47 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Start 2022 Off Right

The only New Year's resolution worth making is to read more books, because it's the most fun to stick with.

The Holy Terror was written by Cherie Priest.

The author has a collection of stories about dragons, zombies, and vanishing boats. January 1 is the first day of the new year.

Murder at Teal's Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery that inspired Twin Peaks was written by David Bushman and Mark T. Givens.

This isn't a sci-fi or fantasy book, but it is a true-crime history tale about a 1908 murder that remains unsolved, and whose puzzling details later inspired the story of Laura Palmer on Twin Peaks. January 1 is the first day of the new year.

Morgan Rhodes wrote the book "Echoes and Empires".

A new fantasy duology begins when a young woman is accidentally bitten by a warlock's spell and has to get rid of it quickly and discreetly because magic is illegal. January 4 is the day.

The key is written by Akshaya Raman.

Four royal siblings must put aside their differences and find a new magic source to save their country from a devastating war in the first book in an Indian-inspired fantasy duology. January 4 is the day.

David Valdes wrote Spin Me Right Round.

A gay teen is trying to rewrite history and save a closeted student in a tale called " Back to the Future with a twist." January 4 is the day.

The Fallen Star is a novel by Star Wars The High Republic: The High Republic.

The Jedi are trying to protect the Outer Rim's Starlight Beacon from the Nihil. You can read an excerpt here. January 4 is the day.

James Rollins wrote The Starless Crown.

When a student gets a death sentence in return for having a vision of the apocalypse, she goes on the run and falls in with a ragtag crew that includes a battered soldier, a misfit prince, and a thief in possession of a remarkable artifact. Here is an excerpt. January 4 is the day.

Benjamin Percy wrote The Unfamiliar Garden.

Jack and his wife, a homicide detective, are drawn back together when he discovers a new fungus that ties into a series of murders that she is investigating. January 4 is the day.

The song Waking Romeo is written by Kathryn Barker.

In a world where time- travel is only possible if you want to go forward, and where Romeo is in a coma, a new version of Juliet is being written. January 4 is the day.

Seanan McGuire wrote Where the Drowned Girls Go.

The Wayward Children series continues as the kids enroll at an anti-magic school and stage a rebellion against their teachers. January 4 is the day.

Fall of the Argosi was written by Sebastien de Castell.

If you hear the verse, you will turn into a human-slaughtering monster. On January 10

The amber crown was written by Jacey.

The king is dead, but his ghost still gives orders. The assassin who was hired to kill the king, a failed bodyguard, and a witch are charged with figuring out who paid who, and making sure the wrong royal doesn't end up on the throne. On January 11

Scotto Moore wrote Battle of the Linguists.

The tale follows a virtual reality game champion who must take a stand against the spellcasting anarchists who are trying to take over California. On January 11

The Bone Spindle was written by Vedder.

The story is about a treasure hunter and a warrior who team up to break a curse that is holding a slumbering prince back.

Meg Long wrote Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves.

In this fantasy, a girl and her wolf pal have to dodge ice goblins, huge bears, and the evil ruler who is chasing them across a frozen planet. On January 11

Sue Lynn Tan is the daughter of the moon goddess.

A young woman goes on a quest to learn magic in order to rescue her mother from exile, inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess. On January 11

Ron Walters did a deep dive.

When a struggling video game designer is transported into an alternate reality by an experimental virtual reality headset, he must figure out how to get back to his family in the real world. On January 11

Kevin J. Anderson wrote Gods and Dragons.

The situation becomes even more complicated when a deadly ancient race begins to emerge again, as tensions rise between the Three Kingdoms and Ishara. On January 11

Danielle Page and Kass Morgan wrote The Monarchs.

The Ravens witches duology ends with sisters at a sorority discovering a dangerous new form of magic, then having to stop a rival from unleashing hell. On January 11

The nightrender was written by Jodi Meadows.

While kingdoms fight a war, a demon invades. The war could be ended with a marriage between a prince and princess from each side, but the other conflict requires the help of an immortality warrior. On January 11

K.J.Parker wrote a practical guide to conquering the world.

This is the final entry in the trilogy about a scheming ne'er-do-well and sixteen ways to defend a walled city. On January 11

Charles Stross wrote Quantum of Nightmares.

In this Laundry Files entry, a group of supernaturally charged stories are interwoven in a Britain run by a Prime Minister who happens to be an eldritch god. On January 11

The Shattered Skies was written by John Birmingham.

A small group of heroes have been able to repel a powerful enemy that was going to eliminate any human with genetic or neural engineering. The hard part is rebuilding Earth's civilization while remaining on high alert for both new and familiar invaders. On January 11

Mercedes Lackey wrote The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley.

