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At its core, the series is closer to high and epic fantasy. It has a slow pace, a nuanced world, and steady character development. Brown tells the story of sixteen-year-old Darrow, a miner on Mars who is at the very bottom of society's rungs. His only hope of a pleasant life is to win a 'laurel' from his overlords, providing goods and luxuries for his group.

Thankfully, he's no ordinary person, possessed with reflexes and abilities that put him above the average miner. Throughout the course of the series, Darrow works his way to the upper echelons of society in a world far more brutal than others in its genre. In his quest, he must face the realization that everything he knew was a lie and risk his life in a twisted and bloody contest.

In the words of the author:. Gaiman is one of the biggest names in modern fantasy, and for good reason. His ability to craft fairytale-like, lyrical stories is almost unparalleled. With The Graveyard Book, he goes a little outside of that norm, presenting us with a slightly darker story. Despite being for children, the novel starts with a very macabre tone. Following a triple homicide, Nobody Owens seeks a new family in his local graveyard. Adopted by ghosts, vampires and other creatures, he makes his home among the tombstones. In a blend of creepy and sweet, the author manages to appeal to a whole spectrum of ages.

Along the way, Nobody learns to use magic, the history of the ghosts, and the truth about his parents killer. More importantly, though, he struggles to gain the skill to return to the world of the living. Gaiman's book draws parallels with the same challenges children face today, raising questions about traditional upbringings and if you can truly be prepared for adulthood. Entwined in that is a brilliant exploration of death and living in spite of loss.

It's impossible to even gauge the impact Tolkien had on the genre when he created The Hobbit. It's the grandfather of coming of age fantasy, inspiring generations of authors to create. It was written as a simple story for his children, but its brilliance gave it international acclaim.

Now, Bilbo is not the age you'd expect for such a story. At the start of the novel, he's 50 years old. Not ancient by hobbit standards, but not young either. Still, it's hard to deny that the book fits into this list. It's a story of dragons, magic, and great evil. It details elves, trolls, orcs, and more. But the underlying theme is Bilbo's growth into his true self. At the start of The Hobbit, he's shy, complacent, happy to live a simple life. By the time the journey ends, he is an adventurer, a legend, and much more confident.

The events in the novel serve primarily as a catalyst for Bilbo's change, forcing him to rely on his own strengths. It's this aspect that makes the tale so relatable, reaching across age brackets to bring joy to both adults and children. Tolkien's unmatched world-building, lyrical prose, and standout characters only enhance this, creating a must-read for any fantasy fan.

It's an incredible accomplishment for Polish video game studio CDProjekt, but much of that success comes from the work of one man, Andrzej Sapkowski. Though his stories are popular domestically, Sapkowski didn't hit it quite as big outside of eastern Europe. Thankfully, that's not due to any lack of quality. More than anything, The Witcher series promises a unique experience. There's nothing that quite matches the brooding, creature-infested world and its incredible depth.

The story follows Geralt, a mutated monster-hunter or 'Witcher', and his protege, Ciri. It's in her that we see the main transformation. Born with elven blood, she will soon come into incredible power. Eager to protect her, Geralt and the other Witchers teach her to slay monsters, use a sword, and figure out her magical abilities. Throughout, Sapkowski manages to expertly juggle emotional scenes, action sequences, and politics to create a series that is an easy equal to its sister games. The Wheel of Time sits next to Tolkien's series as some of the most distinguished fantasy series of all time.

That's not an accident, it's an incredible epic that starts with a strong but familiar coming of age story. Rand starts in a small farming community and makes his way into legend. The premise has been done hundreds of times before, though admittedly Jordan got in pretty early. However, this book transcends those simply by its incredible attention to detail in world building and character. Every person in this series is a living, breathing human, and none more so than Rand.

Jordan follows the classic 'chosen one' trope, quickly establishing Rand as the dragon reborn. Joined by Mat and Perrin, he avoids the dark creatures that hunt him. The journey is offset by intense personal battles. Rand has to accept his destiny, Perrin has to face his fears, and Mat struggles with an evil influence. Everything unfolds so organically that you find yourself completely lost in Jordan's world, carried along by culture, growth, and perfect pacing. His Dark Materials. Pullman's multi award-winning series is as inventive as it is emotional.

