What’s better than curling up with a blanket, a hot drink, and a magic-fused fantasy novel that sweeps you off your feet?
Not much, my friend. Not much.
Winter book releases are fast approaching and there are loads of new fantasy books coming onto the scene. There are beloved authors making their fantasy debuts, brand new authors starting their career in fantasy, and returning favorites treating us once again with epic books.
Check out five fantasy novels slated to come out this winter that promise to bring loads of magic and luster.
For fans of: A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Lunar Chronicles
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by author Brigid Kemmerer is a new retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. This young adult fantasy novel follows Prince Rhen, who has been cursed to repeat the fall of his eighteenth year over and over again.
That is until he can get a girl to fall for him and break the enchantment.
At the end of each autumn, Rhen transforms into a vicious and destructive beast, unable to break himself and his people free of the wretched curse. He’s already destroyed his family and his castle. He needs to fall in love to break the curse and save his kingdom from completely falling apart.
Harper’s world is disintegrating around her. Her mother is dying, her father already gone. She and her brother are holding on by a thread, but Harper has learned to survive despite her hardships and constantly being underestimated due to her cerebral palsy.
Harper suddenly gets sucked into Prince Rhen’s world. In a land of enchantments, beasts, and royal castles, Harper isn’t sure what’s real or where she is.
Dark forces are facing the kingdom and it’ll take more than a broken curse to save it.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely releases on January 29. Kemmerer is the author of The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is her first young adult fantasy novel.
For fans of: Daughter of the Pirate King and Children of Blood and Bone
Warrior of the Wild is a Viking-inspired fantasy novel by Tricia Levenseller, author of best-selling books Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen.
Rasmira is her father’s chosen heir, destined for the role of village warrior and leader. She’s trained her entire life for the position. But when the day comes for her to come of age, her ceremony is sabotaged.
The unthinkable happens. She fails her initiation and is banished to the woods until she can prove herself worthy.
Her only path to the throne is to hunt and kill the oppressive deity that lives in the forest and torments her village.
Or never return home at all.
Rasmira embarks on an impossible task to win back her honor and free her people.
Warrior of the Wild releases on February 26.
For fans of: Flame in the Mist and An Ember in the Ashes
The Girl King is an Asian-inspired fantasy rich with legend, magic, and destiny by author Mimi Yu.
Lu has always known her destiny: that she would be named her father’s heir and rule the Empire of the First Flame. Her sister, Min, was destined to lead a quiet life in the shadows.
But the girls’ father throws a wrench in their fates when he names their male cousin, Set, his heir instead.
Lives are thrown into chaos. Lu’s determined to claim her rightful place on the throne. She abandons her home and her sister and begins a journey on the run where she meets the mysterious Nokhai, a lone survivor of a wolf shapeshifting clan.
Nokhai never learned to shift and grapples with trusting the empire that killed his entire family. But Lu just might be the key to changing everything and unlocking his true power.
Back home, Min’s own power begins to manifest and she’s left decide whether she should help her cousin rule or take the throne for herself.
There can only be one emperor and the sister’s greatest enemies may very well end up being each other.
The Girl King releases on January 8.
For fans of: Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin
The Ruin of Kings is a debut novel by author Jenn Lyons. It’s the first book in a new high fantasy series that tells the story of a young orphan, Kihrin, who fantasizes of being a royal prince straight out of a storybook.
But when Kihrin is claimed as a long-lost prince and whisked to a faraway land, he discovers that the reality of his dreams is actually a nightmare.
Princehood isn’t what Kihrin expected. He’s held practically against his will, forced to partake in the biddings of his new corrupt and vile royal family. Nothing is what he expected. Not his family, not the dragons, demons and gods, and certainly not falling in love.
Kihrin’s destined to destroy the empire he always dreamed of. Destined to tear it all apart.
The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons) releases on February 5.
For fans of: Six of Crows
The Gilded Wolves is a young adult fantasy novel set in 1889 Paris by bestselling author Roshani Choski.
When treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is offered a treasure he could have never imagined by the elite and powerful Order of Babel, he forms a band of experts to help him hunt down an ancient artifact in a city full of glamor, mystery, and secrets.
Séverin calls upon an engineer with a debt to pay, a historian banished from his home, a dancer with a sinister past, and a brother in arms if not blood.
What they uncover in the dark and mysterious Paris could change the world forever, but only if they come out alive.
The Gilded Wolves releases on January 15.
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