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8 of My Favorite Christian Fantasy Books

So before I begin, I want to preface with this: I firmly agree with C.S. Lewis in that, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” So the age recommendations are more based on the youngest age I would recommend reading it. All of these books (at least in my opinion) are worth reading at any age, if you enjoy fairy tales and the like.


The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer

The battle is real.

As brothers, Xavier and Evan are used to battling each other. But now they’re discovering that there is a much bigger battle going on all around them. And it’s their turn to fight. The Prince Warriors is the first book in Priscilla Shirer’s epic new series that brings to life the invisible struggle ensuing in the spiritual realm. Xavier, Evan, and their friends have typical lives until they enter a mysterious land called Ahoratos. There they meet their guide, Ruwach, who offers wisdom and direction as the kids’ initial adventure begins—an adventure filled with armor and danger and a very real enemy.

Written by New York Times Best-Selling author Priscilla Shirer, The Prince Warriors series was created for middle-grade readers and will include the fiction trilogy as well as Unseen: The 365 Prince Warriors Devotional and the Unseen app.

This series is such a great read for all ages. It reminded me of a mix between A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narnia. It had so many wonderful teaching moments and allegories. Plus, it’s written by Priscilla Shirer, who starred in War Room.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

 

Traiven’s Pass by Jessica Marinos

Traiven’s Pass, the first book of the Trimont Trilogy, shares its story through intimate, multi, first person perspective whose immediate hooking pace captures and thrills. This medieval, real-to-life fantasy brings mystery, adventure, and romance all together into an unforgettable novel of intrigue. Twenty-six years ago King Cordell vanished. A year later the heroic Trimont lineage abruptly ended. The years following were years of peace under the rule of Lord Breemore as Steward King, yet… lines of clarity have blurred, attitudes have shifted, thoughts have changed, and the past forgotten. By the few who do remember, remembrance is now to the endangerment and mockery of their own lives. Lydia, a young woman ridiculed for her family’s distrust of Lord Breemore’s rule, is desperate to hold fast the truth. However, this choice may ask more of her than ever could have been imagined and perhaps endured. Galen, born and raised in a remote village, is unaware of the greater happenings of the Kingdom but burns for a chance to prove himself to his father, who has only turned cold rejecting eyes toward him. When the opportunity of a tournament comes by the hand of Lord Breemore, Galen finds himself on a course he never expected nor intended. A story so compelling, it is best left told by the characters themselves. Enter into its secrets, become entangled in the romance, and suffer over the sacrifice. Step inside Lydia’s heart, Lord Breemore’s treachery, Galen’s dreams, and Danek’s passions as the conflict between forgotten Truth and silk woven deception begins…

I found out about this book at a conference, where I met the author and ended up buying a signed copy of her book. This book is well written and captivating, and my only complaint is that the sequel isn’t out yet.

Age Recommendation: Middle School and Up

 

The Ryn by Serena Chase

Centuries ago, an oracle foretold of the young woman who would defeat E’veria’s most ancient enemy, the Cobelds. But after two centuries of relative peace, both the prophecy and the Cobelds have been relegated to lore–and only a few remain watchful for the promised Ryn. Finally, a child is born who matches the oracle’s description, but a Cobeld curse accompanies her birth. Led to believe they succeeded in killing the prophesied child, the Cobelds emerge from hiding with plans to overtake the Kingdom. But the child survived. Secreted away and called “Rose” for the first nineteen years of her life, Rynnaia E’veri has no idea of her true identity until a chance meeting with an injured knight reveals not only her parentage and true name, but the task assigned her by the oracle: discover the Remedy that will destroy the Cobelds’ power. Now, her time has come. Offered the assistance of pirates, scribes, storytellers, a young woman who died centuries ago, and the knight who is quickly working his way into her heart, Rynnaia is fortified with friends. But if the Ryn is to complete her task, she must come to terms with not only who she is, but for whom she must be willing to die. For the kingdom’s survival depends on her. THE RYN begins an epic re-imagining of the classic Grimm fairy tale, Snow White & Rose Red, which concludes in Eyes of E’veria book two: THE REMEDY. …but the Eyes of E’veria series is only beginning.

