The Dark Days Deceit is the long-awaited conclusion to Alison Goodman’s historical fantasy series about Lady Helen, who proves it's possible to be prim and proper while kicking demon butt.
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There isn’t a wardrobe in Genevieve Cogman’s The Mortal Word, the fifth book in her Invisible Library series, but there is a murder, and—as you'd expect—a lot of book love.
Seven books—and a novella collection—later, Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius has finally come home.
Machiavellian, magical, gender-fluid characters in an old-world-Italian setting? In the words of poet/philosopher Al Green, HERE I AM, BABY. COME AND TAKE ME.
Make sure you don’t read this book too close to an open flame, because in Natasha Ngan’s latest fantasy, paper has a tendency to catch the light.
April Genevieve Tucholke’s latest, The Boneless Mercies, is an atmospheric female-led reimagining of classic warrior epics.
Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician takes readers on a magical ride to 1902.
In Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik proves that she is no one-hit fantasy wonder by giving us a complex faux-historical world tinged with magic and menace.
When someone important is sold into slavery, Beka and her partners must go on a protracted Hunt with a capital H in the trilogy’s final book, Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce.
Andrew Shvarts’s bastard heroes are back in City of Bastards, the second book in his Royal Bastards series.
The main character of Sara Wolf’s Bring Me Their Hearts is after a prince’s heart—literally.
The dead don’t stay that way—on purpose—in Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen.
Maisie is just one in a long line of Blakely women cursed by crappy men--uh, I mean, the woods--in Julia Fine’s debut novel, What Should Be Wild.
Bloodhound has Beka acquiring a new, fuzzier partner in her efforts to keep the streets clean (or as clean as they can be when people throw their chamber pots onto them).
Sarah Tolcser concludes her first duology by inviting readers along on a grand adventure in Whisper of the Tide.
Did Tempests and Slaughter, Tamora Pierce’s long-anticipated origin story of mage Numair Salmalin, deliver the goods?
Celebrate Winter Solstice with the Court of Dreams in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Frost and Starlight.
Within the Provost's Dogs, Beka is going to have to prove she's more Terrier than Puppy in order to survive.
Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is a magical novel in more ways than one.
Travel to the fantastical City of Sin with Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades.
It makes my heart happy when the middle book of a trilogy is just as awesome as its predecessor. You’ll be feeling the wait for the final installment of the Winternight Trilogy after reading Katherine Arden's latest, The Girl in the Tower.
A story that invites you to ponder what would have happened if Ariel was raised by Ursula.
Can’t get enough of Tamora Pierce’s fantasy world, Tortall? Then consider Tortall: A Spy’s Guide for your next read.
The main character of Gwendolyn Clare’s Ink, Iron, and Glass might be The Special, but her gift for writing worlds into existence is pretty darn enviable.
Tricia Levenseller finishes up her Daughter of the Pirate King duology with a second book that outshines the first.
Irene and Kai’s surprisingly dangerous bookish adventures continue in The Lost Plot, the fourth book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.
Behold the power of the spy report in Trickster’s Queen, part two of Aly’s duology.
Tamora Pierce takes the reader—and Aly—beyond the borders of Tortall into the political unrest of the Copper Isles in Trickster’s Choice.
Tamora Pierce wraps up her female-empowering series with Lady Knight, showing you just what a woman can get done when in a position of power.
The sequel to Nevernight, Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave features cutthroat action, brutal fight scenes, and character growth.
Magical duels, New York City, and lawyers—An Unkindness of Magicians has it all.
In Squire, Tamora Pierce asks if it ever gets old watching a woman put a sexist man in his place. The answer is no, no it doesn't.
Maggie Stiefvater returns with a book about magic, miracles, and rock'n'roll.
The stories in Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic are both familiar and fresh.
Anna-Marie McLemore’s latest novel, Wild Beauty, is another magical-realism-story-featuring-beautiful-diversity-and-LGBTQ+-characters home run.
Elly Blake’s Frostblood Saga continues—both the storyline and the too-familiar fantasy feeling—with Fireblood.
In Jane, Unlimited, Kristin Cashore evokes Gothic themes with a unique and twisty tale about a girl, a mansion, and a whole lotta crazy.
Krystal Sutherland weaves magical realism and mental illness into a poignant yet uplifting novel about facing your greatest fears with A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares.
Sarah J. Maas’s Tower of Dawn, the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series, follows Chaol and Nesryn on an adventure across the ocean—and through the human heart.
Author Kat Howard is here to talk why magicians still enthrall her—plus, she's giving away a signed hardcover of An Unkindness of Magicians!
Return to Tortall to join Kel as she embarks on her first year of knight school in Tamora Pierce’s First Test.
Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a fantastic addition to the iconic superhero’s canon.
In her debut YA novel, Roar, Cora Carmack includes unexpected twists on the standard fantasy fare.
Cocktails are magical. No, really. Cocktails are MAGICAL.
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening is a comic that features gorgeous art, an alternate fantasy universe, and a girl battling her literal inner demon.
Carrie Anne Noble’s The Gold-Son reveals the secret, somewhat sordid, lives of Leprechauns.
Sarah Tolcser’s debut novel, Song of the Current, will have you breaking out in song.
