Want to add some urban fantasy novels to your to-read list? Here are ten books that are coming out in the second half of 2022, in order of releasing soonest to farthest off. Browse the descriptions, check out any previous books in the series, and preorder them now.
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Last Car to Annwn Station
by Michael Merriam
One week to save the child, bargain with Death and get the girl…
Child Protective Services Attorney Maeve Malveaux is sure that Chrysandra Arneson needs to be rescued from her rich, powerful and abusive family. But how? Her boss won’t listen to her and neither will the judge. But after she gets taken off the case and sent on involuntary leave to get her out of the way, she’s determined to find out what’s going on.
She’s not counting on joining forces with Jill, the gorgeous law librarian from work, and a mismatched collection of fairy folk. Or getting the ghostly assistance of the long-defunct Minneapolis streetcar system. And, perhaps, even a hand from Death himself. Mae and Jill are about to be caught up in a supernatural power struggle that will take them on an adventure from the Uptown neighborhood in Minneapolis into faery realms and beyond. All they need is a dime for the streetcar fare and a little help from their new allies to be on their way. But will it be enough to save a little girl and get them where they need to go? They’ve only got a week to find out..
Release date: July 7, 2022
Wicked Treasure (The Charm Collector Book 2)
by Melissa Erin Jackson
Secrets are more valuable than gold.
Harlow begins a new adventure unraveling the origins of the sword—a history populated by pirates, secret experiments, and lost treasure.
Elsewhere, Kayda begins an adventure of her own—one connected to what’s brewing under the surface in Luma … and that threatens the secrecy of the magical city.
Release date: August 10, 2022
Be the Serpent (October Daye Book 16)
by Seanan McGuire
October Daye is finally something she never expected to be: married. All the trials and turmoils and terrors of a hero’s life have done very little to prepare her for the expectation that she will actually share her life with someone else, the good parts and the bad ones alike, not just allow them to dabble around the edges in the things she wants to share. But with an official break from hero duties from the Queen in the Mists, and her family wholly on board with this new version of “normal,” she’s doing her best to adjust.
It isn’t always easy, but she’s a hero, right? She’s done harder.
Until an old friend and ally turns out to have been an enemy in disguise for this entire time, and October’s brief respite turns into a battle for her life, her community, and everything she has ever believed to be true.
The debts of the Broken Ride are coming due, and whether she incurred them or not, she’s going to be the one who has to pay.
Release date: August 30, 2022
Game of Crones (The Crone Wars Book 3)
by Lydia M. Hawke
She knows she’s powerful. But is she enough?
Claire Emerson has turned her back on destiny. After failing to master her unpredictable elemental magic, it’s clear to her she doesn’t belong—and her fellow Crones agree. But just as she leaves her magical life behind, she learns that one of the Crones has turned the others over to the mages and Morok, the dark god they serve. Knowing Morok can use the Crones’ magic to reclaim his own powers, she has no choice but to go after them—alone.
Tracking down and confronting the traitor is the easy part. Getting past the mages who hold the Crones captive is going to be a little more difficult… especially when Morok opens a portal to another world that threatens everything Claire holds dear.
Can Claire unleash her full powers in time to save her companions—and the world?
Release date: August 30, 2020
Holiday Heroine (Heroine Complex Book 6)
by Sarah Kuhn
Nobody loves Christmas like Bea Tanaka—so when her family visits her for a special holiday celebration, she’s beside herself with joy.
After years of chaos, questionable decisions, and flirtations with the supervillain path, Bea is finally thriving. She’s got a sweet, new gig hunting demons in Maui, she’s working hard to hone her powers, and her big sister Evie is proud of her at last. In fact, everyone is soproud of her that she can’t tell them the truth: she’s feeling lost and adrift. She and her boyfriend Sam Fujikawa are struggling to make their long-distance love work, and her powers are displaying some intriguing new elements—elements that could lead her down an evil, mind-controlling path once more.
When her family’s holiday visit is disrupted by otherworldly monsters rising out of the Maui ocean, Bea throws herself into the battle—until she’s suddenly and mysteriously transported to the perfect Christmas back in San Francisco, surrounded by her family and an excess of merrymaking.
As she finds herself trapped in the bizarre holiday rom-com of her nightmares, Bea must unravel a treacherous demon plot, save the world from unspeakable evil, and resist the siren song of a supervillain destiny. And hey, maybe she’ll find time for a little holiday cheer after all….
