60 Highly Anticipated YA Fantasy Books of 2020

New YA Fantasy Book 2020

It’s a new year and that means a list of new YA fantasy books for 2020. I did all the hard work for you and compiled a list of 60 of the most anticipated YA fantasy books coming in 2020.

In typical fashion, let’s hop straight to it.

New YA Fantasy Books

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The sequel to Brigid Kemmerer’s New York Times bestselling book, A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers…


Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The first in a new YA fantasy series by Tara Sim.

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

Check out my spoiler-free review of Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim


Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Release Date: January 7, 2020

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight…


Chosen by Kiersten White

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The second book in Kiersten White’s Slayer series.

Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

Release Date: January 7, 2020

Rebecca McLaughlin’s debut ya fantasy novel is sure to tick all your boxes.

One girl must make a name for herself–or die trying–in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Check out my spoiler-free review of Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin


City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler

Release Date: January 7, 2020

City of Stone and Silence is Book 2 in the Wells of Sorcery series and the sequel to Ship of Smoke and Steel.

Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night
take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the
Harbor, but if Isoka can’t find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor’s spymaster before a year is up, her sister’s Tori’s life will be forfeit.


Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Book 1 in a new ya fantasy series called the Infinity Cycle.

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.


Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

Release Date: January 21, 2020

Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races in this epic fantasy following three phoenix horse riders–skilled at alchemy–who must compete at The Races–the modern spectacle that has replaced warfare within their empire.

Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods,
they’ve raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally
for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest…


The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Another Book 1 in another all new ya fantasy series for you to indulge in. Enjoy! This one looks really good.

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.


Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Ember Queen is the third and final book in the Ash Princess series.

The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.


All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Release Date: February 4, 2020

The first book in a new duology and debut ya fantasy novel of author Adalyn Grace

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

Check out my spoiler free review of All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace.


Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

Release Date: February 11, 2020

Heart of Flames is 2 in Nicki Pau Preto’s Crown of Feathers series.

Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders in this fiery sequel to Crown of Feathers, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake calls “absolutely unforgettable!”


The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 25, 2020

Another stand alone YA Fantasy novel by Tricia Levenseller, and I’m sure it will be nothing less than fantastic. Check out my review of Warrior of the Wild.

Tricia is calling this book here “Slytherin romance” with characters of “questionable morals.”

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: March 3, 2020

MWS (Maas Withdrawal Syndrome) ends again in March. Though this one isn’t YA, since almost all of her fanbase is YA, it qualifies for this list.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

Check out my spoiler free review of House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas.


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Chain of Gold is the next Book 1 by one of the only YA Fantasy authors that rival Sarah J Maas for the popularity crown, Cassandra Clare. Is it any surprise their books come out the same day?

From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.


Havenfall by Sara Holland

Release Date: March 3, 2020

From the author of Everless comes a new tale.

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost. New York Times bestselling author Sara Holland crafts a breathtaking new contemporary fantasy perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Holly Black.

Check out my spoiler-free review of Havenfall by Sara Holland.


The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Another new standalone by one of my favorite YA Fantasy authors, Marie Lu! I’ll be grabbing this one as soon as I can!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes a historical YA fantasy about a musical prodigy and the dangerous lengths she’ll go to make history remember her–perfect for fans of Susanna Clarke and The Hazel Wood.


The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Release Date: March 3, 2020

She survived the curse. Now she must survive the throne.

All Ekata wants is to stay alive–and the chance to prove herself as a scholar. Once Ekata’s brother is finally named heir to the dukedom of Kylma Above, there will be nothing to keep her at home with her murderous family. Not her books or her experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness, and no one can find a cure…


The Warrior’s Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Release Date: March 3, 2020

The Warrior’s Curse is the third book in The Traitor’s Game series.

Simon and Kestra are hurtling down paths ever farther from each other as the battle for control of Antora rages…


Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Release Date: March 3, 2020

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Purdie comes a high-stakes fantasy duology flush with doomed romance and macabre magic, perfect for fans of Stephanie Garber and Roshani Chokshi.

Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlife—lest they drain the light from the living…


The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: March 3, 2020

The Warrior’s Curse is the third book in The Traitor’s Game series.

Simon and Kestra are hurtling down paths ever farther from each other as the battle for control of Antora rages…


Crystal Caged by Elise Kova

Release Date: March 14, 2020

Crystal Caged is the fifth book in a spin-off series of Elisa Kova’s wildly popular Air Awakens series.

One way or another… she will be the end of the world.

With powers that weren’t supposed to be touched by mortal hands, Vi Solaris is determined to free herself and the world from the deadly vortex it’s trapped in.


Crush the King by Jennifer Estep

Release Date: March 17, 2020

While also technically not YA, I thoroughly enjoyed Kill the Queen and Protect the Prince that I couldn’t help but share it. It’s got a YA feel to it and I highly recommend.

Be aware, there is adult language and romance.

A fierce gladiator queen must face off against her enemies in an epic battle in this next thrilling installment of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series—an action-packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.

Check out my spoiler-free review of Crush the King by Jennifer Estep.


Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Release Date: March 24, 2020

Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in the out-of-this-world sequel to Sky Without Stars that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).

A traitor.
A prisoner.
A fugitive.

Wanted by the Regime. Destined to save the planet.


Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: March 31, 2020

Another book from a really great series that I love. This one starts with Shatter Me and now has 6 books in the series with a variety of novellas.

The explosive finale to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shatter Me series.


Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Book 2 of the Something Dark and Holy series.

The stunning sequel to instant New York Times bestseller, Wicked Saints

Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become…


Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

Release Date: April 7, 2020

A lot of people bash Rae Carson’s original series, A Girl of Fire and Thorns, but I LOVED it. I can’t wait for Empire of Dreams.

New York Times–bestselling author Rae Carson makes a triumphant return to the world of her award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy in this extraordinary stand-alone novel. Fans of Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, and Tomi Adeyemi won’t want to put this book down.


Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

Release Date: April 28, 2020

That cover! Book 1 in an all new YA Fantasy series.


Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Release Date: April 28, 2020

In Seven Endless Forests, the gorgeous standalone companion to the critically acclaimed fantasy The Boneless Mercies, April Genevieve Tucholke spins a bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend that is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, and Laini Taylor.


Dark Skies by Danielle L Jensen

Release Date: May 5, 2020

I can’t wait for this one! If you haven’t gotten around to Book 1 yet, you can check out my spoiler free review of Dark Shores.

Unwanted betrothals, assassination attempts, and a battle for the crown converge in Danielle L. Jensen’s Dark Skies, a new series starter set in the universe of the YA fantasy Sarah J. Maas called “everything I look for in a fantasy novel.”


The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Release Date: May 5, 2020

In a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic, a desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial lady find a connection on the high seas.

The pirate Florian, born Flora, has always done whatever it takes to survive—including sailing under false flag on the Dove as a marauder, thief, and worse. Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, a highborn Imperial daughter, is on board as well—accompanied by her own casket. But Evelyn’s one-way voyage to an arranged marriage in the Floating Islands is interrupted when the captain and crew show their true colors and enslave their wealthy passengers.

Both Florian and Evelyn have lived their lives by the rules, and whims, of others. But when they fall in love…

Check out my spoiler free review of the Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall.


Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Book 2 in the Aurora Cycle. Wildly popular co-authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are back!

Kristoff actually has three books on this list. Busy guy!

Our heroes are back . . . kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic Aurora Cycle series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.


Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson

Release Date: May 5, 2020

I’m sold with the blurb on this one. I don’t even care what it’s about. They better not be lying though…

FYI, if you’re like me and you actually researched the Nightshade series, you’ll see it’s by Andrea Cremer. They are they same person. I think Robertson is her married name.

Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series.


Sisters of the Perilous Heart by Sandra L Vasher

Release Date: May 5, 2020

What would you do to save a sister?

