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    The Best New Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Releases 2022

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    Find the best new fantasy & sci-fi book releases for 2022 below.

    The list is now complete for the entire year of 2022! So, check out some books that have already been released or find new fantasy & sci-fi books that will be released later this year.

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    January 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Daughter of the Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom Duology #1) by Sue Lynn Tan

    daughter of the moon goddes by Sue Lynn Tan book cover drawing flowers, girl and moon

    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy, Retelling
    Pubdate: 11th of January
    Publisher: Harper Voyager

    Xingyin, while growing up on the moon, has no idea she’s being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when her magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home.

    She makes her way to the Celestial Kingdom, alone, powerless, and afraid. Disguising her identity, she seizes an opportunity to learn alongside the emperor’s son, mastering archery and magic, even as passion flames between her and the prince.

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    The Beholden by Cassandra Rose Clarke

    the beholden by Cassandra Rose Clarke book cover illustration 3 people on boat on lake and tree with face

    Genre: Adult Action Adventure Fantasy
    Pubdate: 18th of January
    Publisher: Erewhon

    Celestia and Izara De Malena were orphaned as young women. They have a lot of land, but are running out of money. And so, Izara uses a spell she doesn’t fully understand, summoning the Lady of the Seraphine and demands a favor: a husband for Celestia, one rich enough to enable the sisters to keep their land. But a favor from a river goddess always comes at a cost…

    And five years later, the Lady of the Seraphine comes back to collect.

    It’s a slow-building story with some impeccable worldbuilding.

    Personally, I thought the beginning was a bit too slow, as it takes quite a while for the characters to get started on their quest. I felt this all could’ve been done a bit quicker.

    Other than that, I thought it was solid story, with an interesting magic system and an important message: decay and death are an important part in the circle of life.

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    36 Streets by T.R. Napper

    36 streets by t r napper book cover city backdrop with back of woman with red jacket

    Genre: Adult Cyberpunk Sci-Fi Thriller
    Pubdate: 18th of January
    Publisher: Titan Books

    Lin “The Silent One” Vu is a gangster and sometimes private investigator. She lives in the Chinese-occupied Hanoi, in the paranoid alleyways of the 36 Streets.

    She’s carved a place for herself in the Vietnamese underworld where she’s trained to fight and lead. Meanwhile, the people of Hanoi are succumbing to Fat Victory—an addictive immersive simulation of the US-Vietnam war.

    When an Englishman comes to Hanoi on the trail of his friend’s murderer, Lin’s life is turned upside down, drawn into the grand conspiracies of the neon gods as they unleash dangerous new technologies.

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    A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass

    a letter to three witches by Elizabeth Bass book cover drawn witch on broomstick on red with night sky for title

    Genre: Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 25th of January
    Publisher: Kensington

    Gwen Engel and her family have been banned from practicing witchcraft by the Grand Council of Witches as a result of her great-great-grandfather’s catastrophic spellcasting blunder. The Council even has anonymous snitches called Watchers in the community to report any errant spellcasting.

    However, magic may still be alive in Zenobia. One day, Gwen and her cousins Trudy and Milo receive a letter from Gwen’s adopted sister, Tannith, informing them that she’s bewitched one of their partners and will run away with him at the end of the week. While Gwen frets about whether her boyfriend, who’s currently out of town, is going to run off with Tannith, she’s also worried that a grad student named Jeremy is secretly a Watcher.

    Which is bad news when couin Trudy is so stressed out that she accidentally enchants her cupcakes. Perhaps it’s time the family took back control of their powers.

    This is a quircky story, that reads quick & easy. There are some nice twists, and by the end, the characters will feel like good friends.

    Read my full review of the book here.

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    Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi

    goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi book cover yellow letters and black and white female face

    Genre: Adult Dystopian Sci-Fi
    Pubdate: 25th of January
    Publisher: Tordotcom

    In the 2050s, those with the means and privilege have departed the great cities for the more comfortable confines of space colonies. Those left behind salvage what they can. But brick by brick, their houses are sent to the colonies, and what was once a home, is now a reminder of the world that they wrecked.

    In this collection of stories, we see the life of a space-dweller looking at New Haven, Connecticut as a chance to reconnect with his spiraling lover. A group of laborers are attempting to renew the promises of Earth’s crumbling cities. Somewhere else, a journalist is attempting to capture the violence of the streets. And finally, a marshal is trying to solve a kidnapping.


    February 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes & Stacey Kade

    dead silence by s a barnes book cover round window with hand

    Genre: Adult Dark Sci-Fi Thriller
    Pubdate: 8nd of February
    Publisher: Tor Nightfire

    Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With no intention to return to Earth and nothing to lose, they investigate.

    What they find is a shock: the Aurora—a famous luxury space-liner that vanished over twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the ship reveals that something isn’t right.

    Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must hold onto her sanity and find out what happened on the Aurora before she and her crew meet the same fate.


