Tag: March 2020

5 Fantasy Books Coming Out in March

What can I say? I love fantasy, and I love sharing new book releases. So is it really a surprise that I’m making this list? If I can find a way to share my love of the genre with other people, then I won’t hesitate to do exactly that.

Here are five fantasy books coming out this month.

 

1. House of Earth and blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas has written books like Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses which I openly adore, so it goes without saying that I am extremely excited for her newest book House of Earth and Blood, which is currently being marketed as the first book in her Crescent City series. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following excerpt: “Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

Release: Out now

 

 

2. Tevinter nights by Patrick Weekes

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So, this is a bit different from some of the books that make the monthly fantasy book list here. Tevinter Nights, edited by Patrick Weekes, takes place in the famous video game universe of Dragon Age. The lore of the universe is in depth and nuanced, and there are so many stories and points of view to follow within the world of Thedas. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description: “Ancient horrors. Marauding invaders. Powerful mages. And a world that refuses to stay fixed. Welcome to Thedas. From the stoic Grey Wardens to the otherworldly Mortalitasi necromancers, from the proud Dalish elves to the underhanded Antivan Crow assassins, Dragon Age is filled with monsters, magic, and memorable characters making their way through dangerous world whose only constant is change.” This book is actually a collection of short stories, so there is definitely a great deal to explore here.

Release: March 10th

 

 

3. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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This book has definitely been hyped up in the past few months. Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Gold is the first book in a new series. The book’s Goodreads page reads as follows “Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague. James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.”

Release: Out now

 

 

4. The kingdom of back by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu’The Kingdom of Back promises a tantalizing read with its Goodread’s summary: “Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.”

Release: Out now

 

 

5. The empress of salt and fortune Nghi Vo

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Nghi Vo’s book The Empress of Salt and Fortune has a shorter description than the previously addressed books, but I find that this has me intrigued. The book’s Goodreads page states: “A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.” This book will be released at the end of March, so we’ll definitely have something to look forward to! 

Release: March 24th

 

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9 New Books to Read in March

Looking for something new to read this month? Look no further than these nine new novels set for release throughout the coming weeks!

1. The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz 

Inspired by Grace Kelly’s iconic wedding dress, this novel tells the story of how this special dress plays a role in the lives of different women. From an orphan who created the dress itself in 1958, all the way to a powerful CEO in 2020 who plans to wear the garment for her upcoming wedding, this dress has touched the lives of many different women over the years. The Grace Kelly Dress is set to be released on March 3.

 

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2. Separation anxiety by laura zigman

After finding her son’s old baby sling in the basement one day, Judy decides to put her dog into it. Amid a stale career, sick best friend, and a loveless marriage, Judy finds comfort in wearing her dog across her chest. Separation Anxiety is Laura Zigman’s anticipated return to fiction and this hilarious, moving novel is well worth the wait. Separation Anxiety is out March 3. 

 

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3. Anna K: A Love Story by jenny lee

A modern re-telling of the classic Anna Karenina, Anna K follows the story of seventeen-year old New York socialite, Anna. However, after she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky, her whole life is changed. Anna K: A Love Story is out March 3.

 

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4. Woman on the edge by samantha bailey

Already a bestseller in Canada, Samantha Bailey’s thrilling debut novel tells the story of a subway suicide, an abandoned baby, and the consequential murder investigation that ensues. The story follows Morgan Kincaid as she tries to understand this freak incident and the investigation of her as a suspect for murder. Woman on the Edge is out in the U.S. on March 3.

 

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5. A phoenix first must burn edited by Patrice caldwell

Dubbed the Lemonade for a teen audience, A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope is a collection of stories centered around black women and gender nonconforming individuals. This collection of stories features many different genres, including fantasy, science fiction, and folklore and features popular authors Elizabeth Acevedo and Ibi Zoboi. This YA collection is for everyone, not just teens! It releases on March 10. 

 

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6. Untamed by glennon doyle 

From Glennon Doyle, Untamed is a story about how to be your best, untamed self. It candidly follows Doyle as she falls in love with a woman while on tour for her bestselling memoir, which is centered around repairing her marriage. Through her personal stories, Doyle teaches us how we can go back to the person we once were. Set for release March 10.

 

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7. the mountains sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s debut novel, The Mountains Sing, follows the Trần family through four generations. Throughout the story, readers see the toll history takes on the family as they do what is needed in order to survive. This novel is out March 17.

 

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8. wow, no thank you: Essays by samantha irby

Fans of Samantha Irby’s memoirs, essays, or blog will love her newest essay collection titled, Wow, No Thank You. This essay collection is a hilarious, no-holding-back, look at life that will have you laughing out loud and shaking your head in agreement. Pick up this book when life has you saying, “Wow, no thank you!” Set for release on March 31.

 

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9. it’s not all downhill from here by terry mcmillian

From New York Times best selling author Terry McMillian, It’s Not All Downhill from Here tells the story of sixty-eight year old Loretha Curry. Loretha has a great life with a successful store, loving husband, and wonderful group of friends. But when an unexpected tragedy rocks her world, she has to determine if life really is downhill from there. This novel is out March 31.

 

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Hilary Mantel’s ‘The Mirror and the Light’ Finally Has a Release Date!

Good news for fans of Hilary Mantel! Her final historical novel, centered around protagonist Thomas Cromwell, completing the trilogy of works around the life of the famous English statesman, according to The Guardian. The first two novels were titled Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodiesthe first novel charting Cromwell’s rise to greatness, while the second began to show the situation that would lead to Cromwell’s real life execution. The final novel, entitled The Mirror and the Light, will cover the final four years of Cromwell’s life, leading to his death by beheading in 1540.

 

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It’s been eight years since the last segment of the Cromwell story, so it should come as no small release to fans to see that publisher HarperCollins has officially announced that The Mirror and the Light will debut in early 2020, March to be exact. For her part, Hilary Mantel said she had a ‘long journey’ with her protagonist and hopes that readers will see his life through to the end as she has. The publisher has noted the final novel is every bit as engaging as the first two, being immersive and casting a new light on politics through the novel’s themes. The novel plays out like a relationship between predator and prey, as Thomas finds himself losing allies, surrounded on all sides, as the clock ticks closer to the inevitable as the year of his death looms on the horizon.

Mantel answered a few questions from fans, including whether she had trouble killing off her longtime protagonist. In response, she said:

 

“People ask me if I’m having trouble killing off Thomas Cromwell. No, why would I? It is 10 years’ worth of effort and it is lovely to have the encouragement of people who are waiting for it, but that’s why I want to deliver them something that is the very best.”

Well, it certainly feels like the author is committed to ending the series on the best possible foot and sticking to her guns! This is sure to be a huge release when it comes next year. Are you excited? Tell us!

 

 

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