I’m back with another new post. In this post, I’ll be listing out all the Fantasy books coming out in 2021 that I’m looking forward to read. There are so many great new books and I’m really excited for it.
There are a few more books in this genre coming in 2021 that I’m also looking forward to read but since they don’t have the covers and blurbs yet, I will still mention them at the very end of this post.
Without wasting any more time, let’s see the list of upcoming Fantasy books I’m excited for!
WE ARE THE FIRE BY SAM TAYLOR
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
All will burn.
In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, a children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana—both taken from their homeland at a young age—only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.
Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.
When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves.
THE WIDE STARLIGHT BY NICOLE LESPERANCE
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights.
Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the story goes, or they’ll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.
Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it’s true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished.
Now Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can’t resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles—and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she’s been all these years. And she doesn’t return alone.
Along with Eli’s mother’s reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli’s yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It’s all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again—but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world:
Find me where I left you.
AN HEIR COMES TO RISE BY C.C. PEÑARANDA
Series: An Heir Comes to Rise #1
Publication Date: February 25, 2021
In the impoverished outer town of a kingdom where fae outrank humans, Faythe, an orphan with a talent for swordplay, knows the importance of keeping her head down around the fae patrol. She and her best friend Jakon long for a better life, and her desire to swing her sword in combat may bring the purpose and coin she’s yearned for.
When she draws the attention of royal guard Nik, she soon learns that her mortal nature isn’t the only reason to remain out of sight. Nik is a nightwalker, a silent assassin of the mind with the power to enter others’ dreams, and whether she trusts him or not, he’s about to awaken abilities in Faythe that shouldn’t exist in a human. Nightmarish abilities. Deadly abilities. Abilities that will teach Faythe blood really does run thicker than water…and if she doesn’t trust in higher powers soon, blood will run indeed.
For this is no battle Faythe can fight with steel. Within the city walls, suspicions are arising, and here in the outer town she has deeper bonds to protect. It seems everyone will die with a dark secret to tell, but what if one unlikely human girl was born harboring the darkest secret of all?
In a clash of steel, a mortal body may fall. But in a clash of dreams, a powerful heir may rise.
*I already have an ARC of this book and I’m excited to dive into the story soon*
THE STOLEN KINGDOM BY JILLIAN BOEHME
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Two teenage heirs play a deadly cat-and-mouse game to claim the throne in this exhilarating, standalone YA Fantasy.
Maralyth Graylaern lives a sheltered life on the family vineyard, wielding a forbidden magic that enables her to predict the harvest, peer into the past, and heal the vines from fatal blights. That is, until she’s abducted and learns that she is a direct descendant to the throne of Perin Faye. In order to embrace her birthright and claim her throne, she must first destroy the remaining heir.
Alac Thungrave has lived his life as the “spare” prince, second in line to the throne of Perin Faye after his brother. When an attempted coup takes the life of the king and his heir, Alac is stunned to learn that the girl he recently befriended is the would-be usurper.
Duty forcer Maralyth and Alac to engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, each determined to execute the other, despite their growing feelings of attraction.
THE QUEEN’S SECRET BY MELISSA DE LA CRUZ
Series: The Queen’s Secret #2
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Lilac’s birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Stavin. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with the love of her life, the kingdom’s assassin, Caledon Holt.
Worse, Cal is forced to leave the castle when a horrific set of magical attacks threatens Lilac’s sovereignty. Now Cal and Lilac will have to battle dark forces separately, even though being together is the only thing that’s ever saved them.
In the riveting conclusion to Melissa de la Cruz’s fantasy duet, love and magic are at war, and victory rests on a knife’s edge.
SING ME FORGOTTEN BY JESSICA S. OLSON
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.
Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she use her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stay out of sight. For is anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.
But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she’s ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memories hints of a way to finally break free from her gilded prison.
Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that in order to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.
NAMESAKE BY ADRIENNE YOUNG
Series: Fable #2
Publication Date: March 16, 2021
Trader. Fighter. Survivor.
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.
As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
HOUSE OF HOLLOW BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
A dark and twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.
Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they’re changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.
But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time—something her two famously glamorous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren’t the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realize that the story they’ve been told about their past is unraveling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
THE QUEEN OF IZMOROZ BY JON SKOVRON
Series: The Goddess War #2
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Sonya has brought a foreign army to free her country from imperial rule, but her allies may have other goals.
