17 Summer Must-Reads For Fantasy Lovers

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (Balzer + Bray; June 2) Based on West African folklore, this first book in a YA fantasy series begins with a refugee, Malik, and his sisters escaping into the city Ziran. When a demon steals Malik’s younger sister Nadia, Malik strikes a bargain with him to win her back — in order to save his sister, Malik must murder Princess Karina. Meanwhile, Karina longs to escape the city’s walls. After witnessing her mother’s murder, Karina takes her place as Sultana of Ziran — though she and the council decide to keep this a secret until after the famous Solstasia Festival. Without her mother, it’s up to Karina to host the festival and the corresponding competition. Still struggling with grief, in a moment of thoughtlessness Karina declares that the winner of the competition will win her hand in marriage. Malik, the refugee who must kill her in order to save his sister, is among the competitors. Full of near-death experiences, political machinations, revenge, and magic, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is a thrilling, fast-paced read. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (Tor.com; June 23)… Read full this story

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