Looking for the best fantasy books of 2022?
Look no further. You will find everything—from cozy romance to YA adventure to grimdark epics—in this list. Adorable dragons, warrior Jinn, insane wizards, and gallant knights await you.
Let’s fall in love with some truly fantastic stories:
No one is going to save Marra or her sisters from the evil prince’s abuse. Nobody, except maybe the gravewitch, a blessed/cursed fairy godmother, and a host of other darkly entertaining and eccentric characters.
Nettle & Bone is a dark tale of revenge that bursts with heroism. Marra refuses to back down, even when faced with the gravewitch’s three impossible tasks. But what begins as a Herculean effort for revenge, becomes something else entirely.
Be warned: you will love the ending.
The finale is finally here! The Scholomance trilogy follows El, who possesses a unique power even among her magical peers, as she tries to survive the deadliest school for the magically gifted. Danger lurks around every test, and even walking down the hallway the wrong way can get you killed. El must gather a group of allies (and even friends?) to unravel the secrets of this place, to change the system, and most of all, to survive.
Want to trade in your old adventuring life—endless trekking, bloody dungeons, and backstabbing allies—for something more meaningful?
Viv, a slightly famous orc barbarian, is ready to cash out and try her hand at a new dream: she plans to open the first-ever coffee shop in a high-fantasy city.
Old partners and a gang of underworld bruisers threaten to destroy her dream, but with the help of a few unexpected (and beautifully written) friendships, Viv’s dream might get a chance to grow. This book is heartwarming and sweet and is the perfect cozy fantasy for coffee lovers everywhere.
In the far future, an Empire of necromancers (called the Nine Houses) controls just about everything. Nona lives in the ninth and smallest House, and she just wants to be an ordinary person.
Unfortunately, it seems the entire universe wants something from her. It might have something to do with her power to bring down the Empire.
This series is an outlandish, heartfelt, weird, goofy-and-fun-and-dramatic romp with bright heroines who refuse to let the world keep them down. And under the threat of such a massive Empire, there’s a lot that could keep them down…
Sir Konrad is one of the most hated Justices in the Empire. In most cases, this infamy helps him get his job done—that, plus his skill with the blade, his secret magic, and his immense knowledge of the Empire’s legal system.
But when Konrad finds his authority blocked on a seemingly simple case, his renewed investigation pulls on the thread that might topple the Empire that made him…
They say the gods are dead, but their children—strange and magical monsters—still walk the earth. Now, bands of raiders roam the cold northlands, slaying these monsters or, more often, slaying each other.
But there are dark stirrings in the north. A cult seeks to remake an ancient and evil god, who will bring only death and destruction to all human lands.
The Bloodsworn Saga follows a cast of complex, heroic characters who must fight to protect the ones they love (or seek bloody vengeance) in this cold, callous world. Their quests may lead them to make world-shaking bargains with the dead gods.
The legendary suspense/thriller author, Stephen King, returns with a book that weaves fairy tales, classic fantasy stories, and his unique, suspenseful storytelling to create something new—and yet familiar at the same time.
Through an odd set of circumstances, a boy named Charlie inherits a pile of gold, a house on a hill, and a portal into another world. But with this inheritance comes a responsibility that might be too much for a 17-year-old to shoulder.
This book is less about fantasy, and more about using a fantasy world to explore the deeply human characters we meet along the way. Beautiful, joyful, grief-inducing, and so entrancing. King’s prose and dialogue, as always, will drink you in and immerse you in this magical world.
To say Evangeline and Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, have a complicated relationship would be an understatement. Jacks is everything you should avoid in a partner: he lies, he’s full of jealousy, he knows how to say all the right things, and yet…
In this vivid, magical world full of romance, heartbreak, and mystery, Evangeline must trust in the most infamous liar in the world: Jacks. Together, they must put aside their differences and team up to save the world from a terrifying, hope-destroying curse.
Nessa, who lives alone in her quaint house by the ocean, is in her late forties when she begins to hear the voices of the dead.
Harriett, almost 50, loses everything (her career, her marriage, etc.), yet she gains a powerful new dominion over nature … and death.
The ambitious Jo has wrestled with her own chronic illness for decades, and when menopause arrives it threatens to break her—until she discovers she can channel her rage and hot flashes.
This is a book about an incredible trio of women who discover their supernatural midlife changes and team up to fight an unexpectedly powerful underworld.
Cities will fall. The sun will grow dark. A comet heralds the death of a ruler—and the rise of a new order.
The Crow God sees all this.
Chaos and change sweep over the lands, toppling emperors and lifting cults from obscurity. Alliances shift as the gods vie for power. And our heroes, some of them living avatars of the gods, must rage against their destinies—or succumb to them.
On Abeth, only the strong survive. Yaz has lived in the frozen wastes with her tribe for most of her life, a life steeped in brutal traditions. But Yaz “escaped” that life, and has traded it in for a greater destiny.
Join Yaz as she builds friendships with outlandish characters and fights to change this brutal world. There is still beauty in this world, if only someone can save it…
The crown prince can’t stop thinking about Alizeh, a lowly servant girl. Obviously, they can never be together—so why can’t he get her out of his thoughts?
