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Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone, and the Rise of YA High Fantasy

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By now, if you have a Netflix subscription, you’ve probably seen an ad for the new Shadow and Bone series. Originally based on the Grishaverse books, a young adult high fantasy series by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone has exploded with popularity, with reviewers calling it the “new Game of Thrones” and “dark fantasy at its finest.” But Leigh Bardugo is just one of many incredible writers in this subgenre of YA. Since the early 2010s, YA high fantasy has been undergoing something of a renaissance, with the last 10 years producing beautifully written stories adapted from settings all around the world. Whether it’s the Russian influences of Shadow and Bone, or the Western Europe inspired faerie world of A Court of Thorns and Roses, or even medieval India with Hunted By The Sky, you can count on these books to transport you to a fantastical realm in your mind where you can escape the worries of everyday life and instead sink into lush prose, intense characterizations, and fantastical powers. Here are just a few of the many incredible YA fantasy books we are featuring this month.
 

Ninth House (Alex Stern) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250751362
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

King of Scars (King of Scars Duology #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250618979
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - December 29th, 2020

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology #2) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250142306
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Imprint - March 30th, 2021

Six of Crows Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250076977
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Square Fish - September 4th, 2018

The Lives of Saints Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250765208
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Imprint - October 6th, 2020

Shadow and Bone: The Collector's Edition (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250781611
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - November 10th, 2020

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250777881
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - April 20th, 2021

Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250044433
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Square Fish - June 17th, 2014

Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250063168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - August 18th, 2015

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635577020
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575569
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575583
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575606
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635575620
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781681196282
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 16th, 2021

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316310314
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316310352
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316310420
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250144546
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Wednesday Books - January 15th, 2019

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250144577
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - September 22nd, 2020

Hunted by the Sky (The Wrath of Ambar #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 23rd, 2020

Soul of Cinder (Heart of Thorns #3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062447746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 12th, 2021

Serpent & Dove Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062878021
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: HarperTeen - September 3rd, 2019

Cursed Cover Image
By Frank Miller (Illustrator), Thomas Wheeler
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534477339
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2020

Sing Me Forgotten Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335147943
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Inkyard Press - March 9th, 2021