The first battle is over, but war yet looms on the horizon. Sonya and her allies—the foreign Uaine and their armies of the undead—have beaten back the imperial soldiers from the capital city. Now they have the rest of the country to free.
Meanwhile, her brother the famed wizard Sebastian has retreated with the imperial forces to regroup and lick his wounds. Betrayed by his sister and his wife, the beautiful noblewoman Galina, he will regain control of his life and his country at any cost.
BLADE OF SECRETS BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER
Series: Bladesmith #1
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she’s ever made.
Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.
Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.
Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.
SKY BREAKER BY ADDIE THORLEY
Series: Night Spinner #2
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Enebish has been deceived by everyone she once considered a friend. On the run across the tundra, her only allies are her best friend Serik and a band of ill-tempered shepherds. Her only hope of bringing peace to Ashkar is to unite the people of the Protected Territories and make a stand against the tyrannical Sky King and the hostile nation of Zemya. But that’s easier said than done. As supplies dwindle, the shepherds become far more desperate for food than freedom.
Meanwhile, Zemyan forces have stormed the Ashkarian capital. Imperial Army Commander Ghoa throws all of her power into a last-ditch effort to save her king, only to be abandoned by her fellow warriors. Held captive in a prison forged of magic and tortured by the zealous sorcerer Kartok, Ghoa learns his true ambitions lie far beyond the warring countries—he wants vengeance on the gods themselves.
The war between Ashkar and Zemya began centuries ago as a feud amongst the gods. Now it’s up to the two most hated people on the continent—the monstrous outcast, Enebish, and the notorious war criminal, Ghoa—to heal that spiritual divide before Kartok brings the skies crashing down on all of them.
THE IMMORTAL GAME BY TALIA ROTHSCHILD, A. C. HARVEY
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
An exiled goddess goes on a quest to clear her name and save Mount Olympus.
Galene, daughter of Poseidon, desperately wants to earn her place among the gods. But when a violent attack leaves Mount Olympus in chaos and ruins, she is accused of the crime. Banished from Olympus, Galene sets out to prove her innocence and discovers a more deadly plot—one that threatens even the oldest of Immortals.
Fortunately, she has allies who willingly join her in exile:
A lifelong friend who commands the wind.
A defiant warrior with deadly skill.
A fire-wielder with a hero’s heart.
A mastermind who plays life like a game.
All-out war is knocking at the gates. Galene and her friends are the only ones who can tip the scales toward justice, but their choices could save Olympus from total annihilation, or be the doom of them all.
WHEN NIGHT BREAKS BY JANELLA ANGELES
Series: Kingdom of Cards #2
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
The stage is set, the spectacle awaits…and the show must finally come to an end.
The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more than just his life, with no promise of return.
After awaking in darkness, Kallia has never felt more lost. Especially with Jack by her side, the magician who has the answers but cannot be trusted. Together, they must navigate a dazzling world where mirrors show memories and illusions shadow every corner, one ruled by a powerful game master who could all too easily destroy the world she left behind—and the boy she can’t seem to forget. With time running out, Kallia must embrace her role in a darker destiny, or lose everyone she loves, forever.
DAUGHTER OF SPARTA BY CLAIRE M. ANDREWS
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!
Seventeen- year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands—upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.
Guided by Artemis’ twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne’s journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.
THE QUEEN WILL BETRAY YOU BY SARAH HENNING
Series: Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #2
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize: sovereignty over the entire continent. A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone’s plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more.
Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stable boy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love…
THE LAST GRADUATE BY NAOMI NOVIK
Series: The Scholomance #2
Publication Date: July 6, 2021
A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world.
At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year—and the looming specter of graduation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive in its wake. El is determined that her chosen group will survive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules…
CURSES BY LISH MCBRIDE
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Merit Cravan refused to fulfill her obligation to marry a prince, leading to a fairy godling’s curse. She will be forced to live as a beast forever, unless she agrees to marry a man of her mother’s choosing before her eighteenth birthday.
Tevin Dumont has always been a pawn in his family’s cons. The prettiest boy in a big family, his job is to tempt naïve rich girls to abandon their engagements, unless their parents agree to pay him off. But after his mother runs afoul of the beast, she decides to trade Tevin for her own freedom.
