All the Seas of the World by Guy Gavriel Kay
Kay tells small stories of hope and resilience in an expansive fantasy world modeled on the Renaissance era.
Babel by R.F. Kuang
Set in an alternate Victorian Britain, R.F. Kuang’s standalone historical fantasy is an unforgiving examination of the cost of power.
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
Dean’s deliciously dark debut is a haunting story that’s part fairy tale and part nightmare.
Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid
Inspired by Eastern European history and folklore, this fantasy novel is a tender love story as well as a chilling tale of escape from abuse.
Leech by Hiron Ennes
Dark and horrifying, Leech is perfect for readers who wish that Wuthering Heights had been more like Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation.
The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell
If you like beautiful things, read The Maker of Swans, an enthralling dance over the line between literary fiction and magical fantasy.
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
This dark fantasy starring a possessed chicken and a feminist avenger represents the burgeoning “hopepunk” ethos at its finest.
A Restless Truth by Freya Marske
Marske’s second historical fantasy is a stunning, sensual love story wrapped in an exciting murder mystery.
Sign Here by Claudia Lux
Sign Here is both a hilarious reimagining of Hell as a corporate nightmare and a painfully realistic exploration of morality in the modern world.
Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott
Inspired by traditional tales of Baba Yaga, Nethercott’s Thistlefoot is a weird and wonderful triumph.