Arguably, though not amongst most bookworms, the best thing about the new year is the tons and tons of new book releases to keep track of and eventually, read!
The fantasy genre as a whole seemed to erupt in 2020 (largely due to the emergence of BookTok accounts), followed by the “Year of the Sequels” in 2021, and the trend continues into 2022 with more sought-after continuations of our favorite book series.
Here are 3 must read fantasy books to finish before their sequels are released later this year:
House of Earth and Blood (A Crescent City Series)
Sarah J. Maas must not sleep with the number of books she has released over the past few years, but we are eternally grateful that she found the energy to give us this beauty. House of Earth and Blood is the first in a trilogy series exploring a modern-day society and Fae-hierarchy hybrid rich with the enemies to lovers trope and top-notch criminal conspiracies.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they'd only let it.
The second book the in the series, House of Sky and Breath, is set to release February 15, 2022.
From Blood and Ash (From Blood and Ash Series)
The From Blood and Ash series may have well been the most recommended Fantasy series on Booktok in 2021, though A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) has reigned supreme since 2020 on the clock app. In this series, we follow Poppy Balfour through three novels worth of secrets, bitter betrayal, and sizzling romance. Jennifer L. Armentrout has the Fantasy world by the pages and she doesn’t intend to let go any time soon.
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy's life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom's future rests on Poppy's shoulders, something she's not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
The fourth book in the From Blood and Ash series, The War of Two Queens, is set to release March 15, 2022.
A Deadly Education (The Scholomance Series)
Author of the Uprooted series, Naomi Novik took the Fantasy world by storm with her irreverent but hilariously fascinating take on the school of magic trope used in her The Scholomance series. She takes us on a masterful ride when we join Galadriel, forcefully known as El, as she battles the monsters of the blood-thirsty school, as well as her naturally monstrous powers, with her rag-tag gang of classmates to survive Graduation and become fully fledged wizards. Reader beware though, the cliff-hangers are enough to make you scream.
I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.
Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans.
I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do. Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts, I’m probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and I’ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world.
At least, that’s what the world expects. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing that’s crawled out of the drains. Sometimes I think they want me to turn into the evil witch they assume I am. The school certainly does.
But the Scholomance isn’t getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyone’s idea of the shining hero, but I’m going to make it out of this place alive, and I’m not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either.
Although I’m giving serious consideration to just one.
The third and final book the in The Scholomance series, The Golden Enclaves, is set to release September 27, 2022.
So, in true bookworm fashion, let the binge reading begin!
Happy reading friends!