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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...

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1. The Book of Bera

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?


Want to dive into even more fantastical worlds? Check out our entire selection of the best fantasy books.