As the last mortal kingdom of Kepler resists the Immortal Empire, its young queen faces a devastating attack. Queen Vivian is two minutes into her reign when an arrow pierces her heart and infects her with the Immortality Virus. But she has too much magic to become immortal and not enough to survive. She must find more magic fast, or she’ll die.

Meanwhile, another young mortal faces an uncertain future of her own. Carina is fleeing for her life…

Check out my spoiler free review of Sisters of the Perilous Heart by Sandra L Vasher.


House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win? Think THREE DARK CROWNS meets THE BREAKFAST CLUB with DRAGONS.


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: May 19, 2020

I know, I know. This isn’t technically a YA Fantasy, but just about every person will appreciate this being on the list, so I have no regrets.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.


The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala

Release Date: May 26, 2020

The sequel to A Tiger at Midnight.

Romantic intrigue and electric action fill the gripping sequel to The Tiger at Midnight, a world inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.


Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

Release Date: May 26, 2020

Another debut author for you. This one doesn’t list a date on Amazon at the time of writing, but other sources say May 26?

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder-a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret…


Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Hearts all around. The His Fair Assassin series is one of my favorites and Robin LaFevers closes out her new duology with Igniting Darkness.

From New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers comes the follow up to sharp and breathless (Kirkus Reviews) historical fantasy Courting Darkness. Set in the world of the beloved His Fair Assassin series, this is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones.


The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles…

Check out my spoiler-free review of The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant.


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Yet another debut for you. This one sounds pretty great. I’ll be adding it to my list for sure.

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

Check out my spoiler free review of Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles.


Greythorne by Crystal Smith

Release Date: June 2, 2020

This book’s cover is drastically different than it’s accompanying Book 1, Bloodleaf.

Brimming with deliciously mysterious magic, political intrigue, and a
passionate heroine who will do anything to save the ones she loves—this highly anticipated sequel to Bloodleaf, praised as “enchanting, visceral, and twisty” by Laura Sebastian, won’t disappoint.


A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Release Date: June 2, 2020

For those looking for a book like Children of Blood and Bone. This is another fantasy based on the African culture rather than your typical European or Asian story.

The first in a gripping fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction—from debut author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.


The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

Release Date: June 2, 2020

The Wicked Deep meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping, dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.

Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she…


The Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest

Release Date: June 9, 2020

 Book 3 of the Black Witch Chronicles.

HER WORLD-ALTERING SECRET CAN’T BE HIDDEN MUCH LONGER

Elloren Gardner hides the most powerful secret in all Erthia—she is the Black Witch of Prophecy, and destined to triumph…or be used as the ultimate weapon of destruction.

Separated from everyone she loves, isolated and hunted, Elloren must turn to the last person she can trust…


Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L Armentrout

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Another book with a hot a cover that’s got me drooling. Unfortunately, I haven’t read Book 1, so I’ll need to start with Storm and Fury first.

Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.


The Boundless by Anna Bright

Release Date: June 9, 2020

This breathtaking sequel to The Beholder will take you on a journey into a darkly sparkling fairy tale, perfect for fans of The Selection and Caraval.


Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

Release Date: June 9, 2020

You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call.

Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.


The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

Release Date: June 16, 2020

Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, The Kinder Poison is an enthralling fantasy adventure that follows a teenage girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.

In the magical kingdom of Orkena, Zahru has long dreamed of a life beyond the desert, even though she knows her lowly position as a stable girl who can commune with animals will never afford her such a luxury…


Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano

Release Date: June 23, 2020

For fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor, a perfect storm lies ahead in this riveting fantasy duology opener from award-winning author Elle Cosimano.

One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter…


Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.

Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo…


Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Rebecca Ross, acclaimed author of The Queen’s Rising duology, delivers a thrilling new fantasy about the lengths two sisters will go for each other. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky In the Deep, and Court of Fives.

After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early…


The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Release Date: June 30, 2020

I’m so excited! City of Brass and Kingdom of Copper were my #1 and #2 reads of 2019. I am psyched! To say the least. June can’t come quickly enough.

