Fantasy New Releases – Feb 2023

A Day of Fallen Night Samantha Shannon

Categories: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Adult, LGBTQIA, Queer

The stunning, standalone prequel to the New York Times bestselling The Priory of the Orange Tree.

Tunuva Melim is a member of the Priory who has spent fifty years training to slay wyrms, but none have appeared since the Nameless One, causing the younger generation to question the Priory’s purpose. Meanwhile, in the Queendom of Inys, Sabran the Ambitious has married the new King of Hróth, saving both realms from ruin, with their daughter, Glorian, following in their footsteps. The dragons of the East have been asleep for centuries, and Dumai has devoted her life to trying to wake the gods from their slumber in a Seiikinese mountain temple. However, when the Dreadmount erupts, these women must band together to protect humanity from a devastating threat, and their actions will shape the world for generations to come. Samantha Shannon’s intricate and epic storytelling is on full display in this novel, taking readers back to the world of A Priory of the Orange Tree.

She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

Categories: Fantasy, Gothic, YA, Horror

This atmospheric horror novel tells the story of a broken family haunted by a house with a terrifying appetite, a tale that will delight fans of Mexican Gothic. Jade Nguyen arrives in Vietnam with a single goal: to survive five weeks in the French colonial house her father is restoring, pretending to be a happy family. She’s always had to pretend to fit in, so she hopes that if she can be straight enough, Vietnamese enough, and American enough, she’ll be able to earn the college money he promised and get out. However, the house has other plans, and night after night, Jade wakes up paralyzed, hearing a thrumming sound emanating from the walls, and finding bugs in strange places. She discovers curious traces of her ancestors in the garden, and the ghost of a beautiful bride leaves cryptic warnings to not eat. Despite Jade’s claims, neither Ba nor her sister Lily believe that anything strange is happening. With the help of a delinquent girl, Jade is determined to prove that the house, which her family has always wanted, will not rest until it destroys them. Perhaps this time, she can keep her family together. As she uncovers the house’s secrets, Jade must also confront the truth about herself and what she must do to save them all.

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi S.A. Chakraborty

Categories: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adult

Shannon Chakraborty, the bestselling author of The City of Brass, spins a new trilogy of magic and mayhem on the high seas in this tale of pirates and sorcerers, forbidden artifacts and ancient mysteries, in one woman’s determined quest to seize a final chance at glory—and write her own legend.

Amina al-Sirafi has had a storied and scandalous career as one of the most notorious pirates in the Indian Ocean. She has survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and even a demon, and now she is content to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural.

However, when the obscenely wealthy mother of a former crewman tracks her down, Amina is offered a job that no bandit could refuse: retrieve her comrade’s kidnapped daughter for a large sum of money. The opportunity to embark on one last adventure with her crew, do right by an old friend, and secure a fortune that will ensure her family’s future seems like such an obvious choice that it must be God’s will.

As Amina delves deeper into the job, it becomes alarmingly clear that there is more to the girl’s disappearance than she was led to believe. Wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, and to savor just a bit more power always carries risk, and the price of such desires might be one’s very soul.

Weyward Emilia Hart

Categories: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Adult, Magical Realism

Kate leaves behind an abusive relationship in London and seeks refuge in Crows Beck, a remote village in Cumbria, in 2019. She plans to stay at Weyward Cottage, which she inherited from her great Aunt Violet, an eccentric entomologist.

As Kate tries to come to terms with her traumatic past, she uncovers a secret about the women in her family that dates back to 1619. Her ancestor Altha Weyward was put on trial for witchcraft, and the secret that Kate uncovers is about the long-lasting effects of male violence throughout the centuries.

Weyward is an extraordinary debut novel that delves into the themes of gender and control. It explores the echoes of male violence that resonate through the ages. At the same time, it celebrates the power of nature and women’s ability to break free from the shackles of oppression.

Immortality: A Love Story Dana Schwartz

Categories: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA, Gothic

Immortality: A Love Story is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Dana Schwartz’s bestselling gothic romance, Anatomy: A Love Story.

Hazel Sinnett is feeling isolated and uncertain about the events that occurred a year ago. She is unsure whether the incidents of immortality and Beecham’s vial were real or just a figment of her imagination. Moreover, she is unaware of Jack’s fate. At present, all she can do is attend to her patients and maintain the deteriorating Hawthornden Castle.

