The best clean fantasy books featuring animal companions

Who am I?

Throughout my childhood, my mother repeated the mantra, “Love your own, leave others alone.” Her purpose was to prevent me and my siblings from begging to keep every animal we saw. Arguably, the phrase had some impact because we obviously didn’t bring home every animal. (But we also adopted a opossum from the backyard and named him Mr. Jenkins, so you be the judge.) For as long as I can remember, I have loved finding fantasy adventure books that feature the animals I love so much as trusted companions. I hope you enjoy the books on this list as much as I do!

I wrote...

Aivan: The One Truth

By Kayla E. Green,

Book cover of Aivan: The One Truth

What is my book about?

Aivan: The One Truth is a story about self-discovery, identity, and faith. It follows two young people from opposite sides of the Great Continent who must make sense of their lives. As you read, you will be on the edge of your seat rooting for both Rolf and Rune and reflecting on your own beliefs as they navigate theirs. Beautiful inspiration from the Bible stories taught in church are woven into this magical and inspirational tale. Aivan, an award-winning Christian fantasy, is absolutely a must read. And who doesn’t love animal companions featured in fantasy stories alongside the heroes? Aivan: The One Truth has two–a wolf and a pegasus!

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Why did I love this book?

Creating a book recommendation list of clean fantasy books with animal companions and not including The Girl Who Drank the Moon is like going ice skating without skates—I just can’t do it!

Though written for a middle grade audience, this fantasy novel is one all ages can enjoy. It is clean and the narrative focuses on found family, goodness in life despite bad things happening, and hope—there’s so much beautiful hope in this book. But wait; there’s more! The cast of lovable characters includes Fyrian, a Perfectly Tiny Dragon (who believes he is a Simply Enormous Dragon).

Every Luna needs a Fyrian. And every witch. Oh, I can’t forget about swamp monsters—it seems everyone needs a Fyrian!

By Kelly Barnhill,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked The Girl Who Drank the Moon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


'This beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story will enchant and entertain' Daily Mail

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is in fact a good witch who shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest,…

Book cover of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

Why did I love this book?

Another middle grade fantasy, Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch, follows a young girl trying to prove herself even with a lack of magical ability.

Though away from her parents, Eva’s not alone. Her trusty companion throughout her journey to help the residents of Auteri and earn her title never leaves her side. And, what’s more, is her animal companion is one I hadn’t seen before reading this book—it's a flamefox.

The flamefox, better known as Ember, loves food but loves her person, Eva, more—something that will resonate with people who love pets (and people who just love, well, love)!  

By Julie Abe,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Sometimes all you need is a pinch of magic...

Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Adept Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn't, she'll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it's a simple enough test:

ONE: Help your town, do good all around.
TWO: Live there for one moon, don't leave too soon.
THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.

The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And…


By M.H. Elrich,

Book cover of Toothbreaker

Why did I love this book?

Moving away from middle-grade-specific books, my next recommendation is aimed at young adult and adult audiences.

When people hear animal companions in fantasy, wolves tend to come to mind pretty quickly. Toothbreaker focuses on a special group of people, Eritam, who have a unique gift of taming and working with wolves. So, there are wolves within this narrative!

A spin-off novella of Elrich’s Daughters of Tamnarae series, Toothbreaker is a fast-paced yet beautiful story of second chances, granting others and yourself grace, and finding purpose. My favorite part of this book, after the wolves, includes the ease in which readers can connect with Sage and the other characters.

Plus, there are references to other groups within the fantasy world—did someone say dragon tamers?? 

By M.H. Elrich,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Toothbreaker as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

Calor: Volume 1

By J J Fischer,

Book cover of Calor: Volume 1

Why did I love this book?

Again, who doesn’t love an animal sidekick? Especially if that companion is a wolf who has a special gift in which she can judge people’s character and is dedicated to protecting those in her “pack!”

Lady Jewel is a large white wolf who is an important companion to our primary protagonists, Lord Adamo and Sephone Winters. Pair this loyal wolf with a post-apocalyptic fantasy world in which memory trading is a lucrative business, and you have an intriguing narrative for adult readers (and, like all titles in this list, it’s clean, too)!

By J J Fischer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Calor as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

Animal Kingdom

By Andrew Winch (editor),

Book cover of Animal Kingdom

Why did I love this book?

Do you love animals and seeing them within stories but sometimes just want something shorter than a full-length novel?

Then check out Animal Kingdom, a Havok anthology that includes 48 pieces of flash fiction (1000 words or less). Every piece features an animal and celebrates animal and human connections. Several pieces are fantasy, but (bonus) the collection also includes stories for fans of science fiction, thriller, mystery, and humor.

Pick up this book if you want a lot of different clean stories, fantasy and beyond, which feature many different types of animal companions (ranging from photogenic snakes, light-carrying moths, and more)! 

By Andrew Winch (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Animal Kingdom as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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