If you would like to be kept up to date with the upcoming lists, please subscribe to my newsletter by clicking this link. I don’t send out letters too often, pretty much once a month when this list goes out… and occasionally if I release a book or something.
As always, this is not a comprehensive list, but only includes all the books I have heard about so far.
If you have a fantasy novel you are self publishing in December or beyond, let me know by filling out THIS FORM, and I shall add it to the page. There are but 3 requirements:
1) It must be a self published fantasy novel.
2) It must have a Goodreads page.
3) It must have a cover.
1st December – At the Feet of the Sun (Lays of the Hearth-Fire #2) by Victoria Goddard
Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Cozy Fantasy
Cliopher Mdang has been appointed Viceroy of Zunidh by his beloved Radiancy, the Last Emperor, who has now left him behind in the Palace to safeguard the world during his absence on a quest to find an appropriately magical heir. When he returns, he will abdicate, and Cliopher will at last retire, satisfied with having achieved most of his life’s political goals–even if his long-suppressed personal dreams are starting to bubble up.
(Surely he used to have hobbies besides running the government?)
All he has to do is wait patiently for his lord’s return… until adventure quite literally hits him from behind, and what was once safely hypothetical becomes intensely real.
Cliopher has always followed the stars of his chosen course: the epic oral histories of his people, the poetry of the rebel poet Fitzroy Angursell, decades of devotion and service to his Radiancy… They were enough to change the world. But are they enough to guide Cliopher home?
1st December – A Nymph Returns to the Sea (Alexander Southerland, P.I. #5) by Douglas Lumsden
Murder in the Eye of the Storm!
Coming off a heartbreaking whirlwind relationship, a despondent Alexander Southerland returns to the streets of Yerba City when he hears that an old acquaintance is a person of interest in the murder of an unregistered adaro nymph. Southerland’s uncontrollable curiosity finds him mingling with street gangs, secretive priestesses, rogue cops who aren’t what they seem, an adaro resistance movement, ghosts of the mind and body, and powerful spirits from the islands of the southern seas. Can our intrepid P.I. solve the secret of the Eye of Taufa’tahi before a record-shattering storm pulls Yerba City into the sea?
1st December – Howl (The Howling Earth #1) by E Rathke
NAMELESS AND KINLESS. CURSED BY STRANGE MAGIC.
After being banished by the only people they have ever known, a man and woman wander the forest of towering mushrooms, where they meet Lady Agova, a giantess who has a job for them: help her hunt a vampire.
Set in a desolate postapocalyptic world where science and magic blend and reality itself twists and bends, where some attempt to grow a new world while others delve through the detritus of a shattered civilization, Howl is a wild monster hunting ride.
2nd December – A Dance of Fang and Claw (The Ranger Archives #3) by Philip C. Quaintrell
Rangers aren’t born, they’re forged
Never has this been more true for Asher, who must train a new ranger… or be the one to hunt him down. Surviving an encounter with a Werewolf has changed Russell Maybury’s life forever. If he is to salvage anything, he must craft a new life using his abilities to do good. Should he stray, he will answer to Asher.
Learning to fight monsters is all the more difficult when the monsters are the ones hunting you. In his possession, Russell holds an artefact of great significance, a relic central to a shadow war waged for centuries untold. On the one side, the Werewolves bring their claws. On the other, the Vorska, blood fiends who know only the night, bring their fangs.
In over his head, Asher must navigate a war of monsters and the machinations of ancient mages if he is to survive. And should he survive, there is still the Assassin that dwells within, a monster of his own making, that fights for supremacy.
One way or another, the ranger is going to bleed…
5th December – Strange Companions (Chronicles of the Dawnblade #2) by Andrew Claydon
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
Just because you’re chosen, doesn’t mean you want to be.
A month ago, Nicolas Percival Carnegie was chosen to deliver a message, but circumstances spiralled far beyond his control, and he ended up dodging danger, death, and vampires to try to save his kingdom.
Returning home, he had one comfort, beyond having done the right thing, which was that his adventuring days were one and done.
But then a strange creature attacks his village, and he has to set out into the world to try to find the source of this creature before more are unleashed.
Still haunted by the events of his previous journey, Nicolas must take to the road again with old companions and surprising new ones as he somehow finds the fate of another kingdom resting in his hands.
At least this time he has his own sword.
But will it make a difference when the forces of evil have a minotaur?