However, Hazel’s life takes an unexpected turn when she is arrested for saving a life. Just when she thought she was going to rot in prison, she receives a message informing her that she has been requested to be the personal physician of Princess Charlotte, the unwell daughter of King George IV. This opportunity plunges Hazel into the glittering world of court, where everyone has something to conceal, particularly the members of the Companions to the Death social club, who are secretive and intelligent.

As Hazel’s work ties her more closely to the British court, she realizes that not only her future as a surgeon is at stake, but also much more significant issues. Hostile forces are operating within the monarchy, and Hazel may be the only one capable of fixing the situation.

Wildblood Lauren Blackwood

Categories: Fantasy, YA, Magic, Adventure

Victoria, an 18-year-old Wildblood, was abducted at the age of six and used by the Exotic Lands Touring Company as a tour guide ever since. She works with a group of fellow Wildbloods, using their magic to protect travelers in a Jamaican jungle infested with ghostly monsters.

Victoria’s hard work and powerful magic have earned her the right to be promoted to team leader. However, when the company chooses her ex, Dean, over her, she is determined to prove that she deserves the position. Even though her magic is the strongest on the team, she doesn’t fit the image that the boss wants to portray to the new client, Thorn, a famous gold miner who wants to reach a gold supply deep in the jungle.

Thorn is the polar opposite of Victoria – confident, incredibly kind, and so attractive that he leaves her speechless. When he assigns the task to her, their mutual respect grows into affection and eventually love. Nevertheless, the jungle is hazardous, with hypnotic river spirits, skin-shedding women who devour souls, and her vengeful ex posing a threat to her life. As a result, Victoria must decide whether a promotion in a corrupt company is worth the risks.

Delicious Monsters Liselle Sambury

Categories: Fantasy, YA, Horror, Paranomal

In bustling Toronto, Daisy has the ability to see dead people, which is hard to forget. When she gets dumped by her boyfriend, she seizes the opportunity to escape to her mother’s newly inherited secluded mansion in northern Ontario. However, the house turns out to be different from what Daisy expected, and she soon realizes that her experience with the supernatural might not prepare her for her mother’s secrets or what lurks within the walls.

Ten years later, Brittney wants to escape her abusive mother, a bestselling author who claims to have seen the error of her ways during her stay at “Miracle Mansion.” Brittney decides to use the new season of her Haunted web series to uncover the truth about a young Black girl’s disappearance in the mansion ten years ago and expose her mother’s lies. As she delves deeper into the investigation, Brittney must choose which story matters most to her, Daisy’s or her own.

While Brittney investigates the mansion in the present, Daisy’s story unfolds in the past. Both timelines push the girls to face the most dangerous monsters of all: the ones that are hiding in plain sight.

Arch-Conspirator by Veronica Roth

Categories: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adult, Dystopia, Mythology

On a desolate planet beyond the last city on Earth, lies a barren wasteland. The survival of humanity is dependent on the Archive, which holds the genes of the deceased.

Although entering the Archive should be a joyous occasion, it is a different story for Antigone. Her parents were murdered, and her father’s throne was left vacant, resulting in her militant uncle Kreon rising to claim it. Antigone is filled with rage, as she feels trapped in a gilded cage when her uncle invites her and her siblings to stay in his mansion.

However, Kreon will soon learn that even cages have weaknesses, and he is not invincible either.

Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah

Categories: Fantasy, YA, LGBTQIA, Horror

The small town of Bishop is notorious for two things: its constant windstorms and a vast field of sunflowers that seems to go on forever. Sadly, it’s also known for the many missing women who never returned. When another group of women disappear during a stormy night, it comes as no surprise to the locals, and the case is swiftly closed. The daughters of the missing women are left to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives in their dusty shared house. However, a shocking secret is revealed during their mothers’ belated memorial service, stirred up by the raging wind.

As the girls grapple with their own secrets, they are forced to confront the lies they have been telling themselves and each other. Delilah wants to move on with her boyfriend Bennett, but she cannot bear his touch. Whitney is still mourning the loss of her mother and girlfriend, Eleanor, and finds comfort in an old weathervane that seems to speak to her. Jude, Whitney’s twin, would rather ignore everything, but the wind exposes her summer fling with Delilah’s boyfriend. Bo desperately wants answers about what happened to their mothers, convinced that the townsfolk are keeping a terrible secret.

