Want to know what fantasy book releases should be on your radar this summer and fall? This is a list of fantasy titles I am personally most excited about for the second half of 2018 (check out the first half of the year here if you missed it). This list is mostly young adult (YA) fantasy titles as I have to be in the know about them as the owner of Unicorn Crate, but the genre is also what I just personally love to read and write! There are a few adult fantasy titles in here, as I also enjoy those in my spare time. All links are to the goodreads page for each book.

The second half of 2018 is full of great forthcoming titles! July and September are decent release months and though some of the other months are sparse, October makes up for it with a whopping 13 exciting new releases! So far I’ve read about ten of the books listed here so far… I’ll update my reviews etc on Goodreads as the year goes on and typically post about what I’m reading on Instagram too if you want to follow along. What books are you most looking forward to in the second half of 2018?


The Empire of Ashes (Draconis Memoria, #3) by Anthony Ryan – July 3 (fantasy)
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – July 10 (fantasy)
The Traitor’s Ruin (The Traitor’s Circle, #2) by Erin Beaty – July 10 (YA fantasy)
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – July 18 (YA fantasy)
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart – July 31 (YA fantasy)
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton – July 31 (YA fantasy)
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – July 31 (YA fantasy)



Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson – Aug 7 (YA fantasy)
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker – Aug 28 (YA fantasy)
Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Aug 28 (YA fantasy)
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft – Aug 28 (YA fantasy)



Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell – September 4 (YA fantasy)
Rule by Ellen Goodlett – September 11 (YA fantasy) – September 11 (YA fantasy)
As She Ascends (Fallen Isles, #2) by Jodi Meadows
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis – September 25 (YA fantasy)
Black Wings Beating by Alex London – September 25 (YA fantasy)
The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli – September 25 (YA fantasy)
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi heilig – September 25 (YA fantasy)
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner – September 25 (fantasy)
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – September 25 (YA fantasy)



Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor – October 2 (YA fantasy)
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke – October 2 (YA fantasy)
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – October 2 (YA fantasy)
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – October 2 (YA fantasy)
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd – October 2 (YA fantasy)
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa – October 2 (YA fantasy)
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox – October 2 (fantasy)
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – October 9 (YA fantasy)
In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey – October 9 (fantasy)
The Book of Magic edited by Gardner Dozois – October 16 (fantasy)
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – October 23 (YA fantasy)
The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – October 30 (YA fantasy)
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7) by Sarah J. Maas – October 23 (YA fantasy)


The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson – November 6 (YA fantasy)
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – November 6 (YA fantasy)
Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix (Rise of the Empress, #2) by Julie C. Dao – November 6 (YA fantasy)
Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean – November 6 (YA fantasy)
Splendor and Spark by Mary Taranta – November 13 (YA fantasy)


Once a King by Erin Summerill — edit *I didn’t realize this was the 3rd book in a series of which I haven’t read the first two.
Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst – December 4 (YA fantasy)
All the Wandering Light (Even the Darkest Stars, #2) by Heather Fawcett – December 4 (YA fantasy)

Happy reading! Which ones are you most excited for? – Naomi

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