Hark, a new year of YA fantasy is upon us! This year’s forthcoming crop (January through June) of fantasy novels is rich with fierce new landscapes, forbidden enchantments, and inspirations ranging from pre-Revolutionary France to Chinese, Korean, and Middle Eastern mythologies to classic fairy tales to Gothic lit. (And don’t miss even more fantasy titles in our other 2019 previews, including LGBTQAP roundups, debuts, and more!)
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The Wicked King, by Holly Black (January 8)
After 2018’s The Cruel Prince ended on a double-cross cliffhanger that left us screaming, we calmly (lol) sat down to wait for this sequel. It’s well worth the breathless anticipation: Black takes faerie king Cardan and his human right hand, Jude, into dark new depths, including an underwater queendom that could be Jude’s undoing. Cardan’s fascination with Jude is matched only by his desire to undermine her, and Jude faces the possibility of betrayal from every quarter in a twisting follow-up that ends, we regret to inform you, with a narrative bang that’ll leave you desperate for book three.
Slayer, by Kiersten White (January 8)
White takes on the Buffyverse in this story of a new generation of vampire Slayer—a girl destined to be the very last one. Twin sisters Nina and Artemis are no strangers to the supernatural lifestyle: their father died protecting Buffy, their mother is a member of the Watcher’s Council, and the girls themselves attend Watcher Academy, where they train as guides meant to attend to the needs of the all-important Slayers. Nina would rather heal than wound, and is on the path to becoming a medic, until a deadly turn of events leads to her being anointed the next Slayer—and the last one. We can’t wait to watch White explore this beloved world.
The Girl King, by Mimi Yu (January 8)
Two sisters go head to head to claim the role of emperor in this fantasy debut. After their royal father snatches away elder sister Lu’s birthright, naming his nephew as his successor in her place, Lu leaves her life behind in the hopes of clawing her way back to power from without. In the meantime, meek younger sister Min grapples with her own burgeoning power, which might lead to her seeking the throne for herself.
Echo North, by Joanna Ruth Meyer (January 15)
Echo lives a quiet life in her father’s home, made reclusive by the terrible scars she was left with after a childhood attack by a wolf. But after her father goes missing, and is presumed dead, she finds him in the woods, guarded by a familiar white wolf. The creature makes a deal with Echo: if she spends a year in his home, her father will be saved. She agrees, and finds that his underground house is a place of wondrous enchantments, with secrets behind every door and a mystical library where every book is a portal–and where she meets a mysterious man named Hal. As the magical house is slowly lost to an encroaching chaos, Echo realizes it’s up to her to save Hal, the wolf, and herself.
The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi (January 15)
Séverin is a treasure hunter, the wealthy owner of Paris’s most glittering hotel—and a fallen man, whose birthright was snatched from him by the dangerous Order of Babel, which, because of its command of an enchanted fragment of the Tower of Babel, holds all of magical Paris in its grip. After his expulsion from the Order because of his mother’s race, Séverin is singularly obsessed with reclaiming what’s his. With the help of a motley crew of variously brilliant misfits, he sets off on the trail of an artifact that will ensure all of them get what they most desire, if the hunt doesn’t kill them first.
Stain, by A.G. Howard (January 15)
In Howard’s phantasmagorical take on “The Princess and the Pea,” Lyra is a mute princess in a world where it’s always day aboveground, and wintry night below. Her wicked aunt expels her from her sunlit kingdom, leaving her to be raised by a memory-stealing witch who disguises her as a boy, Stain. But while an impostor attempts to fill Lyra’s place on the throne, it’s the true day princess who’s destined to marry the prince of thorns and night, saving his life and uniting their kingdoms.
The Cold Is in Her Bones, by Peternelle van Arsdale (January 22)
In van Arsdale’s follow-up to darkly atmospheric debut The Beast Is an Animal, Milla lives an isolated life on her family’s farm, on the outskirts of a village she’s never allowed to visit. Because the village has a secret: it’s stalked by a demon who possesses its girls, with no reason to determine who its next victim will be. Then village girl Iris comes to stay, giving Milla a window to the outside world that changes her lonely life. But when the demon comes for Iris and she’s taken away, Milla is bound to follow her. Even if it means losing herself to the same curse.