Bishop has always been an odd town, but the girls are unaware of its dark history. The town was founded on a foundation of blood, and now it thirsts for theirs.

The Crane Husband Kelly Barnhill

Categories: Fantasy, Adult, Horror, Magical Realism

A small Midwestern family is held together by a fifteen-year-old girl who manages the household finances and takes care of her younger brother, while her mother, a talented artist, creates exquisite tapestries. The family has been on their own for six years, and while the mother has brought home guests occasionally, none of them have stayed for long.

But when the mother brings home a six-foot-tall crane with a menacing aura, the girl cannot stop her from letting the intruder into their lives. Despite the crane’s sharp edges, the mother is captivated by its beauty and abandons everything else to create the masterpiece that the crane demands.

This contemporary retelling of “The Crane Wife” by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon follows the story of a determined teenager who is forced to grow up quickly to protect her family and change their fate. She will do whatever it takes to keep her family together and change the course of their story.

Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb

Categories: Fantasy, YA, LGBTQIA

The city of Ombrazia is controlled by saints and their followers, who use their power to favor certain individuals while leaving others to struggle. Rossana Lacertosa’s father was killed by the Ombrazian military, prompting her to use her abilities as a disciple of Patience to join the rebellion and bring down the corrupt system. Damian Venturi, the youngest captain in Palazzo security’s history, is expected to be unwavering in his devotion to the saints, but his experiences in a relentless war have left him with hidden emotional scars and a reluctance to confront his past.

A murderer is on the loose in Ombrazia, preying on the city’s inhabitants. The Palazzo initially turns a blind eye to the situation, until a disciple becomes the killer’s latest victim. Damian and Roz must work together to track down the murderer, even if it means confronting their own buried feelings. As they explore the dark underbelly of Ombrazia, they uncover something far more nefarious than they ever could have imagined. As the darkness draws closer and time ticks away, will they be able to save the city from an all-encompassing evil that threatens to obliterate everything in its path?

Nightbirds by Kate J. Armstrong

Categories: Fantasy, YA, LGBTQIA

In Simta, the Nightbirds are a secret society of teenage girls from wealthy families who possess magical abilities that they can transfer to others with a kiss. The use of magic, especially by women, is strictly forbidden by the city’s religious leaders, who would have them burned at the stake if they were discovered. However, the Great Houses protect and guard the Nightbirds as valuable assets.

Matilde, Aesa, and Sayer are this season’s Nightbirds, offering their unique magic to paying clients under the protection of their respective Great Houses. After their season, they are expected to marry lords of the Great Houses and become mothers to the next generation of Nightbirds before their powers diminish. However, the three Nightbirds believe that their lives are not just temporary but a complete deception, and they yearn for more.

When they discover that there are other girls like them and that their powers are far greater than they were led to believe, they realize that the Nightbird system is designed to keep them under control as daughters and wives. They must now decide whether to accept their gilded cage or to take action to transform the city that created it.

Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder

Categories: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA, LGBTQIA, Horror

A deadly virus sweeps across the world, transforming its victims into grotesque creatures. As society crumbles, a group of women are drawn together by mysterious and dark forces.

Erin, who used to be shy and secretive, develops a dangerous attraction to another woman’s brain. Why does forbidden fruit taste so tempting?

Savannah, an experienced BDSM practitioner, discovers a twisted new fetish: committing savage murders for her otherworldly masters.

Mareva, plagued by a debilitating illness, is too frightened to acknowledge her divine purpose in the impending apocalypse. As her tumors multiply, so does her desperation.

Lucy A. Snyder’s award-winning story “Magdala Amygdala” inspires this cosmic tale of the planet’s catastrophic transformation and the horrifying consequences that follow.

Symphony for a Deadly Throne by E.J. Mellow

Categories: Fantasy, Adult, New Adult

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes the third and final installment in the Mousai series, following a young woman torn between the man she loves and the kingdom she calls home.

The Thief Kingdom lies hidden in the world of Aadilor, filled with enchantment and chaos. Within its borders, the Mousai, a group of dangerous sorceresses, work for the secretive Thief King, dispensing both punishment and pleasure to the populace.

