Did you know—some of your favorite authors are returning with brand-new series in 2022?! Check out this list to see some upcoming new series from seasoned authors that deserve a space at the top of your TBR.
by Andrew King
The God is Not Willing by Steven Erikson
From 1999’s Gardens of the Moon to 2011’s The Crippled God, Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series took readers across both continents and millenia, cataloging the history of the Malazan Empire. Now, ten years later, Erikson returns to this expansive universe in the Witness Trilogy, a sequel series, starting with The God is Not Willing.
Daughter of Redwinter by Ed McDonald
Ed McDonald’s trilogy of high fantasy, The Raven’s Mark, delivered to readers a world of dark immortals, ancient wizards, twisted creations, and ghost-filled wasteland. Now, he’s turning his pen to a new epic fantasy series: The Redwinter Chronicles. In this series about how one choice can change the universe, you’ll encounter: the spirits of the recent and ancient deceased, a young girl who can see them, a world that would kill her if it knew, and an order of warrior-magicians housed in a fortress-monastery containing all kinds of cursed artifacts.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
In The Broken Earth Trilogy from Hugo Award winning (three consecutive times) author N.K. Jemisin introduced us to a world of geologic magic and apocalyptic seismic activity. Jemisin’s new Great Cities series introduces us to a fantastic world much closer to home: New York City. In the contemporary fantasy world of The City We Became, every city has a soul, and New York has five. Which is good. They’ll be needed to stop the ancient evil that’s waking beneath the earth.
The Starless Crown by James Rollins
Whether he’s scuba diving, spelunking, or writing at a literary athlete’s pace, James Rollins stays busy. His previous work includes the SIGMA Force series, Tucker Wayne series, and more, but with his forthcoming epic fantasy The Starless Crown, Rollins is returning to his fantasy roots in a BIG way. This book has pretty much anything you can ask for, and by that I mean a scary moon, ancient ruins, conspiracy, friendship forged on the dangerous road, and bat people!
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Tasha Suri’s The Books of Ambha Duology was met with critical acclaim, many awards, and a Locus nomination. With The Jasmine Throne, she has begun a new epic fantasy trilogy about an exiled princess with a despotic brother and a priestess in hiding. They’ve got each other, forbidden magic, and an empire to take on. If you like your fantasy epic and your fantastical worlds evocative and expansively immersive, check out the Burning Kingdom trilogy now.
In the Shadow of Lightning by Brian McClellan
Brian McClellan is an epic fantasist whose tales of military magic and adventure frightened, thrilled, and inspired many, many readers (including me. Hi Brian! The Power Mage trilogy got me in trouble in school because I’d pay literally no attention in class and just read, so thanks. But literally, thank you—it rocked). Long parenthetical aside, Brian McClellan is back with an all new epic fantasy series where magic is a finite resource, and it’s running out. Check out the Glass Immortals series, starting with book one, In the Shadow of Lightning.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Rebecca Roanhorses’s new Between Earth and Sky series explores a fantasy world inspired by the civilizations of the pre-Columbian Americas. Political maneuvering, old and dangerous magic, and ominous prophecies haunt the holy city of Tova. And this year’s winter solstice just happens to fall on the same day as a rare solar eclipse. The Sun Priest says this event marks an unbalancing of the world. A prophecy says a god will return under a black sun. Uh oh.
Isolate by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
In his famous The Saga of the Recluse series, L. E. Modesitt, Jr. explored a world of high fantasy and diverging technology. With his new series, The Grand Illusion, he has taken on gaslamp political fantasy. Isolate and its forthcoming sequel Councilor introduce a new world where empaths have the ability to sense and manipulate the emotions of others. Only those categorized as Isolates are invulnerable to their influence and surveillance. If you love both fantasy and political thrillers, this blend of the two is the next series for you.
What is your favorite futuristic fantasy? Let us know in the comments!