6th December – Goddess (The Weight Of It All #6) by J.J. Thorn
Epic Fantasy, YA, Progression/Cultivation, LitRPG
Dungeon diving around the continent, Terrence and his team will face their greatest challenge yet as the Goddess makes herself known. Earned strength and new Skills between them, will their collective power be enough to meet Her will?
Elsewhere, the war rages between kingdoms Prost and Tamber, with the King getting weaker by the day. Tom has seen enough death as he strikes his way through the enemy, eager for it all to end.
Will Stewart Teller have anything to say about the result of the war?
All of their decisions will impact the entire continent as they come to understand the weight of it all.
Learn how their story ends in ‘The Weight Of It All,’ Goddess.
10th December – Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow OMNIBUS
Epic Fantasy, Romance
Nea has spent the three years since the purge at Kalhanna on the run. Convinced that if she keeps running the dark fate that awaits her will spare those she loves—But fate has other ideas.
Corruption is a disease with no cure that ends with a rapid descent into madness and violence. And until now it only targeted mages. But an infected warden has shown up challenging everything Margot thought she knew. To understand this recent development, she needs someone who knows possession … She needs Nea and lucky for Margot, her warden friend Garret has been ordered to track the rogue necromancer down.
From the moment Garret finds Nea he is dragged into a deadly game of dark secrets and brutal machinations. A game that spans not only centuries, but the barrier between the known realms. After a revelation that will change the lives of mages and wardens forever, he must learn to trust not only himself but the enigmatic necromancer whose fate has become irrevocably tied to his own.
Can they find a cure before it’s too late, or will they be swept away by powers beyond any of their control?
12th December – Blood to Bind (Tales of Darkwood #5) by Stacey Upton Bracey
Horror, Historical Fantasy
Can far-flung allies band together in time to find the items they need to defeat a blood curse?
Or will Strom destroy them all?
It seems impossible. Rue has been locked in a convent, Gert is bound to her ship and bucking her destiny, Bella and Harold are being hunted in the Darkwood, while Bettina struggles to survive her sister in Marseille.
Somehow, some way they must come together, find the silver goblet and rings, the ancestor’s bones, an ancient blade, and most importantly, the blood that binds all together to form a potent cure.
13th December – The Bleeding Stone (The Spellbinders and Gunslingers #1) by Joseph John Lee
Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
The island nation of Ferranda is the jewel of the Acrarian Kingdom, and its Founder, Aritz a Mata, is revered as a god amongst men. But twenty-five years ago, Aritz was merely a man, a colonizer, an Invader seeking glory and fame in the name of his King and Queen, and Ferranda was a nameless union of indigenous Tribes, reverent of the heightened powers and aptitudes granted to them by their Animal Deities, but sundered by the foreigners claiming their lands to the south.
In the unconquered north, the Stone Tribe has for fifteen years offered a safe haven for the southern Tribes displaced by Aritz’s Invaders, whose occupying march north has been ostensibly halted by a dense forest barrier dividing north and south. Among the Stone people lives Sen, an outcast for the circumstances of her birth, preserved in society only by her status as daughter of her Tribe’s Chief. Forever relegated to the fringes of society, she is forced to watch as countless of her kin, including her sister and brother, complete their rites of passage into adulthood and accordingly earn their aptitudes by the Deity to whom they share an affinity – the Bear, the Wolf, or the Owl.
Despite this, Sen finds comfort in her life of forced solitude with her close inner circle, but hers is a comfort in days of waning tenuous peace. When Aritz’s technologically-advanced forces push north, Sen is thrust into a singular quest to rescue one of her precious few captured in the ensuing struggle. While her goal is earnest – save someone dear to her and prove her worth to her Tribe – her people’s goal is far more dire: survival in the face of uncertainty.
15th December – Panacea (The Ruined Gods #1) by Alex Robins
At the heart of every legend lies a truth.
Twisted and reshaped by the currents of time.
For twenty years, strategos Dexios has led the phalanx of Thena against its enemies, pulled from one battleground to another in a relentless cycle of war and bloodshed. Now, finally, he has found the courage to leave that life behind. To relinquish his officer’s sword and return to the verdant slopes of his vineyard with his wife and son.
Peace, however, is fragile and capricious. When Thena’s northern allies bring word of an enormous tauran horde gathering on their borders, Dexios has no choice but to answer the call to arms one last time.
As humans and tauros collide, another evil wakes. Whispered rumours of a clawed creature that stalks the shadowy streets. Of violent murders committed in the name of deities long thought vanquished. To speak their names is heresy.
They are the Exiled. The Banished.
The Ruined Gods.
