10 Best New Fantasy Books You Need to Read

Heart-pounding adventures, daring heroes, mythical creatures, breath-taking worlds and strange magic... fantasy books provide the ultimate literary escapism. But it can be difficult to find new fantasy books you can truly lose yourself in. Not to worry; we've put together a list of enthralling new fantasy titles that are sure to satisfy your cravings for this epic genre. Check out the list below and immerse yourself in a brand new spellbinding saga...

1. The Book of Bera

Suzie Wilde | 2017

This enthralling Viking adventure follows Bera, a young woman who is struggling to control her invisible twin spirit and develop her inherited gift of Sight. On a dark winter's night, Bera is left to defend her village alone, and loses her childhood friend, Bjorn, to the ensuing battle. Soon after, her father weds her to the chieftain of a rival clan, and Bera realises the unthinkable: his second-in-command is responsible for Bjorn's death. As she learns to be a wife and stepmother in her brutal new clan, Bera resolves to hone her skills, develop her gifts and get revenge. However, her visions of looming disaster grow more and more alarming. Will she choose revenge, or lead her people to safety before it's too late?

2. A Darker Shade of Magic

V. E. Schwab | 2015

You may know of our one bustling London - but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers: magicians able to travel between parallel Londons. There's Grey London, dirty and crowded and magicless, home to the mad King George III. There's Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then there's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London... Discover several immersive worlds in this captivating and intricate work.

3. The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin | 2015

This is the way the world ends - for the last time. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with a death, a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the Earth's power is wielded as a weapon. There will be no mercy. This dark, adrenaline-fuelled novel will grip you from first page to last.

4. City of Stairs

Robert Jackson Bennett | 2014

When you're chasing a murderer through Bulikov, you've got to be careful. The world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and worship banned by the Polis, reality folded. Stairs now lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals vanish into thin air. The murder of Dr Efrem Pangui, the Polis diplomat who was researching the Continent's past, has begun something. Whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman is willing to pursue the truth - but it may just cost her everything...

5. Half a King

Joe Abercrombie | 2014

This classic coming-of-age tale is set in a richly-imagined world. Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, vows to reclaim a throne he never wanted. First, however, he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself - all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a cruel world, he cannot wield a weapon, but has trained his mind to a deadly sharpness. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he discovers they can help him more than any noble could. Nonetheless, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, traps and tragedy...

6. Promise of Blood

Brian McClellan | 2013

It's a bloody business, overthrowing a king. Amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about a broken promise, omens of death, and the gods returning to walk the Earth. No-one really believes these rumours. But perhaps they should.

7. Malice

John Gwynne | 2012

Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. Unbeknownst to him, his first day as a soldier will come all too soon. Although the giant-clans were broken in bloody battles long ago, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Angels and demons will make the world their battlefield. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. But if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind's hopes and dreams will fall to dust...

8. Blood Song

Anthony Ryan | 2011

The Order fights, but often in shadow, without glory or reward. Even their greatest battles have never been set down. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. In the name of the Realm and the Faith, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly under a brutal training regime. Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the essence of his strength and cunning to survive the coming conflict. But as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword...

9. The Dragon's Path

Daniel Abraham | 2011

The dragons are gone. The powerful magics that broke the world have been diluted to little more than parlour tricks. But the kingdoms of men remain and their great conflicts persist. Lords deploy armies and merchant caravans as weapons, manoeuvring for wealth and authority. But a darker power is rising: an unlikely leader with an ancient ally threatens to unleash the same madness that destroyed the world once already. Only one man knows the truth and, from the shadows, must champion humanity. The world's fate stands on the edge of a dagger, its future on the toss of a coin...

10. The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson | 2010

Featuring a world of storms, mystical weapons, armies of men and angels and an entire world at war with itself, this immersive fantasy adventure is the first in the epic Stormlight Archive series. Kings strive to win more 'Shardblades', powerful weapons that render their wielders almost invincible on the battlefield. Each secretly hopes to be the one who finally unites mankind under a single throne. In a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes, a young spearman is forced into the army of a Shardbearer and led to war against an enemy he doesn't want to fight. What happened deep in mankind's past? Why did the Radiants turn against them? And what happened to the magic they used to wield?

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    It's a bloody business, overthrowing a king. Now, amid the chaos, a whispered rumour is spreading. A rumour about a broken promise, omens of death and the gods returning to walk the earth. No one really believes these whispers. Perhaps they should.
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    We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test. War is coming. Vaelin must draw upon the very essence of his strength and cunning if he is to survive the coming conflict. Yet as the world teeters on the edge of chaos, Vaelin will learn that the truth can cut deeper than any sword.
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    Released in two volumes due to size of book. According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed ...They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won. Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself - and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne. On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman ,forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn't understand and doesn't really want to fight. What happened deep in mankind's past? Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?
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    Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king's realm. But that day will come all too soon. Only when he loses those he loves will he learn the true price of courage. The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, the earth running dark with their heartsblood. Although the giant-clans were broken in ages past, their ruined fortresses still scar the land. But now giants stir anew, the very stones weep blood and there are sightings of giant wyrms. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. Sorrow will darken the world, as angels and demons make it their battlefield. Then there will be a war to end all wars. High King Aquilus summons his fellow kings to council, seeking an alliance in this time of need. Prophesy indicates darkness and light will demand two champions, the Black Sun and the Bright Star. They would be wise to seek out both, for if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind's hopes and dreams will fall to dust.
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    The dragons are gone, the powerful magics that broke the world diluted to little more than parlour tricks, but the kingdoms of men remain and the great game of thrones goes on. Lords deploy armies and merchant caravans as their weapons, manoeuvring for wealth and influence. But a darker power is rising - an unlikely leader with an ancient ally threatens to unleash again the madness that destroyed the world once already. Only one man knows the truth and, from the shadows, must champion humanity. The world's fate stands on the edge of a Dagger, its future on the toss of a Coin ...
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    You've got to be careful when you're chasing a murderer through Bulikov, for the world is not as it should be in that city. When the gods were destroyed and all worship of them banned by the Polis, reality folded; now stairs lead to nowhere, alleyways have become portals to the past, and criminals disappear into thin air. The murder of Dr Efrem Pangyui, the Polis diplomat researching the Continent's past, has begun something and now whispers of an uprising flutter out from invisible corners. Only one woman may be willing to pursue the truth - but it is likely to cost her everything.
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    A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie. 'Grabbed me from page one and refused to let go' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself - all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, traps and tragedy ...
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    Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There's Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There's Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London...
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    A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 Shortlisted for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, Kitschies, Audie and Locus Awards The inaugural Wired.com book club pick THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS ...FOR THE LAST TIME. IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
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    The Book of Bera is a Viking adventure fantasy novel which follows the saga of Bera, a young Viking woman who is struggling to control her invisible twin spirit and develop her inherited gift of Sight. On a long winter night, Bera is left to defend her stark village alone, and in the ensuing battle, her dear childhood friend, Bjorn, is killed. When soon after her father weds her to the chieftain of a rival clan, Bera realises the unthinkable: his second-in-command is responsible for her friend's death. Though she must now learn how to be a wife and a stepmother to a hostile boy, Bera vows her revenge and sets off on a path to grow in power and hone her skills in the rough, macho clan into which she has been sold. As her gifts continue to grow, her visions of looming disaster become more and more ominous until she has to make the ultimate choice: Will she choose revenge? Or will she succeed in leading her people to safety before it's too late? The Book of Bera is a work of great character, imagination and considerable drive that will take you on an epic journey of duty, vengeance and salvation.