It sits in a parallel to our world, with references to Oxford college yet beautifully crafted fantastical elements. It starts with Lyra, a young orphan, who, like everyone else, has a daemon. It takes the form of various animals, mirroring the soul of the human and settling into a final form with adulthood. In that single element, Pullman manages to weave a coming of age into the heart of his story. There's a layered plot of other worlds, child thieves, and polar bears, tied together through the perspective of Lyra. It's far from predictable, forcing the reader and protagonist to confront their views as she's thrust into dangerous situations.

With sparse prose, it describes the growth from a disobedient child to a strong young woman. It's hard to say what makes this series so special, but there's no question that it is just that. It has all the elements of a generic fantasy story an orphan, thieving, an island city. Yet Lynch manages to tell a story so compelling and fresh that it makes you evaluate your bias for those tropes. Some of that is thanks to the brilliance that is Locke Lamora. The character builds an instant and likable connection with the reader.

He's not a particularly nice person; in fact, he's a thief and a liar. Even so, his humor, energy, and loyalty leaving you pining for his next word and wondering what heist he will pull next. Locke's development isn't an easy one, nor is it thrown in your face. It's a slow build, a realization that things need to change, a need to adapt to circumstances.

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He struggles his way into legend, building an empire bit by bit through pure resilience. He gets angry, he gets jubilant, and he learns the importance of both. A clever, turning plot runs through those themes, pairing with memorable characters to build an incredible yet unfinished series. Schools are a common theme in coming of age, be it a magic academy or just a mentor. It's difficult though, to do that in an original way, and Ryan's series offers something fresh.

Vaelin was given to the Sixth Order at ten years old, a secular group with a penchant for both battle and god. In a blend of high fantasy and excellent storytelling, we learn of Vaelin's journey from a boy to a hardened warrior, with a hint of power beyond comprehension. It's not an easy path, fraught with dangerous trials that are only offset by the loyalty between his peers. This book is regularly compared to The Name of The Wind, and in some ways it's justifiable.

Both are told through flashbacks. Both are coming of age stories. However, Raven Shadow is not about a man who is good at everything, but at a single discipline. Vaelin is not a Mary Sue. He's flawed, and if you didn't like Rothfuss' character, you'll probably like this one. Where his immersion is next-level, Ryan's storms ahead with his intensity. Intricate subplots weave together, atmosphere overwhelms, and you always wonder how it will end.

Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne. Staveley's Unhewn Throne series presents an intelligent mash-up of three simultaneous coming of age stories. Separated for eight years, three royal children must face the fallout of the Emperor's assassination and learn to deal with their complex new duties. It's a simple premise, but it's hard to describe how complex and weaving Stavely manages to make it. Each of the children has a feeling of relatability, trapped by their obligations yet likable and down-to-earth. They present an entirely different viewpoint on the same world the view of a soldier, a monk, and a finance minister.

With the touch of a true master, Stavely manipulates these plot threads, expanding some, abandoning others, giving glimpses at a grand design. Then, with sweeping grandeur, he manages to tie them all together in a rush of revelations and satisfaction. It ends with a real sense of development, the characters undeniably shaped by their roles and experiences.

Nobody writes coming of age quite like Garth Nix, and this quickly became clear with Sabriel in In this world, the dead refuse to stay that way, and the Abhorsen are needed to keep them in check. With her father missing, that job falls down to Sabriel, and she has a lot to learn. Nix writes his female protagonist, not as a whiny girl, or ridiculously strong, but somewhere in between. Sabriel is flawed, yet her worries feel real and acceptable. Her thoughts and motives feel intensely human, as do her sidekicks a magic bound cat and a royal guard that was frozen in time.

Incredible attention to detail transports readers straight into the Old Kingdom, blending zombies, swordplay, and a unique and detailed magic system. Nix is a master of selecting the right information at the right time, forgoing info dumps and forging understanding through action and lyrical prose.

As Sabriel grows into her role, the story reaches a dark crescendo of action and emotion. Though Sanderson's main criticism is a lack of character depth, it's hard to deny the satisfying coming of age stories in Mistborn. The novel describes a classic rags-to-riches story, Vin progressing from street scammer to metal ingesting magician.