Each one of the characters in Andrew Shvarts’ debut novel, Royal Bastards, is a bastard, a stable-hand, a princess, and an outcast.
The first in Renée Ahdieh’s new series, Flame in the Mist, is a lush, powerful, swoony tale that incorporates aspects of both Mulan and Robin Hood while standing on its own two feet.
Meagan Spooner’s Beauty and the Beast retelling, Hunted, incorporates darker themes, but remains true to the heart of the story.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin has us (once again) looking for one-way tickets to Velaris.
The promising plot of Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch is overwhelmed by the book’s problematic themes.
Daine and Numair fight foes and feelings in Tamora Pierce’s The Realms of the Gods, the final book in The Immortals quartet.
The Half Bad series wraps up with Half Lost, a one-two punch of TEABS and TESBS (the end of a sad book syndrome, obvi).
This book is basically like a DVD's deleted scenes section for your favorite movie.
Daine must pretend to play nice with a guy she’s preeetty sure is a megalomaniac murderer in Emperor Mage, the third installment of The Immortals series.
Strange the Dreamer does not disappoint.
Sally Green's second book is all grown up. Sex, potions, and rock and roll—Half Wild is NOT the book the Obamas read to children last year at Easter.
Matthew Laurence’s Freya tells a tale of gods and goddesses in the modern age.
In which Stephanie refrains from making nary a “walk the plank” or Jack Sparrow joke while reviewing Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King.
Daine and Numair find themselves part of the pack as they uncover a treasonous plot in Tamora Pierce’s Wolf-Speaker.
In The Dark Days Pact, Lady Helen returns to find that even when one is spending their summer at the beach, dastardly and devious plots lurk just beneath the waves.
Elly Blake’s debut Frostblood is a familiar, but entertaining, fantasy about a gifted girl and her quest to right wrongs.
The star-crossed lovers in Jeff Giles’ The Edge of Everything face literal hell to be together.
Swan dive back into the magical world of Tortall in Wild Magic, the first book of Tamora Pierce’s second series.
Fall under the spectacular spell of Caraval, an adventure filled with romance, magical delights and one hell of a scavenger hunt.
Time—and love—make the world go ‘round in Tara Sim’s Timekeeper.
Katherine Arden’s new fairy tale, The Bear and the Nightingale, is the perfect story to cozy up with during a cold winter’s night.
Things get heated in The Burning Page, the third book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.
Amy Tintera delivers on her promise of action and kissing in her trilogy starter, Ruined.
Stacey Jay turns Beauty and the Beast on its head in Of Beast and Beauty.
Stacey Lee switches over to contemporary magical realism for this sweet tale of romance and relationships.
Sally Green’s debut novel is not Half Bad!
We’ve reached the grand conclusion of Tamora Pierce’s first series with Lioness Rampant, in which Alanna returns home and proves firsthand why she’s earned that Knight’s shield.
Erika Johansen’s Queen of the Tearling series ends on a satisfying, if surprising, note.
Alanna's changing minds about what women can and can't do one tribe at a time in The Woman Who Rides Like a Man from Tamora Pierce.
Death waits for no woman in Goldenhand by Garth Nix.
Be careful what you wish for. Unless you wished for a witchy fun rom-com.
Three sisters, one throne. There's no sharing of power in Three Dark Crowns, the first book in a new trilogy by Kendare Blake that's sure to captivate even the most seasoned of fantasy readers!
In Clariel by Garth Nix, our protagonist must ask herself: Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
Strap on your bells and running sneaks, because we’re going full tilt to prevent the world from ending in Abhorsen by Garth Nix.
Sarah Porter brings the magic of a Russian folk tale to modern Brooklyn in Vassa in the Night.
The second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Masked City, turns the tired “damsel in distress” trope on its head.
Before reading the latest installment of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series in October, re-introduce yourself to Lirael, a book about a young girl with mysterious connections to magic and the Dead.
Empire of Storms, the fifth book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, finds our heroes making deals and calling in favors with the hopes of overcoming evil.
Traci Chee’s The Reader introduces readers to a rich world filled with magic, storied heroes … and illiteracy.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a thing that exists.
Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight is a brutal but beautiful read. And you might even laugh a time or three.
In the second installment of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet, In the Hand of the Goddess, Alanna learns to let go of her many, many fears.
Cinda Williams Chima’s Flamecaster expands her Seven Realms world into an engaging new generation of characters.
Do you have what it takes to be a Knight of Tortall? Find out how to (wo)man up in Tamora Pierce's Alanna: The First Adventure.
The magic of the Cirque American is back in Gwenda Bond’s Girl in the Shadows.
Go on an adventure through alternate universes to procure obscure books in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library.
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows put a fantastical spin on the history of the Nine-Day Queen in My Lady Jane.
The rebel forces in Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, make some serious progress—and some unfortunate discoveries.
There’s more than avalanches to fear in Lindsay Ribar’s Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
Celaena Sardothian returns to her ancestral roots in Heir of Fire, the third book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series.
Evelyn Skye's magical debut has big emotions and big stakes.
Historical fiction meets modern-day crime investigation in Joy Preble’s It Wasn’t Always Like This.
Crown of Midnight, the second novel in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, offers some major revelations.