Top 5 New Fantasy Books Coming Out in Mid 2020

Fantasy book lovers are always on the look out for new and exciting stories. Given that, what fantasy novels is 2020 bringing us?

If you’re interested in those releasing in early 2020, here’s a list for you. But if you’re setting your sights on later releases, look no further.

Here are five highly anticipated new fantasy books coming out in mid 2020:

Readers who received copies in advance have provided ratings to help us get a sense of what they thought about the books. However, since these fantasy novels haven’t been released yet, not all have reviews.

I’ve included the ratings as well as when each fantasy book is releasing. For a quick view, here’s a chart comparing them as well.

Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard


Once upon a time, there was something called the sun… 

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.

Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents.

Siria’s need to please them is greater even than her fear of the dark. So she heads to the royal city – the very center of the darkness – for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court.

But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of the sun with a ragtag group of rebels who could help her bring back the Light…or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

What Do Pre-Release Reviewers Say?

Goodreads Rating: 5.00

Most Common Rating: 5

Release Date: August 18th, 2020

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning


A princess.

A stable boy.

A quest.

When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown — and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

What Do Pre-Release Reviewers Say?

Goodreads Rating: 3.86

Most Common Rating: 5

Release Date: July 7th, 2020

The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell


When a country is held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king, it’s up to one woman to take him down.

Long ago, Queen Mirantha vanished. King Karolje claimed it was an assassination by a neighboring king, but everyone knew it was a lie. He had Disappeared her himself.

But after finding the missing queen’s diary, Anza — impassioned by her father’s unjust execution and inspired by Mirantha’s words — joins the resistance group to overthrow the king.

When an encounter with Prince Esvar thrusts her into a dangerous game of court politics, one misstep could lead to a fate worse than death.

Esvar is the second son to an evil king. Trapped under his thumb and desperate for a way out, a chance meeting with Anza gives him the opportunity to join the resistance.

Together, they might have the leverage to move against the king — but if they fail, their deaths could mean a total loss of freedom for generations to follow.

Set in a world where resistance is as dangerous as it is important, The Vanished Queen is a tale of the courage and sacrifice it requires to take on a tyrant. 

What Do Pre-Release Reviewers Say?

Goodreads Rating: 3.83

Most Common Rating: 5

Release Date: August 18th, 2020

Shielded by KayLynn Flanders


The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced.

Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s – her brother’s – magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong – the new threat is worse than anyone imagined.

Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late – for her and for her entire kingdom.

What Do Pre-Release Reviewers Say?

Goodreads Rating: 5.00

Most Common Rating: 5

Release Date: July 21st, 2020

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess


Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne.

It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial.

But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

The Liar: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

The Soldier: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

The Servant: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

The Thief: Ajax knows that nothing is free – he must take what he wants.

The Murderer: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne. 

What Do Pre-Release Reviewers Say?

Goodreads Rating: 4.47

Most Common Rating: 5

Release Date: May 12th, 2020

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N.S. Mirage

I'm Natalie, an avid fantasy reader here to help readers find exciting, otherworldly books.

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