I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Once upon a time two best friends created a character together and told her adventures in comic book form. When one of the pair dies in a tragic accident, so ends the storytelling — until years later May, the surviving member of the duo, begins to see their beloved protagonist Princess X everywhere, and discovers a webcomic continuing her stories. Who is its author? — and thus, the mystery begins.
Cold Iron by Stina Leicht
Flintlock fantasy with pirates, swords, cannons, and just a little magic? A really nerdy royal protagonist that finds himself exiled to the military? A setting (18th century) set sometime in between the medieval and Victorian eras, which the genre seems to have forgotten, well — happened? While I have what could be described euphemistically as limited patience for epic fantasy, Leicht’s first foray into it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
Boy cooties in my beloved Fairyland…? Seriously though, if you haven’t been reading Catherynne Valente’s award-winning Fairyland series, you need to get on that. In this fourth novel, Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland and left as a changeling with a human family in Chicago. When he comes of age (in Fairyland-speak, 12) he goes back home only to find that it is, as per its wont, in disarray — this time with an endless summer and a brewing changeling revolution.
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
The clans of the magical underworld vie for control of shell-shocked Paris, which has only begun to recover from the aftereffects of being the stage for a war in heaven. This appears to be a genre-bender of epic and urban fantasy, in which an alchemist, a god, and a magic-wielder fight for the survival of one doomed House.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Dragon in this tale is not a literal dragon, but rather a powerful wizard that protects the village where protagonist Agnieszka lives. His price for this protection is a decade’s worth of servitude from a villager girl of his selection — will that be Agnieszka or her beautiful best friend Kasia? A new fairy tale with female protagonists and classic tropes like a dangerous and mysterious Wood, this book has my name all over it.