However, Vin's development and the scope of the story goes much further than that. Sanderson raises many important questions through the protagonist and lets her grow as she comes to her own conclusions. There's an exploration of class, religion, moral ambiguity, and, most importantly, trust. Rather just presenting a story of powerless to powerful, the author explores how one so exploited can come to form meaningful relationships.

While some would be content to leave it there, this tale contains similar progression in other characters. The latter books focus on the growth of Elend from an intellectual to a leader, while a minor character plot explores the quest to find meaning among powerful friends.

These plot arches combine with an incredible magic system, detailed worldbuilding, and intense action sequences to create an easy and entertaining read. Flewelling's series takes place in the medieval country of Skala and presents a near-perfect sword and sorcery experience. It details the growth of Alec, saved from prison by Seregil, a hired thief and member of a secretive group called 'The Watchers'. Flewelling has always written strong characters, and this series is no exception.

The bond between the two men is the defining feature of these novels, with Seregil acting as both mentor and friend. Where Alec is naive, Seregil is sharp and witty, creating a perfect contrast in morals and personality. However, at its base level, Nightrunner is a coming of age story. It's about Alec learning to accept his new profession, but also to trust. He's thrown into a tight-knit group, so ready to accept him that it almost feels suspect. He comes to respect them and believe in himself, meeting wizards, learning, and discovering his sexuality.

Flewelling manages to write bisexual characters while keeping it incredibly natural. There's no dwelling, and if there is a clear message in Alec's growth, it's of loyalty and acceptance. Abercrombie kicked off his Shattered Sea series with the award-winning Half a King , but his second novel approaches true mastery. Half the World picks up many years after the first, featuring some crossover characters but working perfectly as a standalone.

Thorn Bathu is the new protagonist, and she presents a familiar dilemma. She was born to be a warrior, but she was also born female. Though she can train with the rest of the boys, she will never be one of them, and that's only made worse when she's branded a murderer. Abercrombie's foray into YA is a slightly more lighthearted take than his usual taste. But only slightly. Thorn's story is one of failure, learning to accept infallibility, accepting she isn't perfect.

There's a deep exploration of morals through Brand, a naive warrior who tries not to kill. It's a divergence from the usual gore and killing off main characters, but that somehow makes it feel more intelligent. Together, Thorn and Brand must travel the world, convince allies, and start a war. The Deed of Paksenarrion. The Paksenarrion trilogy introduces another female warrior lead, but that doesn't mean its protagonist is ordinary. Paks doesn't start out a strong, brooding hero. She's not particularly intelligent, she doesn't question orders, she doesn't want children. It's loyalty that holds her together, and it's what eventually leads her to change.

The pure scope of Moon's trilogy makes the number of books feel warranted, and that's partly thanks to the huge character development. It's not just a case of sheep farmer to paladin Paks changes right down to her very core. Her morality, psychology, and religion are all influenced by the events in the series, leaving a feeling of real change, rather than an afterthought. There's a sense of a classic chronicle to the book, a medieval world complete with elves and dwarves. It's high fantasy, but also very clearly an epic adventure.

Its battle scenes are littered with Moon's experience as a marine, complete with gory scenes and the ambiguity of hero or tool. A lot of novels on this list are either children's stories or young adult. While they make for great stories, there are some great coming of age stories that feature very mature content.

Primarily, Phedre's Trilogy is a fantasy series. It features a medieval world in Terre d'Ange, a mirror of France. It's complete with angelic powers, myths, and warriors. It also contains some BDSM. In the hands of a novice writer, this could become a Fifty Shades sleaze-fest. And though this is Carey's debut, she's far more subtle than that. Sexuality is tied into the very fabric of the world, feeling like an extension of it rather than being thrown in randomly.

It's a fantasy book first, and a romance one second. Still, Carey realizes that the discovery of sex is an important role in coming of age. She doesn't linger on it unnecessarily, but it does tie naturally into the thread of the story. We follow Phedre from her roots as a courtesan, where a red mote in her eye makes her undesirable. However, it's more than just a blemish.