Release date: August 30
The Thrice Divided (Australian Supernatural: Goldfields Book 2)
by Nicole R. Taylor
Trapped ghosts, evil witches, and tormented vampires. With ultimate power at stake, can newly awoken witch Holly keep it together long enough to survive?
Holly Burke has a big problem. Dark spirits are prowling outside her house, witches want to steal her powers, and she keeps spontaneously shooting electric sparks out of her hands.
With danger lurking around every corner, her only allies are two vampires who have major problems of their own — one may or may not be cursed, and the other is in the middle of an existential crisis. She’s already lost so much, and with her own life on the line, she can’t bear to lose anyone else, but she may not have a choice.
Things are spiralling out of control, and unless Holly can control her magic, she won’t stand a chance against the sinister rulers of Dunloe’s coven, the Trine.
As dark powers close in, the unlikely trio must stand together…or remain forever divided.
The Thrice Divided is the second book in the Australian Supernatural: Goldfields series. In this small Australian town, dark spirits and supernatural conspiracies threaten to tear apart an unlikely trio of allies. Can they trust each other enough to weather the storm? Or will they let darkness divide them forever?
Release date: September 2, 2022
Hate Machine (Eric Carter Book 8)
by Stephen Blackmoore
The eighth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.
If there’s one thing Eric Carter can count on, it’s his past coming back to bite him in the ass.
Gabriela Cortez, La Bruja, has had her soul trapped… somewhere, and the only one who knows how to get it back is the Oracle of Las Vegas, a powerful artifact that Carter helped create almost thirty years before. It doesn’t just predict the future—it makes things happen, influencing events to reach the goal it wants.
Only somebody’s gone and stolen it, attempting to turn it into an artifact that doesn’t just change the future, but also the past.
Eric needs to find it and steal it back before this comes to pass. If he doesn’t, Gabriela’s soul is lost. And quite possibly the future as well.
Release date: September 27, 2022
Dead Man’s Hand (The Unorthodox Chronicles Book 1)
by James J. Butcher
In the tradition of his renowned father, James J. Butcher’s debut novel is a brilliant urban fantasy about a young man who must throw out the magical rule book to solve the murder of his former mentor.
On the streets of Boston, the world is divided into the ordinary Usuals, and the paranormal Unorthodox. And in the Department of Unorthodox Affairs, the Auditors are the magical elite, government-sanctioned witches with spells at their command and all the power and prestige that comes with it. Grimshaw Griswald Grimsby is…not one of those witches.
After flunking out of the Auditor training program and being dismissed as “not Department material,” Grimsby tried to resign himself to life as a mediocre witch. But he can’t help hoping he’ll somehow, someway, get another chance to prove his skill. That opportunity comes with a price when his former mentor, aka the most dangerous witch alive, is murdered down the street from where he works, and Grimsby is the Auditors’ number one suspect.
Proving his innocence will require more than a little legwork, and after forming a strange alliance with the retired legend known as the Huntsman and a mysterious being from Elsewhere, Grimsby is abruptly thrown into a life of adventure, whether he wants it or not. Now all he has to do is find the real killer, avoid the Auditors on his trail, and most importantly, stay alive.
Release date: October 11, 2022
The Revelation (Magic Cat Grimoire Book 1)
by Nadine Travers
Push the door of a magical store and discover that nothing is ever as it seems…
I always thought I was an ordinary witch – but I’m hiding an extraordinary talent. The funny thing is, I don’t even know it yet. But on the eve of my twenty-fifth birthday, a shocking discovery throws me head-first into a fight to save the witch community.
A terrible evil from my family’s past has risen from the grave… and to fight it, I’ll need to confront my long-buried memories. Oh, and I’ll be teaming up with a hunk of a werewolf called Nash along the way.
If I fail, the magical world will collapse. Can I find the strength to defeat the evil spirit and discover the secrets behind my past? Or will I fall to dark magic and lose my chance at finding the truth forever?
Release date: October 24, 2022
Grave Mistake (The Necromancer Morgue Mysteries Book 1)
by Laura Greenwood and Arizona Tape
Doctor Stacey Barnes may have ridiculous rules about who she’ll date, but when it comes to murder, she’s gravely serious.
After being called to investigate the latest body, Stacey has to team up with her childhood friend and forensics genius, Gabriel Rook, to uncover who is behind the deed.
Grave Mistake is book one in the Necromancer Morgue Mysteries, an urban fantasy mystery series with a slow burn m/f friends to lovers romance.
Release date: December 1, 2022
What upcoming urban fantasy book are you most excited for? Share your thoughts in the comments!