New in Fantasy: Winter 2022 Book Releases

We’re doing things a little differently this year.

I mentioned a few months back when I shared a list of 51 independently published fantasy books published in 2021 that it was difficult to create a list of upcoming releases because indie publishing works on a very different timeline. And so they don’t get the same kind of attention.

But I still wanted to celebrate those books – so I’ve come up with a new way of showcasing new fantasy releases. Welcome to the first of the seasonal fantasy release round-ups!

It is still difficult to compile, so it is by no means a complete list, but this way I’ll be able to highlight both traditionally published as well as self-published fantasy, and hopefully, you will find something new and wonderful to add to your TBR pile!

Here are 37 new first-in-series and standalone fantasy books published in Winter 2022!

YA Fantasy

Seeds of Glory and Ruin (A Mage’s Influence #1) by Melanie Cellier: When her sister’s power awakens, turning her into the most powerful mage in generations, a young woman joins the Mage’s Guild in her stead to find answers about their strange power before their enemies take it from them.

Echoes and Empires (Echoes and Empires #1) by Morgan Rhodes: After a robbery gone wrong at the Queen’s Gala, a young woman is infected by dangerous magic that threatens to kill her and she is forced to flee or face execution.

The Ivory Key (The Ivory Key #1) by Akshaya Raman: Magic is a prized resource, and when it runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces.

The Bone Spindle (The Bone Spindle #1) by Leslie Vedder: When a young treasure hunter pricks her finger on a bone spindle she is forced to help a cursed prince break the ancient curse on his kingdom.

This Woven Kingdom (This Woven Kingdom #1) by Tahereh Mafi: The heir to an ancient kingdom hides as a modest servant in this epic fantasy inspired by Persian mythology.

The Final Heir by Jon Monson: A young mage destined to defeat the Usurper must help her best friend when he mistakenly claims the Power of Creation that was rightfully hers.

Worldwalker by Jamie Dalton: Once a cook in the King’s kitchen, a young woman discovers she wields a magical power that hasn’t been seen in centuries and seeks the aid of the Dwarves and Elves before her abilities are discovered.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh: Desperate to save her brother’s heart, a young woman sacrifices herself to the Sea God and is swept into the Spirit Realm, where she must break the curse that keeps him asleep.

Daughter of the Drowned Empire (Drowned Empire #1) by Frankie Diane Mallis: A young mage protecting her sisters from an empire that would see them killed for their magic is forced to reveal her own powers and accept a contract from the Emperor or face exile.

Adult Fantasy

The Lost Sentinel (Relics of Power #1) by Emma L. Adams: When the last Sentinel disappears, her granddaughter and a stranger with no memories go on a journey to recover a lost relic and prevent the destruction of their homeland.

Obsidian: Awakening (Obsidian #1) by Sienna Frost: The outcome of a centuries-long war rests in the hands of a legendary male prostitute, a young girl born to carry the weight of nations, a wife who lives to kill her husband, and a conqueror who must become a tyrant to save an empire.

The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1) by James Rollins: A student, a soldier, a prince, and a thief must learn to trust each other to survive in a strange and deadly world, and uncover an ancient secret that will be the key to their salvation.

The Heart of the Bloodstone by Philinna Wood: When the Chief descends into madness and uses his magic to cage the tribe, a young hunter must find the missing piece of his soul in order to free his people.

The Amber Crown by Jacey Bedford: Three societal outcasts must work together to fulfil the orders of a dead king’s ghost or risk their nation falling to a tyrant

Court of Assassins (The Ranger Archives #1) by Philip C. Quaintrell: A man trained to be a killer dreamt of freedom, and when he escapes that life and protects the innocent, he finds himself hunted by those who would drag him back to his old life.

The Moon’s Eye (Relics of War #1) by A.J. Calvin: A man chosen by the god of war is tasked with protecting the Fire Maiden’s daughter as she goes on a journey to recover a magical relic – The Moon’s Eye.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess (The Celestial Kingdom #1) by Sue Lynn Tan: A young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm in this fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess.

