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Here are some great eBooks and audiobooks in the fantasy genre available in the Sora Reading App — look for it in ClassLink!
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas — In these five prequel novellas to the best-selling Throne of Glass series, feared assassin Celaena embarks on daring missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and avenge tyranny. “In Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, Maas refers to events in assassin Celaena’s past that led her to become the King’s Champion; this compilation of five prequel novellas recounts her experiences in the Assassins’ Guild” (Horn Book).
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. “Tahir’s deft, polished debut alternates between two very different perspectives on the same brutal world, deepening both in the contrast” (Publishers Weekly).
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany — It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. “Many of the themes that made the original series great are still in abundance — love and friendship conquering all, facing your flaws and accepting them — so that it simultaneously still feels like a ‘Harry Potter’ tale while remaining its own story” (School Library Journal).
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs — Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive. “An enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters” (Publishers Weekly).
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard — In a world divided by blood — those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities — seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. “Aveyard weaves a compelling new world, and Mare and the two men in her life evolve intriguingly as class tension rises” (Kirkus Reviews).
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy. “Complex characters, colossal stakes, and a kaleidoscopic narrative captivate, and the book’s punishing pace catapults readers to a jaw-dropping conclusion that poses as many questions as it answers” (Publishers Weekly).
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas — When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin — one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. “A story that, despite its hefty page count and ambitious scope, simply dazzles. Refreshingly, there are no cliff-hangers here, but enough open-endings ensure that the clamor for a sequel will be deafening” (Booklist).
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander with J.K. Rowling — Newt Scamander’s classic compendium of magical creatures, has delighted generations of wizarding readers. Now, in this updated edition with a new foreword by Newt himself and the unveiling of six beasts little known outside the American wizarding community, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Thunderbird lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why shiny objects should always be kept away from the Niffler.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini — Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy — until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. “The empathetic characters and interesting plot twists will appeal to the legions of readers who have been captivated by the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and are looking for more books like it” (School Library Journal).
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman — Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. “A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels” (Booklist).