The best fantasy books of 2020

There's never been a better time to escape into another world for a little while. Here, we take a look at the best fantasy books coming in 2020, and round up the most loved fantasy novels of 2019.

02/04/2020

Read on for our pick of the best new fantasy books coming in 2020, and a look back at the most exciting fantasy novels of 2019. From gripping debuts to adventures through epic worlds and much-anticipated series conclusions, there's a fantasy book on this list for every type of reader. 

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The best new fantasy books of 2020

The Unspoken Name

by A. K. Larkwood

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If you're looking for a new fantasy series to get excited about, A. K. Larkwood's The Serpent Gates is it. In the book first in the series, The Unspoken Name, expect an epic coming-of-age tale that follows Csorwe, who, on her fourteenth birthday will be sacrificed by the dealth cult who raised her. Offered a chance to escape her fate by a sorcerer who wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin, Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge until she is forced to confront her past . . .

Inspired by the author's longstanding fascination with villainous sidekicks and the question 'what might it take to stay loyal to a boss who is bad news?', this exciting debut is fantasy fiction at its finest.

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A Time of Courage

by John Gwynne

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No list of the top fantasy books would be complete without a John Gwynne novel. One of the most anticipated publications of 2020, in A Time of Courage, The King of the Otherworld is finally free and angels, demons and heroes face their ultimate fight for the Banished Lands. A Time of Courage, the epic conclusion to the Of Blood and Bone series publishes in April 2020. 

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Blood of an Exile

by Brian Naslund

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In Brian Naslund's must-read debut fantasy novel we meet Bershad, an adventurer sentenced to kill dragons for a living after being caught trying to assassinate a fellow noble. When the king who sentenced Bershad offers him a way out of his forced occupation and exile, Bershad sees a way to earn redemption, but it won't be easy. Blood of an Exile, the first book in the Dragons of Terra series is packed with adventure and of course, lots of dragons. 

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Sorcery of a Queen

by Brian Naslund

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The second book in this unmissable fantasy series is set after the events of Blood of an Exile, as dragon-slayer Bershad and his crew can only hope they have enough strength to face what's in store next. A foreign emperor is raining an army, and he'll stop at nothing to crush the kingdom and take control of its highly-prized dragons. 

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The best fantasy books of 2019

The Ruin of Kings

by Jenn Lyons

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The hugely anticipated debut by Jenn Lyons is the first book in the A Chorus of Dragons series. Brim-full of big ideas – body-swapping, prophecy, rich worldbuilding and grim commentaries on many aspects of empire – to name but a few, this is the tale of Kihrin, a young prince cursed with bad luck and worse prophecy. The Ruin of Kings is a fantastically complex and multi-layered fantasy book, and characters like Doc and Galen, alongside Kihrin's own well-balanced set of talents and flaws make this a promising new fantasy series. 

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The Name of All Things

by Jenn Lyons

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The Name of All Things is the second book in the A Chorus of Dragons series. Kihrin D'Mon is a wanted man, so he heads to Jorat where he comes into direct opposition to his old enemy Relos Var. Var owns one of the world's most powerful objects, The Name of All Things, and he uses it to get what he wants most in the world – Kihrin.

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The Secret Chapter

by Genevieve Cogman

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The Secret Chapter is the sixth book in Genevieve Cogman's much loved fantasy series, The Invisible Library. The series is full of adventures across parallel worlds, magical beings and an invisible library maintained by dimenion-hopping librarians. The sixth book in the series, sees professional librarian spy Irene and her assistant Kai team up with an unlikely band of misfits to pull off an amazing art heist. They must steal a painting from Vienna in exchange for a book held by the secretive Fae villain Mr Nemo – a book which is needed to save the world where Irene grew up. 

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A Time of Blood

by John Gwynne

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A Time of Blood is the second book in John Gwynne's epic Of Blood and Bone series. The series is set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, and in the first installment, the Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, rule the Banished Lands yet the mighty demon horde they once vanquished threatens to return. The second epic fantasy book in this series sees protagonists Riv, a young soldier, and Drem,a trapper, battle alongside the Bright Star save their land, as demonic forces gather to destroy them and the rule of man.

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The True Queen

by Zen Cho

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Set between Regency London, Fairyland and the Malay Archipelago, The True Queen is the second volume in Zen Cho's award-winning fantasy series, The Sorcerer to the Crown. When Muna and her sister Sakti wake on the shores of Janda Baik (long the home of witches), they discover that they've been struck by a curse that has stolen their memories. They must head to Britain, where their only hope lies in the academy for female magicians. But they must travel through the Fairy Queen's realm, where Sakti disappears without a trace . . .

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Bloodwitch

by Susan Dennard

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After the epic world-building and fast-paced adventures in Susan Dennard's previous books, Truthwitch and Windwitch, existing fans won't need much persuading to be very excited about Bloodwitch, the third novel in the Witchland series.

Find out more about these epic fantasy novels in our introduction to the world of the Witchlands here.

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If you're still looking for your next read, find our full selection of fantasy books here

 

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