Circle of Shadows, by Evelyn Skye (January 22)
A new series starter from The Crown’s Game author Skye centers on a displaced prince and the apprentice taiga warriors who discover him, years after his alleged death, preparing to lead a second violent revolt against his royal twin, the Empress Aki. Mentally linked warriors Sora and Daemon infiltrate his rebellion’s ranks not understanding the full threat it represents to their kingdom, but soon learn they must use all the magic at their disposal to vanquish his forces.
King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo (January 29)
We’re heading back into the Grishaverse as soon as we possibly can, with Bardugo’s brand new book centered on one of the most beloved characters introduced in the Grisha Trilogy. Cocky, verbose privateer-turned-king Nikolai Lantsov is a scarred survivor of Ravka’s great civil war, trying to revive his endangered land before enemies breach its borders. But threats come not just from without but within: he harbors a great and growing magic, one that threatens to destroy him—and that may be inconquerable.
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer (January 29)
Perennially underestimated Harper has cerebral palsy, a falling-apart family, and a massive problem on her hands: she has just been sucked through a portal into the world of Emberfall, where a prince doomed to relive one summer of his life again and again, before transforming into a ravening beast, has been waiting for a girl to break the spell. Is Harper that girl? Can she survive Prince Rhen’s world? And if she is and does, will it really be enough to save it? I can’t wait to read this contemporary and portal fantasy mashup.
Courting Darkness, by Robin LaFevers (February 5)
In this duology starter set in the world of LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin series, two assassins from St. Mortain’s convent are embedded deep within the French court. When assassin Sybella learns she’s in danger, she knows her fellow assassin nun, installed years before her, is equally at risk. She must uncover her identity and get her out if both are to live…but elder assassin Genevieve is already upending things on her own.
The Cerulean, by Amy Ewing (February 5)
Tear your eyes away from this astonishing cover and explore the highly original fantasy within. Sera is one of the Cerulean people, living in the City Above the Sky, but she’s a curious, questioning girl who has never felt like she fits in. Her city is magically tied to a planet, and a sacrifice is needed to break that bond before they can move on. Sera is chosen as that sacrifice—but somehow she survives, endangering her people and leaving her marooned in the country below, encountering the mythical humans she has long been taught to fear.
Enchantée, by Gita Trelease (February 5)
In the days before the French Revolution, orphaned Camille and her sickly younger sister are on the edge of eviction, grieving their parents’ deaths and unable to free themselves from the abusive addict brother who is gambling their savings away. Reluctantly Camille turns toward the magical ability her mother taught her to hone: magie ordinaire, which can temporarily turn objects into money, and the more dangerous magie bibelot, which allows her to alter her appearance and infiltrate the decadent, dangerous court at Versailles. Once there, she plans to gamble her way back onto safer financial footing, but the allure of magic—and the glamorous world she’s thrown herself into—may prove impossible to resist. Fellow court magic users and a dashing aeronaut love interest round out this glittering jewel box of a historical fantasy.
Dark of the West, by Joanna Hathaway (February 5)
The son of an ambitious general, who’s plotting a slow march of overthrow across a trail of small nations, finds himself forced into the thick of his father’s ambitions—and the role of spy—after his mother’s murder. The daughter of a dead king, whose mother and brother are fighting to hold onto their sovereignty as the general advances on their land, resists a political marriage and nurtures scholarly dreams. Athan and Aurelia are thrown together when he’s charged with observing her, kicking off a tale of love and deceit in the time of war.
Lady Smoke, by Laura Sebastian (February 5)
In Ash Princess, princess turned prisoner Theodosia is pushed too far by the Kaiser who orphaned and detained her. Newly empowered, she set out to reclaim her kingdom. In Lady Smoke, she has both her royal title and a hostage: Prinz Soren. Far from her oppressed people and her throne, Theodosia petitions her pirate aunt to help raise the army she needs at her back. But the cost may be too great: Theodosia must marry to gain it, unheard of for a woman of her royal line.
The Antidote, by Shelley Sackier (February 5)
In a kingdom where the costs of magic are too great to consider it, Fee must push her abilities down. But the crown prince, her best friend, is sick, and it would only take a little of her gift to cure him. But it’s enough to bring down hell on Fee’s head, plunging her into an unpredictable new world and making her prey to forces seeking to abolish magic entirely.