According to her new patron, it's a mark from the heavens. What follows is an education surpassing her humble beginning. She learns not just language and history but to observe and influence. It's a telling that's epic in scale, stretching across three large books as Phedre uses her knowledge to combat conspiracies and save the ones she loves. Her flawless writing skill brings something really special to the YA genre and won her Newbery Honor in McKinley's country of Damar takes readers away from the popular medieval setting and into a sandy world.

There's stunning detail here, not just in vivid description but the cultures of each group. When Harry is captured by the nomadic Hillfolk, things only get better. Finding she has kelar in her blood, she slowly comes to terms with her heritage and magical ability. She quickly takes to the Hillfolk, feeling at home for the first time with the horses and language. But there's a war coming from the north, and Harry has a lot of growing up to do before she can face it.

She learns to become unbeholden to the wills of others, control her kelar, and become a hero. While some of the books on this list offer a fresh take on the classics, Jim Butcher creates something entirely new. It began on a writer's workshop board during an argument, where he was challenged to write a book out of two central ideas the lost roman legion and Pokmon. Despite its source material, the result is surprisingly unique. Butcher details a world in which aggressive races are complemented by elemental creatures called furies.

Tavi from the rome-like Alera, and at fifteen years old he still can't furycraft. Butcher manages to flip expectations by creating a protagonist who doesn't come into great power. In fact, Tavi seems to be the only one without magic, and for once that makes things more interesting. As their next door neighbors prepare to declare war, Tavi has to rely on his wits to survive. As the series progresses, he learns his lack of magic doesn't make him worthless, facing emotional turmoil and coming out a strong, well-trained man.

Chronicles of Amber. The Amber Chronicles is a complex blend of genres and plot. It starts like a murder mystery, drawing the reader in, then it moves on to a mixture of sci-fi and fantasy. However, while Zelanzy's tension-building goes a long way, it's the character that keeps the reader invested throughout this ten book series. The book is from the perspective of Corwin, a hospitalized amnesiac trying to remember his true identity.

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We follow along as he tries to unravel his thoughts with the hard resourcefulness. But then Corwin learns that he's not in his home world but has been banished to shadowland that is earth. More than that, he has a claim to the throne, and his siblings are all too happy to kill him to take it.

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In an inspiring change, Zelazny details Corwin's growth as he comes to remember little details about himself and his personality changes as a result. It's a subtle beginning, opening to flood as he both realizes himself and is altered by the events of the series. Throughout it all, he remains intensely lovable, human, and eloquent. The Chronicles of Prydain. Alexander's Wales-inspired epic fantasy offers little in the way of originality when compared to the novels of today.

It's a simple tale of Taran, a pig farmer who has always wanted more, and gets more than he's bargained for. But as is common in these stories, execution is the key, and this author has it down to a tee. The Chronicles of Prydain is an adventure novel at its core, detailing the fight and journey a band of heroes against evil. There are some incredibly strong characters, from half animals to princesses and soulless warriors. There's no Mary Sue characters in this book, each defined as much by their flaws as their weaknesses.

But that doesn't mean they have no redeemable qualities, and many of their internal journeys are about finding those. Despite this, none of them reach the depth of Taran, which is where Alexander's true mastery shows. He manages to create a feeling of care for the character despite his clumsiness and irritability. Taran is not a stalwart warrior with no emotion, he's fragile and still learning. Still, he has such a strong presence that Alexander never has to describe his face. Every now and then, a book comes along that reinvigorates your love for a genre.

They bring something new to the table unique ideas that prove innovation isn't dead. Brett's The Warded Man is one of those novels, but it's also much more. In this world, the author creates a feeling of constant tension and danger. Demons skulk in the night, ready to kill anybody caught outside when the sun sets. The only thing that holds them back are wards, but they also confine society to a small area. Arlen believes his people should not trade safety for freedom and seeks to end the threat one and for all.

In a society confined both physically and by its thinking, he's an outside thinker. There's the regular journey from a nobody to a hero, but Brett also gives Arlen a feeling of morality and bravery without a lack of intelligence. Tying it together is a perfect pace that keeps you turning page after page.