    Eye of the Witch (Storm’s Rising #4) by Jason & Rose Bishop

    eye of the witch by jason and rose bishop book cover dark blue mountains and ocean

    Genre: Adult Dark Epic Fantasy
    Pubdate: 12th of February
    Publisher: Independent

    In this fourth book of the Storm’s Rising series, we follow our five favorite companions as they travel across the Reaver Sea in search of the Codex. This is their only hope to unravel the mysteries of the Tome of Worms, so they can stop the swift expansion of Morab’s new empire.

    Meanwhile, in the forgotten bowels of a city, A’lik prepares to lead a degenerate people to freedom, and himself to a past he cannot remember. But is there even freedom to be seized?

    History and prophecy bloom with warnings for our heroes. Can Lendil and Phoenix set their roguish lives aside? Will Derek and Dia find purpose with her sister Meo returned to Eventhallia? And how will they be welcomed by the king of Alloyis?

    Read the review of the first book, The Call, here.


    House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) by Sarah J. Maas

    house of sky and breath by sarah j maas book cover blue with drawn man and crescent moon

    Genre: New Adult Action Urban Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 15th of February
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    Bryce and Hunt my have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Luckily, the Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving them alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing.

    Bryce, Hunt, and their friends soon get pulled into the rebels’ plans, and the choice is clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been good at staying silent.

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    A Blessed Darkness by Elexis Bell

    a blessed darkness by elexis bell book cover dark blue background with crossed swords

    Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 22nd of February
    Publisher: Elexis Bell

    Elairie, a mixed-blood elf living on the edge of society, serves as a night guard. All is well, until she meets her latest prisoner. Magical gravity draws her to him, no matter what her associates might say about his race. But that connection does come with a dark side.

    The prisoner, Beluroan, learns that he and his guard are Blessed Ones, crafted by the Gods to stop a madman from recreating the Blood Magic of old. The return of that magic would mean the return of magical slavery, and fear grips Beluroan together with memories of his childhood Master.

    Together, Elairie and Beluroan have a power that frightens even the Gods. Can they overcome the prejudice marring their land and master their new magic in time to stop the madman? Or will they succumb to their new power?

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    Only a Monster (Monsters #1) by Vanessa Len

    only a monster by Vanessa Len book cover black and red with side of female face

    Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
    Pubdate: 22nd of February
    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Sixteen-year-old Joan was sent to stay with her late mother’s eccentric family in London. And she’s determined to enjoy herself. She loves her job at the historic Holland House, and when her cute co-worker Nick asks her on a date, it feels like things are falling into place.

    Until she finds out that her family isn’t just eccentric: they’re all monsters with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy—he’s a legendary monster slayer.

    As she battles Nick, Joan is forced to work with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates her own. And if she is to save herself and her family, she has to embrace her own monstrousness.

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    The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

    the girl who fell beneath the sea by Axie Oh book cover drawn girl stepping in water

    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy, Retellings
    Pubdate: 22nd of February
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Her people believe that the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride.

    Many believe that Shim Cheong—the beloved of Mina’s older brother—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night of her sacrifice, Joon follows Cehong out to the sea—and interference leads to a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water instead.

    Swept away to the Spirit Realm, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a young man named Shin, Mina sets out to wake the Sea God. But she doesn’t have much time: a human cannot live in the land of the spirits for long. And there are those who would do anything to keep him from waking…

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    March 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Freaks by Brett Riley

    freaks by brett riley book cover black background with blue letters and three cloaked figures

    Genre: YA Dark Superhero Sci-Fi
    Pubdate: 1st of March
    Publisher: Imbrifex

    Four friends who get bullied daily at their high-school accidentally open a portal to another dimension. This allows terrifying, other-worldly creatures to invade their small town. In addition, they now have strange superpowers.

    The four teens dub themselves “Freaks,” the name their tormentors used to ridicule them. Together, the Freaks must fight to save the lives of family and friends and thwart a secret government task force that appears to be hunting them.

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    The Bone Wars (The Pirates of Montana #1) by Erin Evan

    The Bone Wars by Erin Evan book cover yellow text on red

    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Thriller
    Pubdate: 8th of March

    I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    Sixteen-year-old Molly Wilder is excited to start her summer internship in Montana, digging up fossils. By accident, Molly discovers a fossil that has a large wing structure, horned skull, and black bones. Nothing that has ever been seen before in dinosaurs. As such, neither her supervisor, Sarah, fossil hunter Derek Farnsworth, nor Dr. Sean Oliphant can place it.

    But Molly knows what it is: a dragon.

    Just how revolutionary this discovery is, becomes apparent when the BLM drops by and takes away all of their work. But are they really the BLM? And what are they trying to prevent to keep from the world? Are certain fossils truly worth killing for?

    I’d recommend the book if you really love dinosaurs, would love to learn more about them and enjoy some mystery. Honestly, if dinosaurs aren’t really your thing, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this book as much. I did feel it had a not-so-satisfying twist ending, and I couldn’t quite connect with the characters.