Bloodwitch, by Susan Dennard (February 12)
Dennard’s fourth full-length novel in her Witchlands series finds Bloodwitch Aeduan, Threadwitch Iseult, and the magical Owl making an unlikely trio. Raiders are converging on a monastery that must be protected, and the three are its best chance at surviving the coming horde. But in order to complete their task, Aeduan must face the ghosts of his past…including his own father.
Warrior of the Wild, by Tricia Levenseller (February 26)
Levenseller leaves the world of Daughter of the Pirate King behind in this fascinating Viking-inspired standalone. Rasmira is the daughter of a chieftain for whom honor is everything—and who loses hers, as well as her chance to become a warrior and leader, following the sabotage of her coming of age ceremony. The only way to win back her life is to do the impossible: destroy her village’s demanding deity, or lose her life in the process. Now Rasmira just answer an impossible question: “How do you kill a god?”
Four Dead Queens, by Astrid Scholte (February 26)
The kingdom of Quadara is ruled by four queens, and it’s not a spoiler to say their reigns have a very short shelf life in this fantasy debut. After all four are murdered, two very different Quadaran citizens find themselves embroiled in the chaos surrounding the assassinations and resulting power vacuum. Keralie is a skilled thief working on behalf of a dangerous man. Varin is her latest mark, who faces dark consequences after she steals from him a package worth more than his life. The two band together to solve the mystery of the four dead queens, as well as their own skins.
The Fever King, by Victoria Lee (March 1)
In this dystopian fantasy, set in a future, fallen U.S., teenaged Noam has just survived an attack of viral magic that left him orphaned, alone, and a technopath, able to magically manipulate technology. His new gifts usher him into the magical upper crust and into the confidence of the minister of defense, who promises to teach him how to use his magic—which Noam secretly plans to use against the government, which has worked ruthlessly to deport immigrants, like his own family, who seek refuge from magical threats. But meeting the minister’s gorgeous, dangerous son may complicate Noam’s mission…
The Shadowglass, by Rin Chupeco (March 5)
Chupeco’s Bone Witch trilogy, centering on the dark tale of bone witch Tea, comes to a close with The Shadowglass. Tea’s costly necromantic magic has served to restore both those she loves and those willing to join the army she’s amassing to bring down her world’s royals. But her consuming desire is to acquire a shadowglass, which will allow her to make the one she loves most immortal…but achieving it may be at the cost of her own heart. Rich worldbuilding and high stakes make this one a must-read.
The Everlasting Rose, by Dhonielle Clayton (March 5)
Fallen Belle Camellia, on the run from a sadistic queen and the price on her head, searches for the true heir to the throne in this sequel to bestseller The Belles. Clayton expands her dark and decadent fantasy world, moving beyond the borders of Orléans and introducing arms of resistance, including an alt newspaper and the Iron Ladies, a group that rejects beauty treatments and helps Camellia on her increasingly perilous quest.
The Waking Forest, by Alyssa Wees (March 12)
Rhea has a pack of uncanny sisters, a feral animal companion, and a nightmare that plagues her: of someone, or something, waiting for her in the attic above her bedroom. And on the night she decides to seek the thing out in the hopes of vanquishing it, she’s drawn into a spiraling magical mystery, that has everything to do with the forest she hallucinates at the edge of her family’s backyard, that disappears when she reaches to touch it. Meanwhile, a witch waits in the forest, granting wishes to children who dare visit her in their dreams. Their stories will collide in dangerous ways in this atmospheric fantasy debut.
Sherwood, by Meagan Spooner (March 19)
Robin Hood is dead, and Maid Marian is left holding the broken pieces of his legacy in Spooner’s new retelling of a classic tale. Those suffering under the Sheriff of Nottingham still need a champion, and Marian never wanted to step into Robin’s shoes. But now, grieving her lost fiancé and facing the unwanted romantic attentions of the sheriff’s right hand man, she might find she’s the only one who can.
Never-Contented Things, by Sarah Porter (March 19)
The Fair Folk seduce and terrify in Porter’s latest, the tale of two human foster siblings drawn into the deadly snare of a faerie prince and his dark court. Ksenia is on the edge of aging out of foster care and being separated from Josh, two years younger and destined to be adopted into the family she’s being gently ejected from. When they stumble onto a party of beautiful, seductive revelers in the woods, it’s the prelude to a dangerous entrapment that will endanger their bond, their freedom, and their lives.
