Anna Stephens is back, and her second series starts off bloodier, grittier, and more brutal than ever. Never has music sounded more terrifying in The Stone Knife, where colonisation is as unapologetically bloody as it is devious. The Stone Knife is indisputably one of the most impressively insidious entries in the fantasy genre I've read in 2020.
The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter (The Burning #2)
Evan Winter's follow up to The Rage of Dragons has it all: spectacularly violent action, bigger scopes, higher stakes, and dramatic storytelling that is bolder and better than ever.