We’re always on the hunt for a new series to fall into, and discovering one that has ALL the books already released can be absolutely thrilling! No waiting to find out what happens? Brilliant! Kids are no different, and being able to direct a voracious reader to all 5 volumes of a series is guaranteed to keep them happy for some time. So much of being a booklover is managing the waiting game – eagerly anticipating the next title in the many different series you’re following. While this can be great fun, there is nothing better that unconvering a series that until this moment had passed you by.
Below are 12 complete fantasy series, full of magic, intrigue, evil villains and intrepid heroes – some you may have heard of before, while others may be new to you. Make sure you let us know if we have missed any you think are essential reading!
The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #1: The Achemyst:– Michael Scott
Teen twins Josh and Sophie discover, in a rather explosive way, that the San Francisco bookstore owner Josh works for is really Nicholas Flamel, a nearly 700-year-old alchemist who created the Philosopher’s Stone, from which he and his wife Perenelle get the Elixir of Life. Their enemy is Dr. John Dee, who works for the Dark Elders, members of the Elder Race who are the source of most of humanity’s ancient myths and legends. The Dark Elders want to reinstate their dominion over the Earth.
It gradually becomes clear, though, that Sophie and Josh hold potentially great powers and play an essential role in fulfilling a prophecy. The lines between good and evil blur when Sophie’s magical powers are awakened, but Josh’s are not.
The story moves breathlessly fast, with riotous confrontations featuring beasts, Egyptian gods, witches and the walking dead. (Ages 10+)
Septimus Heap #1: Magyk – Angie Sage
Enter the world of Septimus Heap, Wizard Apprentice. Magyk is his destiny.
A baby girl is rescued from a snowy path in the woods. A baby boy is stillborn. A young Queen is taken ill. An ExtraOrdinary Wizard mysteriously resigns from his post. And all on the same night. A string of events, seemingly unconnected, begins to converge ten years later, when the Heap family receive a knock at the door. The evil Necromancer DomDaniel is plotting his comeback and a Major Obstacle resides in the Heap family. Life as they know is about to change, and the most fantastically fast-paced adventure of confused identities, magyk and mayhem, begin. (Ages 10+)
The Potion Diaries – Amy Alward
When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops.
A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? (Ages 11+)
The Keepers #1: Museum of Thieves – Lian Tanner
Goldie Roth lives in the city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime. But Goldie is both bold and impatient. She runs away to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets a boy named Toadspit and discovers dangerous secrets. A monstrous brizzlehound stalks the museum’s corridors, and only a thief can find the way through its strange, shifting rooms.
Goldie and Toadspit have a talent for thieving. Which is just as well, because the treacherous Fugleman has his own plans for the museum, plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a very bold thief to stop him. (Ages 9+)
Oksa Pollock and the Last Hope – Anne Plichota & Cendrine Wolf
Touted as the French answer to Harry Potter, but if Hermione was the lead.
Oksa Pollock is a normal thirteen-year-old girl, starting a new life in London. New lives, new friends, a new school and new adventures. But bizarre things start happening around Oksa she finds she can produce fire from her hands, move objects with her mind, and even fly.
Finally the truth emerges…her family fled Edefia, their magical, hidden homeland years ago. And more than that: Oksa is their queen…Oksa will be thrown into a wilder adventure than she could ever have imagined. She must triumph over her enemies. The whole of Edefia is counting on her. (Ages 10+)
Jinx: Wizard’s Apprentice – Sage Blackwood
It’s not every day that your evil stepdad abandons you in the deep, dark forest of the Urwald. And it’s not every day that a wizard rescues you from the clutches of gnarly trolls. But for Jinx, this isn’t turning out to be a very normal sort of day…
The bubbling cauldrons and coloured potions of the wizard’s house are a world away from the life Jinx has left behind. Even the walls are soaked in magic, and it’s not long before Jinx begins to unlock his own rare powers.But Simon Magus is no ordinary wizard. He seems to need something from Jinx – something dark. And Jinx begins to wonder: can he trust Simon… at all? (Ages 9+)
The School for Good and Evil – Sonam Chainani
A hilarious adventure set in a dazzling fantasy world with two extraordinary heroines – a modern day fairytale with bite.
Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains.
Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed… (Ages 10+)
The Bartimaeus Trilogy #1: The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud
When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge.
Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthrall readers of all ages. (Ages 10+)
Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell – Chris Colfer
This fast-paced adventure series uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales and is perfect for younger fantasy lovers.
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change.When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real. But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land – Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother!
The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humour and page-turning adventure. (Ages 8+)
The Thickety: A Path Begins – J.A. White
When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr’s Realm. But mostly it’s called the Thickety.
The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story. Not for the faint hearted – this is one to read with the lights on! (Ages 11+)
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Rumor has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century.
Just twelve years old and already he’s a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family’s fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping.
Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise.
Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous – and extremely high-tech – fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war?
Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.