Shadow Magic (The Divine Key #1) by James E. Wisher: After a great war, the Sultan paid for his country’s freedom with that of his first-born daughter, and now the Sorcerer he bargained with has returned to collect his due.

The Empire’s Lion (The Imperial Adept #1) by Nathan Tudor: A magical Adept is given a bittersweet chance at redemption, as she must help the Empire conquer her own homeland.

Prince of Shadows (Empire of Ash #1) by R.J. Vickers: A young prince responsible for an enchanted forest that guards the world’s last haven for magic must defend his people from those who would destroy magic at all costs.

Path of the Eternal Sun (The Sentinels Saga #1) by Taylor Crook and Ryan Kirk: A man guided by honor, a warrior who has never known defeat, and a young woman who hides from the world must unite against a darkness that threatens their nation.

Blade of Ghosts (The Lost Sect #1) by Julian Gyll: When a scavenger chances upon the ruins of a long-dead civilization, he discovers a forbidden power that allows him to aid in the fight against nightmares from the Void.

Scion of Lightning (The Stormcrafter Chronicles #1) by J.T. Moy: When he discovers he has lightning magic, a solider must join with a battlemage master to hone his powers and find the artifacts that could save their land from invasion.

A River Enchanted (Elements of Cadence #1) by Rebecca Ross: Set on the magical isle of Cadence, two childhood enemies must team up to discover why girls are going missing from their clan.

The Queen of Wind and Sunlight by Morgan Cole: After failing to protect the queen, a guilt-ridden guard captain goes on a journey to rescue her sister and preserve her legacy.

The Acktus Trials (Spoken Books Uprising #1) by D.T. Kane: A slave forced to accompany his master on the dangerous Acktus Trials keeps a dangerous secret, and strikes a bargain with the man who owns him.

Rise of the Mages (The Age of Ire #1) by Scott Drakeford: A warrior who discovers he is the last of the ancient Mage Kings must hone his power alongside his War Master tutor if he wants to rescue his brother.

The Beholden by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Five years ago, two orphaned aristocrats concocted a dangerous plan to better their finances by summoning the river goddess, and now she has come to collect.

Fate’s Long Shadow (The Practice of Power #1) by Marcela Carbo: After her village is raided by giants, a young woman discovers she wields terrible power and must face her destiny as she finds herself at the center of a political struggle between giant clans.

Servant Mage by Kate Elliot: After a group of rebels rescues an indentured Lamplighter, they get caught up in a conspiracy to kill a child of the royal family and put an end to their movement for good.

Age of Ash (Kithamar #1) by Daniel Abraham: When her brother is murdered, a petty thief resolves to find his killer, and ends up swept into the politics of Kithamar – an ancient city with a long and bloody history.

Fire of the Forebears (Heritor’s Helm #1) by L.A. Buck: The daughter of a deserter and the son of the king are pitted against one another as they work to save their people and their country.

Scorpica (Five Queendoms #1) by G.R Macallister: An epic fantasy world of matriarchal Queendoms goes to war and the women who live there struggle to survive as girls stop being born.

Waking Ursa Minor (Riverda Rising #1) by Helen Rygh-Pedersen: When an orphaned servant escapes an assassin’s blade, her heritage is revealed, forcing her into a desperate fight for survival as she tries to find the fabled Stone of Riverda.

The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf #1) by Richard Swan: A man whose role as detective, judge and executioner all rolled into one finds his authority challenged as he tries to investigate a murder.

Rebel Slave (Rebel Slave Saga #1) by Richard Davis: A retired soldier is falsely convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, torn from his family and sold into slavery, where he attempts to pull together a team of criminals and misfits and lead a daring escape.

Engines of Empire (The Age of Uprising #1) by R.S. Ford: The Hawkspur heirs are scattered across the nation to keep the empire from crumbling in this steampunk epic fantasy.

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