Courts and Crowns: Five Royal Young Adult Fae Fantasy Reads

There’s nothing like fae princes/princesses and rival courts to ramp up the thrills of fantasy. Read on to get your daily dose of fae royalty.



Fae’s Deception by Melissa A. Craven and M. Lynn


Queens of the Fae Book 1


Highlights: dangerous powers, faerie courts at odds, portal fantasy, dark and twisty secrets


A human girl with a troubled past.

A fae prince from a stolen kingdom.


When he whisks her away to the fae realm, there is no going back to her old life.

Under the rule of a captivating queen, the kingdom of Fargelsi has brought the three fae lands to the brink of war. And now that same queen has her eyes set on a new pawn—a human girl.


Allied with the usurper king, the royals seek to overthrow all those who oppose their unmatched power. Unmatched—until Brea Robinson arrives and proves to be more than they bargained for.


As the motivations of those around her become clear, Brea must decide if she can trust the handsome prince who abducted her, or if she might be safer across the wastelands and swamps, in a land in desperate need of the magic she doesn’t know she has.


Prepare to lose yourself in this beautifully wicked epic fantasy with masterful world building, dark and twisty secrets, lies, and powerful magic—and devastatingly handsome fae princes.



Court of Bitter Thorn by Kay L. Moody


The Fae of Bitter Thorn Book 1


Highlights: sword-wielding heroine, captivating magic, faerie prince, courtly conflict, deception, lush world of Faerie


Faerie wasn’t supposed to be real.



Tricked by a fae prince, Elora is stuck in the Faerie realm far from her young sisters who depend on her for survival. Under the terms of her bargain, she can’t go home to the mortal world until Prince Brannick becomes the next High King.


Or until he’s taken out of the running…


Sabotaging Brannick’s chance at the crown will be much faster than helping him win. The fae prince may be charming, powerful, and wickedly handsome, but that won’t stop Elora from selling his secrets to the highest bidder.


By day, she uses her master sword skills to train the prince. By night, she conspires with a rival king in a nearby court whose plans could destroy half of Faerie.


Soon, lives are at stake that she never expected. She’ll have to choose who to save: her beloved sisters or half the inhabitants of Faerie.


The choice would be easy… if a certain prince weren’t digging his way into her heart.



An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson


Highlights: sweet romance, humor, unique magic, deadly faeries, fae prince


A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous bestseller that’s “an ideal pick for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).


Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.


Furious, Rook spirits her away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously wrong in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending on each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.



The Fate of Crowns by Rebecca L. Garcia


The Fate of Crowns Book 1


Highlights: rival kingdoms, royalty, fae vs. sorcerers


The Cruel Prince meets Throne of Glass in this gripping YA Fantasy with a princess, a deadly king, and choices that will shape her future forever.

With my brother's death came the crown and all the trappings that accompany it.


Now, my father—the most dangerous man in Magaelor—seeks to control my future. But fate has other plans.


Thrown into mer-filled waters, I'm dragged into the rival kingdom of Berovia. Surrounded by those who murdered my brother and wished my entire family dead, I must find my way back to my kingdom. There, a marriage could bring peace to a century's old division between the fae and sorcerers. But dark revelations and deadly lies threaten to destroy my destiny.


I must make the choice between my duty, family, and truth before it's too late. ​


Will I allow myself to become the Queen of everything? Or be reduced to a cautionary tale as the princess of nothing?



These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan


These Hollow Vows Book 1


Highlights: rival courts, fae princes, romance Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes. Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she'll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court. Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie's only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm. Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.


 

This article was written by Allison Rose.


Allison Rose writes YA fantasy featuring magic and otherworldly beings. Her current series feature a truly unique world of Faerie. Click the covers below to check them out.



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