    Click here for a more extensive review.

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    Three Swords by C.L. Werner

    three swords by c l werner book cover three panels with different worlds sword in middle

    Genre: Adult Action Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Pubdate: 1st of Feb (kindle) / 8th of March (paperback)
    Publisher: Aconyte

    The Warriors Three—Fandral, Volstagg, and Hogun—encounter an ancient mystic who tells them the Enchanters Three are building armies with which to conquer the Realm Eternal. Through their use of the magically wicked Living Talisman, they have enough power to bring even Odin to heel. However, the three sorcerous brothers are scattered through time and space. As such, the Warriors Three are cast across the cosmos to strange worlds, risking their lives against unimaginable odds to stop the sorcerors and save Asgard.

    The story is exactly as promised: fast-paced with lots of action. I felt there was a bit too much action, mostly because there seemed to be a repetitive pattern: they encounter some beast, creature, or sorcerer, they fight, they almost lose, and then one of them comes up with something and they emerge victoriously.

    I would’ve liked some different sequences to shake things up a little. And the plot twist at the end was not really surprising.

    That said, I still really enjoyed the novel. The characters keep everything light, and I enjoyed their banter. The worldbuilding was also really good, and I loved how the writer created the different worlds. Each had a very unique feel.

    I’d recommend this book to any fan of Marvel, specifically if you love the Asgardian stories, whether they be the movies or the comics. And if you love a lot of fast-paced action, you’ll not be disappointed here.

    Some disclaimers:

    About Marvel Entertainment

    Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

    For more information visit © 2020 MARVEL


    Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley 

    skyward in by aliya Whiteley book cover with colors background and white letters

    Genre: Adult Adventure Sci-Fi
    Pubdate: 16th of March
    Publisher: Solaris

    Skyward Inn is a place of safety, where people come together to tell stories of the time before the war with Qita. Although… is there really any danger? Qita surrendered without complaint when Earth invaded. Innkeepers Jem and Isley, veterans from either side, have regrets but few scars.

    However, their peace is disturbed when a visitor comes asking for help, bringing reminders of an unnerving past and triggering an uncertain future.

    Did humanity really win the war?


    April 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

    hotel magnifique by emily j. taylor book cover purple black astronomic background

    Genre: YA Dark Historical Paranormal Fantasy
    Pubdate: 5th of April
    Publisher: Razorbill

    Jani has dreamed of Elsewhere all her life. However, she’s resigned to a dreary life in the port town of Durc, caring for her younger sister Zosa. Until the Hotel Magnifique comes to town.

    The hotel is legendary for its whimsical enchantments and for its ability to travel—appearing in a different destination every morning. Jani and Zosa can’t afford the costs for a stay, but they can join the staff. Soon, they’re whisked away on the greatest adventure of their lives. However, once inside, Jani discovers their contracts are unbreakable and that beneath the marvelous glamour, the hotel hides dangerous secrets.

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    Saint Death's Daughter (Saint Death #1) by C.S.E. Cooney

    saint death's daughter by CSE Cooney book cover black with pink and blue flowers and white text

    Genre: YA Dark Coming-of-Age Fantasy
    Pubdate: 12th of April
    Publisher: Solaris

    Miscellaneous “Lanie” Stones is born into a family of royal assassins. However, she has a vicious allergy to all forms of violence and bloodshed, and an uncanny affinity for bringing the dead back to life.

    The family debt also looms, one that will have to be paid sooner rather than later if Lanie and her sister are to retain ownership of the ancestral seat, Stones Manor. She finds herself courted and threatened by powerful parties who would love to use her connection with the goddess of death for their own nefarious ends. However, the goddess has other plans…

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    The Girl and the Moon (Book of the Ice #3) by Mark Lawrence

    the girl and the moon by mark lawrence book cover red moon with female holding swords

    Genre: YA Epic Fantasy/Sci-Fi
    Pubdate: 26th of April
    Publisher: Ace

    I’m personally super excited for this book, the conclusion of the Book of Ice!

    Yaz has made it to the green world, and it overwhelms all of her expectations. But although everything seems different, her old enemies are still bent on her destruction. To stand a chance against Eular, the eyeless priest, and Seus, the god-like city-mind, Yaz needs to make new friends—and fast. However, the Convent of Sweet Mercy, like the Corridor, is packed with both peril and opportunity. She needs the nuns’ help, but they also first want to execute her.

    The fate of everyone within the Corridor’s walls and those who are surviving out on the ice depends on the moon, and the battle to save the moon centers on the Ark of the Missing, buried beneath the emperor’s palace. Everyone wants Yaz to open the Ark, but sometimes wanting isn’t enough.


    Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher 

    nettle and bone by T Kingfisher book cover black background with nettles and bones

    Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy Fairytale Retelling
    Pubdate: 26th of April
    Publisher: Tor Books

    Marra has seen her sisters suffer for years at the hands of an abusive prince. And now, she’s finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. So, she seeks help from a powerful gravewitch, and is offered the tools to kill a prince. But only if she can complete three impossible tasks.

    On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. These five are intent on being the ones to kill the prince and free Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler.


    Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse

    fevered star by rebecca roanhorse book cover female face surrounded by rays on black background

    Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy, LGBTQ
    Pubdate: 12th of April
    Publisher: Saga Press

    This second book is the sequel to Black Sun. The great city of Tova is shattered, the sun held within the smothering grip of the Crow God’s eclipse. The rise of a new order is imminent.

    Xiala, a sea captain, is swept up in the chaos of change and finds an unexpected ally in the former Priest of Knives. Tense alliances are forming as enemies gather and the war in the heavens is reflected upon the earth.

    For Serapio and Naranpa, now both living avatars, the struggle for free will and personhood in face of destiny rages. How can Serapio stay human when he is steeped in prophecy and surrounded by those who only want his power? Does Naranpa have a future in a transformed Tova that doesn’t lead to her total destruction?


    May 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Dracos Anthology by K.M. Jenkins, Ashley Brion, Cassie Greutman, Clarissa Gosling, Diana Dawn, Megan Grooms, Melinda R. Cordell, Mk Mancos, September North, Skye Deva, & Sofia Ann Hoffman

    dracos anthology by km jenkins book cover golden dragon lying on rock

    Genre: YA Fairy tale & Folklore Fantasy Anthology
    Pubdate: 3rd of May
    Publisher: Storyteller Collectables LLC

    Love stories about dragons? Then this book is perfect for you, with a collection of YA short stories filled with dragons. All are fantastical journeys of love and friendship, with first loves and forbidden romances and a path of trial and error.


    Book of Night by Holly Black

    book of night by holly black book cover crescent moon on dark background

    Genre: Adult Dark Urban Fantasy
    Pubdate: 3rd of May
    Publisher: Tor Books

    In Charlie’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment, cosmetic preferences, or to increase power and influence. It’s possible to alter someone’s feelings and memories, but manipulating shadows has a cost. It can take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

    Charlie is a low-level con artist, trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. This seems to fail when a terrible figure from her past returns, and her life is thrown into chaos. Determined to survive, she throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a wide cast of antagonists, all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

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    Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

    siren queen by nghi vo book cover female face in blue hues

    Genre: Adult Historical Sci-Fi/Fantasy, LGBTQ
    Pubdate: 10th of May
    Publisher: Tordotcom

    Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. She knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl, but she doesn’t care. She’d rather play a monster than a maid.

    But the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones on screen. The studios want to own everything: from her face to her name to the women she loves. They run a system of bargains made in blood and ancient magic, powered by the endless sacrifice of unlucky starlets. For those who do survive to earn their fame, success comes with a steep price. However, Luli is willing to do whatever it takes, even if that means becoming the monster herself.


    A Rip Through Time (A Rip Through Time #1) by Kelley Armstrong

    a rip through time by kelley armstrong book cover female profile and back of walking man in orange and blue hues

    Genre: Adult Historical Time Travel Mystery Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Pubdate: 31st of May
    Publisher: Minotaur Books

    In 2019, homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. When she’s out on a jog one evening, she hears a woman in distress. Drawn to an alley, she’s attacked and loses consciousness.

    Until she wakes up in 1869, in Catriona’s body, the woman who had been strangled and left for dead in the exact same spot Mallory was strangled—only one-hundred-and-fifty years earlier. Mallory has to put aside her shock and adjust quickly to her new reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. Her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has taken on an intriguing case: the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope in ever getting back to her modern life seems to be catching the murderer.


    June 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Farilane (The Rise and Fall #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

    farilane by michael j sullivan book cover dark blue hues with rock formations and people on small boat at sea

    Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy
    Pubdate: 7th of June

    Being an unwanted twin in the imperial line of succession, Farilane becomes a scholar, an adventurer, and—in a time when reading is forbidden—a hunter of books. Her singular obsession is finding the mythical Book of Brin, a tome not just lost but intentionally buried. Although she is respected and beloved by the Teshlor Knights, not even their legendary skills can protect her, for what she finds is more dangerous than what she sought.


    The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright


    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 28th of June
    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Rora doesn’t want to be afraid anymore—she’s exhausted by a mind that sees everything through a prism of fear. Claudia would do anything to ease her friend’s anxiety, but lately, her own life has been spiraling out of control.

    The world is descending into chaos. Every day brings more alarming news: accidents, surging crime statistics, and natural phenomena scientists can’t explain. Then they meet two boys at a concert and discover something has definitely gone wrong with the universe. Major and Amir come from one of nine secret cities of the spheres, ruled by the magic of the astrological signs. There’s a disruption in the magical symphony that maintains the balance between the worlds. And they need help.