Now, Tevin and Merit have agreed that he can pay off his mother’s debt by using his con-artist skills to help Merit find the best match…but what if the best match is Tevin himself?
UNTETHERED BY KAYLYNN FLANDERS
Series: Shielded #2
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
A world in a deadly magical war and the newly crowned king and feisty princess who must defeat the deadliest of foes before there’s nothing left to save.
Although King Atháren’s sister, Jennesara, saved Hálendi from the Gray Mage, the reprieve came at a steep price—the life of their father. Now Ren rules over a divided kingdom, with some who want him dead, and a Medallion that warns of worse trouble brewing in the south.
As second born, Princess Chiara is the perfect Turian royal—perfectly invisible. She longs to help restore peace on the Plateau, but with no magic and no fighting skills, she doesn’t stand a chance against a mage. So when a member of the Turian royal family goes missing and Chiara finds a clue about the rumored resting place of the mages’ long-lost artifacts, she decides it’s time to be seen.
As Ren’s and Chiara’s paths cross, they find the depth of the mages’ hold on the Plateau is more powerful than anyone suspected, and that they must learn to trust themselves, and each other, before the mages retrieve their artifacts and become too powerful to ever defeat.
SMALL FAVORS BY ERIN A. CRAIG
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending her family’s beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to roam as he wishes.
Early town settlers fought off monstrous creatures in the woods, and whispers that the creatures still exist keep the Downings and their neighbors from venturing too far. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, a heavy unease settles over the Falls.
Strange activities begin to plague the town, and as the seasons change, it’s clear that something is terribly wrong. The creatures are real, and they’re offering to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand, for just a small favor. These seemingly trifling demands, however, hide sinister intentions. Soon Ellerie finds herself in a race against time to stop Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves from going up in flames.
THE PRINCESS OF NOTHING BY REBECCA L. GARCIA
Series: The Fate of Crowns #2
Publication Date: February 2021
Run. Hide. Pray for escape.
Racing down the winding streets of Imperia, my only hope of reclaiming my throne is to escape. Unfortunately, that means returning to the one place I truly fear—Berovia.
My fears—it seems—were justified. In the dark underbelly of Berovia, I am captured by King Xenos’s men and thrown into the pits with traitors and criminals to pray for salvation I knew wouldn’t come. My only hope to make it out alive is by agreeing to marry the king’s arrogant son. But this union comes at a terrible price. If I agree to be his bride, my people may be stripped of their magic and forced into submission under Kirkos’s reign. If I die, I leave my corruptible cousin, Edgar, to ruin my family’s rule.
Can I find a way to save my people and myself? Or, will I die as the princess of nothing?
BONDED FATE BY BECK MICHAELS
Series: Guardians of the Maiden #2
Reeling from Cassiel’s confession, Dyna struggles to understand what the Blood Bond means for them both. When she meets a familiar sorceress, a new opportunity to find the rest of her Guardians presents itself, thrusting her into new challenges that will push her further than she’s gone before.
Cassiel never meant to tie himself to a human. Especially one that inexplicably draws him. When the bond develops a startling change, it puts into question everything he thought he knew.
Zev continues to spiral deeper into the Madness. He straddles the line between human and wolf, unsure if his mad thoughts truly belong to the whispers. The Madness is growing stronger, determined to take over—and he may just let it.
The journey to get the answers they each need will test them all. But soon, they wonder if perhaps attaining the one thing they want most, may cost more than they bargained for.
*cover reveal is coming soon, and the release date hasn’t been announced yet*
1. Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
→ actually putting this on my no.1 book I’m mostly looking forward to read in 2021 because of course, it’s written by my all-time and top favorite author. I definitely would read anything she writes because she never disappoint.
2. Shadow Frost #3 by Coco Ma [this doesn’t have a title yet, so I’m putting it this way]
→ this is my no.2 book I’m mostly looking forward to read in 2021. The ending of God Storm blew my mind and I’m so eager to find out what happens to my dear favorite characters next.
3. Disillusioned (Disenchanted #2) by Brianna Sugalski
→ the gang comes back in the sequel and maybe with a new mission(?) At least I know Lilac is alive. The ending of the 1st book tricked me into thinking she was killed but actually she wasn’t. Honestly, I was confused by the ending. Lastly, here’s hoping to more of Garin’s sassiness.
Did you see any books you like in this post or the ones that are already on your TBR? Let me know in the comment!