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10 Irish-Based Adult and YA Fantasy Books

Moss-draped crumbling castles, cliffs overlooking a sapphiric sea, windswept, wide-open crags–Ireland is a country rich in lore and beauty.

The following books will take you to a place reminiscent of Ireland, either because they’re based in that evocative emerald isle or based off Irish lore. Enjoy your trip! 🙂

Oath of the Outcast C.M. Banschbach: In this duology, Rhys MacDuffy is serving as the Mountain Baron when he receives a message that his beloved brother has been taken by his enemies. Many brotherly and Irish vibes can be found in this heroic fantasy.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: Besides taking place in Ireland, this YA/children’s fantasy has many fun Irish jokes and lore hidden in it. Also, if you listen to it on audio book, you get to listen to the narrator’s lovely Irish accent!

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson: Fantasy and reality meet in contemporary Ireland in this YA fantasy. In a desperate plan to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment as an intern to an influential Judge–an enemy of her family. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on a spell and seal her people’s fate.

Patrick: Son of Ireland by Stephen Lawhead: Follow the man the holiday’s named after as he’s torn from his Welsh family at a young age and sold as a slave, as he learns the mystical ways of a secretive order, and fights and returns home in this adult historical fantasy.

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater: Venture into the darker world of faerie in this paranormal YA fantasy where Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who turns out to be a gallowglass―a soulless faerie assassin. Life soon becomes much too exciting when Deirdre becomes trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier: In a fairy tale retelling of ‘The Six Swans’ with an Irish twist, Sorcha’s father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell only Sorcha can lift—by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers forever.

Finn Mac Cool by Morgan Llywelyn: This Irish author breathes life into the legend of Finn Mac Cool, mightiest of the Irish heroes–a leader of the invincible army of Fianna, a poet, and lover.

The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling: While backpacking around Ireland, under the dangerous Hunter’s Moon, Gwen’s cousin Finn is kidnapped by the Faerie king, who wants her for a bride and possible sacrifice. It’s up to Gwen to rescue her cousin.

Circle of Nine by Valerie Biel: Brigit just wants to be normal. Instead, she learns she’s descended from a legendary Celtic tribe who serve as guardians of the stone circles of Ireland. Their powers could be hers–if only she wanted them. But when someone sinister returns to steal her family’s strength, Brigit must make a decision that will change her life forever.

The Dreaming Tree by C.J. Cherryh: Journey back to the land of faery in this Tolkien-esque book where a man with Elvish blood must put aside his humanity to save his people against an awakening evil.

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  1. Deborah O'Carroll

    Ooh, great list! I love Oath, I’ve read the first Artemis Fowl, and a couple of the others are on my TBR, but a bunch of these I’m going to have to look up! I’m always up for more Irish-ish books!

    1. Rachel Greco

      Thank you! I haven’t read most of these, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading them some time! I sadly haven’t read many Irish-ish books.

  2. N Mc Elroy

    As an Irish person, I would love to recommend The giltspur trilogy for YA which is based in East Ireland and based on folklore; The shanmrog’s (Irish for shamrock, our national flower) for younger readers…I loved this serors at an actual place you can visit that is older than the pyramids. For older readers, it really depends on your preferences….Bram Stoker Dracula is a favourite, but there is so much talent here that I find it hard to recommend your next read until I know what you like!

    1. Rachel Greco

      That sounds like a wonderful series! I will have to look it up.

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