15th December – The Slate Wizards (The Whisper Prince #3) by Todd Fahnestock
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery
An ancient god. Invading sorcerers. The stunning conclusion to The Whisper Prince saga…
Grei has put down Velak, the murderous brother of the Faia. But Velak’s war left behind a swath of destruction. All but one of the Faia are dead. The citizens of the empire are scattered. The love of Grei’s life, Adora, is lost to him.
With the field of magical blue roses at his command, Grei commits to mending all that was broken. He restores Fairmist Falls. He transforms the statues in The Garden back to flesh and blood. He fulfills his promise to the Dead Woods.
But with the Faia gone, their protection of the Thiaran Empire has also vanished. Unbeknownst to Grei, they held a powerful barrier that kept out an ancient enemy: The Slate Wizards.
These immortal sorcerers have schemed to conquer Thiara for three hundred years. At long last they have arrived her shores, sent by their vicious god.
And the only thing standing between them and total victory is the Whisper Prince….
15th December – Wrath from the Mountains (The Bane Sword Saga #2) by D.A. Smith
Grimdark, Sword & Sorcery
She will spill her own blood again to bathe the land in theirs
Masako has brought Basho to its knees. The Lord Council are shattered, but they won’t remain so for long; the capital, Orika, is occupied by a foreign force; the God of Greed has turned his attention to the realm of men, and the mountains have awakened, the Demons come.
With her strength dampened, her rage a fire burnt out, will Masako find allies in old enemies, and strength again in her curse? It must be done before the armies of the Lord Council, at the head of the Slow Bear of the Okami, crush her into oblivion.
15th December – A Whisper and a Breath (The Riehse Eshan Series #2) by Adelaide Blaike
Epic Fantasy, Romance
Mathias has bought his brother’s freedom with his own, but at what cost? Tensions are rising between the three countries of Riehse Eshan, and the true identity of Quareh’s hostage threatens half a century of tenuous peace.
And that’s not the only secret kept by the bloodied walls of la Cortina. Facing betrayal and subterfuge on all sides, Ren and Mat find themselves turning to each other as they’re forced to navigate Quareh’s increasingly dangerous politics. But even allied against a common enemy, they may not survive what comes next, not when it seems everyone has their own plans for the prince and his wayward northerner, including fate itself…
18th December – Winter Dragon (Season’s War #2) by Olena Nikitin
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Romance
“When a Chaos mage fights, only blood and scorched earth remain.”
Mage War Chronicles
Some victories are more costly than others, and Ina was the one that paid the price.
Determined to rescue her dragon, the newly appointed royal witch embarks on a gruelling journey through the wintery Grey Mountains. The weather is not her only obstacle, as the enemy forces gathered in the kobold mines have only one goal.
To capture the Chaos mage and deliver her to the heart of the mountain.
With the help of Sa’Ren, Ina arrives at Castle Liath almost unscathed, but her joy is short-lived, as its granite walls hide a shocking revelation.
With blossoming love shattered by a possessive dragon’s claim and an impossible mission to fulfil, will the mysterious Blessing of the Mountain help or hinder her efforts to protect Cornovii?
19th December – Dungeon Incursions #5 by Adam Bright
Lance and his team have barely survived their latest Dungeon Incursion. As full members of the nascent government organization running the incursions, they know now that things are going to just get more dangerous.
To combat that, they’ve got new skills to purchase and most of all – a new Class Quest to pursue. Perhaps these new Classes will provide the edge that they need.
20th December – Finding the Way (Wishmaster #2) by Astrid V. J.
Viola Alerion has been on the run from the intergalactic Haldrian Empire for most of her adult life. After parting ways with her one and only apprentice who’s faith inspired her own transformation, the storyteller finds herself plagued with more profound, life-altering questions than she’s ever been willing to consider. And most importantly, she is in a position to choose her path, seemingly for the first time in her life.
Determined to face her past and unlock the secrets her apprentice hinted at, Viola sets off into the jungle of Téarman unaware of dangers there, which will test her faith, her self-belief and threaten to cast her back into the pit of her worst despair. But more frightening even than a raging swarm of poisonous fireflies is the knowledge she must face the most terrifying and powerful being in the whole intergalactic empire—her mother.
20th December – Order of the Sphere (The Sphere Saga #4) by Jay S. Willis
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Gaslamp
With the brutal conflict finally over, their magical skills have been restored. But can they survive a full-scale battle for the future?
