff with annoying love triangle’, and it’s rather sad.

I’ve seen a lot of bookish folk complain about this, so I decided to ask around reddit /r/Fantasy and discover some good books with no love triangles and minimal dose of romance. I got a a lot of great recommendations from the redditors, checked them for ratings/reviews on Goodreads and added most of them to my TBR. Here is my original reddit thread for the reference.

The list is rather huge list of books including all kinds of fantasy (urban, epic, military, heist, grimdark, you name it!) so I divided it up in several parts. This post will be the first part. Some of these books are well known and have been around for a long time, some of them won multiple awards and some are severely underrated masterpieces. I hope this list will be useful for my bookish blogger friends who are looking for good YA fantasy not centered around romance and love triangles.

All right, enough talk, let’s get to business! I added the Goodreads links for the series so clicking on the cover images will take you to the Goodreads profiles. The entire list is quite huge and I’m swamped with review commitments and my own writing, I am unfortunately not able to write up summaries for these great books but I encourage you guys to check the Goodreads ratings/reviews for yourselves.

Abhorsen series by Garth Nix




Shade’s Children by Garth Nix (Standalone Novel)


The Icemark Chronicles By Stuart Hill


Wind on Fire Series by William Nicholson


Howl’s Moving Castle Series by Diana Wynne Jones

I have seen the animated movie of this and totally loved it. These books are in my TBR and I intend to read them as soon as I can!

Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce



Damar Series by Robin McKinley