Arabessa Bassette, the leader of the Mousai, wields her powerful magic with unwavering precision, but she harbors a burning desire to strike out on her own. She also has a complicated relationship with Zimri D’Enieu, her father’s trusted aide and the man who has held her heart since they were young. When she receives an unexpected invitation to compete for the Thief King’s throne, Arabessa is faced with an impossible decision: give up her greatest love or her greatest ambition.

However, in the Thief Kingdom, every action has a cost, especially when it comes to the pursuit of power. With Arabessa and Zimri’s future hanging in the balance, she must decide whether she is willing to pay the price.

Enter the world of Aadilor, where love is found in unexpected places and music can be deadly. Are you brave enough to take part in the game?

Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown

Categories: Fantasy, Adult, Paranormal

For years, the Montrose women – Augusta, Victoria, and Willow – have lived together in their cozy California bungalow, keeping to themselves and sharing a bond through their collection of potions and spells. However, when seventeen-year-old Nickie Montrose brings home her first boyfriend, their peaceful existence is disrupted. The other women have been keeping a dark family secret from Nickie: a curse that has plagued their family for generations, causing the death of anyone they fall in love with.

As the family prepares to reveal the truth to Nickie, they must confront their own past mistakes and choices. Uncovering the hidden story of a voodoo shop in 1950s New Orleans may hold the answers they need to break the curse and find love without fear.

As they grapple with their beliefs and the weight of the curse, the Montrose women find themselves on a collision course with their own past, and with each other. Can they break the curse and find a way to love without fear, or will their family be doomed to suffer the same fate for generations to come?

The Magician’s Daughter by H.G. Parry

Categories: Fantasy, Adult, Historical Fiction

In the year 1912, magic has vanished from the world for the past seventy years. However, Biddy has grown up surrounded by magic on the legendary island of Hy-Brasil, off the coast of Ireland. As an orphan who was rescued from a shipwreck as a baby, Biddy has known nothing but the sea-salt air, ancient trees, and the wild black rabbits of the island. Her only companion is Rowan, a lone magician who protects her and the island from harm.

As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Biddy feels stifled by her isolation and frustrated with Rowan’s strict rule to never leave the island. Rowan himself disappears every night, transforming into a raven and flying to the mainland without telling Biddy where he goes.

When Rowan fails to return home one night, Biddy sets out to find him, venturing into his nightmares and discovering the terrible events that led to the disappearance of magic. She learns that Rowan has enemies who pose a threat to the safety of Hy-Brasil. Determined to protect her home and guardian, Biddy embarks on a journey that takes her from the poorhouses of Whitechapel to a secret castle beneath London streets and even the ruins of an ancient civilization.

As she delves deeper into the mystery, Biddy begins to question everything she has ever believed about Rowan, her own origins, and the true cost of bringing magic back into the world. Will she be able to restore magic to the world without sacrificing everything she holds dear?

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

Categories: Fantasy, YA, LGBTQIA, Pirates

Mar León-de la Rosa, a nonbinary pirate with the power to control fire and ice, faces a grave threat on their 16th birthday. El Diablo, a powerful entity, demands payment for a deal made by Mar’s father, and that payment is the souls of Mar’s crew and father. The only hope of saving them is to make a bargain with el Diablo by the next Harvest Moon, but Mar refuses to give up their soul. With no other options, Mar turns to an unlikely duo for help: Bas, the captain’s son, and Dami, a genderfluid demonio. Together, they must find a way to outsmart el Diablo and save Mar’s family, even if it means risking their lives and using Mar’s forbidden magic.

The Tyranny of Faith Richard Swan

Categories: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adult

From a major new debut author in epic fantasy comes the second book in a trilogy where action, intrigue, and magic collide. Sir Konrad Vonvalt is an Emperor’s Justice: a detective, judge, and executioner all in one. But these are dangerous times to be a Justice.

After the Battle of Galen’s Vale, Sir Konrad Vonvalt returns to Sova and discovers that rumors of the Magistratum’s declining power have caused unrest in the capital city. There are whispers of rebellion, and patricians openly speak out against the Emperor in the Senate while fanatics call for holy vengeance in the streets.

