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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.

    I will update this post each month (to make sure the new books are up to date), and I’ll add the next months at the end of each quarter. 

    Meaning: in March, I’ll add April, May, & June. In June, I’ll add July, August, & September. And in September, I’ll add October, November, & December.

    So, be sure to bookmark the page to get the most updated info on the new fantasy & sci-fi book releases!

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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.

    AmazonGoodreads | Bookshop

    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.

    Amazon GoodreadsBookshop

    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.

    Amazon GoodreadsBookshop

    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.

    Amazon GoodreadsBookshop

    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.


    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.

    Amazon | GoodreadsBookshop

    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.

    Amazon GoodreadsBookshop

    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…

    Amazon | Goodreads | Bookshop

    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.

    AmazonGoodreads | Bookshop

    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.

    AmazonGoodreads | Bookshop

    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?


    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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