The Best Completed Fantasy Trilogies for Children

The very best fantasy trilogies for younger readers. But these books can also be thoroughly enjoyed by adults. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

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The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand (2003), The Golem’s Eye (2004) and Ptolemy’s Gate (2005).

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is one of the finest trilogies found in the fantasy genre. Although often classed as young-adult fantasy there is no upper-age limit for books this good, all ages will enjoy it. This sublime mix of alternate history and magical fantasy features magnificent characterisation and dialogue; it is always funny and often hilarious. Ptolemy’s Gate’s perfect ending will move many to tears. We highly recommend.

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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (1995), The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Syglass (2000).

Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is written as a children’s book yet is equally as absorbing to an adult reader. It is wonderfully enthralling from the first page and paints a world that you long to visit. The ending of the trilogy is bittersweet yet so sensitive and true to the characters that it will bring a tear to your eye. Wonderfully engrossing and so packed full of of explosive plot lines that you’ll find it difficult to put down.

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The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

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The Abhorsen Trilogy: Sabriel (1995), Lirael (2001) and Abhorsen (2003).

A very accomplished trilogy best suited to a readers aged 12+. The Abhorsen trilogy consists of three lovely books which handle quite a difficult subject matter with real sensitivity and a positive outlook, though there are some very dark moments that may frighten younger readers. Very readable and perfect for the bedside table, if you don’t spook easily!

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Predator Cities by Philip Reeve

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Predator Cities: Mortal Engines (2001), Predator’s Gold (2003) and Infernal Devices (2005).

In a dangerous future, huge motorized cities hunt, attack and fight each other for survival. Follow Tom and Hester in an exciting and visually descriptive adventure chock full of humour.

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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The Inkheart Trilogy: Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005) and Inkdeath (2007).

Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn’t read to her since her mother disappeared. When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret – when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages. A tale of adventure and fantasy that celebrates books.

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3 thoughts on “The Best Completed Fantasy Trilogies for Children”

  1. I loved the Inkheart trilogy but there’s another trilogy that I love too. It’s “Books of Umber” trilogy by P.W. Catanese about a boy that wakes up in a new world with no memory of where he came from.

  2. I am a thirteen year old grammar student, and I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter trilogy and the Northern Lights trilogy! Any of these would be enjoyed!

  3. This is more a question than a comment, sorry. Can you recommend a good fantasy trilogy for my bright, thirteen year old grammar school grandson. I need your help as I hate to admit fantasy is not my genre, but very much his! Your help would be appreciated. Do they appear in paperback?

    Hi Elizabeth, Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy is just perfect, if he hasn’t read them already. The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, which consists of 3 trilogies and stand-alone finale are also excellent. Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series might also be something he might enjoy! Hope this helps, Lee.

    PS There are so many other trilogies I could recommend but they may be a little too adult still – all Robin Hobb’s Elderling books for example. Let me know if you need any more suggestions – Lee @ Fantasy Book Review

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