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Most Anticipated Fantasy Books of April 2024

Another month is right around the corner which means more books! I’ve had the honor and pleasure of getting to read six of these early, while the seventh is one of my most eagerly anticipated releases! After a relatively dry March, here are my most anticipated fantasy books of April 2024.

 

Beastcall by Kaden R. Love (April 3 – Self-Published)

I quite enjoyed Kaden Love’s debut novel, Elegy of a Fragmented Vineyard (which is still one of my favorite fantasy titles of all time). Love’s political epic fantasy involving a magic system based in organ harvesting is one of the new shining stars of the self-published fantasy world, and he returns to that world with a short (~80 pages) prequel novella. If you are looking to just dip your toes into Love’s world, this novella can be read as a series starter, although I do think it works better as a small bite after you read Elegy becausse Love’s imagination is so big that it is dampened just a bit when being put in a novella-sized box. You can read my full review of here.

 

The Hemlock Queen by Hannah Whitten (April 9 – Orbit Books)

Last years’s The Foxglove King was a dark necromancy fantasy romance that I found to be a whole heck of a lot of fun, but relatively shallow. This sequel is a huge jump in quality, deepening the characters and themes, while also just being a stronger, more assured, and overall better book. Fair warning – the beginning is quite slow as Whitten eases her way back into this world, but after about the first 20% the book fires on all cylinders. This is a great series for fans of romance (there is one spicy scene) and is also a great way for fantasy readres to dip their toes into some romance waters. You can read my full review here.

 

The Last Phi Hunter by Salinee Goldenberg (April 9 – Angry Robot)

Set in a world immersed in Thai-inspired folklore and worldviews, The Last Phi Hunter is like The Witcher with a lot more heart. Ex is a demon slayer on a quest to defeat the legendary demon of nightmares, but his plans get interrupted when a mysterious pregnant woman asks her to escort her through the dark and demon-infested woods. Action, humor, light romance, and some pretty cool body horror fill the pages of this fast-paced fantasy adventure. The ending does feel a bit too rushed, but the book emotionally resonates between the slaying sequences. This is a debut author very much worth taking a look at. You can read my full review here.

 

The Famililar by Leigh Bardugo (April 9 – Flatiron Books)

This is the only book on this list that I haven’t read an advance copy of, and I’m so ready for it. I really enjoy Bardugo’s work, particularly when she dives deeper into the darker side. This is (I believe) Bardugo’s first stab at historical fantasy, and it is set during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. I put this on hold at my library the instant it was made available, and I hope I get it sooner rather than later after the release date!

 

The Crimson Court by Brendan Noble (April 23 – Self-Published)

Noble Houses battling for power. Crystal dragons. An Eastern European inspired flintlock world. A spirit plague. Interdimensional supernatural threats. The Crimson Court blew me away with its political schemes, cool magic system, and diverse array of POV characters. I fell head-over-heels for this book and my only despair is that the entire series isn’t out yet because I must know what happens next! This is epic fantasy as I think it should be done – politics, mult-POV, lots of magic, and more. This book simultaneously feels so homey because it just feels like epic fantasy to me, while also feeling fresh and new. Get in on the ground floor with this one, you won’t regret it. You can read my full review here.

 

Relics of Ruin by Erin M. Evans (April 30 – Orbit Books)

This sequel to 2022’s Empire of Exiles was one of my most anticipated books of the year. Evans expertly combined the tropes and trappings of epic fantasy (while also building a world and magic system all her own) with an exciting murder mystery. The world has been ravaged by shapeshifters called changelings that have taken over an entire continent, pushing everyone into a small isthmus protected by a gigantic salt wall. This not only creates political and social tensions, but also paranoia as you don’t know if the changelings have made it past the salt wall…and who they could be imitating. Relics of Ruin slows down the pace a bit, focusing on a more introspective and character-driven narrative, but is still a delightful fantasy/mystery mashup (this time involving a major theft).

 

The Legion of the Lost by Joseph John Lee (April 30 – Self-Published)

Lee’s Spellbinders and Gunslingers series is one of the best hidden gems of the fantasy genre. Based on the Spanish/Portuguese colonizing of the Americas, featuring an entire cast of indigenous characters and a Columbus-like big-bad villain. The first book in the series, The Bleeding Stone was a very strong debut novel, but the series really came into its own with book 2 – Children of the Black Moon. Lee is fantastic at handling moral ambuiguity and his books make me so uncomfortable with his characters (in the best way possible!). Now the trilogy is ready to come to a close, and it is a fantastic ending. This ARC was my lastest read, and I am still reeling from the ending. Don’t let this series fly under the radar any longer; now is the perfect time to pick up and binge this series.

 

 

 

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