Books Like A Court of Thorns and Roses

Books Like A Court of Thorns and Roses

From magical beings that can grant wishes to elusive sprites that love mischief, there is no shortage of fairies in literature. These legendary creatures have had their place in storytelling since the earliest days, and the folklore around them has continued to grow. However, there is just something about fairies and their secretive ways that captivate readers. Over the years, various authors have come up with different interpretations of fairies and their world. For example, in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, readers are introduced to a treacherous magical land where immortal faeries dwell. For more novels where fairies and their world play a prominent role, check out the following books like A Court of Thorns and Roses.

The Iron King

by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa follows the story of a girl named Meghan Chase, who is on the cusp of her sixteenth birthday. Megan has always felt out of place at school, and her life has never been the same since her father disappeared when she was only six years old. However, when her brother also vanishes, Meghan makes the startling discovery that she is actually the secret daughter of a mythical faery king. To get her brother back, she has to venture into the faery world, where her lineage makes her a huge target.

Dirty Lying Faeries

by Sabrina Blackburry

Dirty Lying Faeries by Sabrina Blackburry

Thea Kanelos, the protagonist of Dirty Lying Faeries by Sabrina Blackburry has never believed in faeries. However, to her shock, she discovers that not only are they real, but she’s a fae herself. To make matters worse, the handsome stranger she met at an art gala is actually a powerful fae himself who was charged with bringing Thea into his world. Thea soon finds new powers awakened in herself, but as the barrier between the two worlds begins to crack, it is up to her to save herself and everyone she loves from a terrible fate. 


by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning tells the tale of MacKayla Lane, a seemingly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. However, when MacKayla’s sister is murdered, she follows a cryptic message on her phone that leads her to Ireland in search of answers. Mac’s quest to find her sister’s killer takes an unexpected turn when she discovers she has a gift to see into the dangerous realm of the fae. Even more terrifying is the existence of an all-powerful Dark Book that can grant complete control of the fabric of both the human and fae worlds. Mac realizes that she will have to find the book before someone else can claim it, such as the ruthless alpha Fae, Vlane, who is closing in on her. 

Rosemary and Rue

by Seanan McGuire

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

The world of Faerie never disappeared in Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. Instead, it secretly continued to exist parallel to our own. However, sometimes the fae and mortal worlds collide, resulting in changelings like October “Toby” Date being born. Unlike other half-human, half-fae children who spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations, Toby prefers a “normal” life instead. But, unfortunately, she is drawn back into the world of the fae when Countess Evening Winterrrose is murdered. She was one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, and her dying curse forces Toby to resume her former position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills while trying to solve the mystery. 

Wicked Lovely

by Melissa Marr

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Aislinn, the protagonist of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr, has three rules for dealing with faeries. Don’t stare at them, don’t speak to them, and don’t ever attract their attention. Unfortunately, unlike other teens, Aislinn has always been able to see faeries and knows how powerful and dangerous they can be. Soon she finds herself stalked by faeries, including one named Keenan, who tries to talk to her and ask her questions. Aislinn soon learns that Keenan is the Summer King and plans on making her his Summer Queen at any cost. 

Wondrous Strange

by Lesley Livingston

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Wondrous Strange is the first book in the trilogy of the same name by Lesley Livingston. Kelley Winslow is a seventeen-year-old actress who always believed that faeries were just something from childhood stories. However, she discovers that they are very real when she meets a changeling named Sonny Flannery. Sonny, who was taken as an infant and raised among Faerie, is tasked with preventing faeries from slipping into the world of humans. Kelley’s chance meeting with Sonny in Central Park causes her to learn about the Faerie’s dangerous, bewitching Otherworld and the heritage that awaits her there. 

Faerie Magic

by Anna Applegate

Faerie Magic by Anna Applegate

Faerie Magic is a paranormal and fantasy romance by Anna Applegate set in the Unseelie Kingdom. Coraline Fray ends up in this strange world after her clumsiness causes her to nearly drown in a pond. Unfortunately for Cora, humans who learn of Faerie can never return to their own world, so she is imprisoned as an energy source for the Unseeling Kingdom. However, Prince Noah, the future Unseeling King, does not agree with the practice of imprisoning humans for energy-feeding purposes. So both Cora and Noah have to keep up the ruse because if he’s not feeding on her, another Fae will.