The Devouring Gray, by Christine Lynn Herman (April 2)
A new girl moves to a secretive small town in Herman’s atmospheric modern Gothic, tipped as Stranger Things meets the Raven Cycle. Violet is the descendant of one of Four Paths’ founding families, and is thrown by the respect-bordering-on-fear paid to her by her new neighbors—until she meets a quartet of fellow founder family children, and learns there’s something fearsome about Four Paths after all. And then the bodies start turning up, setting the five teens on a twisting journey into the woods.
Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan (April 2)
April 2 is going to be a reeeally good day for Gothic darkness. In this icy tale, in a kingdom riven by endless war, a trio of endangered misfits—including Nadya, a fugitive whose dangerous ability to access the gods’ magic has drawn the wrong kind of attention—must band together to assassinate a king. Early rave reviews have warned us: here there be villainous love interests, dark enchantments, perilous plot twists, and some seriously untrustworthy saints.
Descendant of the Crane, by Joan He (April 2)
In this Chinese-inspired fantasy debut, a reluctant princess takes the throne under dark circumstances. Princess Hesina’s father has been murdered, and her inherited kingdom is in turmoil. She turns first to a soothsayer to guide her in finding his killer—though magic was long ago outlawed—then to a prickly investigator with his own criminal past.
We Rule the Night, by Claire Eliza Bartlett (April 2)
A factory worker and the daughter of a general, each facing punishment for defiant acts, team up in order to escape punishment. Pooling their magic, the two instant enemies set off on dangerous after-dark flights across enemy lines, learning to rely on each other in time of war.
Through the White Wood, by Jessica Leake (April 9)
Katya is banished from her village because of her ability to control freezing magic, left to the mercy of Kiev’s terrible Prince Sasha. Except the prince becomes an unexpected ally, sharing his own power—to summon fire—and teaching her how to control and celebrate hers. But enemies are approaching the walls of Kiev, and the pair will soon learn whether fire and ice combined will be enough to turn them away.
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The Red Scrolls of Magic, by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu (April 9)
Malec fans, rejoice: in this Shadowhunters novel cowritten with novelist Chu, Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood head off on a romantic European vacation, where everything goes great and they stay in a gorgeous Airbnb. Just kidding: things start to go south—like, straight to hell south—in Paris, where they learn about the Crimson Hand, an anarchy-sowing demon-worshipping cult…that appears to have grown out of a years-old joke made by Magnus. The pair embark on a journey to track down the cult’s leader, facing many demons (of both the external and the internal variety) along the way.
The Raven’s Tale, by Cat Winters (April 16)
Gothic tale teller Winters finds inspiration in a very Gothic place: the haunted mind and dissatisfied childhood of Edgar Allan Poe. Her Poe is seventeen years old, intellectually hungry, and counting down the days until he can trade in his wealthy foster family for university and married life. But his life falls apart with the arrival of a Muse named Lenore. Muses are fearsome harbingers of disgrace, that lead artists to misery and ruin. But once Lenore starts making demands of Poe, he has little choice but to heed her…
The Tiger at Midnight, by Swati Teerdhala (April 23)
In this trilogy starter inspired by Hindu mythology and Indian history, the fates of a soldier and a rebel collide, changing the course of their world. Kunal is a duty-bound soldier and nephew to the dangerous General Hotha, who ruthlessly enforces Kunal’s obedience. Esha is the infamous Viper, committing acts of revenge on the wicked and the powerful—and her next target is the general.
King of Fools, by Amanda Foody (April 30)
In Ace of Shades, Enne Salta followed her missing mother to the sinful city of New Reynes, where she joined forces with conman Levi Glaisyer and set off on a hunt through the city’s seedy, glittering underbelly. In this sequel, the two are more entangled than ever, with a shared bounty on their heads. Levi tries his hand at empire-building, while Enne balances her twin identities as fine lady and lord of the streets. The stakes climb, dangerous new figures enter from the wings, and the two find themselves balanced between utter ruin and unimaginable greatness.
