Sometimes, it can feel like the real world is too much to handle. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices for escapism in 2023, with a slew of phenomenal new fantasy books to transport you to worlds of myth and magic.
This year’s fantasy books offer plenty to choose from. Long-running stories are finally coming to epic conclusions, with authors like Cassandra Clare wrapping up series this year. There are also new stories from beloved authors like Leigh Bardugo, Tahereh Mafi, Shannon Chakraborty, Samantha Shannon, Caroline Peckham, Susanne Valenti, and many more, plus fresh voices introducing us to their creative, fantastical new worlds full of mystery and romance.
No matter what fantasy style you enjoy most, there’s sure to be something you’ll love among this year’s best new fantasy reads. Some releases take inspiration from folklore worldwide, with exciting and creative twists on all the creatures, stories, and tropes you love in your favorite fantasy fiction. There’s never been a better time to get swept away in the magic and adventure of a really great fantasy book. As a bonus, many of these books are perfect for filling several of the prompts from the 2023 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge! Check out what’s coming out when, and happy reading!