This book is exciting and captivating, and the characters are loveable. My only caution is that as the series progresses, the material gets more mature, so while The Ryn is pretty clean, later books deal with more adult topics.

Age Recommendation: High School and Up

 

Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek

When the Lady Dragon does come,

Hold fast, do not fear, do not run.

Your Water Princess will fight

Fire Prince will set all to right

Each shall come from a fall

Their Union will save you all.

Despite the fact that she’s on track for competing in the Olympics, and he’s practically raised his younger brothers since they lost their mom in a car accident, Clara Mandras and Andrew Stevenson are pretty much normal teens. They have normal hopes, normal dreams, and they live in a normal world. All this is torn away from them when they are thrust into another world and declared Water Princess and Fire Prince. With no experience ruling a country, meeting each other for the first time, and being expected to fight the Lady Dragon – an evil sorceress plaguing the world of Rizkaland – Clara and Andrew are underprepared and inexperienced. Unless they learn to work together despite their standing opposition, Rizkaland’s hope will be lost.

What is to come will change their lives forever.

One of my favorite fantasy books, Ardnek works in a healthy dose of humor into her writing (along with quotes from classics like Alice and Wonderland and Pride and Prejudice). Along with creating a fantastical world, this makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Again, my only complaint is that there are more books in the series that haven’t been published.

Age Recommendation: Middle School and Up

 

The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does…

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.

With the haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the darkest secret of all is the one Posy carries within herself.

Soon it’s clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

Courage and forgiveness are needed for Posy to find her way home again. But bitterness and shadows haunt her every step of the way…

I think that most readers have wanted to enter into their favorite book, at least at some point. In this book it actually happens, and Willis does an excellent job of executing it.

Age Recommendation: Middle School and Up

 

The Captive of Raven Castle by Jessica Greyson

A wild cry was raised and the carriage bolted into full gallop, tossing Alexandra back into her seat. Hesitantly she peeked out between the curtain. There was a lone rider urging the horses on. A rider in plain clothes. Not one of her father’s men. Nor one of the ambassador’s men. He was from Raven Castle. The troubled people of war-torn Chambria are on the brink of starvation, and a delicate princess with a recurring nightmare is their only hope. Alexandra knows that her value to her country consists mainly in her ability to marry well, but when she is kidnapped by the rebels and taken to meet the man claiming to be both Chambria’s true king and her real father, her entire world falls apart. Will Princess Alexandra be able to untangle the web of lies and discern who is the true king and her father?

So other than the fact that I completely dislike the ending, I loved this book. It was engaging and enjoyable, and the characters are lovable. Plus, there are a few plot twists that get thrown in to keep things interesting.

Age Recommendation: Middle School and Up

 

Resistance by Jaye L. Knight

“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

I love this author – I have read all but one of her books. This book is a fascinating combination of fantasy and ancient Roman culture, and contains some powerful messages about Christianity. This series is definitely on my list of favorites!

Age Recommendation: Middle School and Up

 

Truth by Molly Evangeline

Trapped in a village no one is allowed to leave, Makilien yearns for the answers to her questions about life and the world outside the village walls. Yet no one but her closest friend seems to understand or share her desire. Despite her family’s fears and warnings of the consequences, she is determined to find answers.

The unexpected arrival of a stranger, and the knowledge he possesses, drives Makilien to drastic action. Confronted with a world she knows nothing about, she must choose carefully who to trust as both good and evil lurk in all places. As a battle looms, one in which will be determined the fate of all, she must decide whether to believe in the One who is truth or fall prey to the lies of the enemy.

So Molly Evangeline is the same person as Jaye L. Knight. Molly Evangeline is just her actual name. This was one of her earliest works, so you can definitely see her improve as you read her later ones, but it is still worth the read regardless. Even from the start, she does a wonderful job weaving humor into her work and creating a thoroughly enjoyable story.

Age Recommendation: Middle School and Up
What are some of your favorite fantasy books? Comment below to share!

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