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Nothing is more exciting about a new year than all the new soon-to-be-released books. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, you are in luck because this curated list features the best and most highly-anticipated fantasy books of 2023.
Read on to discover the most highly-awaited fantasy books of 2023.
Return to the fantastical world of Elfhame in The Stolen Heir, the first book of a new, captivating duology filled with magic, mystery, and intrigue.
Nearly a decade has passed since the Battle of the Serpent, and Suren, child queen of the Court of Teeth, is no closer to reclaiming the throne her mother sits upon nor ending the reign of terror she exerts with her monstrous creations after fleeing to the human world.
When her path crosses with Prince Oak, heir to Elfhame and her former betrothed, she is wary of his intentions, but with few friends and even fewer allies, he may be her only hope of reclaiming her rightful place as the Queen of the Court of Teeth.
But first, she must help him on a mission that will take her to the heart of Elfhame and force her to confront everything she left behind.
In the highly-awaited sequel to Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novel Ninth House, Galaxy “Alex” Stern and Dawes must do the impossible: Break a soul out of purgatory and uncover Lethe’s deeply buried secrets, all while staying alive.
In Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries, Heather Fawcett weaves an enchanting fantasy world rich with vivid world-building, complex characters, and deadly magic.
Cambridge professor Emily Wilde has always been fascinated by the Fair Folk, pushing her to put together the first-ever encyclopedia of faerie lore.
When her work takes her to the tiny village of Hrafnsvik, she has no plans of making friends with the townsfolk, especially not with her insufferable academic and mysterious rival, Wendall Bambleby, who seems to stunt her and her research at every turn.
Kate Daniels, Curran, and their son, Conlan, return in the highly-anticipated novella Magic Tides. Despite Kate’s plans to keep a low profile, those quickly go out the window when Kate undertakes a mission to rescue a kidnapped youth. To say things are about to become complicated would be an understatement.
In this striking sequel to the bestselling novel Sorcery of Thorns, Elisabeth Scrivener, Nathaniel Thorn, and their demon partner Silas return to uncover what is keeping them trapped within Thorn Manor.
In Spice Road, Maiya Ibrahim weaves an utterly mesmerizing tale set in an Arabian-inspired land immersed with hidden spice magic that could prove deadly if in the wrong hands. When sixteen-year-old Imani’s brother brings disgrace to their family name after stealing the highly coveted spice, Imani must find her brother and save her people before it is too late.
James and Cordelia return in the highly-awaited finale to the Last Hours series from bestselling New York Times author Cassandra Clare.
Cordelia Carstairs is spiraling. Following the death of her father, the loss of the parabatai bond that she will now never have with her best friend Lucie, and the ruination of her marriage with James Herondale, Cordelia is at her wit’s end. To make matters worse, she is no longer a Shadowhunter after binding herself to the ancient demon Lilith.
Stripped of her power and attached to a demon, Cordelia flees to Paris with Matthew Fairchild, but when news reaches the pair of the danger their friends face, Cordelia finds herself returning to the place she was trying to escape: London.
In The Last Tale of the Flower Bride, Roshani Chokshiweaves a mesmerizing fairy tale immersed with enchanting magic, deadly secrets, and a hidden past rooted in intrigue and tragedy, perfect for fans of Mexican Gothic and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
When the mysterious and beautiful scholar Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada married, she made her bridegroom promise to never look into her past. However, the past never truly stays buried, and when a family tragedy brings them to Indigo’s childhood home, her bridegroom finds himself unable to keep his promise.
In the striking new fantasy world of the Nightbirds, Kate L. Armstrong brings us a rich and imaginative world centered around the Nightbirds, a secret group of four women blessed with magical powers. Targeted by the church and coveted by those who wish to possess them, these four women must navigate treacherous waters to survive.
Bestselling author of TheCity of Brass series S.A. Chakraborty returns with The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi, a dazzling new fantasy world lush with magic, mayhem, and legendary adventures.
Amina al-Sirafi is more than ready to settle down after surviving the treacherous waters of the Indian Ocean and making a name for herself as one of the most notorious pirates. However, those plans fizzle out when she finds herself recruited by a former comrade to retrieve her kidnapped daughter for an ungodly sum of money.
Let’s just say the sea is not through with Amina al-Sirafi.
In the stunning prequel to the bestselling novel ThePriory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon returns to her lush world of Priory of the Orange Tree, following the lives of four women and exploring the events that would shape their world for years to come.
Bestselling authors of the Zodiac Academy, Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, bring us A Game of Malice and Greed, a new dark fairytale retelling that sweeps its readers into a land of immortals, thieves, royals, and forbidden love.
In The Foxglove King, Hannah F. Whitten sweeps us into a striking fantasy world overflowing with politics, deadly magic, and forbidden romance,
At thirteen, Lore escaped a cult in the catacombs, and for the next decade, she lived by one rule: Remain hidden and keep her death magic under wraps. However, that falls apart when Lore’s magic is exposed, forcing her out of hiding. Now swept into the Sainted King’s dazzling court, Lore must navigate the treacherous halls of the royals.
In this new eerie fantasy, bestselling author T. Kingfisher brings us a chilling Southern Gothic immersed with suspense, spine-tingling mysteries, and horror.