    The Dream Runners by Shveta Thakrar

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    Genre: YA Mythological Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    Pubdate: 28th of June
    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Tanvi was spirited away to the subterranean realm of Nagalok seven years ago. Here, she joined the ranks of the dream runners: human children freed of all memory and emotion, charged with harvesting mortal dreams for the consumption of the naga court.

    Venkat knows a different side of Nagalok. He’s an apprentice to the influential Lord Nayan, where he shapes the dream runners’ wares into the kingdom’s commodity. And Nayan has big plans: with a dreamsmith of Venkat’s talent, he believes he can use them to end the war between the nagas and the garudas.

    However, when one of Tanvi’s dream harvests goes awry, she begins to remember her life on Earth. Panicked, she turns to the one mortal in Nagalok who might help: Venkat. In their search for answers, a terrifying truth begins to take shape—one that could turn the realm of dreams into a land of waking nightmares.

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    Godslayers (Gearbreakers #2) by Zoe Hana Mikuta


    Genre: YA Romance Sci-Fi, LGBTQ
    Pubdate: 28th of June
    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    The cost of victory against Godolia has been steep for the Gearbreakers. Months later, the few rebels who managed to escape the bloody retribution have fled to the mountains, hunted by the last Zenith—Godolia’s only surviving leader.

    Eris has been held prisoner since the attack on the capital city, and she begins to wish the attack had just killed her. Until she discovers the girl the loves, Sona, also survived and was captured and Corrupted by the Zenith through cybernetic brainwashing. Sona now believes herself to be a loyal soldier for Godolia, and Eris’ mortal enemy.


    Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

    Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert book cover golden bunny knocker on brick wall

    Genre: YA Dark Paranormal Urban Fantasy
    Pubdate: 28th of June
    Publisher: Flatiron Books

    Ivy’s summer break kicks off with an accident, punishment, and mystery—a stranger appeared in the middle of the road in the middle of the night, heralding a string of increasingly unsettling events. After a few days, Ivy received eerie offerings, corroded memories, and a secret she’s always known—that there’s more to her mother than meets the eye.

    Dana has always been perceptive. With the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural at sixteen. But as their aspirations darken, the trio find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point.

    Years after it began, Ivy and Dana’s shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with.


    July 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    The Darkening (The Darkening #1) by Sunya Mara

    the darkening by sunya mara book cover female bust drawn with ocean and roots

    Genre: YA Dark Epic Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 5th of July

    Vesper Vale is the daughter of failed revolutionaries. When her mother was caught by the queen’s soldiers, they gave her a choice: death by the hangman’s axe, or death by the Storm that surrounds the city and curses anyone it touches. She chose the Storm. And when the queen’s soldiers catch up to Vesper’s father after twelve years on the run, Vesper will do whatever it takes to save him from sharing that fate.


    Upgrade by Blake Crouch

    upgrade by blake crouch book cover blue background with black dots and lines in wave pattern

    Genre: Adult Sci-Fi Thriller
    Pubdate: 12th of July

    At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little . . . sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep.

    The truth is, Logan’s genome has been hacked. And there’s a reason he’s been targeted for this upgrade. A reason that goes back decades to the darkest part of his past, and a horrific family legacy. Worse still, what’s happening to him is just the first step in a much larger plan, one that will inflict the same changes on humanity at large—at a terrifying cost.


    Into the Mist (Into the Mist #1) by P. C. Cast

    into the mist by p c cast book cover illustrated green mist with skull like woman in midst

    Genre: Adult Dystopian Sci-Fi
    Pubdate: 12th of July

    The world as we know it ends when an attack on the U.S. unleashes bombs that deliver fire and biological destruction. Along with sonic detonations and devastating earthquakes, the bombs have also brought the green mist. If breathed in, it is deadly to all men—but alters the body chemistry of many women, imbuing them with superhuman abilities.

    A group of high school teachers heading home from a conference experiences firsthand the strength of these new powers. As they cross the Pacific Northwest, trying to find a safe place to ride out the apocalypse, the women soon learn they can’t trust anyone, and with fresh danger around every corner, it will take all their powers to save themselves—and possibly the world.

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    The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    the daughter of doctor moreau by silvia moreno-garcia book cover with woman standing in doorway of red house with vines growing around

    Genre: Adult Historical Sci-Fi Fantasy
    Pubdate: 19th of July

    Carlota Moreau: a young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula. The only daughter of either a genius, or a madman.

    Montgomery Laughton: a melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol. An outcast who assists Dr. Moreau with his scientific experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas and plentiful coffers.

    The hybrids: the fruits of the Doctor’s labor, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities.

    All of them living in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Doctor Moreau’s patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction.


