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What Are the June 2022 Fantasy Book Releases?
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On the hunt for some epic new fantasy books coming out in June 2022? These books are the top new releases coming out this month! You will kick off the summer right with these amazing new books. There are a ton of sequels coming out and a lot of great-sounding new series as well. So if you want to pick up a few new books to grow your summer TBR, keep reading and pick up a few of these upcoming fantasy releases.
Forging Silver into Stars
One of my most anticipated fantasy book continuations, Forging Silver into Stars will be coming out on June 7, 2022. This is a continuation that picks up where A Vow so Bold and Deadly left off.
While this is a direct continuation of the Cursebreaker series, it will follow different characters. Though we will be seeing cameos from some of our favorites from the original series.
Hopefully, this book lives up to the hype and does justice to the original series!
Never the Wind
This book is described as “a bittersweet gothic fantasy of family, friendship, memory and the uncanny told from the perspective of a blind teenager”. If that doesn’t sound like an intriguing premise, then I don’t know what does.
We follow a blind teen named Luca. Set in 1996 in Southern Italy, this book follows him as he experiences the world in his own way. He eventually meets a girl who he befriends, but this friendship leads to the discovery of family grudges and drama that have been ongoing for generations.
This sounds like it is going to lean more to the lighter magic side of fantasy with a much higher focus on the family drama aspect of the story.
A Mirror Mended
Set directly after the events of the first novella, A Spindle Splintered, A Mirror Mended by Alix E Harrow is slated to release on June 14, 2022. Don’t expect this to be a full-length novel ( which I did when I read book 1). This is a fantasy novella that is a sapphic reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty mythos.
Book one follows a terminally ill girl who is obsessed with Sleeping Beauty. She ends up going through a mirror to a strange and magical world and learning so much more about herself and the world at large than she ever imagined.
This book takes place after the events of that first book. We follow the same characters and I expect to learn more about the world and how things have changed.
The Blood Traitor
The Prison Healer was one of my surprise favorite books of the past year. It is a YA fantasy that I feel, really elevates YA fantasy in a really fun way.
We follow Kiva, a 17-year-old girl who is the head healer in a brutal prison. She is in charge of intaking new prisoners, and because of this, most of the other prisoners hate her. One day the rebel queen is brought into the prison. On her deathbed, Kiva has to keep her alive at all costs. So she does what she must and volunteers to undergo the trial meant for the queen. This deadly trial filled with magic and politics takes its toll on the entire prison.
This series has a wonderful romance that I think subverts the typical YA romance tropes, as well as some really fantastic twists and turns.
I am very excited to see how this series is brought to an end.
This Wicked Fate
June seems to be the month of sequels. This Wicked Fate, the sequel to This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron releases on June 21, 2022. This is a YA fantasy and I really loved the first book.
In the first one, we follow Bri, a young adopted black girl with two moms. She ends up inheriting her dead aunt’s estate out of nowhere. The family moves there to try to make it work. Bri has inexplicable plant magic and comes to find out the house she inherits has a massive garden with an established apothecary.
For a YA book, it does a great job at subverting some of the more traditional YA tropes. There is a little romance, but nothing major. And the parents in this book are fantastic. A YA fantasy book with caring and present parents? UNHEARD OF, but I needed it!
I really hope book two lives up to the hype of the first book!
For the Throne
Once more we are talking about another sequel coming out this month. Releasing on June 9, 2022, we can expect For the Throne by Hannah F. Whitten. This is the highly anticipated sequel to For the Wolf.
Book one took Booktube by storm! It ended up being super popular in the online bookish communities, and I am sure book 2 will be just as popular.
This starts right where book two left off and is guaranteed to please fans! Be sure to pick up the conclusion to this duology when it comes out.
In the Shadow of Lightning
Finally, we are discussing a new series coming out and not a sequel. This is the first book in the Glass Immortals series. Coming out on June 21, 2022, In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan sounds like it is going to be an epic adult fantasy.
In this book, we follow an outcast who has fled from a life of wealth and power. After the death of a relative, he is forced to return and take up his place in the family. We find out that in this world, magic is a finite resource and it running out. Our protagonist has to team up with a rag-tag group and figure out a way to save the magical world as they know it.
While I wasn’t a fan of the author’s other series ( Powdermage), I did really like his writing style. I am really hoping that this is the book that gets me to fall in love with his books!
The Ballad of Perilous Graves
A new standalone fantasy book set in New Orleans, The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings comes out on June 21, 2022.
In this book music is magic. This is a vibrant and imaginative book set in a fantastical New Orleans where a battle for the city’s soul brews between two young mages, a vengeful wraith, and one powerful song.
Alex Jennings is a debut author. I am super excited for this one since I absolutely love books where music is used as a form of magic.
This book is described as “a stunning new work of historical fantasy that introduces readers to the dark, labyrinth world of The Talents”.
Set in England in 1882, we follow two children with unexplained magical powers. They are on the run from a man made of smoke when they end up discovering a place where other kids with abilities, called The Talents, have gathered.
Now, I am a sucker for “kids with powers” as a fantasy book trope. So I am extremely excited to get to this book as soon as it comes out.
The City Inside
This book is set in a near-future setting where social media and streaming are basically everything. We follow a few different characters as they go through life in this world.
Joey is a reality controller. This means she supervises the live streams of one of the most famous celebrities of the time.
Rudra is a recluse who is estranged from his wealthy family. He is obsessed with video games. But his dad’s death leads him to take an impulsive job offer in order to escape a life he never wanted.
Our two main characters become involved in conspiracies and their lives begin to spin out of control.
This book sounds a little “close to home” based on our current love of social media and I am very excited to read it as soon as it comes out.
The conclusion to this adult epic fantasy is extremely anticipated. The hype surrounding this book online is massive!
If you have not read book one, now is the perfect time to pick it up and binge read the entire series!
The Dream Runners
According to GoodReads, this book is described as “A lush tapestry of dreams, myth, and magic–perfect for fans of Holly Black, Roshani Chokshi, and Margaret Rogerson.”
This is a standalone contemporary fantasy book that is inspired by the nagas and garudas of Hindu mythology and is full of slow-burning romance, haunting intrigue, and shimmering magic.
Juniper & Thorn
This book is a beautiful retelling that is “set in another time and place within the world of The Wolf and the Woodsman, where a young witch seeks to discover her identity and escape the domination of her wizard father, perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson and Catherynne M. Valente.”
I am all for horror fantasy books lately and honestly, the cover of this one really pulled me in.
If you have been around for any amount of time, you will know that Sarah Beth Durst is one of my favorite authors. She is an auto-buy and when I saw she has a new middle grade, I knew I needed it in my life so this has been pre-ordered already.
In this book, we follow a group of misfit magical animals as they learn to appreciate their seemingly useless powers. All the while they have to learn to also work together in order to thwart the main villain’s attempt to steal their magic!
Magical animals? Sign me up! It sounds adorable. Durst’s middle-grade books are always adorable, and I am sure that this one will be no different.
These are all of my anticipated June 2022 fantasy book releases! Let me know which ones you want to pick up.