Sunday, July 06, 2014

Crew Carnival: Summer Reading for Highschool Students {Fantasy Fiction}

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Fantasy fiction has always been a favorite in our household. Dragons, wizards, faeries, elves, dwarves, hobbits . . . you name it, we love it! Well, I guess my kids, at least when they were little, didn't really have a choice in the matter since that was my favorite genre to read by myself and aloud to my children.

I think my oldest son who will be 15 in August loves fantasy fiction as much as I do, but it's getting harder and harder to find good books in this genre. And by good, I mean quality and moral. It's quite the scary feeling when your teen wants to drift away from the youth section in the library to the adult section. *Sigh*

With this particular Crew Carnival going on, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a few fantasy fiction books that my oldest son and I have recently read. My 12 year old has also read some of the books. So, if your kids love fantasy fiction, you might want to give these books a try.

FYI: The first two trilogies are written by Christian authors and are considered Christian fiction. Just know, though, that because they are in the fantasy genre, the names representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are different. The third trilogy I am recommending is not Christian fiction. The main character mentions "gods" and when things go wrong, he blames it on the "devils."  I believe he also  "curses under his breath," but I don't remember any actual curse words. Other than that, I felt they were decent. All three of these trilogies are essentially about good vs. evil. I loved all three and even purchased the ones that my library didn't carry.

My goal here is to just give you a few ideas, not summarize the books. Please click the links to find out more about each book to see if they will be a good fit for your teens, and possibly tweens. :)

The Staff and the Sword Trilogy by Patrick W. Carr

Also available on Kindle: Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword Book #1), The Hero's Lot (The Staff and the Sword Book #2),Draw of Kings, A (The Staff and the Sword Book #3): Volume 3

Blood of Kings Trilogy by Jill Williamson

Also available on Kindle: By Darkness Hid (Blood of Kings, book 1), To Darkness Fled (Blood of Kings, book 2), From Darkness Won (Blood of Kings, book 3)

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Also available on Kindle: The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy, The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy, The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy)

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