Your Perfect YA Read Based on Your Dungeons & Dragons Class (Part II)
Welcome back, Swooners! I’m here to combine two of my most favorite things: YA books and D&D. ICYMI: I’ve already laid out six pairings in Part I. Let’s roll into the other six!
Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck
Paladins are kinda like what happens if you mix a cleric and a fighter. Similar to a cleric, a paladin has sworn a divine oath to fight for justice and righteousness. But unlike clerics, paladins do this with a little less praying and a little more stabbing. They can often be found on the front lines of the battle against evil, smiting the wicked and using their powers to heal the wounded.
In Beware the Night, Veda lives in a world where the lower classes are kept down via religious scare tactics from those in power. So long as everyone dutifully worships the Sun, human sacrifice included, peace continues. But Veda begins to see through the lies and ultimately joins the fight against tyranny.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Rangers are fiercely independent, and they often specialize as hunters, trackers and/or wilderness guides. They know a little bit of magic—similar to druids, it’s derived from their close bond with nature—and they are a particularly quick and stealthy class. You could basically plunk them in any hostile territory and they’d figure out how to survive there.
In We Hunt the Flame, Zafira is a total badass, disguising herself as a boy and braving the cursed forest to keep her people safe and fed. And when she hears of a lost artifact that could stop the spread of evil and restore magic to the world, she sets off on a quest to retrieve it. Unfortunately for her, though, she’s not the only one on the hunt...
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
Rogues are known for their resourcefulness and stealth. They are very good at being quick and sneaky, and they tend to play a little fast and loose when it comes to the law. Rogues are particularly infamous with their skills of lock-picking and deception. They come in all different flavors—from pickpockets to assassins to pro dungeon delvers.
In Nocturna, Finn is a faceshifter, which comes in handy quite a bit in her business as a thief. But her talents are put to the ultimate test when she’s forced to steal a legendary treasure from the palace itself. And when she crosses paths with a reckless prince, they accidentally release a powerful, deadly magic into the world that could very well set off an apocalypse. Oops?
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Sorcerers have magic thrumming through their veins, sometimes to an uncontrollable degree. They’re unique among magic users in that the power comes completely from within themselves, not an outside influence or years of study. Sometimes the magic comes from a bloodline descended from dragons, sometimes from exposure to otherworldly powers.
In Children of Blood and Bone, Zélie is a rare surviving maji after a tyrannical king had all the magic-users—including Zélie’s mother—killed in her homeland of Orïsha. Now, Zélie’s on a mission to restore magic to her people and take revenge on the king. But first she’ll have to learn to control the dangerous power inside herself.
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Warlocks are also magic-users, but their power is the result of a deal with some sort of otherworldly being—could be anything from a fey noble to a demon to a creature from another dimension. Warlocks are infamously insatiable in their pursuit of more power and knowledge.
In Beasts Made of Night, sins can be extracted from someone in the form of deadly beasts. Taj is an indentured aki, a sin-eater whose job it is to slay the monsters. But every time he kills one, the sin-beast appears on his skin as a tattoo, and the guilt weighs on his own mind. Most aki lose their sanity to this task over time. When Taj is called to eat the sin of a royal, things get even more dangerous as he’s caught up in a deadly conspiracy.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Roberson
Wizards are our final type of magic-user, and they set themselves apart by learning their magic through years of study. Rather than getting their power through their bloodline or from a higher power, wizards learn spells from books or inscriptions in ancient ruins. It takes a LOT of discipline (read: nerdiness) to be a wizard.
In Sorcery of Thorns, Elisabeth has been raised in one of the Great Libraries (um, jealous). The books there are basically the entire Restricted Section from Hogwarts: Many contain evil magics and have to be kept chained to their shelves. But when Elisabeth is framed for releasing the library’s most dangerous grimoire, she begins to question everything she’s ever been taught about magic.
And there you have it! Got any of your own recommendations? Questions about YA or D&D? Share in the comments! And may the dice ever roll in your favor!