Curious what fantasy novels should be on your radar this year? This is a list of book releases I am most excited about for the first half of 2019 (I’ll make another list for July through December in a few months). This list is mostly young adult (YA) fantasy but there are also a few other things such as YA Sci fi and adult fantasy titles here and there, as I am always excited for those too. February and March are particularly heavy release months! All links are to the goodreads page for each book.


Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake – Jan 8 (YA fantasy)
The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black – Jan 2 (YA fantasy)
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden – Jan 8 (Fiction / Fantasy)
The Girl King by Mimi Yu – Jan 8 (YA fantasy)
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer – Jan 15 (YA fantasy)
Stain by A.G. Howard – Jan 15 (YA fantasy)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Jan 15 (YA fantasy)
Ship of Smoke & Steel by Diango Wexler – Jan 22 (YA fantasy)
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye – Jan 22 (YA fantasy)
Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty – Jan 22 (Fiction / Fantasy / Epic)
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Jan 29 (YA fantasy)
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – Jan 29 (YA fantasy)


Courting Darkness by Robin LeFevers – Feb 5 (YA fantasy)
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing – Feb 5 (YA fantasy)
The Antidote by Shelley Sackier – Feb 5 (YA fantasy)
Enchantée by Gita Trelease – Feb 5 (YA fantasy)
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons – Feb 5 (Fiction / Fantasy / Epic)
Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) by Laura Sebastian – Feb 5 (YA fantasy)
Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway – Feb 5 (YA fantasy)
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau preto – Feb 12 (YA fantasy)
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard – Feb 12 (YA fantasy)
The Afterward by E. K. Johnson – Feb 19 (YA fantasy)
Tarot by Marissa Kennerson – Feb 19 (YA fantasy)
Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan – Feb 19 (Fiction / Fantasy / Epic)
Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call – Feb 21 (Fiction / Fantasy / Epic)
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – Feb 26 (YA fantasy)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Feb 26 (Fiction / Fantasy)
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – Feb 26 (YA fantasy)
An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley – Feb 26 (YA fantasy)
Warrior of the Wild by – Feb 26 (YA fantasy)
The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast – Feb 26 (YA fantasy)


The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross – March 5 (YA fantasy)
The Women’s War by Jenna Glass – March 5 (Feminist fantasy / Epic)
The Shadow Glass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco – March 5 (YA fantasy)
The Everlasting Rose (The Belles #2) by Dhonielle Clayton – March 5 (YA fantasy)
Deathcaster (Shattered Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima
Queen’s Shadow (STAR WARS Disney Canon Novel) by E.K. Johnston – March 5 (YA fantasy)
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith – March 12 (YA fantasy)
The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Pérez – March 12 (YA fantasy)
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson – March 12 (Fiction / Fantasy / Historical)
Beware the Night by Jessica Fleck – March 12 (YA fantasy)
The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees – March 12 (YA fantasy)
To Best the Boys by Mary Weber – March 19 (YA fantasy)
Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter – March 19 (YA fantasy)
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner – March 19 (YA fantasy)
Between the Water and the Woods by Simone Snaith – March 19 (YA fantasy)
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody – March 26 (YA sci-fi / Space Opera)
Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy – March 26 (YA Legends, Myths, Fables / Arthurian)
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi – March 26 (YA Epic Fantasy)
Superman Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena – March 26 (YA fiction / Superheros)


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – April 2 (YA fantasy / Contemporary)
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – April 2 (YA Dark fantasy)
We Rule the Night by by Claire Eliza Bartlett – April 2 (YA Historical fantasy)
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – April 2 (YA fairy tale adaptation)
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – April 2 (YA fantasy)
Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake – April 9 (YA fantasy)
The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran – April 9 (YA historical fiction)
An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia C. Cole – April 16 (YA sci-fi)
Nyxia Uprising (Nyxia Triad #3) by Scott Reintgen – April 16 (YA sci-fi)
Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker – April 16 (Epic fantasy)
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – April 23 (YA fantasy)
King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody – April 30 (YA fantasy)
The Unicorn Anthology edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman – April 19 (Fantasy)


Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart – May 7 (YA fantasy)
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen – May 7 (YA fantasy)
Last Things by Jacquiline West – May 7 (YA dark fantasy)
Nocturna by Maya Motayne – May 7 (YA epic fantasy)
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff – May 7 (YA sci-fi)
Romanov by Nadine Brandes – May 7 (YA historical fantasy)
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – May 14 (YA fantasy)
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – May 14 (YA contemporary fantasy)
Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron – May 14 (YA fantasy)
Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand – May 21 (YA fantasy)
The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields – May 21 (YA dark fantasy)
Stepsister by Jennifer – May 28 (YA fantasy / adaptation)
The Kingdom by Jess – May 28 (YA fantasy)


Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King – June 1 (YA epic fantasy)
The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black – June 4 (YA epic fantasy)
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – June 4 (YA epic fantasy)
Find Me Their Bones (Bring Me Their Hearts #2) by Sara Wolf – June 4 (YA fantasy)
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao – June 4 (YA fantasy)
The Beholder by Anna Bright – June 4 (YA fantasy)
Children of Virtue and Vengance (Legacy of Orïsha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi – June 4 (YA fantasy)
RAGE (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack – June 11 (YA fantasy)
RISE (Rule #2) by Ellen Goodlett – June 11 (YA fantasy)
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout – June 11 (YA contemporary fantasy)
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan – June 11 (YA fantasy)
Teeth in the Mist by Kurtagich – June 11 (YA dark fantasy / horror)
All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – June 18 (YA magical realism)
Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa – June 25 (YA epic fantasy)
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – June 25 (YA modern fantasy romance)

It’s looking like a pretty epic year for new releases! Which books are you most excited to read in the first half of 2019? Lets talk about them in the comments below! And of course, if there is something epic missing from this list, do let me know.

5 Comments on Fantasy Book Releases to Watch | January – June 2019

  1. Maureen
    January 15, 2019 at 1:44 am (4 years ago)

    ahh so many books!! My TBR pile just keeps growing X_X

  2. Molly
    January 15, 2019 at 2:21 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks so much for this list! I was literally just trying to figure out what comes out when and this makes my life so much easier (and also more painful because I just added like 4 extra books per month to my TBR for the year. There’s just too many good books coming out!)

  3. Daydreamer
    January 15, 2019 at 3:05 pm (4 years ago)

    This list is wonderful! I really need to go through it when I have a bit of time, but they all look so wonderful!
    However, my two personal highlights are missing: I didn’t see Shadow&Flame, the sequel to Onyx&Ivory, which I’m really excited for since I loved the first book! It’s supposed to release in June i think.
    And I’m also super excited for The Girl with the Whispering Shadow , the sequel to Crowns of Croswald, which was another five-star read for me in the last year! And it’ll release next week!
    But this list really makes things a lot easier!

    • Naomi
      January 15, 2019 at 4:14 pm (4 years ago)

      So glad you find the list useful! Ah, yes Shadow & Flame. I don’t think that one caught my attention because Onyx & Ivory was a DNF for me last year. I got bored with it after about 100 pages for some reason (perhaps because I had to read way too many arcs at once when that one landed on my desk). Perhaps I will give it another try at some point. And I’m not familiar with Crowns of Croswold – will have to look into it! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting ♡

  4. lisa
    January 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing gift assembling/sharing this list with us, Naomi, thank you! Here’s to a terrific 2019!- lisa


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