A decade after the movie (that we don’t talk about) and two years since it was first announced, season 1 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV show will be dropping this December! Whether you’ve already started your reread of the series, or you’re looking to dive back in (water pun unintended, haha) with fresh eyes, we already know eight episodes will not be enough for those of us who love thoughtful and immersive fantasy. Thankfully, we have a great list of magical coming-of-age book recommendations to keep you going until the show comes out, and during the hiatus after the season ends.

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Lia Park and the Missing Jewel by Jenna Yoon

Twelve-year-old Lia Park knows a thing or two about having her parents kidnapped by a mythological being in exchange for a magical item they believe she has, and so must travel to find. After her one act of rebellion breaks an ancient spell that protected her family, Lia must venture to the undersea kingdom of the Dragon King in Korea to save her parents from an evil diviner spirit.

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Courtesy of Cupid by Nashae Jones

Like Percy, Erin discovers she has an unexpected godly parent; hers is the Roman god of love, Cupid, and on her thirteenth birthday she inherits the power to make people fall in love. Unlike Percy, she can’t pull her school rival into a fountain, but she can make him fall in love with her so he’ll drop out of the running for club president. But when Erin realizes Trevor may not be as bad as she thought, her first foray into love and power gets a lot more complicated.

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Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tolá Okogwu

Onyeka and Percy in The Lightning Thief could definitely compare notes: when her best friend almost drowns, Onyeka’s voluminous curly hair takes on a life of its own to save her, and Onyeka’s mother whisks her daughter off to the Academy of the Sun, a Nigerian school where kids with Solari powers are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies.

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The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

Speaking of Arthurian legends, this beloved fantasy epic follows the awakening of eleven-year-old Will Stanton, who discovers he is actually an immortal plunged into a quest across time for six magical Signs. If you love intricate worldbuilding, kids who intelligently negotiate with cosmic powers, and mysterious mythological figures, this series highlights Celtic folklore and Arthuriana in a classic tale of the Light vs. the Dark.

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Spin by Rebecca Caprara

The Percy Jackson series only briefly touches on Arachne, Athena, and Annabeth’s subsequent aversion to spiders; this sapphic young adult novel-in-verse centers Arachne and gives her backstory a voice. If you’re looking for more Greek mythology centering complex women, this is a thoughtful and sweeping story of love, pride, justice, and redemption.

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Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Besides the obvious allusions in this title and cover, Skandar is more prepared than Percy for a “Chosen One” destiny – he's spent years studying for the magical exam that selects a handful of thirteen-year-olds to train to become unicorn riders – but even then, he still isn’t ready for the magical threats rising against him. I just think Blackjack and Rascal’s Chance would have the funniest conversations.

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Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

You cannot tell me that Annabeth and Bree wouldn’t be besties: they’re both smart, strong, driven, and carrying much more than they ever should at a young age. (In this house, we’re beyond thrilled to see Leah Jeffries embody the iconic Wise Girl!) In Tracy Deonn’s contemporary fantasy series and Arthuriana reimagining, Bree has her own axe to grind against mythological figures manipulating their descendants for their own ends.

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Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

From one demigod to another, Rue has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry and discovers she must save both the human and godly worlds. When her mother is suddenly taken from her, Rue is taken to live in a ruthless society of magic wielders. She must embrace her true identity and access the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her sister and her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

With so many exciting new and nostalgic fantasy novels to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you’re looking for a high fantasy epic with dragons or a dark contemporary fantasy with magical secret societies, pick your favorite fantasy show below and we’ll give you the perfect book recommendation!

Read This Book Based on Your Favorite Fantasy Show

Rings of Power – The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

If you enjoyed revisiting Tolkien’s classic fantasy world in Amazon Prime’s Rings of Power, with its epic scope and thoughtful explorations of the origins of evil, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper is the classic fantasy book for you! It follows the awakening of young Will Stanton, who is actually an immortal plunged into a quest across time for six magical Signs – but betrayal awaits in unexpected places.

 

MerlinLegendborn by Tracy Deonn

Fans of the 2010s BBC show Merlin will fall in love with the Arthuriana reimagining in Legendborn and its sequel, Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn! In this contemporary fantasy, Bree is an exciting Black female lead given a full and complex emotional arc (justice for Merlin’s Gwen) and Arthur and Merlin’s layered relationship in the show mirrors several of the twists and turns in Nick and Sel’s relationship as well.

 

House of the Dragon/Game of Thrones Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

Dragons and strong female characters dominate this fantasy duology perfect for fans of the HBO’s Game of Thrones universe (or perhaps the potential of Game of Thrones characters – we won’t talk about GOT season 8). In Shatter the Sky Maren sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor, only to discover her own abilities and a larger destiny. 

 

Warrior NunVespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Both Ava, of the Netflix series Warrior Nun, and Artemisia, of Margaret Rogerson’s thrilling dark fantasy adventure, train with a supernatural order of nuns and awaken powerful ancient spirits bound to a saint’s relic. But in Vespertine, Artemisia makes a dangerous deal with the risen revenant to learn more of how to wield her new power that may require her to betray everything she believes in.

 

Doctor WhoThe Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

With a new series of Doctor Who coming soon to Disney+ (and the return of the Tenth Doctor!) this is the perfect time to start a time-hopping magical book series. Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician is an exciting contemporary fantasy features a modern-day New York where magic is all but extinct, and the thief who must travel back in time to Old New York – a dangerous city ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies – to save her future. Once you’ve read The Last Magician, be sure to check out the rest of this magical series: The Devil’s Thief, The Serpent’s Curseand The Shattered City!

 

Fate: The Winx SagaTithe by Holly Black

If you loved the two seasons of Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga (RIP), explore a darker realm of faerie in Tithe, the first book in New York Times bestseller Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series. Sixteen year old Kaye has traveled for years with her mother’s rock band, but when she stumbles upon an injured faerie knight, she’s pulled into the sinister magic of the fey courts and must work to save herself and protect her heart in the process.

 

Locke & KeyDelicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury

Netflix’s Locke & Key kept us guessing with a house filled with sinister secrets and haunting peeks into worlds beyond – and the mind-bending YA horror novel Delicious Monsters will send similar shivers up your spine as two Black teen girls ten years apart navigate the treacherous past of a mysterious mansion. As Brittney investigates the mansion in the present, Daisy’s story runs parallel in the past, and they must face the most dangerous monsters of all: those that hide in plain sight. Add this book to your TBR now, it’s out February 29th! 

 

Once Upon a TimeSo This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

If you love heartfelt reimaginings like the ABC show Once Upon a Time where love conquers all, dive into F.T. Lukens’ So This is Ever After, a fantasy novel about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom, but has to get married to keep it. When his attempts at wooing his friends go painfully and hilariously wrong, he discovers that love might have been in front of him all along.

 

The OriginalsVampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston

There are more vampires in New Orleans than just The Originals’ Mikaelson family on The CW – in Margie Fuston’s Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things, a girl takes a trip to New Orleans with her estranged best friend to find a vampire to save her dying father. When the vampire challenges her to first live life fully, she’ll have to decide how much she trusts him to fulfill his end of the bargain.

 

SupernaturalChain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Saving people, hunting things” may be “the family business” in the show Supernatural, but in Cassandra Clare’s dangerous and romantic Chain of Gold, the first book in the Last Hours series, it’s the Shadowhunters’ business. Cordelia, James, and Lucie must hunt a paranormal killer in Edwardian London while keeping deadly secrets from one another.

 

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It’s been a long year since we got the incredible cover for Tracy Deonn’s Bloodmarked, and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more after Legendborn left us with so many unanswered questions.

Top Early Fan Reactions to Bloodmarked

What will Bree do now? How will the Legendborn react to THOSE shocking reveals? And where’s Nick????

 

Well, the countdown has begun – a few advance copies are out in the world! And there’s been a lot of excitement when those special boxes arrived!

You can almost hear the screaming in this picture, and we know exactly how you feel!

We’re so glad your package didn’t get lost!

To-do list? We don’t know her.

“This is actually the happiest day of my life” – same, @sadpendragon, same

@amivireads omgg thank you @simonteen #rivetedreaders #amivireads #legendborn #bloodmarked #bloodmarkedarc ♬ I need to feel HAPPY – Aaron Dodge // Content Creator

Like we said, Bloodmarked = instant happiness, we don’t make the rules

@limmadi8 Please enjoy me losing my shit #legendborn #bloodmarked #tracydeonn #legendbornbook #legendborntracydeonn #simonandschuster #bookunboxing #bookmail #bookhaul #booktok ♬ original sound – Madi Lim

This unboxing is so cute!

Don’t worry, we’re keeping this article spoiler-free, but we are so excited that early readers are already LOVING this story!! We’ll let them tell you themselves.

“My heart feels like it was cooked in an air fryer and my soul is the equivalent of a finished caprisun.”

“This sequel is full of magic & mystery. Love and sacrifice. Heartfelt & heartbreaking moments. Realizations and rebellion. Throughout its entirety, my heart was full, or broken, or some joyous place in between.”

@latearareads I'm still shaking and processing. oh my god. #legendborn #latearareads #tracydeonn #bloodmarked ♬ original sound – Rae 🌙

“[…] The most incredible thing I’ve ever read in my entire life […] Tracy Deonn takes Bree Matthews and her story to the next level.”

“I’ve been screaming for seven chapters straight.”

So make sure you clear your schedules now that you know Bloodmarked is going to take over your life!

@deniareads I seriously cannot wait for yall to read it! I have a couple of video reviews on my page too! #deniareads #booktok #deniabooksandbaubles #bookishhumor #bloodmarked #legendborn #nourisheveryyou #findyourgrace ♬ original sound – 🌲🐾

And if you haven’t read Legendborn, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Bloodmarked hits shelves on November 8, 2022.

Need to catch up before reading Bloodmarked? Check out this (spoilery) recap of Legendborn!

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