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The Greatest Young Adult Fantasy/Action Books Ever

Gareth Mottram
 
Jason Willow
Jason Willow
"Obviously I'm biased but it has lots of hard action (no spells to make everyone better), atmospheric locations, complicated relationships, slowly revealed powers and demons. See www.jasonwillow.com"
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)[Children's Edition]
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6)[Children's Edition]
"Getting deeper into Voldemort, excellent relationship stuff  and fab final chapters with Dumbldore and Harry's quest and coming back into  a devastating invasion of Hogwarts."
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5): 5/7
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5): 5/7
"A fast action start with the dementors, finding out about the Order, Sirius's house, hating Umbridge and the action packed finale in the Ministry.  All great stuff."
Raven's Gate (The Power of Five)
Raven's Gate (The Power of Five)
"A real, down to earth hero, excellent in-the-sticks village/farm location and slowly revealed powers.  V.good build up and atmosphere."
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori)
Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori)
"Really mysterious and fleshed out secret clans and well paced exciting Samurai and Ninja-like combat/action scenes which leap into life all across your mind.  Believable relationships"
The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time: 1/12
The Eye Of The World: Book 1 of the Wheel of Time: 1/12
"My favourite "traditional" fantasy.  Excellent "village boy destined for greatness and hunted and helped by fabulous characters" story.  Hard hitting action and "magic" subtly handled.  Massive scope"
The Ruby in the Smoke (Point)
The Ruby in the Smoke (Point)
"Real, fleshed out characters and atmospheric locations effectively described.  The evil old lady shouldn't be a threat but she is one of the most menacing characters I've ever come across."
The Eagle of The Ninth
The Eagle of The Ninth
"Excellent feelings of being on part of a mighty empire but cut off from help.  The terror of travelling ever deeper into enemy lands really grips you and you cling to the shelter and few allies found."
Devil's Kiss
Devil's Kiss
"Excellent atmospheric scene setting in modern day London with deeply drawn characters in complex relationships.  Fast paced throughout, the hard hitting action scenes whip you through some epic events"
Boy Soldier
Boy Soldier
"Losing the fantasy element totally but good if you're after realistic action with a boy hero who is most definitely not all powerful and very much learning on the job.  Tough and gritty."
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking)
"Fantastic and disturbing concept with a great lead character.  A tense man (and girl) hunt with fast action through an expertly realised world.  Buy it."