A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.
In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.
I am so excited to go back to this series.. but I am also definitely going to need to reread An Ember in the Ashes first.
To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi - this is a translated fantasy, but it also sounds like the Ghost Bride but with more action. It sounds creative and original.
Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst - this is the first in a new fantasy series about three Queens and are you excited to read it yet? Cause I am excited to read it based on just that and the title alone.
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray - upper-class England in the 1820s! Mysterious deaths! Unknown persons! The scandal! (This seems like silly entertainment, perfect for summer!)
The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams (The Copper Cat #2)
Beware the dawning of a new mage...
Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.
When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin - retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, making a reappearance, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking...
I just reread book one of this series, The Copper Promise, and fell in love with it all over again. Creative, diverse fantasy with dragons and dragon-hybrid armies.. it's just inventive and dark and full of unexpected twists. Plus.. there's even a pun on that gorgeous cover.