13 Exciting New Winter 2024 Fantasy & Science Fiction Books

We have another exciting batch of new science fiction and fantasy books coming in winter 2024! From books by popular fantasy authors like Robert Jackson Bennett and Sarah J. Maas (a new Crescent City book!) to incredible debut fantasy authors, these new winter 2024 fantasy and science fiction books are at the top of my TBR list.

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New Sci Fi & Fantasy Books of Winter 2024

In this list, I’m sharing my most highly-anticipated new science fiction novels and fantasy books, including a wide variety of fantasy sub-genres like Greek mythology, historical fantasy, romantasy, and more.

If you love speculative fiction like I do, be sure to check these out. 🙂 Without further ado, let’s get to the list! (Check out my full list of exciting new 2024 fantasy books here!).

For general fiction and literary fiction fans, check out my list of exciting new winter 2024 fiction books! And historical fiction fans will love these highly-anticipated 2024 historical fiction books.

The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan

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Genre: Historical Fantasy/Gothic

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Imagine a combination of Rebecca and The House of the Spirits, but set in a crumbling mansion on the coast of South Africa.

A woman named Sana and her father move into the mansion, looking for a new start after a tragedy.

But Sana can’t help but investigate the house’s multitude of strange curiosities – including the locked door in the East Wing, where a djinn waits in the shadows.

Publication date: January 9th, 2024

The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler

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Genre: Science Fiction/Novella

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In Moscow, someone figures out how to resurrect woolly mammoths using their DNA. The consciousness of a now-deceased expert researcher on elephant behavior is uploaded into one of the mammoth’s brains.

Can she help the mammoths survive, despite the odds? And, will she figure out why they were brought back in the first place?

If you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy this novella!

Publication date: January 16th, 2024

Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett (Emily Wilde #2)

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Genre: Historical Fantasy/Romance

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This is the highly-anticipated sequel to the popular cozy fantasy book, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries!

Emily Wilde is a curmudgeonly professor studying the world of faeries.

After writing a comprehensive guide to faerie-kind, she’s now taken on the task of creating a map of the faerie realm – which proves to be more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Publication date: January 16th, 2024

Voyage of the Damned by Frances White

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Genre: Fantasy/Mystery

I’m obsessed with genre-bending books, so whenever I come across a fantasy-mystery combination, it immediately gets added to my TBR list!

This locked-room murder mystery story is set on an enchanted ship in an empire called Concordia.

Twelve magical heirs to each of the empire’s provinces travel aboard the ship toward a sacred mountain. But soon, a body is found. It turns out a killer is on the loose, and everyone’s a suspect.

Publication date: January 18th, 2024

House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas (Crescent City #3)

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Genre: Fantasy/Romance

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To avoid spoilers, I won’t add a synopsis here. But, fans of Sarah J. Maas and her urban romantasy series Crescent City are sure to devour this third installment!

Publication date: January 30th, 2024

The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Genre: Fantasy/Mystery

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A brilliant, quirky investigator and her assistant – who’s been magically-altered to have a perfect memory – are called to an opulent mansion to investigate the murder of a powerful officer.

But in a world where magic exists, finding a murderer – and keeping your own secrets – is even more difficult and dangerous.

Publication date: February 6th, 2024

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

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Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Paranormal

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Fans of paranormal romance and/or popular contemporary romance author Ali Hazelwood will be excited to hear about this new vampire-werewolf romantic fantasy!

Publication date: February 6th, 2024

The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden

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Genre: Historical Fantasy

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From the author of The Bear and the Nightingale comes a new historical fantasy about a combat nurse during World War I.

When Laura Iven returns home after serving as a combat nurse, she’s devastated to hear her brother Freddie was killed in the war.

But something isn’t adding up, so she returns to Belgium as a volunteer nurse to follow the strange, eerie rumors she’s heard.

Publication date: February 13th, 2024

Medea by Eilish Quin

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Genre: Fantasy/Greek Mythology Retellings

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This fresh take on the mythological story of the sorceress Medea is perfect for fans of Circe!

We follow her reimagined story as she travels with Jason (her destined husband-to-be) and the Argonauts, and hones her witchcraft. But no matter what she does, she can’t seem to shake the terrible prophecies that hang over her.

Publication date: February 13th, 2024

The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo

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Genre: Historical Fantasy

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Set in China in 1908, The Fox Wife explores the folk mythology of fox spirits who are believed to transform themselves into beautiful humans in order to lead people to their deaths.

When a woman’s body is found in the snow – her death swirling with rumors about the fox gods – a detective is called to investigate.

Meanwhile, a cursed family believes they are about to lose their eldest son, until a mysterious woman arrives. It seems her arrival may have turned their luck around – but can she be trusted?

Publication date: February 13th, 2024

The Book of Doors by Gareth Brown

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Genre: Urban Fantasy/Magical Realism

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In New York City, a bookseller named Cassie receives a magical book – the Book of Doors – that can transport her wherever she wants.

She and her best friend are thrilled by the discovery. But soon, they come to find that there are other magical books in the world, and dangerous people are now hunting for hers.

Publication date: February 13th, 2024

The Other Valley by Scott Alexander Howard

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Genre: Science Fiction/Magical Realism/Literary Fiction

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This literary speculative novel centers around a valley with a repeating sequence of towns – each one twenty years apart in time.

A teenage girl lives in one of the towns, working toward a position as a border guard. But one day, she sees something she isn’t supposed to. She’s sworn to uphold the law, but she can’t help but grow closer to the very person that might endanger her future.

Publication date: February 27th, 2024

A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle L. Jensen

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Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Mythology

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The bestselling author of The Bridge Kingdom is back with a new fantasy series inspired by Norse mythology.

A woman named Freya – blessed by the gods as a shield maiden – is destined to unite a nation. But a powerful king-to-be forces her to bind herself to him and hone her magic in order to defeat his kingdom’s enemies.

As she faces down tests from the gods themselves – along with her own personal struggles – her destiny and the fate of the kingdom hangs in the balance.

Publication date: February 27th, 2024

Which new science fiction or fantasy book release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!

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