Only the crown prince doesn’t know that Alizeh truly is—an heir to an ancient kingdom, hiding for her life.
Empires will break upon each other, love will burn with heartbreaking desire, and the twists of fate will keep you glued to the page with this new, Persian-inspired epic.
A girl sees her own destiny, and she learns her fate: to become a knight of the Round Table. She leaves her wild home (and her mother) behind and sets off for Court. She will find her adventure, she will meet great hearts, and she will steal the hearts of many a fair lady.
And in the end, she will find the place to which her destiny has always led—that fabled lake.
This is a deep, moving, and imaginative retelling of The Legend of King Arthur that will captivate you with its carefully crafted dialogue, detailed world, and swift pacing.
When three girls go missing from Cadence, an enchanted island, Jack is summoned home to help solve their disappearance. Some people fear they’ve been taken by the island’s spirits. Some believe it’s only going to get worse.
Jack must join up with his childhood enemy, Adaira, despite their antagonistic past and their reluctant attraction. As they stumble through this rocky relationship and progress their investigation, they begin to uncover a much older, darker secret.
This book is both cozy and thrilling, romantic and mysterious, and absolutely brimming with magic. Simply enrapturing.
Long ago, the Heart of the World was shattered, sending the world into chaos.
Warrior factions rose up from the ashes to seek the shards of the Heart, which they shove into their bodies to imbue themselves with divine powers.
This story starts with Deryn, who is sold by his own mother and must suffer at the hands of a cruel slaver. Hopelessly weak and insignificant, Deryn suddenly discovers a piece of godlike power, which will give him the chance to escape his desperate bonds and become a powerful—and shadowy—agent of fate.
Ilea’s two favorite things? Punching and eating. Eating fuels the punching, and the punching enables her eating habits. Unfortunately, “punching and eating” isn’t much of a career path, leaving her with no option but to join the rat race …
… until, one day, she finds herself in a world full of fantasy monsters that are trying to kill her.
In this world, punching and eating is an extremely viable career path (you might even say it’s mandatory). For Ilea, leveling up in this world means she gets to fight increasingly deadly foes—and eat increasingly delicious meals.
Azarinth Healer is one of the first LitRPG serials to gain massive acclaim, earning over 60 million views on serial sites like RoyalRoad.com. Now, the author has re-edited and polished the first book, making this the perfect reading experience for such a legendary story.
It was her own fault for saving him—this cowardly prince. This one act of good grace has landed Loullie, an infamous smuggler who hunts and sells “illegal magic,” in hot water with the sultan.
Her only way out? She must find the ancient lamp that will allow the sultan to revive his barren lands. Unfortunately, this also means sacrificing all the jinn, including her most loyal bodyguard.
With rich conflict on every side and the very fabric of reality shifting under her feet, Loullie must decide what she really wants from this dangerous quest.
Miss Percy is a spinster who absolutely does not go on adventures. But when her great-uncle dies and leaves her with an inheritance that includes one dragon egg, she has no choice but to become a caretaker of dragons.
Miss Percy discovers her self-worth, the power of magic, and more than a little romance, all while learning how to take care of the world’s most mythical creatures. With a healthy dose of humor and a heart bursting with feeling, this book will make you fall in love with life’s greatest changes.
In the steam-powered city of Chime, Kayl just wants to do is help protect her fellow mortals from the cruel gods and their capricious whims. But when she discovers a new power and accidentally destroys someone else’s soul, the whole city wants her punished.
Hunted by a Warden whose only purpose is to kill her, Kayl and her unlikely allies must find a path to redemption—for the city, and for herself.
If you love magical world-building where gods and steampunk collide, you will adore this new series by the very talented serial author, Trudeau Skies.
The Sea God, once the protector of Mina’s people, now seems to curse them with death and destruction. For generations, storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland, wiping away villages and forcing them to fight over what few resources remain.
Each year, a maiden is thrown into the sea in a vain attempt to appease the Sea God. But when Mina’s friend (and her brother’s betrothed) is chosen for this year’s sacrifice, Mina throws herself in, instead.
Mina is cast into a realm of lesser gods and magical creatures and must find a way to plead her people’s case. But what she finds waiting for her at the bottom of the Sea is not what she expected…
Magic is dying, and though the guild-families know it, they refuse to do anything but squabble over the remaining scraps.
Amidst the collapse of civilization, Demir, an outcast who fled his family’s wealth and power, lives out his lonely days, grifting anyone he can. When his mother is murdered, Demir has the chance to reclaim his seat at the head of the family. But this inheritance comes with a responsibility as he uncovers clues to her death and clues that hint at the end of magic.
Demir must join forces with his oldest rivals and friends, to make ready for the war to end all wars. To prevent it? Or merely to survive…
After combing through hundreds of novels and novellas released this year, I think this list represents the best fantasy books of 2022.
Hopefully, this helped you find a few of your new favorite reads. If absolutely loved any of the books I mentioned, comment below and tell us why you loved them.
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