MKB's Favourite YA Fantasy Worlds

Here on MKB we LOVE a fantasy world. Richly built, filled with magic and danger and intrigue, nothing sucks us in more than a well created land that an author has poured their heart and soul into.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is one such world. Set on Fennbirn Island, which is a secret island hidden in the mists which you can only reach if it wants you to find it – and you can only leave if it allows if. It’s overflowing with gifts – poisoners, who can ingest any toxins without harm. Elementals, who can control elements and naturalists who are one with nature, making plants grow and animals act as familiars.

Fennbirn Island is a world of magic, mystery and powers that are sometimes hard to understand – and it got us thinking about our other favourite fantasy worlds in YA.



Black Cat – Holly Black

In the Curse Worker’s trilogy, Holly Black has created a world only slightly different to our own – in this world, certain people are born with abilities. There are a range of powers – from changing memories, to being able to kill with a touch – and using them always has a consequence.

Cassel Sharpe is part of a family who all have strong abilities, closely connected to the Zacharov Crime Syndicate – but he’s the only member of his family without an ability, the only one who isn’t able to work people. Instead, he cons and scams his way through this world – staying on the edges until something he’s forgotten from his childhood changes everything he thinks he knows about himself and his place in this world.


Trial by Fire – Josephine Angelini

The World Walker series plays very cleverly with the idea of alternate worlds – what if our world had magic? How would that change its history, how would that change how we live – and how would it change the person you are?

When Lily Proctor wakes up and finds herself in a world where magic is real, she finally has an answer as to why she’s always been allergic to the world around her – her magic has been fighting to get free. And she also finds out who she’d be in this world filled with magic… Lillian, a powerful witch, who’s done terrible things. Lily’s determined to understand how a version of herself could make those choices, and this results in a journey into other worlds and danger that she might not be able to survive.


Sin Eater's Daughter – Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter follows Twylla, daughter to the two Gods of Lormere. Her skin is poisonous to the touch, and she serves her kingdom by using this gift to execute traitors. Before she was the palace executioner, however, she was daughter to the Sin Eater, who eats a final banquet for the deceased to ensure their sins are removed and they can move into the afterlife.

The politics, traditions and magic of this world have trapped Twylla in the palace, touched by no-one and betrothed to Prince Merek who she barely sees – but when the myth of The Sleeping Prince starts to move through the land again, everything changes.


A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab

Kell is a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds and visit the different Londons:

Grey London – the closest to our London, with no magic and people unaware of the other universes.

Red London – magic is plentiful and the people are happy. They know of the other worlds, but don’t feel the need to visit them.

White London – a darker magical world, where only the strong can survive.

Black London – cut off from the other Londons, and is believed to have destroyed itself with dark and twisted magic. Travel there is forbidden.

The only people who can travel between these worlds are known as Antari

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador of Red London – but his dangerous hobby of smuggling between the worlds ends with him being found guilty of treason. On the run he ends up entwined with Delilah Bard on a journey to save his London and the others.


Sabriel – Garth Nix

Sabriel is daughter to the Abhorsen, a necromancer charged with making sure that the dead stay dead. He’s been teaching her what she will need to know to succeed him – how to recognise creatures pulled from the world of the dead, how to wield Charter magic and how to use the bells of the Abhorsen.

When her father disappears, Sabriel must leave her safe, easy life in Ancelstierre and travel into the Old Kingdom for the very first time. She’s alone in a world of magic and danger, armed only with her father’s bells, the knowledge he has taught her and the understanding that she has to find him and stop whoever has caught and trapped him in the world of the dead.


What fantasy worlds in YA are top of your list? Let us know @mykindabook now.