Annie Oakley is a magician who fights creatures of the night and is also a sharpshooter in this version of the series. On January 11

Nnedi Okorafor wrote Akata Woman.

The Nigerian folklore-inspired series continues as Sunny Nwazue goes on a life-changing quest to recover an object that could prevent the end of the world. January 18

Dana Schwartz wrote a love story.

When an aspiring surgeon gets kicked out of school, she turns to a grave robber to get the corpses that will help her continue her studies. In Edinburgh, people are vanishing, strangers are on the prowl, and the plague is making a comeback. January 18

The Beholden is a work by the author.

When sisters are in danger of losing their land, they ask the river goddess for help. They must embark on a dangerous and disruptive mission to pay their debt because of the favor they are granted. Here is an excerpt. January 18

Bound by Firelight by Dana Swift.

When the royal heir is accused of unleashing devastation upon her kingdom, she is sent to a magical fortress where a jailbreak seems impossible, but that is just what her beloved is going to attempt to do. January 18

James Breakwell wrote The Chosen Twelve.

This sci-fi story pits 22 humans against each other to determine which 12 will get to leave their ship and colonizing the planet they have arrived at. There are both monsters and killer robots. January 18

R.S. Ford wrote Engines of Empire.

Three siblings are sent to the far edges of their realm to oversee their nation's valuable industries as the new series begins. They find a growing rebellion, dark magic, and a dangerous deception that lands one of them in big trouble. January 18

Laura Silverman is the editor of Game On.

There are 15 stories in this anthology about gaming, from athletic contests to video games and virtual reality. January 18

How High We Go in the Dark is written by Sequoia Nagamatsu.

Archaeologists working in the melting permafrost accidentally unearthed a long-dormant plague. A scientist who teaches a pig to talk and a grandmother and granddaughter who search for a new home planet are just some of the people who have their lives changed in the aftermath. January 18

V. Castro wrote Mestiza Blood.

The stories in this collection are centered around the Chicana experience. January 18

Kate Elliott wrote a book about a servant.

A fire mage is freed from indentured servitude and helps a group of rebels, but ends up getting entangled in a conspiracy royal along the way. January 18

Such a pretty smile by DeMeester.

In this horror novel, a mother and daughter must overcome darkness in their pasts to take down a killer known as the Cur, who targets young women that refuse to conform. January 18

Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morrigan, and Troy L. Wiggins edited Trouble the Waters: Tales From the Deep Blue.

An international group of authors, including Nalo Hopkinson, Jaquira Diaz, and Linda D. Addison, contribute to this anthology of speculative fiction tales of ancient waters. January 18

Kelly Braffet wrote The Broken Tower.

Judah the Foundling is free from her castle prison but must now find her way alone through a strange forest in the sequel to The Unwilling. January 25

Tochi Onyebuchi wrote "Goliath".

The author's debut novel is set in the future when the rich leave Earth to populate space and the people left behind struggle to survive on a dying planet. January 25

Hold My Place is a song by the Windwalkers.

A woman falls for a married man, but when his wife dies suddenly, it's a distressing pattern in his life. Things get worse when the ghosts of his past start to haunt her. January 25

Mara Fitzgerald wrote Into the Midnight Void.

Emanuela is enjoying her position of power until her magic begins to fall and she has to make alliances with her enemies. January 25

Mike Chen wrote Light Years From Home.

A pair of sisters remain estranged due to their different perspectives on what really happened after their father and brother vanished. When their brother reappears, they will need to get back in touch with him quickly to avoid the FBI and hostile forces. January 25

M.A. Kuzniar wrote Midnight in Everwood.

In this version of The Nutcracker, an aspiring ballerina in 1906Nottingham meets her new neighbor, an enigmatic toymaker, and he brings magic and mystery into her life. January 25

Sarah was the author of Obsidian.

A witch in a land of wizards who protects her friends with her swords needs to improve her weaponry with a magic spell that could either save her or destroy her. January 25

Dean Koontz wrote Quicksilver.

An orphan with no knowledge of his birth family is forced to go on the run after the government learns of his powers, and he is pursued by sinister agents. January 25

Christopher Golden wrote Road of Bones.

In the frozen reaches of Siberia, a documentary filmmaker drives an infamous rural highway collecting local ghost stories and legends, until he reaches the lowest place on Earth and finds some strange beasts waiting for him. January 25

Stan Lee and Jay Bonansinga wrote The Armageddon Code.

The work of the late comic book legend inspired this film about a special ops unit that helps their bad guy-nabbing skills with a little help from the Devil. January 25

Ibi Zoboi wrote Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler.

The author of Parable of the Sower, Kindred gets a biography that focuses on her younger years. Here is an excerpt. January 25

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