    The Valkyrie’s Daughter (The Helheim Prophecy #1) by Tiana Warner

    the valkyrie's daughter by tiana warner book cover yellow background with shield and spear surrounded by wings

    Genre: YA Mythological Fantasy, LGBTQ
    Pubdate: 26th of July

    For as long as Sigrid could remember, she’s wanted to become a mighty, fearless valkyrie. But without a winged mare, she’s a mere stable hand, left wondering who her parents were and why she’s so different. So when the Eye shows her a vision where she’s leading a valkyrie charge on the legendary eight-legged horse Sleipnir, she grabs the possibility of this greater destiny with both hands, refusing to let go.

    Too bad that the only one who can help her get there is Mariam, an enemy valkyrie who begrudgingly agrees to lead her to Helheim but who certainly can’t be trusted―even if she does make Sigrid more than a little flustered. Fate has other plans for Sigrid. What happens when the one thing you think you were meant to do might end the nine worlds?


    Violet Made of Thorns (Violet Made of Thorns #1) by Gina Chen

    violet made of thorns by gina chen book cover violet background yellow roses on green vines

    Genre: YA Fantasy Romance Fairy Tale Retelling
    Pubdate: 26th of July

    Violet is a prophet and a liar, influencing the royal court with her cleverly phrased—and not always true—divinations. Honesty is for suckers, like the oh-so-not charming Prince Cyrus, who plans to strip Violet of her official role once he’s crowned at the end of the summer—unless Violet does something about it.

    But when the king asks her to falsely prophesy Cyrus’s love story for an upcoming ball, Violet awakens a dreaded curse, one that will end in either damnation or salvation for the kingdom—all depending on the prince’s choice of future bride. Violet faces her own choice: Seize an opportunity to gain control of her own destiny, no matter the cost, or give in to the ill-fated attraction that’s growing between her and Cyrus.


    August 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

    the book eaters by sunyi dean book cover a paper woman holding hand of paper boy pointing at paper house

    Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy, Horror
    Pubdate: 2nd of August

    Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book’s content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious.

    Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters. Her brothers grow up feasting on stories of valor and adventure, and Devon—like all other book eater women—is raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories.

    But real life doesn’t always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds. 


    Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin

    wild is the witch by rachel griffin book cover woman leaning back covered with violet flowers

    Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
    Pubdate: 2nd of August

    Iris Gray knows witches aren’t welcome in most towns. Now settled in Washington, Iris never lets anyone see who she really is; instead, she vents her frustrations by writing curses she never intends to cast. Otherwise, she spends her days at the wildlife refuge which would be the perfect job if not for Pike Alder, the witch-hating aspiring ornithologist who interns with them.

    Iris concocts the perfect curse for Pike: one that will turn him into a witch. But just as she’s about to dispel it, a bird swoops down and steals the curse before flying away. If the bird dies, the curse will be unleashed―and the bird is a powerful amplifier, and unleashing the curse would turn not just Pike, but everyone in the region, into a witch.


    Soul Taken (Mercy Thompson #13) by Patricia Briggs

    soul taken mercy by patricia briggs book cover female profile closed eyes in wind with crescent moon

    Genre: Adult Paranormal Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 23rd of August

    The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance between the local vampires and werewolves is over.

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    Dirty Lying Faeries by Sabrina Blackburry

    dirty lying faeries by sabrina blackburry book cover dark room with big windows and faerie wings

    Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance, Fae
    Pubdate: 23rd of August

    When Thea Kanelos’s best friend drags her to an art gala (that’s definitely not her thing), she doesn’t expect a chance encounter with Devin Grayson to change her life forever. The handsome stranger isn’t just anyone—he’s a powerful fae, charged with bringing Thea into his world.

    Believing that she’s always been human, Thea must accept that everything she’s known about herself up until now has been a lie.

    As her new powers awaken, Thea learns she plays a more pivotal role to the fae than she ever imagined. And when the barrier between the human and the fae worlds begins to crack, it will be up to her to save not just herself, but everyone she loves from a terrible fate.


    The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

    the final gambit by jennifer lynn barnes book cover red background with yellow font surrounded by items, crown, chess piece, fire, key

    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Thriller
    Pubdate: 30th of August

    To inherit billions, all Avery Kylie Grambs has to do is survive a few more weeks living in Hawthorne House. But as the clock ticks down to the moment when Avery will become the richest teenager on the planet, trouble arrives in the form of a visitor who needs her help—and whose presence in Hawthorne House could change everything. It soon becomes clear that there is one last puzzle to solve, and Avery and the Hawthorne brothers are drawn into a dangerous game against an unknown and powerful player.


    The Dragon’s Promise (Six Crimson Cranes #2) by Elizabeth Lim

    the dragon's promise by elizabeth lim book cover soft pastels pink green drawn female standing in front of greenish dragon

    Genre: YA Mythological Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 30th of August

    Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

    She must journey to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, fend off thieves who covet the pearl for themselves and will go to any lengths to get it, all while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to dissuade those who would see her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood.


    September 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Fairy Tale by Stephen King

    fairy tale by stephen king book cover sone circle with winding staircase with red in the middle

    Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy, Horror
    Pubdate: 6th of September

    Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

    Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.


    Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #3) by Tamsyn Muir

    nona the ninth by tamsyn muir book cover drawn female with sand dunes as background

    Genre: Adult Dark Sci-Fi Fantasy, Horror
    Pubdate: 13th of September

    In many ways, Nona is like other people. But Nona’s not like other people. Six months ago she woke up in a stranger’s body, and she’s afraid she might have to give it back.

    The whole city is falling to pieces. A monstrous blue sphere hangs on the horizon, ready to tear the planet apart. Blood of Eden forces have surrounded the last Cohort facility and wait for the Emperor Undying to come calling. Their leaders want Nona to be the weapon that will save them from the Nine Houses. Nona would prefer to live an ordinary life with the people she loves, with Pyrrha and Camilla and Palamedes, but she also knows that nothing lasts forever.

    And each night, Nona dreams of a woman with a skull-painted face…


    Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

    spells for forgetting by adrienne young book cover dark forest with yellow radiating dots

    Genre: Adult Contemporary Fantasy Thriller, Magical Realism
    Pubdate: 27th of September

    Emery Blackwood’s life was forever changed on the eve of her high school graduation, when the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her best friend, Lily. Now, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence among the community that fractured her world in two. But just as the island, rooted in folklore and tradition, begins to show signs of strange happenings, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that no one wants to remember.

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    The Golden Enclaves (The Scholomance #3) by Noami Novik

    the golden enclaves by naomi novik book cover drawn black white doorway with eye in it and rays and small eyes surrounding it

    Genre: YA Dark Academia
    Pubdate: 27th of September

    Almost singlehandedly–although backed by an increasingly large cadre of genuine friends–El has changed the nature of the Scholomance forever. But now that she is back in the real world, how will the lessons she learned inside the school apply? Will she really spell the doom of all the enclaves forever?

    As the quest to save her one true love ramps up, however, El is about to learn the most significant lesson of all–the dire truth on which the enclaves and the whole stability of the magical world are founded.


    Foul Lady Fortune (Foul Lady Fortune #1) by Chloe Gong

    foul lady fortune by chloe gong book cover pink background pink flowers surroundinga potion bottle

    Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 27th of September

    It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue.

    Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging—and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption from her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country.

    Code name: Fortune.


    Demon in the Wood (Grishaverse #0.3) by Leigh Bardugo, Dani Pendergast, & Kyla Vanderklugt

    demon in the wood by leigh bardugo book cover illustrated male standing in between branches and a dark mist

    Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Graphic Novel
    Pubdate: 27th of September

    Eryk and his mother, Lena, have spent their lives on the run. But they will never find a safe haven. They are not only Grisha—they are the deadliest and rarest of their kind. Feared by those who wish to destroy them and hunted by those who would exploit their gifts, they must hide their true abilities wherever they go. But sometimes deadly secrets have a way of revealing themselves…


    October 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Daughter of Darkness (Child of Light #2) by Terry Brooks

    daughter of darkness by terry brooks book cover blue cave with figure from back in middle

    Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 4th of October

    It’s been two years since Auris escaped from the sinister Goblin prison and learned of her heritage as one of the Fae. She is now happily partnered with her Fae lover Harrow and deeply bonded with her new family. All seems to be going perfectly–until, somehow, the Goblin attacks begin again. Someone, it seems, has not forgotten that Auris exists and seems determined to retrieve her…but who? And why?


    Across the Sand (The Sand Chronicles #2) by Hugh Howey

    across the sand by hugh howey book cover yellow background black painted ship

    Genre: Adult Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia
    Pubdate: 4th of October

    In this barren home, siblings Conner, Rob, Palmer, and Violet daily carve out a future. They live in the shadow of their father and oldest sister, Vic, two of the greatest sand divers ever to comb the desert’s depths.

    On the other side of No Man’s Land, Anya was born beside the abundant mines when an atomic bomb delivered by a stranger destroys most of her town. After such devastation, she follows her father to a strange land of dunes to bring vengeance to their enemies.


    Illuminations: Stories by Alan Moore

    illuminations stories by alan more book cover black with blue horizontal peaks

    Genre: Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Stories
    Pubdate: 11th of October

    In his first-ever short story collection, which spans forty years of work, Alan Moore presents a series of wildly different and equally unforgettable characters who discover–and in some cases even make and unmake–the various uncharted parts of existence.


    Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3) by Nghi Vo

    into the riverlands by nghi vo book cover illustrated blue hog standing in water

    Genre: Adult Fantasy Novella, Short Stories
    Pubdate: 25th of October

    Wandering cleric Chih of the Singing Hills travels to the riverlands to record tales of the notorious near-immortal martial artists who haunt the region. On the road to Betony Docks, they fall in with a pair of young women far from home, and an older couple who are more than they seem. As Chih runs headlong into an ancient feud, they find themselves far more entangled in the history of the riverlands than they ever expected to be.