Check out my spoiler-free City of Brass review to find out why.

The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.


TRUEL1F3 by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: June 30, 2020

This one is an honorable mention. TRUEL1F3 is technically sci-fi, but Jay Kristoff has multiple entries on this list and is hailed as a favorite by many YA Fantasy fans. Book 1 is LIFEL1K3.

From the bestselling co-author of the Illuminae Files comes the thrilling finale in the LIFEL1K3 trilogy–hailed by Marie Lu as “a breathless, action-packed exploration of what humanity really means.”


The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

Release Date: July 1, 2020

The thrilling conclusion to the epic Storm Crow duology that follows a fallen princess as she tries to bring back the magical elemental crows taken from her people.

Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all…


We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Release Date: July 7, 2020

The follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel We Hunt the Flame!

The second book in the Sands of Arawiya duology, by the masterful Hafsah Faizal.


Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Release Date: July 7, 2020

I absolutely loved the first book in this series! You can read all about it in my review of Spin the Dawn.

Unravel the Dusk might just be my most anticipated read of 2020.

Maia Tamarin proved her skill as a tailor when she wove the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars, but it will take more than a beautiful gown to hide the darkness rising up within her. . . . The stakes are higher than ever in this breathtaking sequel to Spin the Dawn, perfect for fans of Six of Crows.


The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

Release Date: July 7, 2020

A PRINCESS
A STABLE BOY
A QUEST

When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice…


Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu

Release Date: July 14, 2020

The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.

Cursed.

Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box…


The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Kings become outcasts and lovers become foes in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.


Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

Release Date: August 4, 2020

Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret…


Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Release Date: August 11, 2020

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. But when a flare of starfire injures her human father, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must act as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens—or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets a rich landscape of Hindu mythology and celestial intrigue in this sparkling YA fantasy debut.


Reign by Cora Carmack

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Book 3 in the Stormheart series.

FIRST SHE ROARED. THEN SHE RAGED. NOW IT’S TIME FOR HER REIGN.

Aurora Pavan wanted to change her world.

She wanted to protect her people, not because they paid taxes, but because they deserved to live without fear


Twin Daggers by MarcyKate Connolly

Release Date: August 25, 2020

Another debut for you.

Aissa’s life is a web of carefully constructed lies. She and her twin sister, Zandria, are Magi spies, a magical people most believe to be extinct. And they’re on a mission for revenge. 


Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: September 1, 2020

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.


Fable by Adrienne Young

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to Sky in the Deep, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Fable, the first book in this new captivating duology.

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.


The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 1, 2020

From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare and award-winning author Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series, which continues the love story between Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel.


Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: September 15, 2020


A Curse of Gold by Annie Sullivan

Release Date: September 22, 2020

This one has a special place on my TBR. Annie Sullivan is a great friend and co-admin on the YA Fantasy Addicts Facebook group. I’m looking forward to A Curse of Gold!

Be sure to read (or re-read) Book 1, A Touch of Gold, if you haven’t already.


The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chockshi

Release Date: September 22, 2020

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.


The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Release Date: September 29, 2020

Book 5 of the Trials of Apollo series which is part of the greater Percy Jackson universe.


A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Release Date: September 29, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.

I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.

Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans. 


Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford

Release Date: October 6, 2020

“A fabulous interweaving of fantasy, politics, and sisterhood — this unusual, tense tale will have you on the edge of your seat!” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce on Crown of Coral and Pearl


Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Release Date: October 13, 2020

The incredible conclusion to the trilogy that started with the instant New York Times bestsellers Furyborn and Kingsbane!


The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

Release Date: November 10, 2020

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.


A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: December 1, 2020

Prepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir’s beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm?

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…


The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

Release Date: December 8, 2020

Book 3 of The Last Magician series.

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows meets Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger in this spellbinding conclusion the “vivid and compelling” (BCCB), New York Times bestselling Last Magician series.


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