When Sam Montgomery returns home, she finds that the familiar home of her childhood is no longer. Gone is the warm charm of her childhood home and in its place is a chillingly sterile atmosphere that begs the question, what happened? Where is her nostalgic childhood home, and why does her mother jump at random creaks and noises?
As a Hollower, Tamsin Lark is a mortal without magic. When her foster father disappears without a trace, Tamsin must step up and keep herself and her brother Cabell alive.
Nearly a decade passes before she hears of her foster father’s whereabouts. When she learns that he is in possession of a coveted Arthurian relic, she sets out to track him down and reluctantly teams up with her rival Emrys.
In Divine Rivals, Rebecca Ross weaves an enchanting fantasy world immersed in magic, romance, and intrigue.
At eighteen, Iris Winnow is doing everything she can to keep her family together. But with her mother’s addiction and her brother missing on the front lines, she knows that the only way to make things manageable is to snatch the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.
To stave her worries, she pens letters to her brother and places them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish. What Iris does not realize is that they find their way into the hands of her rival at the paper, the cold and calculating Roman Kitt. When Roman writes back, Iris unknowingly forges a connection with her archrival.
In her highly-anticipated debut novel Some Desperate Glory, Emily Tesh crafts an imaginative space opera overflowing with adventure and imagination.
Kyr has a vendetta – one against those who murdered the planet Earth. From the moment she could walk, Kyr has worked to make a name for herself in the Gaea Station. Now, she is one of the best warriors of her generation. However, when her brother’s life is put on the line, and her life becomes dedicated to bearing young, she knows she must step up and take her fate into her hands.
At twenty, Selene Bowers is more than ready to jumpstart her life, starting with getting accepted into Henbane Coven, an academy for young witches. However, Selene must first connect with her powers to be considered by Henbane.
Determined to do just that, Selene hops on a flight to South America and unintentionally comes into her magic when a wicked force attempts to crash the plane. But in waking her powers, there was a cost: memory loss. And to make matters worse, she unwittingly uncovers an ancient evil while traversing the jungle – one that believes her to be his scheming long-dead wife.
To say Selene’s life is about to become a lot more complicated would be an understatement.
From the bestselling author of The House in the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door comes In the Lives of Puppets, a lush and imaginative fantasy world inspired by Wall-E and Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Hidden within the sweeping, wide-ranging trees is a lovely home occupied by three robots and a human. When android Giovanni Lawson unwittingly alerts robots from his former life to their location, he finds himself a reluctant hostage. To save Gio, Victor Lawson and the rest of his found family must go on a deadly mission across dangerous lands.
In The Sun and The Star, demigods Nico di Angelo and Will Solace must do the impossible and face the nightmares of Tartarus to rescue their friend. Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro’s highly-anticipated fantasy novel is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson.
Kai is not having a good day. Following his murder, his consciousness was trapped and left dormant for years before he was awakened by a lesser mage attempting to harness his powers. To say he is having a bad day would probably be an understatement.
In House of Roots and Ruin, the sequel to the Gothic fantasy House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig returns to her lush and imaginative world and tells the tale of Verity Thaumas, the sister who never left the Salann shores.
At seventeen, Verity is more than ready to escape the confines of her family’s estate, Highmoor, so when she gets word from her sister of a potential job painting the Duchess of Bloem’s son Alexander, she seizes the opportunity.
Everything about Bloem seems perfect at first, but as the mornings turn into nights, Verity learns something much more sinister is at play behind its deceiving facade.
In the kingdom of Talin, thousands gather to watch a deadly competition that ends with death, more likely than not. For those confident in their body hopping skills, the games are a time to show off their abilities and win a fortune. However, it is not easy, nor is it without a little bit of murder.
Since the massacre of her family five years prior, Princess Calla Tuoleimi has remained in hiding, something that she plans to change if it means getting the opportunity to kill her uncle, even if she has to join the games to do it.
In the aftermath of the gods’ arrival, only nine cities survived their wrath. Now ruled by guardians – royalty who feed on mortal pleasure – those cities have become reluctant safe havens for anyone looking to avoid the treacherous wastelands swarming with grotesque nightmares and deadly threats.
Born with the power of intuition, Calista lives a relatively comfortable life as the courtesan to the Baron of Archwood. But when intuition tells her to save a traveling prince in danger, she finds herself in a unique position – one where she must play the temporary companion to a prince – that could spell Calista’s ultimate downfall if she ignores intuition.
Damelas Chademantaigne has no desire to participate in a judicial duel with the deadliest duellist in the city. Desperate to evade the Vixen, Damelas tricks his way into the company of actors, a move that proves effective until he unwittingly reveals a dangerous truth during a performance, one that could put his life in great danger.
In the highly-awaited romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series, an assassination attempt draws Kel, an orphan turned body-double for the royal heir, and Lin Caster, an Ashkar with magical abilities, into an elaborate scheme of deadly stakes, dangerous magic, and forbidden love.
Sera and Nyktos return in the highly-awaited installment to the Flesh and Fire series from Jennifer L. Armentrout, the New York Times bestselling author of the Blood and Ash series and the Origin trilogy.