Young Adult Fantasy Books With Dragons

Young Adult Fantasy Books With Dragons

 

Young Adult Fantasy Books With Dragons

 

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by: Sue Lynn Tan

Disclaimer: The Dragons Are Introduced in the Third Act of the Book.

A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.

Growing up on the moon, Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind.

Alone, powerless, and afraid, she makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, a land of wonder and secrets. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.

To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies. But when treachery looms and forbidden magic threatens the kingdom, she must challenge the ruthless Celestial Emperor for her dream—striking a dangerous bargain in which she is torn between losing all she loves or plunging the realm into chaos.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess begins an enchanting, romantic duology which weaves ancient Chinese mythology into a sweeping adventure of immortals and magic—where love vies with honor, dreams are fraught with betrayal, and hope emerges triumphant.

 

Eragon by: Christopher Paolini

One boy…
One dragon…
A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands..

 

Scales of Ash and Smoke by: Emily Schneider

She lived her whole life enslaved to the dragons. But now she’s one of them.

Seventeen-year-old Kaida, a human, has spent her entire life enslaved to the dragons who slaughtered half the human population a thousand years ago. She is forced to serve her ruthless Master, Eklos, until one deadly summer day when the Prince of Elysia saves her life.

Prince Tarrin steals her away to the Royal Palace, shocking Kaida when he reveals that she is mutator formarum.

He promises her safety, but when they uncover a dangerous conspiracy to rid Elysia of the Royal Family, she begins to question how safe she truly is.

And when desire blooms between Kaida and Tarrin, in the midst of fighting for their lives, she must choose whether to save the very creature she swore to hate, or allow him to perish…

And destroy her own heart.

 

Hope this list of Young Adult Fantasy Books With Dragons inspires your next read.

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How To Write Compelling Characters

How To Write Compelling Characters

How To Write Compelling Characters

Building a character can be a daunting task. Physical attributes and quirks often come easily to writers, but carving emotional depth and character complexities can feel overwhelming. I’m a firm believer in knowing as much about your character as possible, but what’s the point of knowing your character’s favorite type of pizza when your story is set in medieval France? Not all knowledge has the same weight. So what do I suggest?

My number one tip for building characters that enthrall readers is this: 

  • Assign your character a personality type.

Why do I need to know my character’s personality type?

To better understand the character you’re crafting, you need to have a firm comprehension of how they think. I majored in psychology in college and find the subtle nuances of the human mind combating external stressors to be fascinating. As writers, we want our characters to have external and internal goals. We want them to wrestle, fail and (hopefully by the end of your book) overcome. A character’s reaction to conflict needs to be just as impactful as the conflict itself. Every personality type approaches conflict differently. Knowing how your character would handle stressful events will help you craft a better story. 

How do I find my character’s personality type?

When I say assign to your character a personality type, I don’t mean simply mean vague attributes like clever, brooding, or shy. Taking an online personality test is the best way to do this. I personally suggest taking the Meyers-Briggs 16 personality test and reading the results for yourself before venturing into choosing one for your character. (Also a great way to explore your own strengths and weakness)

Here’s one of the best sites to take the test: https://www.16personalities.com/ 

Once you’ve chosen what personality type you want your character to have, then it’s time to explore. Do research on the personality type you chose and make a list of attributes, strengths, and weaknesses you want your character to embody. 

Here’s a bonus tip:

Take inspiration from other characters with the same personality type.

For example: If you’ve chosen the ENTJ personality type for your character then find characters in movies, tv shows, and literature with the same type to deep dive into how they react to stress.

Two ENTJ characters in YA Fantasy are:

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows 

Jude Duarte from the Cruel Prince.

Here’s an excellent website to help with the research: https://www.personality-database.com 

Hope this helps you craft memorable characters.

Series: How To Write Compelling Characters: The Psychology of Character Creation

 

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