Before you know it, the word novel is over, and Arlen is almost a man. Most of you will have read it already, some of you will be sick of it, but you can't do a coming of age list without mentioning it. Harry Potter is one of the most influential stories of this generation, and at its heart is a story of growth, friendship, and learning. The first book presents a typical orphan-to-legend trope as Harry slowly discovers who his parents were and the wizarding world he's been sheltered from.

His affinity for magic and thwarting Voldemort quickly turns him into a legend, and his character matures into that role as the series continues. However, things get more interesting when you consider the other characters in the story. Rowling manages to create incredible depth in every single one of her characters, evolving them organically from book to book. Ron, for example, learns to get over his disdain for Harry's fame, while Hermione ditches the know-it-all attitude and becomes more compassionate. Neville has a great transformation from a clumsy, self-hating child to a competent and loyal resistance leader.

The same attention is paid to the story's antagonists. Malfoy begins a spiteful child and progresses into something far more dangerous. Working in tandem with some truly amazing world building, this character progression makes Harry Potter well worth the praise it receives. The Chronicles of Narnia. At this point, there's very little to be said about Narnia that hasn't been put better already. But I have to justify this list somehow, so I may as well try. Lewis remains one of the most influential figures of the last century, and he will continue to be for years to come.

It starts when four children step through a wardrobe and into a fantasy world. A world full of talking animals, centaurs, and fauns. Humans are a rarity, and Susan, Edmund, Lucy, and Peter particularly so. They're the children of prophecy, destined to sit on the throne. Throughout the novel, each of the children deals with their own challenges and comes out changed. Lucy struggles to be believed, Edmund with jealousy, Susan with death, and Peter to control his younger siblings.

In this intensely Christian story, Lewis tells of a battle between good versus evil, sacrifice, and maturity. The children live out fifteen years in the world, returning the same age, yet forever changed. The Fionavar Tapestry. Gavriel Kay's Fionavar is an ode to J. Tolkien, building on his life as an editorial assistant to his son, Christopher. Kay was instrumental in the publication of the legend's posthumous works, and the echoes of those themes shine through in this series. It carries many of the elements of classic heroic fantasy, complete with a rising evil and an unlikely hero. Kay's execution, though, is entirely different.

The series follows five students from the university of Toronto as they find themselves in a magic world. While Tolkien blends many mythologies, this setting has a Celtic style that makes it feel incredibly unique. Kay keeps the lengthy, lyrical prose, but surpasses many in his characters and plot. It's not a journey to Mordor it's complex, winding, linked and intricate. That describes his characters too, to an extent. The series has a huge number of them, yet they manage to promote real depth and emotion.

The five each have their own flaws which they must overcome, and that makes for a great story of power, forgiveness and free will. Bloodsounder's Arc. This novel is dark fantasy down to the core, bringing a refreshing tone and plenty of room for development. It's told not from the eyes of the protagonist but the scribe Arki, unfolding the story with a feeling of instant legend.

The scribe follows a man called Captain Killcoin, a mercenary leader who wants someone to tell his journey. The story, however, is as much about Arki as it is Killcoin, and that's where the real coming of age lies. Integrating into the band of rough warriors, he is taught to survive, but also to live fully.

Through this narrative perspective, Salyards shows not just growth but the depth of his world and characters. Arki's questioning nature allows for expert world-building without pages of infodumps, immersing the reader completely in a medieval world. Likewise, his interaction with new characters shows the human nature of their relationships and makes action heavy with the fear of loss. Bartimaeus Sequence. If you're fed up with books that take themselves too seriously, Jonathan Stroud's debut series is a great place to find a break. His style is of a casual, comedic tone, with heavy doses of cynicism and sarcasm.

It's less of a world-shaking fight against evil and more of an adventure, infused with memorable characters and rule-breaking. This isn't your regular coming of age, either. Nathaniel doesn't learn to accept people for who they are or become a better person. If anything, he becomes more of a snarky dick.

That may not make for the most likable protagonist, but there's plenty of growth in the area of magic, and the other characters more than make up for it. The second PoV from Bartimaeus, a sarcastic Djinn, brings the whole story together and creates plenty of funny moments. In the end, though, the feeling of growth is still key in this story.

