15 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2019 (Jan-Jun)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for January 8th, 2019 is: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

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January 2019

Note: There are 7 new releases (not all fantasy) I already mentioned in my December 2018 wrap-up, which I haven’t included in this post. Click here to check them out!

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (8 Jan – US, 10 Jan – UK)

[Katherine] Arden’s gorgeous prose entwines political intrigue and feminist themes with magic and folklore to tell a tale both intimate and epic, featuring a heroine whose harrowing and wondrous journey culminates in an emotionally resonant finale.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (15 Jan – US)

Who would have thought Korean mythology would make for such an intense and magical space opera! I loved every moment of it and want the next book NOW so I can explore all the Thousand Worlds with Min! This book is brilliant and gorgeous, and why didn’t I have it when I was a kid?

Ellen Oh

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty (22 Jan – US, 21 Feb – UK)

With a richly immersive setting and featuring complex familial, religious, and racial ties and divides, Chakraborty’s second book in the trilogy wraps readers in a lush and magical story that takes over all the senses.

― Library Journal (starred review)

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February 2019

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (5 Feb – US, 28 Feb – UK)

A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter’s. It’s something very new that feels old, in the best way.

Neil Gaiman

Enchantée by Gita Trelease (5 Feb – US, 21 Feb – UK)

An intoxicating blend of opulence, magic, intrigue and romance. Gita Trelease deftly balances a spellbinding story of desperation and deceit on the precipice of the epic revolution that changed history.

Alwyn Hamilton

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (26 Feb – US, UK)

This magnificent epic of queens, dragonriders, and badass secret wyrm-slaying priestesses is a tour de force, and my new absolute favorite epic fantasy.

Laini Taylor

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March 2019

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima (5 Mar – US, UK)

Cinda Williams Chima’s worlds bristle with magic, romance, and intrigue. She delivers poignant, sweeping fantasy with a deft hand.

Leigh Bardugo

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton (5 Mar – UK, 7 Mar – UK)

Narrative craft that can hold the tension of the implicit (and sorely lacking) value of black and brown features as beautiful as it intertwines with incisive commentary on the overall commodification of beauty is no small feat, and Clayton manages thrills of action, magic, romance, and revolution as well.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

15 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books (March 2019) | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (collage)

April 2019

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (9 Apr – US)

Joan He has penned a lovely and intriguing tale of secrets, family, and betrayal. You’ll be drawn in by this marvelously vivid world and keep turning the pages for the plot twists!

Traci Chee

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (23 Apr – US)

Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death, and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses.

Axie Oh

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi (30 Apr – US, 2 May – UK)

The most compelling feature of the novel is the complexity of its characters, who, despite their divinity or semidivinity, are at their core very human. This will leave fans enthralled and clamoring for more.

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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May 2019

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (14 May – US)

Hafsah Faizal weaves an intricate tale that brings us not only a richly imagined new world of magic to explore, but more than that, with a deft, wise hand, she charts the yearnings of the human heart, all while delivering breathtaking twists and unexpected turns.

Robin LaFevers

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (14 May – US)

No other book I’ve read this year has felt as much like home to me. Gorgeous, intricate and enthralling in its scope, [this] is a brilliant debut [and] a stunning standout in YA fantasy.

Ausma Zehanat Khan

June 2019

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (18 Jun – US, 27 Jun – UK)

Kagawa’s series starter never disappoints; she’s a vet at putting realistic characters within believable worlds, here doused in Japanese folklore. Fans will be right at home and anticipate the next chapter.


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (25 Jun – US)

Set against the bustling cityscape of Seoul, this elegant contemporary fantasy explores what it means to be a monster and what we must give up in the pursuit of love, forgiveness, and our truest selves. A triumph!

Julie C. Dao

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Let's discuss (blog graphic)

Which books made it to your most anticipated list? Am I missing any fabulous ones from mine? Let’s discuss in the comments section below. If you’re interested in reading more speculative fiction from authors of colour to add some diversity to your TBR, check out Stars and Sorcery, a monthly book club (run by me!) dedicated to reading SFF works by PoC. Let me know if you’d like to be a part of it!

Note: This post was updated on 24th March, 2019, as release dates were changed for some of the books on the list.

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35 thoughts on “15 Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of 2019 (Jan-Jun)

  1. I don’t have much of a list!

    I just requested and received a review copy of The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang. I was inspired by Petrik’s review at Novel Notions.

    I am also ecstatic that we are finally seeing another book from Zen Cho (The True Queen). I loved Sorcerer to the Crown.

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  2. This is a wonderful list! ❤ I can't WAIT to read Blood Heir, that one sounds fantastic and I love that cover, too ❤ I'm excited to read We Hunt The Flame, as well as Children of Virtue and Vengeance and The Everlasting Rose, too 🙂 SO many books haha 🙂

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  3. Fantasy books get the best covers! The Winter Witch, Dragon Pearl, and The Candle and the Flame are on my TBR. Azad did her MA in children’s literature in the same department where I’m doing my MLIS (albeit a few years earlier than me :P), so I’m really excited to read a published novel from someone who went through that program!

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  4. Yes to Winter of the Witch! I’m also looking forward to King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse. There are a few other new books I’m interested in, but I’ll probably borrow them from the library before buying them so I can stick to my budget better.

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    1. I haven’t read anything by Bardugo other than Wonder Woman. I really liked that book, so I’m definitely going to read her Grishaverse books, especially since we’re getting an adaptation. 😊 I’m also going to be binge-reading The Winternight Trilogy now that all the books are out. Hopefully I can get to them all in 2019! Your list looks great, Sara, and it’s excellent that you’re trying to cut down on book buying. Hope you enjoy all the books. ♥️


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