However, before Vonvalt can address these threats to the throne, he is tasked with rescuing the Emperor’s grandson who has been kidnapped. Vonvalt embarks on a mission to find the missing prince with the help of his allies, Helena, Bressinger, and Sir Radomir. Their search takes them to the southern frontier where they encounter the puritanical fury of Bartholomew Claver and his templar knights. They also encounter a dark power that is more terrifying than anything they have ever imagined. This new challenge will test their abilities and courage as they fight to protect the Empire and its future.

City of Souls and Sinners by Kayla Edwards

Categories: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

In the sequel to City of Gods and Monsters, Loren Calla and Darien Cassel have settled back into their old routines, grateful that the whirlwind of dangers they’d faced on Kalendae and the weeks leading up to it are now behind them—or so they think.

Loren faces a new problem when she is coerced by the Terran Imperator to work for him, despite her lack of magical ability. To protect her loved ones, she agrees to his demands, but the secrets she must keep threaten to drive a wedge between her and her partner, Darien. Meanwhile, Darien, who wants nothing to do with his father’s throne, is drawn into the political machinations of Angelthene. The Magical Protections Unit enlists his help to dismantle the illegal arms trade, but to do so, Darien must claim his place as the head of the Darkslayers, putting himself in danger and making new enemies. As he delves deeper into his father’s secrets, he starts to see creatures that only he can see, and fears he might be losing his mind.

Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

Categories: Fantasy, Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Magical Realism

Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. Alex Stern is back and the Ivy League is going straight to hell in #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo’s Hell Bent.

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to rescue Darlington from purgatory, even if it means sacrificing her future at Lethe and Yale. However, attempting the rescue is forbidden and the Ninth House can’t be called for help. So Alex and Dawes gather a group of questionable allies to save Darlington, but they must navigate through difficult challenges and secrets to achieve their goal. However, when faculty members begin to die under mysterious circumstances, Alex suspects that something sinister is at work. To survive, she must confront her own past and the dark secrets that lurk within the university.

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare

Categories: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

James and Cordelia must save London—and their marriage—in this conclusion to the Last Hours series from author Cassandra Clare.

Cordelia Carstairs is devastated after losing everything she held dear. Her father is dead, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend Lucie are ruined, and her marriage to James Herondale is in shambles. To make matters worse, she is now bound to Lilith, an ancient demon who has stripped her of her power as a Shadowhunter.

In an attempt to escape her troubles, Cordelia flees to Paris with Matthew Fairchild. However, her respite is short-lived when she receives news that the Prince of Hell, Belial, is threatening London and that Tatiana Blackthorn has escaped the Adamant Citadel.

Returning to London, Cordelia finds the city in chaos and divided. The revelation that Belial is James and Lucie’s grandfather has made the Herondales the target of suspicion for dealings with demons. Cordelia struggles to protect James while grappling with her feelings for both him and Matthew. Her friends are also struggling with their secrets and are seemingly unable to help.

With time running out, Cordelia and her friends must work together to save London from Belial’s deadly army. If they fail, they risk losing everything, including their very souls.

Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman

Categories: Fantasy, YA, Disability

Iselia “Seelie” Graygrove, an autistic changeling, struggles to blend in with humans due to her unpredictable magic despite her resemblance to her twin sister Isolde. After a heist gone wrong, the sisters team up with unlikely allies and uncover a bigger mystery that delves into the history of both humans and fae. As they dig deeper, they realize the secrets of the faeries could be more precious than any treasure. However, Seelie must master her magic quickly to safeguard her and her sister from danger.

Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim

Categories: Fantasy, YA, High Fantasy

In Qalia, a hidden desert city, the consumption of misra tea awakens magical abilities known as affinities in its drinkers. Imani, a seventeen-year-old warrior, possesses a rare affinity for iron and is highly skilled in battle, earning her a reputation as the city’s next great Shield. However, her family’s name was tarnished when her brother stole their nation’s valuable spice, revealing his dangerous magical obsession. He disappeared, presumed dead beyond the Forbidden Wastes, leaving Imani devastated.

When Imani uncovers evidence that her brother may still be alive and using their nation’s magic, she strikes a deal with the Council to find him and bring him back before he reveals the city’s location. Along with a djinni named Qayn and a beastseer named Taha, Imani embarks on a mission to find her brother.

As they journey beyond the Forbidden Wastes, Imani realizes that there are many secrets to be discovered, both in the world around her and within her own heart. Will they be able to find Imani’s brother before his actions endanger the safety of Qalia?

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