Arstal Axamar hopes for a new dawn of peace. With the war ended, the decorated veteran travels the land to survey the havoc caused by the ending of eons of magic suppression. But he’s horrified to discover that nature itself has been warped, releasing terrifying creatures of legend and allowing the return of a demented ancient enemy.
Motivated by the fear of losing everything they’ve worked for, Arstal tries to free a trapped ancestor who could be the key to victory. But with his allies bracing for a devastating invasion without the protection of the Sphere, his realm may be racing toward oblivion.
Can this brave soldier win the fight to save his people from extinction?
20th December – Glories Gone by Anthony Mitchell
Some stories are written in blood, others hang on the wall.
Velimir knows the truth of this better than most, for he has dedicated himself to the Great Hunt and the finest deeds of his life are mounted over the fireplace.
From the curled horns of a mountain goat, taken during his first trip into the wilds, to the scarred face of the Mother of Bears, earned during a brutal encounter with the savage Grey Crow, it’s all there on the wall.
Now, stranded alone at home in the midst of the worst winter in a generation, Velimir once again finds himself revisiting those past glories.
And he’ll learn from them the biggest lesson of all… that sometimes not even the past can prepare you for what’s coming.
25th December – Dark Mind (Fall of MAgic #2) by Val Neil
Urban Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
Magic is dying out, and the only people who can stop it are a psychopathic dark wizard and his mentor, an immortal autistic mage.
Nikolai and Medea must work together to discover why magic is declining. Their research takes them to America, where Medea struggles to navigate the Mundane world and to teach Nikolai telepathy–a school of magic she despises and fears he’ll use against her.
No longer set on killing his master, Nikolai is intent on finding a way into Medea’s figurative pants. He’s certain it’s the key to winning her heart and learning immortality, but she seems oblivious to his advances.
When they stumble on a cluster of Magi in the unlikeliest of places, they must decide whether to postpone their quest or let the group flounder.
26th December – Death’s Beating Heart (The War Eternal #5) by Rob j. Hayes
Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
The final book in The War Eternal series.
Sirileth has broken the world. The ground bleeds, the seas rage, the skies are torn asunder.
Eska will not let her daughter face the consequences alone, but can she help without donning the mantle of the Corpse Queen once more? And will the people of Ovaeris accept help from a monster?
They might not have a choice as a stable portal to the Other World is now open, and the Beating Heart of Sevorai is ever ravenous.
In this thrilling conclusion to The War Eternal, Eskara must face the consequences of her past. She will soon learn just how far she can bend before she breaks.
26th December – The Justicar’s Heir (Aeonica #2) by David Musk
Epic Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, YA, Cultivation/Progression
Nahlia and Thane are fugitives.
Enemies surround them from every side. Not just Aeons and Templars, but a mysterious sect of assassins who seek the artifact they stole from Whitecliff.
During this time, Nahlia’s powers grow faster than she’d ever imagined. But this growth brings new challenges, including a darker side of Ethermancy that could change everything
Meanwhile, Ciena Raider strikes out on her own. Driven by vengeance, she trains harder than ever before, vowing to become the strongest Aeon of this age.
27th December – The Last Ranger (Ranger of the Titan Wilds #1) by J.D.L. Rosell
Epic Fantasy, Grimdark, Sword & Sorcery
Betrayed. Hunted. Left for dead. But not even death itself can keep the last ranger from vengeance.
Leiyn “Firebrand” is no stranger to a fight. A brash ranger of the Titan Wilds, she takes up her bow to ward against the colossal spirit creatures known as titans, ever a threat to the colonies she has sworn to protect.
But no amount of skill can guard against treachery.
When tragedy strikes the rangers’ lodge, Leiyn vows to avenge the fallen. But if she is to succeed, she must embrace a power within her she has long denied.
Power to move mountains and rivers.
Power over life and death.
27th December – Rogue Assassin (Pantheon Online #2) by S.A. Klopfenstein
The trials are over. The real game is about to begin.
With grit, intelligence, and a stroke of luck, Gunnar passed his guild trials and has been granted the opportunity to be the champion of a goddess. He now has the opportunity to form a faction of his own, join a powerful guild, and make a name for himself in the city of Thailen. But he has also made some bitter enemies, including an old nemesis who is bent on destroying everything he has accomplished.
To survive this cutthroat world of thieves and assassins, Gunnar will have to be smarter and stronger and more ruthless. Learning some dark magic might not hurt either.
But always lingering with him is the mystery surrounding his arrival in the realms of Pantheon. Pursuing the answer could change everything. Or it could easily destroy him.