When I was younger, some of my favorite stories were filled with talking animals, magical quests and the inevitable battle between good and evil. There is something so intrinsically wonderful about getting thrown down the rabbit hole of a great fantasy or science-fiction novel. Anything can happen in a world with uniquely diverse characters, magical storylines and the exploration of lore. These are my top recommendations for the reader who loves fantasy novels.
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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This epic fantasy is one you will not want to miss. Though it is a massive 800-plus pages, the story of a world divided, danger lurking and dark forces looming will captivate you. If you are waiting for the new Game of Thrones season to start, may I suggest diving into this incredible story to help you make it through your
Slayer by Kiersten White
Into every generation, a Slayer is born… Yes. I just wrote it. Slayer is the first book in a
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
How lucky we all are that Roshani Chokshi has given us another world to fall in love with. This author’s lyrical and eloquent writing is only made better through her multilayered storytelling. Paris is given a new breath of life as we join in the journey of Séverin Montagnet-Alarie and his gang to hunt down an ancient artifact in The Gilded Wolves.
White Stag by Kara Barbieri
This debut novel by Kara Barbieri is a coming-of-age story like no other. The reader meets Janneke, a young girl who finds herself becoming more monster than human. Readers follow along as she seeks to uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home. It is captivating and an amazing beginning to the Permafrost series.
The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
This book is the first in what I hope will be a multi-book series. It is part fantasy and part science fiction with a hint of superhero origin stories on the side. As soon as I started reading, I instantly became invested in the characters’ lives. They are in the stages of discovering who they are and what they are truly capable of. It is quite the ride. Though I will say, in the end, we are left hanging, so don’t expect to have everything tied up neatly with a bow for you.
The Afterward by E.K. Johnston
For those of you interested in a bit more romance with your fantasy, Johnston’s new book may just be the ticket. In this tale, the main characters will fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.
Finale by Stephanie Garber
If you are looking for books to truly get swept away in, the
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Raise your hand if you have been waiting for this one. This book is the epic conclusion of the internationally bestselling Nevernight Chronicles from the master himself, Jay Kristoff. Those of us who have followed Mia Corvere’s bloody journey through Nevernight and
Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Finally! I am really excited to read the latest book from The Night Circus author, Erin Morgenstern. It seems like we have waited forever to be sucked back into a world created by her. The book is a timeless love story set in a secret underground world which is a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars and ships that sail upon a starless sea.
Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd
This summer we will all get to go back into Shepherd’s world of witches, beasties, goblins
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The author who brought us the Wicked trilogy, the Lux series and The Dark Elements series, now has a new novel set in a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret. I first heard about it a month ago and cannot wait to dive into this book.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
I cannot talk about fantasy novels without mentioning the queen of all things Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare. The author has two new books coming, The Red Scrolls of Magic and Chain of Gold. When I heard about both of these books, I squealed in glee. The Red Scrolls of Magic is the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. And if that isn’t enough… Chain of Gold is the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and the only thing more dangerous than fighting demons is falling in love. Shadowhunter Army, it is time to get ready.