Babel by R. F. Kuang
After reading and really enjoying R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War trilogy, I’ve been super interested to see what she comes out with next, and now we have a new novel by her! Babel sounds like a very ambitious novel–also it’s very long–so I’m interested to see if it delivers on what it promises. I’m kind of concerned that this is going to be more about the ideas than the characters, but we’ll see. I am cautiously optimistic.
A Restless Truth by Freya Marske
I absolutely loved A Marvellous Light when I read it last year, so this one, which is its sequel, was an absolute no-brainer for me. I love fantasy, I love romance, and I just know this book is going to be the perfect blend of those two things. I don’t wanna speak too soon but I just can’t imagine myself not loving this.
The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri
Another no-brainer. The Jasmine Throne is one of my favourite fantasy novels, and I am so incredibly excited for this sequel. I have a feeling it’s going to be even better than the first book–the stakes are about to get so much higher!!! Tasha Suri is one of my favourite authors so I’ll pretty much read anything by her at this point.
Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
I feel like this one is gonna be on a lot of people’s fantasy lists this year. This series is unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I’m so curious to see where this story is gonna go next. I’m not even going to try to guess because I just know it’s going to be absolutely wild. Tamsyn Muir really keeps you on your toes. I need to reread the first two books in this series though because I remember nothing from them and also I’m pretty sure I missed/didn’t really get all the important plotty bits the first time around lol.
Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans
One thing I always look for for is fantasy novels that are more on the playful side, and this one sounds like exactly that. It looks like it’s going to be really fun, with characters who get into lots of Antics, so it’s definitely on my list. I have an ARC of this one so I’m hoping to get to it soon.
The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller
I’ve heard sort of mixed reviews of this one, but even though I basically know nothing about it plot-wise, it sounds like a novel I might like–very atmospheric, and slower-paced than your typical plotty fantasy novel–so I have it on my TBR. We’ll see if I end up enjoying it, but I still want to at least try it out!
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
This one has been making the rounds on BookTube, and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews of it so far. It’s been so popular that Tor picked it up, which makes me very excited about picking it up (also exciting that I actually can pick it up now, since before it was only on Kindle, I think). The idea of a cozy fantasy very much appeals to me, so I’m really hoping I like this one.
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
I’ve read and loved This is How You Lose the Time War, which was co-authored by Max Gladstone, and since then I’ve really wanted to try out one of his novels. This one sounds interesting and isn’t too long, plus seems to have a very cool world.
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
I’ve had this one on my TBR for ages and I still haven’t gotten to it lol. I read Sofia Samatar’s short story collection, Tender, a while ago and adored it, so naturally I was very excited when I found out she had a fantasy novel. This one is part of a duology, too, which means that if I enjoy this first book I can also get to its sequel.
The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
EVERYONE loves this series and I don’t wanna feel left out anymore lol. I’ve heard sort of mixed things about the first book (?), but I’ve also heard really rave reviews of this series as a whole (there are so many books in it omg), so I’m hoping that I at least enjoy this one so I can really dive into and become invested in this series. I love getting to see characters grow and develop over the course of a long series, so I’m optimistic about this one.
The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang
And finally, The Sword of Kaigen, which has been an indie fantasy hit, and which I found out about through BookTube. I don’t really know much about this one, but I haven’t heard a single bad thing about it, which is hopefully a good sign. This one I probably won’t get to till later since it’s only available on Kindle and I don’t get ebooks from there so…🤷♀️