Tasha Suri creates a memorable breakout moment with her trailblazing The Jasmine Throne — first in a new epic, nuanced, and wonderfully complex story. A blistering, gutsy, and kinetic book, it's one of the finest fantasies I've read in 2021.
The Stone Knife by Anna Stephens (The Songs of the Drowned #1)
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.
The Burning God by R.F. Kuang (The Poppy War #3)
Carrying an epic tale brimming with unrelenting violence, heartrending trauma, and the devastating horrors of war to its harrowing conclusion, The Burning God sees R.F. Kuang carving out her place in modern fantasy to new, extraordinary heights as she concludes her first trilogy a powerful testament to her absolute writing prowess..