Nathaniel's penchant for vengeance is marred slightly by a small conscience deep inside, and he eventually feels the need for redemption. Stroud's subversion ultimately makes the series stand out above the competition, and makes for a wildly entertaining read.

The Brother's Grimm have inspired countless adaptations and retellings, but Marillier's Sevenwaters is perhaps the best yet. She doesn't twist the story, accepting that the original is already a masterpiece. Instead, she expands on the world and hones in on the characters. For those familiar with fairy tales, this book is based on The Six Swans but takes place in a medieval Celtic world. The protagonist takes on the name of Sorcha, who follows her six brothers around on their adventures, largely a supporter rather than a doer. That all changes when her brothers are put under a spell that only Sorcha can end.

In a beautiful tale of love and hardship, Mariller paints a less than pleasant view of the world. It steps away from the trope of a universally happy ending, and pushes the thought that characters can come out stronger, but also broken in some way. This book makes the list for its unique focus on psychology inside of the sub-genre. Connolly tells the story of a child so lost in books and darkness that he can no longer tell the difference between the real world and fantasy. There's no doubt that this is a character-driven novel, and David is the perfect conduit.

Instead of the fairy tale world that's often present, his thoughts are marred by his depression, turning his fantasy into a terrifying, malice-filled world. As he develops from the age of twelve, he begins to mature, learn the meaning of morality, and the pain of love. More than that though, it's a story of overcoming monsters. The ones in David's world, and therefore the ones in his head. It's a touching, dark journey that mirrors the difficult process of grief. Harry Potter did the English magician story very well, but it also overshadowed some incredible books with similar settings.

Will is a chosen one of sorts, one of the few that can battle the powers. His mentor is an old, kind wizard, seeking to end the cycle of light and dark. It sounds quite familiar, but other than the setting, that's really where the similarity ends. Arguably, Cooper is a better writer than Rowling, stepping away from a cheery style and into a darker tone.

Where JK's story is a mashup of different myths, Cooper's is a careful construct of Celtic and Arthurian legends. That makes for some very clear imagery and some fantastic conflicts. Will narrates the story from two perspectives, his young, content self, and his wise, magical self. As a narrative tool, it highlights the cost of power and the changes of adulthood. It's not an easy journey, and Cooper weaves in heavy themes of loss, unwanted destiny, and darkness.

The Cycle of Fire is another one of those classic series. The world is in danger, and three children are its only chance of survival. It's a popular plot line, but it's hard to deny how awesome it is to experience. Wurts' world is one of magicians, demons, and medieval swordplay. Beyond that surface, though, it blends sci-fi elements, unusual characters, and a closer focus on psychology. Namely, Wurts has created a varying and flawed cast.

He follows three protagonists that, like real life, are shaped by their childhood. It means that despite facing similar changes and events, they all react differently, creating a story of diverging paths of character development. Through Taen, Emien and Jaric, Wurts explores themes of heritage, self-doubt, and empathy. There's no complex plot, but his canny characterisation is more than enough to drive the story to success. If you're looking to scratch the itch for an epic after finishing Game of Thrones , this series is a great place to start.

It details the growth of the king's four children through to adulthood, jumping across a multitude of perspectives, political maneuvering, and battles. It's huge in scope and slow in its pacing, but Acaia has that rare ability to make you think deeply. Durham, seamlessly integrates important philosophies into the story through his characters and their actions.

None of the four protagonists are outright 'heroes'. In fact, the book takes a close look at the monstrosities dynasties get away with in the name of good. You quickly learn that the kingdom isn't all it's cracked up to be, and when the threat of invasion looms, it's not always easy to pick the right side. It's not an easy read. There isn't a constant or flashy use of magic to catch your eye, and the sheer detail means it can be overwhelming.

But if you can push past that, you'll find real value in this story of betrayal, war, and relatable villains. Song of the Lioness. Tamora Pierce's Lioness series manages to touch on difficult issues without ever preaching them. Through Alanna, she explores both feminist and gender identity issues while weaving an epic story of action and knighthood. The hook comes in the form of ambition to step outside of society's boxes in a backward and medieval world.