Recommended Reading

by Brandi Ziegler

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. 

~Ray Bradbury
I’ve been on this YA high fantasy kick lately. Perhaps it’s because I write YA fantasy. Anyway, I’ve read these over the last few weeks (you people with time to read – how do you do it?) and I think you should check them out.


At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh in order to save the royal house of his homeland, Lumatere.

And so he stands on the rock of three wonders with his childhood friend Prince Balthazar and the prince’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood. And Lumatere is safe.

Until the ‘five days of the unspeakable’, when the King and Queen and their children are slaughtered in the palace. And an imposter king takes the throne.
And a curse is put on Lumatere, which traps those caught inside and forces thousands of others to roam the land as exiles, dying of fever and persecution in foreign camps.

But ten years later Finnikin is led to another rock to meet the young novice, Evanjalin. A girl plagued by dark dreams, who holds the key to their return to the Land of light.

Amazing. I’m a fan of Melina Marchetta’s YA contemporary novels but FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK blew me away. I remember looking her up for another book and stumbling upon this gem categorized under fantasy. Seriously? I had to read it. Great decision. I LOVE this book. I can’t add a better review than that. Read it.


Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Now, two years past the time when she should have received the Sight that is the Clayr’s birthright, she feels alone, abandoned, unsure of who she is. Nevertheless, the fate of the Old Kingdom lies in her hands. With only her faithful companion, the Disreputable Dog, Lirael must undertake a desperate mission under the growing shadow of an ancient evil. Garth Nix’s LIRAEL is the second book in the ABHORSEN series. No spoilers, and I insist that you read SABRIEL before reading this sequel.


I’m always on the lookout for more YA fantasy so feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments.