10 Best Fantasy Books About Child Heroes
Hey there, folks! You all know how it is, right? Children in fantasy novels aren't merely reduced to pages of whimsical fun and innocence. Some of these young guns are thrust into a world of magic, mayhem, terrifying monsters, and expected to save the day. Yes, we're talking child heroes - pint-sized champions with hearts of gold and courage that would put many of us adults to shame. It's a thrilling sub-genre of fantasy that offers much more than just escapism; they serve as a powerful reminder of the boundless possibilities that are often knocked out of us as we 'grow up'.
Battles with dragons, quests for mystical artifacts, friendships that surpass realms, and bravery that defies their tender age - the adventures that these young heroes embark upon are as gripping as they are inspiring. These are stories that can, and should, be enjoyed by readers of all ages. So, buckle up as we dive into the ten best fantasy books about child heroes. Prepare to be awed, captivated, and maybe even a bit nostalgic as we revisit the wonders and perils of childhood – only this time, with a magical twist.
『The Chronicles of Narnia (adult)』
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil -- what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia. For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations. This edition presents all seven books -- unabridged -- in one impressive volume. The books are presented here according to Lewis' preferred order, each chapter graced with an illustration by the original artist, Pauline Baynes. Deceptively simple and direct, The Chronicles of Narnia continue to captivate fans with adventures, characters, and truths that speak to readers of all ages, even fifty years after they were first published.
|Author||C. S. Lewis|
|Release Date||Oct 02, 2001|
『Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets』
Witchcraft, wizardry - fiction.
|Author||J. K. Rowling|
|Release Date||Jan 01, 1999|
Someone has been supplying Class A illegal human power sources to the goblins. Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit is sure that her arch-enemy, thirteen-year-old Artemis Fowl, is responsible. But is he? Artemis has his own problems to deal with: his father is being held to ransom and only a miracle will save him. Maybe this time a brilliant plan just won't be enough. Maybe this time Artemis needs help...
|Release Date||Jun 06, 2002|
『Howl's Moving Castle』
Read by John Sessions. In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.
|Author||Diana Wynne Jones|
|Release Date||Dec 01, 2012|
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
|Release Date||Jan 01, 2003|
『Ursula K. Le Guin’s "A Wizard of Earthsea"』
Written not so long after "Tolkien mania" first gripped the United States in the 1960s, Ursula K. Le Guin's novel A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) has long been recognized as a classic of the fantasy genre, and the series of Earthsea books that followed on it over the next several decades earned its author both considerable sales and critical accolades. This new introduction to the text will closely contextualize the original novel in relation to its heady decade of composition and publication — a momentous time for genre publishing — and also survey the half century and more of scholarship on Earthsea, which has shifted in direction and emphasis many times over the decades, just as surely as Le Guin frequently adjusted her own sails when composing later works set in the fantasy world. Above all, this book positions A Wizard of Earthsea as perhaps an "old text" that nevertheless belongs in a "new canon," a key novel in the author's career and the genre in which it participates, and one that at once looks back to Tolkien and his own antecedents in masculinist early fantasy; looks forward to Le Guin's own continuing feminist and progressive education; and anticipates and indeed helped to shape young adult literature in its contemporary form.
|Author||Timothy S. Miller|
|Release Date||Mar 01, 2023|
Master storyteller and internationally bestselling author Christopher Paolini returns to the World of Eragon with Murtagh. Murtagh, a stunning epic fantasy set a year after the events of the Inheritance Cycle, will publish in 2023. The first book in The Inheritance Cycle. When poor farm boy Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it's a lucky discovery. Perhaps, he will be able to buy his family food for the winter. But, when a baby dragon hatches out of the stone, Eragon realises he's stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. His simple life is shattered, and he's thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. To navigate this dark terrain, and survive his cruel king's evil ways, he must take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders. Will he succeed? The fate of the Empire rests in his hands. . .
|Release Date||Mar 08, 2009|
『Amari and the Night Brothers』
New York Times bestseller! Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a series filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor. Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real. Now she must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can’t seem to escape their intense doubt and scrutiny—especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed “illegal.” With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she’s an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton. Plus don't miss the thrilling sequel, Amari and the Great Game!
|Author||B. B. Alston|
|Release Date||Jan 19, 2021|
『Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief』
Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek god. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea. Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully fledged WAR OF THE GODS ERUPTS? Follow the author on his blog Also available: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (audio) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (film tie-in) Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files
|Release Date||Dec 01, 2009|
『Northern Lights - the Graphic Novel Volume 1』
"In the first of a three-volume graphic novel adaptation, Lyra Belacqua and her daemon familiar set out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North"-
|Release Date||Jan 01, 2015|
In wrapping things up, it's clear that these tales about young heroes embarking on daring quests are some pretty cracking reads. They take us on wild rides in magical realms, wherein not just knights, witches and dragons abound, but also lessons about bravery, friendship, and self-discovery are etched vividly. What's wonderful is that each of these 10 fantasy books adds their own unique flavors to the genre. They certainly subvert the expectation, proving that age is just a number when it comes to saving the day. Injecting youthful freshness into their narratives, and with kids who possess powers and abilities beyond their years, these stories truly herald a breath of fresh air. If you're anything like me, then you’re surely a sucker for this dynamic twist to classic fantasy. These books pull you in, get you acquainted with our pint-sized protagonists, and give you a front-row seat to their daunting adventures. With larger-than-life showdowns, charming camaraderie, and heartrending growth, trust me, you'll be rooting for these child heroes in no time. So, pick one, dive in, and get lost in their extraordinary worlds. I guarantee, you won't regret it!
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