2021 has brought lots of exciting fantasy YA releases from authors that we absolutely love! From Victoria Aveyard to Roseanne A. Brown and many other incredible writers, we are excited to share our favorites with you!
1. Realm Breaker – Victoria Aveyard
One of the most anticipated fantasy ya releases of the year is Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard!
Corayne an-Amarat can feel the darkness growing, even in her small town at the edge of the sea.
She soon discovers that not only is she the last of an ancient lineage, she is also the last hope to save the world from destruction. As darkness falls and she begins her journey, she is joined by a group of unlikely companions. Together they will stand against a vicious opponent who is determined to burn every kingdom to ash, and a great army unlike anything the realm has ever seen.
Buy Realm Breaker here
2. Crown of Bitter Thorn – Kay L Moody
After Elora’s pivotal sacrifice, trouble has spread through all the courts and affects the very nature of their realm. Danger is building. Still determined to become High King and establish peace, Prince Brannick must get support from the other courts. Many Fae still hesitate to back him. Winning their favor is difficult, and the Prince will have to take on greater and greater risks as he offers bargains and makes troubling promises.
Prince Brannick wants to fight for his rightful place as king and end the conflict with the queen of Fairfrost for good. He also wants to make sure Elora’s sacrifice wasn’t in vain. However, his heart is almost too broken to do any of that.
The trouble coming might be too much to bear.
Buy Crown of Bitter Thorn here
3. We Free The Stars – Hafsah Faizal
Hafsah Faizal is a fantasy ya author we absolutely love! We Free The Stars is the final book in her Sands of Arawiya Duology. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read We Hunt The Flame yet.
The battle on Sharr is over. The Arz has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan Altair set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, finally bringing magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.
As the zumra plots to overthrow Arawiya’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power, to wield it against not only the Lion but his father as well, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat—it hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dares not unleash. In spite of everything, Zafira and Nasir find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose . . . But time is running out, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.
Buy We Free The Stars here
4. In The Ravenous Dark – A.M. Strickland
Those gifted with magic in Thanopolis are assigned undead spirits to control and guard them. Rovan has hidden her magic since her father died. However, when an accident happens and she reveals her powers, she is bound to a spirit and thrust into world of palace intrigue and deception.
In her desperation to escape, Rovan ends up falling for two people she knows she can’t trust: Lydea, a rebelious princess, and Ivrilos, a spirit with the ability to control both Rovan’s body and her soul. Together, the three of them uncover a secret that has the power to destroy Thanopolis.
In order to save them all, Rovan will have to start a rebellion in both the mortal world and the underworld. She will have to trust the princess and the spirit who are battling for her heart – if she doesn’t betray them first.
Buy In The Ravenous Dark here
5. A Psalm of Storms and Silence – Roseanne A. Brown
Roseanne A. Brown is one of our top favorite fantasy ya authors! Her upcoming release, A Psalm of Storms and Silence, is the exciting follow up to A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the first book yet.
Karina lost everything after a violent coup left her without her kingdom or her throne. Now the most wanted person in Sonande, her only hope of reclaiming what is rightfully hers lies in a divine power hidden in the long-lost city of her ancestors.
Meanwhile, the resurrection of Karina’s sister has spiraled the world into chaos, with disaster after disaster threatening the hard-won peace Malik has found as Farid’s apprentice. When they discover that Karina herself is the key to restoring balance, Malik must use his magic to lure her back to their side. But how do you regain the trust of someone you once tried to kill?
As the fabric holding Sonande together begins to tear, Malik and Karina once again find themselves torn between their duties and their desires. And when the fate of everything hangs on a single, horrifying choice, they each must decide what they value most—a power that could transform the world, or a love that could transform their lives.
A Psalm of Storms and Silence will be released on November 2, 2021. Pre-order it here
6. Gods and Monsters – Shelby Mahurin
The final installment in the Serpent & Dove series is finally here!
Lou has spent her whole life running. Now, after a crushing blow from Morgane, the time has come to go home—and claim what is rightfully hers.
But this is no longer the Lou her friends knew. No longer the Lou who captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.
Pre-order it here
7. Blade of Secrets – Tricia Levenseller
Continuing our list of fantasy ya 2021 releases, we have Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller!
Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends most of her days tucked away in the forge, using her magic to craft unique weapons imbued with power, staying away from crowds and the anxiety that they always bring her.
But Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, the result of which is a sword capable of stealing the secrets of its victims. A sword capable of cutting deeper than the length of its blade. A sword that has the power to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns that the warlord intends to use the weapon to enslave the world, she flees with her sister.
As they travel, they are joined by a handsome mercenary and a young scholar. On a quest to keep the world safe, they must find someone worthy to wield the sword or find a way to destroy it entirely.
Buy Blade of Secrets here
8. Illusionary – Zoraida Cordova
Illusionary is book two in the Hollow Crown series! Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Incendiary yet.
Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she reluctantly joins forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. The only thing that unites them is their lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.
With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics—and her mind—to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.
For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.
Buy Illusionary here
9. Sweet and Bitter Magic – Adrienne Tooley
After committing the worst magical sin possible, Tamsin is exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can experience those feelings for herself is to steal love from others.
Wren is a source, a rare person made of magic, though unable to use it. Once they discover their abilities, Sources are required to train with the Coven. Wren, however, has spent her life hiding her secret.
When a magical plague ravages the land, Wren’s father falls victim. In order to save him, Wren strikes a bargain with Tamsin: If Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for the creation of the plague, Wren will give Tamsin the love she has for her father.
Love bargains are a tricky thing, and Wren and Tamsin have a long, dangerous journey ahead of them – if they don’t kill each other first.
Buy Sweet and Bitter Magic here
10. Lost In The Never Woods – Aiden Thomas
Five years ago, Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods. When the town’s children start disappearing, questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back to light. As she attempts to flee her past, Wendy nearly runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road.
Peter, a boy she assumed only lived in stories, asks Wendy for her help in rescuing the missing kids.
In order to find them, Wendy must confront what is waiting for her in the woods…
Buy Lost In The Never Woods here
11. Lore – Alexandra Bracken
One of our favorite fantasy ya releases of 2021 is Lore by Alexandra Bracken!
The Agon happens every seven years. As a punishment for past rebellion, nine Greek gods live on earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines who are all eager to kill one of the gods and take their divine power and immortality.
Years ago, Lore Perseous fled that world in the wake of the murder of her family by a rival line. For years she has pushed away thoughts of revenge against the man, now a God, who is responsible for their deaths. But two participants of the Agon seek out her help: Castor, her childhood friend, and Athena, one of the last of the original Gods.
Athena offers an alliance against their mutual enemy, and a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But the decision to bind her fate to Athena and rejoin the hunt comes at a deadly cost. It might not be enough to stop the rise of a new god who possesses the power to bring humanity to its knees.
Buy Lore here
That concludes our list of fantasy ya 2021 releases from our favorite authors! Which ones will you be reading this fall?
If you enjoyed the books on this list, check out Heir of Bitter Thorn, a Fae of Bitter Thorn short story by Kay L Moody!