Fantasy books are some of the easiest to get into, but at the same time, it can be hard to find good ones among them. In this list, I have tried to pick the most interesting ones from the fantasy march releases, and maybe my choices lean more towards the historical fictional ones, but it’s because of that touch of realism that I feel fantasy can express its message in the best possible way. There are stories from the east and west, and from the old and new, so you are bound to find something to your liking.
A Thousand Steps into Night
This is a book I would definitely recommend for readers who like to consume Japanese anime and manga, where Shounen or Young Male protagonists mostly dominate the field of power fantasy written stories. The fantastical setting explored in this novel, and the topics surrounding the female heroine are underexplored, and at the same time, here the heroine is not shoved into the romantic Otome label often utilized in stories with female leads. There are a lot of accompanying notes to provide tips and enrich the setting for those unaware of the original inspirations, and while the ending might leave something to be desired, this book is definitely one that is worth reading for anyone who is struggling to look for their own place in this world.
THE ATLAS SIX
After the recent Hogwarts Legacy reveal, readers might be looking for something to scratch that magical itch where you feel like you have been born and raised in the world, instead of just going on a grand quest for a world you are not even attached to. The Atlas Six fills the bill perfectly through an amazing realized cast of Magical academicians who strive to be the best in their own fields and acquire knowledge about time and space and many impossible things. If you have always been interested in the intellectual side of things, that often gets underexplored in any fantasy narrative, this is the book for you. It’s also getting turned into a TV series as well, and a sequel is coming up, so now is the best time to start on this incredible journey.
- Published: March 1, 2022 (Now available on Tor books with additionl content).
- Publisher: Independently published
- Print Length: 383 pages
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Wild and Wicked Things
The charming aspect of this book is that it is set in an alternative version of our real history, particularly in England after the first world war. The book is promoted as a Sapphic Gatsby-esque novel about witches where magic is outlawed but is still being practiced rarely. The story benefits a lot from very vivid descriptions of the island and the potions and tools they use in their magical lives, and also aspires to be a different retelling of the Great Gatsby, which is something I adore. The personal takes on the classics and the infinite possibilities contained in them. From the early reviews, It seems this book nailed all these aspects quite beautifully, and I am personally looking forward to reading more about the worlds the author will continue to imagine.
A Magic Steeped in Poison
Some books you just want to read because of how beautiful their covers are, and in my honest opinion, it’s not a bad way to choose your next literary masterpiece. I mean, how else would an artist create a cover like this, if they weren’t personally inspired by how intimate the words of the story were and how they influenced them? Other than that, the book itself has a very interesting premise that is related to Tea making, and how it can be expanded into a fantastical concept beyond the imagination of any other reader. Despite Tea being something that we consume regularly, it’s rare to see it being used in that context, and for that reason, I highly recommend giving it a look. A second volume is also coming this year in August.
- Published: March 29, 2022
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Print Length: 384 pages
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The Carnival of Ash
I chose this book simply for its unique idea and how it is reflected in the chapter composition. The story talks about a city of poets, and poets play a great role in the cultural heart of the story, but what’s more, the book itself is separated into 12 Cantos just like actual poems, and the writing has been highly acclaimed as poetic and is able to contain a different perspective in each canto with immaculate ability. The story includes many dark themes, which might not be suitable for the faint of heart, or those who are looking for a less mentally disturbing journey. It’s very easy to get lost in the words of this book, as they are all chosen carefully and with great love.
Westside Lights: A Novel (Gilda Carr Tiny Mysteries)
There are but a few mysteries that try to divulge from the orthodox way to finding clues, and discuss something that is greater than finding a culprit at the end of the book. Some books try to delve into the joy of discovering mysteries themselves, and sometimes you might find some fantasy concepts added into the mix, even though they might betray the ten commandments of detective work, but only to find at the end that its word plays and tricks the author’s use to play with the reader’s mind. I am always on the hunt for these magical but well-crafted lies, and this series definitely knows how to create the magic I love so well.
- Published: March 8, 2022
- Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
- Print Length: 285 pages
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Comeuppance Served Cold
I feel like this list is becoming more and more about historical fantasy novels, but these are what I feel are gripping the most because they mostly involve a great deal of research to be able to prepare for each one. This novel occurs in Seattle in 1929, where heist stories often take place, but this time it’s a magical heist. I think a lot of authors could learn from how the genres bend in this one, and in many other novels on this list. Even if you are a person who adores fantasy classics, you can’t deny that these books might be the new classics of our future generation because of how they decided to push the boundaries of their own genre, which can be harder than creating something from scratch.
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