Finale, by Stephanie Garber (May 7)
In Caraval we fell in love with Garber’s gilded prose and enchanted world. In Legendary we saw its dark side and learned Legend’s true name. And in Finale sisters Scarlett and Tella will fight for the fates they deserve, against the backdrop of an approaching coronation, the freeing of the dangerous Fates, and a new kind of game: one in which Scarlett will pit two suitors against each other to win her hand, without fully understanding the danger being her mother’s daughter has put her in. Meanwhile, Tella will do everything she can to keep Legend from placing himself at the head of the empire, when it’s her mother who should fill that role.
Nocturna, by Maya Motayne (May 7)
As a faceshifter, Finn Voy picks up and discards other people’s appearances at will, using her magic as both disguise and weapon—until she’s captured by a mobster and threatened with the loss of her magic. Her only way out? Infiltrating the palace and stealing a treasure out of legend. In the palace, younger Prince Alfie is still reeling from the murder of his brother, and his own ascension to first in line for the throne. His grief and feelings of inadequacy lead him to consider necromantic magic…and when his path and Finn’s collide, it heralds the rise of a terrible and long-gone power best left forgotten.
Dark Shores, Danielle L. Jensen (May 7)
In a world where the Goddess of the Seas decides who lives and dies on her waters, Teriana is one of a waveborn people, second mate on the Quincense and at home only at sea. Marcus is a triumphant commander whose relentless conquest hides a secret he’s kept close since childhood. A power-mad eastern ruler blackmails both into helping him conquer the wilds of the western lands, forcing the two into an uneasy alliance that offers their only hope at protecting their families, but will drive them to extremes.
We Hunt the Flame, by Hafsah Faizal (May 14)
Zafir and Nasir are both famous—or infamous, depending who you ask—just for doing what they must to survive: Zafir disguises herself as a boy and hunts to keep her people alive, and Nasir murders the enemies of his father, the sultan, to keep from facing the brunt of the man’s brutality himself. In a country on the verge of war, both find themselves on the trail of an object of great power: Zafira wants to use it to stop the war and restore magic to her world, while Nasir wants to find it first and kill Zafira. But there’s more danger in their quests than meets the eye, in this hotly anticipated debut set in an ancient Arabia–inspired fantasy world.
The Candle and the Flame, by Nafiza Azad (May 14)
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, which rose from the ashes of a horrific djinn slaughter that left just three survivors—one of them Fatima. The revived city is protected by ifrit from the threat of further attack, until the death of the most powerful ifrit shifts the balance. Fatima finds herself transforming in strange ways, and is pulled into the nexus of magic and power as she discovers what she’s meant to be and how she’s meant to fight.
Kingsbane, by Claire LeGrand (May 21)
In Furyborn we met Rielle and Eliana, separated by centuries, whose fates were destined to collide and combust. One is the long-awaited Sun Queen, the other the era-ending queen of blood. In sequel Kingsbane, Rielle has survived the trials and been anointed Sun Queen, and must now call on her powers to repair the Gate holding the wicked angels at bay—while maintaining a connection with angel Corien, whom we know from the opening pages of Furyborn is destined to speed her downfall. One thousand years later, bounty hunter Eliana grapples with the new understanding that she is the true Sun Queen, who must defend against becoming power-corrupted as Rielle was before her.
These Witches Don’t Burn, by Isabel Sterling (May 28)
Salem teen Hannah is a witch capable of controlling the elements, but even in her storied hometown must keep it a secret from the Muggles (or “Regs”). But there’s a darker magic at work in town, kicked off by a blood ritual and, she fears, heralding the arrival of a deadly Blood Witch. When Hannah can’t convince her coven of the danger, she’s forced to pair up with her ex, Veronica—and in the process meets a very cute new girl, Morgan. As the magical attacks ratchet up, Hannah finds herself balancing her secret life, her love life, and her hunt for the force putting all of Salem’s witches at risk.
The Wise and the Wicked, by Rebecca Podos (May 28)
Ruby comes from a long line of powerful women whose power has diminished almost to nothing in the years since they left their Russian homeland. All that remains is a spark of their former magic, that’s as good as a curse: the women are destined, when they come of age, to see a vision of who they’ll be at their death. This vision is the reason Ruby’s mother abandoned her and her sisters, and it’s the reason Ruby tries to numb herself from the pain of living a life she can’t control. Until her aunt dies, in a way that doesn’t fit her vision—and for the first time, life’s possibilities seem infinite. But the costs of fighting fate may be steeper than Ruby knows.
Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson (June 4)
Rogerson follows up her bestselling debut, An Enchantment of Ravens, with a tale set in a world where books can be living and dangerous things, capable of transforming into monsters. Foundling Elizabeth is an apprentice at the Great Library of Summershall, who dreams of one day serving as a warden to these grimoires. But when Summershall’s director is found murdered and Elizabeth is blamed for the crime, her dreams are dashed. The mysterious intervention of a secretive young sorcerer saves her from imprisonment, but her trials are only beginning, as she discovers the Summershall attack is part of a far greater plot.
Blood Heir, by Amelie Wen Zhao (June 4)
In a kingdom where magic wielders, or Affinites, are feared and oppressed, crown princess Ana, with her Affinity for blood, has been forced to live her life in palatial seclusion. Then her royal father is murdered, and she’s framed for the crime, forcing her into the dangerous outside world. Now a hunted fugitive, Ana is seeking the key to clearing her name: the true identify of her father’s murderer. What she finds instead is a bone-deep conspiracy, and a perilous alliance with a crime lord who has aims of his own…and who might be wise to watch Ana as closely as she watches him.
The Beholder, by Anna Bright (June 4)
In this alt historical fantasy, Selah is the sole daughter of the leader of Potomac, whose future is riding on her ability to make the perfect marriage. But when her attempt to do so goes spectacularly, publicly awry, her conniving stepmother lays down an ultimatum: Selah will cross the Atlantic on a tour of potential spouses, coming home betrothed or not at all. But along the way Selah will discover darker truths behind her stepmother’s schemes, and more secrets onboard than her own.
All of Us with Wings, by Michell Ruiz Keil (June 18)
Seventeen-year-old Xochi hits the jackpot when she meets twelve-year-old Pallas in a San Francisco park. On her own after her mother’s abandonment and her beloved grandmother’s death, Xochi becomes the live-in governess to the precocious child of rock stars, and is adopted as one of their own. But a pagan ritual gone wrong, performed by the two girls on the night of the Vernal Equinox, summons dark forces intent on taking vengeance on those who’ve hurt Xochi—and the happy peace of her new life and everyone in it may be collateral damage.
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The Evil Queen, by Gena Showalter (June 25)
In the magic realm of Enchantia, fairy tales are very real—not as stories of old, but as prophecies of what’s to come. Everly, raised in the human world, doesn’t know she’s of Enchantia until she develops the ability to communicate with mirrors…and when she dares to access that ability, she learns a horrifying truth. She’s destined to become the evil queen of the Snow White tale. Back in Enchantia, Everly meets the one fated to become Prince Charming, and the two must weigh their dark destiny against their mutual attraction. Mounting betrayals drive Everly closer to the villainous role she was born to play, until giving into the dark seems like her only option.
Wicked Fox, by Kat Cho (June 25)
Miyoung is a Gumiho, a mythical nine-tailed fox who can wear a human form but must consume men’s souls for sustenance. She and her mother fly under the radar in modern-day Seoul, where she makes meals of unpunished criminals deserving of her justice. But saving a boy in the woods from a goblin changes everything: suddenly she and the boy, Jihoon, are bound, and the friendship-turned-romance that results leave her on the precipice of sacrificing everything.
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Children of Virtue and Vengeance, by Tomi Adeyemi (December 3)
Adeyemi’s world-beating debut, Children of Blood and Bone, ended with a mind-bending bang, and we’re looking for all our most burning questions to be answered on March 5. Magic is back in Orïsha, but at a frightening cost: Zélie and her fellow maji have their powers, but so do the nobles who long oppressed them. Zélie must unite the splintered maji in this turbulent and terrifying new era, and Amari must claim her rightful throne in the face of a looming civil war. This sequel promises to be as big and game-changing as its predecessor.
Return of the Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner (TBD)
More than twenty years after introducing us to the rich fantasy world of The Thief, Whalen Turner closes her quintet with this tale of onetime thief Eugenides, too clever by half and still settling into his role as king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis, and husband to the enigmatic Attolian queen. He faces treachery from without and within, from Baron Erondites, the Mede Empire, and a prophecy that seems to foretell his own death. Expect political machinations, breathtaking twists, and to watch anyone who underestimates Gen pay the price.