I know I’m not the only one with a ‘to be read’ list miles long and growing all the time, but there are just more and more books released all the time that I am busting to get my eyeballs on! Today I wanted to share some of the new fantasy books coming out in the first few months of 2023 that I have my eye on already.
Three new fantasy novels I’m looking forward to reading in 2023
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of hell―even if it costs her a future at Lethe and at Yale. But Alex is playing with forces far beyond her control, and when faculty members begin to die off, she knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if Alex is going to survive, she’ll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university’s very walls.
Leigh Bardugo’s Hell Bent is out now from Hachette Australia (who have kindly sent me a copy for review).
This is the second book in the Alex Stern series – you can read my review of the first book, Ninth House, here.
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
Emily Wilde is good at many things: she is the foremost expert on the study of faeries; she is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encylopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people.
So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby.
But as Emily gets closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones – the most elusive of all faeries – she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all – her own heart.
Heather Fawcett’s Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries is out 31 January from Hachette Australia.
Blood & Steel by Helen Scheuerer
With her death foretold, Althea Zoltaire only has three years to become what she’s always dreamed of being: a warrior legend.
Women are forbidden to wield blades, so she has trained in secret her entire life. Now racing against the clock, she fights to secure her place in the elite guild charged with the protection of the five kingdoms.
The sparring and hazing of the new trainees border on deadly, but even more dangerous is her growing attraction to Wilder Hawthorne, her unwilling warrior chaperone.
All around them, schemes are afoot and darkness looms.
Will Althea pass the perilous initiation test and take her place as a champion of Thezmarr – or will the invading evil snatch away her dream before it starts?
Helen Scheuerer’s Blood & Steel is out February 16 (and available for pre-order here).
Have you got any of these on your list too? What else should I be adding to my infinite tbr? Let me know in the comments!