    November 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    Keeper of Enchanted Rooms (Whimbrel House #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

    keeper of enchanted rooms by charlie n homberg book cover illustrated house in starry night

    Genre: Adult Historical Fantasy Thriller
    Pubdate: 1st of November

    Rhode Island, 1846. Estranged from his family, writer Merritt Fernsby is surprised when he inherits a remote estate in the Narragansett Bay. Though the property has been uninhabited for more than a century, Merritt is ready to call it home—until he realizes he has no choice. With its doors slamming shut and locking behind him, Whimbrel House is not about to let Merritt leave. Ever.


    Bloodmarked (Legendborn #2) by Tracy Deonn

    bloodmarked by tracy denom book cover illustrated one girl one back wielding sword and magic

    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 8th of November

    All Bree wanted was to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. So she infiltrated the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur’s knights—only to discover her own ancestral power. Now, Bree has become someone new:

    A Medium. A Bloodcrafter. A Scion.

    But the ancient war between demons and the Order is rising to a deadly peak. And Nick, the Legendborn boy Bree fell in love with, has been kidnapped.


    The Lost Metal (The Mistborn Saga #7) by Brandon Sanderson

    the lost metal by brandon sanderson book cover illustrated two men in front of large building

    Genre: Adult Urban Epic Fantasy
    Pubdate: 15th of November

    For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner Wayne find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead.


    Illuminated (Illuminated #1) by Iris Marsh

    Illuminated by Iris Marsh book cover right half face girl and purple clouds and swirls

    Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Thriller
    Pubdate: 21st of November

    Nikki Chase, a 16-year-old striver, feels like her life is falling apart around her. Her parents’ marriage seems in trouble, her best friend prefers to spend time with the popular girl, and she’s quite certain she’s on the verge of a psychosis. After all, normal people don’t see colors around people or hear voices, right?

    What she discovers instead is nothing she expected: she not crazy, but has supernatural powers. There’s no time to deal with this new information, however, as she’s targeted by a dangerous power-siphoner.


    December 2022 New SFF Book Releases

    The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

    the light pirate by lily brooks dalton book cover blue and teal sky with woman facing away

    Genre: Adult Dystopian Sci-Fi
    Pubdate: 6th of December

    Florida is slipping away. As devastating weather patterns and rising sea levels gradually wreak havoc on the state’s infrastructure, a powerful hurricane approaches a small town on the southeastern coast. Kirby Lowe, an electrical line worker; his pregnant wife, Frida; and their two sons, Flip and Lucas, prepare for the worst. When the boys go missing just before the hurricane hits, Kirby heads out into the high winds to search for them. Left alone, Frida goes into premature labor and gives birth to an unusual child, Wanda, whom she names after the catastrophic storm that ushers her into a society closer to collapse than ever before.


    The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford

    the poison season by mara rutherford illustrated face girl surrounded by leaves and berries

    Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 6th of December

    Outsiders are always given a choice: the Forest or the lake. Either way, they’re never heard from again.

    Leelo has spent her entire life on Endla, coexisting with the bloodthirsty Forest and respecting the poisonous lake that protects her island from outsiders who seek to destroy it. But as much as Leelo cares for her community, she struggles to accept that her younger brother will be exiled by his next birthday, unless he gains the magic of enchanted song so vital to Endla.

    When Leelo sees a young outsider on the verge of drowning in the lake, she knows exactly what she’s supposed to do. But in a moment that will change everything, Leelo betrays her family, her best friend, and Endla by making an unthinkable choice.


    City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    city of last chances by adrian tchaikovsky book cover illustrated city golden top and red refelction bottom

    Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy
    Pubdate: 8th of December

    There has always been a darkness to Ilmar, but never more so than now. The city chafes under the heavy hand of the Palleseen occupation, the choke-hold of its criminal underworld, the boot of its factory owners, the weight of its wretched poor and the burden of its ancient curse.

    Despite the city’s refugees, wanderers, murderers, madmen, fanatics and thieves, the catalyst, as always, will be the Anchorwood – that dark grove of trees, that primeval remnant, that portal, when the moon is full, to strange and distant shores.

    Ilmar, some say, is the worst place in the world and the gateway to a thousand worse places.


    Sorrow and Starlight (Zodiac Academy #8) by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


    Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy Romance
    Pubdate: 11th of December

    This is a dark, bully romance – don’t go expecting a sweet school for magic with friends around every corner. Fae fight for everything they own and Zodiac Academy is a cutthroat school for students aged 18+ where only the strongest prevail. There’s no Dumbledore here to save anyone’s ass and Lionel Acrux will give Voldemort a run for his money in the evil dictator category. So hold onto your stardust (broomsticks not required) and get ready for a bumpy ride.


    Those were the Best Book Releases of 2022

    I hope you found some nice additions to your reading list among these best fantasy & sci-fi book releases of  2022!

    Which ones are you most excited about?

    Let me know in the comments!

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