7 New Book Releases For The Harry Potter Fan In Your Life
Avid readers are always in need of new worlds to explore, and we've got the top seven most exciting releases available now.
Whether you're the Potterhead or it's a friend or family member, we've got seven of Amazon's hottest new fantasy-esque releases for the lover of fiction in your life.
Ready? Let's start, of course, with numero uno:
Neal Shusterman's THUNDERHEAD
The second book of Shusterman's best-selling Scythe series, THUNDERHEAD is poised to make a big mark on many fantasy fans in 2018 with his sharp and dangerous style of storytelling. "A year has passed since Rowan had gone off grid. Since then, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. His story is told in whispers across the continent.
As Scythe Anastasia, Citra gleans with compassion and openly challenges the ideals of the “new order.” But when her life is threatened and her methods questioned, it becomes clear that not everyone is open to the change.
Will the Thunderhead intervene?
Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?"
The debut fantasy novel of author Jon B. Dalvy, The Ballad of Titha Mae is a timeless fantasy epic in the vein of classic world-spanning adventures like Tolkien's Hobbit, only this time the heroine is a young girl! The rich, colorful world he's crafted is ripe with Celtic and Norse influence. Dalvy, however, writes with a modern sensibility that makes Titha and her companions immediately accessible to today's readers. It's a wondrous and needed balance that creates an Epic both familiar and surprising all at once. If you love J.K. Rowling's work, we have a feeling you'll be excited to dive into Dalvy's newly crafted world, too.
Titha Mae is part of renowned fantasy site Rising Shadow's library, comes highly recommended, and was written for and dedicated to his three little sisters, if you need another reason to love it.
"Titha loves her father, Theole, with all her excitable heart. The two are indigo-skinned Lunas: a spritely people forbidden to leave the treehalls of Yythengrey. So when their once friendly Dawnfather, the twisted dragon Vulduun, desecrates their homeland and kidnaps Theole, no one is willing to risk saving him – except his daughter, Titha Mae. Such a brash gesture leads the little Luna and her Bear-brother, Paw, on a fantastical journey far beyond the only foliage-filled mountains she’s ever known."
Count us in!
Thomas Welsh's ANNA UNDREAMING
Another author's debut into the wider world of fantasy, Welsh is a Scottish writer with a deep passion for words and, in his own words, "women who can save themselves".
“Sometimes the ash catches a spark and sometimes the flame splutters back to life.”
Lacking a better target, fate’s hammer falls on a heart already smashed to shards. That heart belongs to Anna, a young, apathetic student weighed down by the drudgery of her daily routine. Seeking an escape, she comes across a stranger called Teej who promises to open her up to a whole new world. A world of Aesthetes: writers, musicians and artists who are so preeminent in their respective fields that their abilities allow them to alter the very fabric of reality. The magical worlds they create are known as “Hazes” – possibility spaces where the world becomes dream, and the dreamer is God.
Alastair Reynold's ELYSIUM FIRE
Regarded as the keeper of modern space opera, Reynolds has done it again with the Sequel to The Prefect, ELYSIUM FIRE. If you have a Potterhead in your life who may like to see their love of fantasy transferred into a much more sci-fi setting, then this is the series & new release for them.
"Elysium Fire is a smoldering tale of murderers, secret cultists, tampered memories, and unthinkable power, of bottomless corruption and overpowering idealism from the king of modern space opera."
Prefect Tom Dreyfus has a new emergency on his hands. Across the habitats and their hundred million citizens, people are dying suddenly and randomly, victims of a bizarre and unprecedented malfunction of their neural implants. And these "melters" leave no clues behind as to the cause of their deaths... As panic rises in the populace, a charismatic figure is sowing insurrection, convincing a small but growing number of habitats to break away from the Glitter Band and form their own independent colonies.
Rachel Hartman's TESS OF THE ROAD
"Surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Not to be ignored. Absolutely essential."--Booklist, starred review
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is. . . different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she's done is so disgraceful, she can't even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess's family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.
But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She's not running away, she's running towards something. What that something is, she doesn't know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else--a life where she might belong.
Sounds pretty fantastic, right?
Noelle Stevenson's NIMONA
Have a younger Potterhead in your life? Stevenson's well-received collection of tales about the Prince of Demons is a great start to widening any young fan's fantasy experience. It's a "must read" graphic novel with laughs at every turn.
"The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”
Kristen Ciccarelli's THE LAST NAMSARA
Our final entry isn't as brand spanking new as the others on the list, but is definitely one more that Harry Potter fans will love:
Kristen Ciccarelli’s debut fantasy explores an intricately woven world of deception, inner darkness, and dragons that fantasy fans won’t be able to resist.
In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.