With a new year comes all new opportunities to dive deep into worlds of imagination, fall in love with quirky characters, and experience the awe of magic. After my deep dive into the Best Fantasy Book Covers of 2020, I was feeling a little nostalgic for the year-which-shall-not-be-named. Well there’s an easy fix for that! Check out my list of top fantasy reads for 2021 and get ready to mark your calendars!
By Rena Rossner
Deep in the Hungarian woods, the sacred magic of King Solomon lives on in his descendants.
This is another new author to me, but I’m excited to read this book that reviewers are describing as a mix between fantasy and Jewish folklore. Plus you all know how much I love a good sisterhood story! – April 13, 2021
By Namina Forna
In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle.
First of all, this cover is gorgeous and you all know I’m a sucker for an attractive spine. 😉 Second, I’m seriously intrigued by this West African warrior sisterhood and can’t wait to dive in! – February 9, 2021
By Hannah F. Whitten
The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf.
This will be Whitten’s first novel, but the premise certainly looks exciting. A Red Riding Hood retelling with a side of human sacrifice certainly piques my interest! – June 15, 2021
By Adrienne Young
Trader. Fighter. Survivor.
I read Fable this past year and absolutely adored the lyricism and storytelling. Fantasy on the high seas is definitely my cup of tea and I can’t wait until the sequel comes out this year. – March 16, 2021
By P. Djèlí Clark
Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie.
I’ve loved Clark’s novellas for their gorgeous world building and was so excited to hear he has a novel this year. An alternate history Cairo meets steam punk in this murder mystery – May 11, 2021
So there they are – my top fantasy reads for 2021! Well, at least the first half of the year…what? You didn’t think that was all you could look forward to, did you?😉 Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon, as we dive headfirst into the roaring twenties!
What about you? What books are you dying to read in 2021? Comment below and let me know!