Many BookTok users are gushing about Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series. Four full-length novels plus a novella make up the series thus far. After reading the books, I understand why they have a huge following, especially with characters who readers can’t help but fall in love with. As A Court of Silver Flames was released earlier this year, the second book in the series won’t be out until later this year. There is always the option of revisiting the series, but until then, here are 15 fantasy novels similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses that will tide you over till the next ACOTAR book comes out.
Acotar is situated in the realm of the Fae, which is ruled by a series of savage courts. This isn’t a new idea, and there’s enough material to draw from if you’re interested in writing a fairy tale.
A DEAL WITH THE ELF KING BY ELISE KOVA
Series: Married to Magic
The elves have long claimed women as their Human Queens. Luella believes that being chosen as a bride would be like being sentenced to death, and she is certain that this will never happen to her. That is, until the Elf King personally shows up to claim her.
DARKFEVER BY KAREN MARIE MONING
When it comes to finding out who killed her sister, MacKayla is a tenacious investigator. The dark Jericho, a Fae, and the vicious V’lane, a Fae, continue to pursue her as she gets closer to the truth. Her purpose is far greater than she ever imagined when the barrier between the two realms begins to disintegrate.
THE IRON KING BY JULIE KAGAWA
Series: The Iron Fey
Meghan has struggled to find a place to call home. When a mysterious visitor shows up, her best buddy gets strangely protective of her. When Meghan discovers that she is the daughter of a fairy king, the truth is out there for all to see. Despite the fact that this isn’t a fairytale, Meghan rapidly realizes that she’s nothing but a pawn.
ASH BY MALINDA LO
Ash is a Cinderella retelling about the titular Ash, who, after the death of her father, is at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Her only relief is the fairytales she reads. Until she encounters Sidhean, a violent fairy, she has no idea how real they really are.
CURSE OF THE WOLF KING BY TESSONJA ODETTE
Series: Entangled with Fae
Beauty and the Beast retelling Curse of the Wolf King features Gemma, our heroine who longs to escape her past. Her savior, a Fae king, has kidnapped her and is holding her hostage as a payment. However, Gemma’s chances improve if she aids our beast, King Elliot, in finding love.
THE MOONFIRE BRIDE BY SYLVIA MERCEDES
Series: Of Candlelight and Shadows
In order to feed and protect her tiny sister, Valera works tirelessly as a seamstress to ensure her safety in a world surrounded by the Fae forest. She lives in continual terror of her sister being taken away by the Fae. When the Fae arrive and target Valera instead of her sister, fate has other ideas. It is now Valera’s fate to be married to an unknown Fae Lord, who promises to return her home in a year and a day if she does not see his face.
ENCHANTING THE ELVEN MAGE BY ALISHA KLAPHEKE
Series: Kingdoms of Lore
After learning that she’s a princess and a wizard on the same day, Aury sets off to find the mountain elf who wants to marry her. She heads to the magical military organization to learn as much as she can about her newfound royal parents. Additionally, Filip has learnt that he must marry Aury in order for his people to receive lands, and he has also learned that Aury possesses a lethal wild magic. But a conflict is brewing, and their union will be a key player.
FORTUNA SWORN BY K.J. SUTTON
Series: Fortuna Sworn
Fortuna Sworn knew she was the last of her kind after her brother went missing. As a means of ensuring her own survival, she works as a bartender while relentlessly searching for her missing brother. After a few days of drudgery, she is approached by a powerful fairy who makes her an unbeatable deal.
YOUNG AND NEW ADULT FANTASY
It’s safe to say that ACOTAR falls under the New Adult Fantasy subgenre. Young and New Adult Fantasy novels include anything from retellings to high fantasy, all packed with plenty of romance, action, and intrigue to keep you turning the pages!
THE YOUNG ELITES BY MARIE LU
Series: The Young Elites
An outbreak of an infectious disease ten years ago devastated Adelina’s home country. The Young Elites, those who made it out alive, are now known as the Elites of the New Millennium. The Young Elites are Teren’s target, but he has a secret. One of the Young Elites is assigned to find others like Enzo before Teren does. To see who survives, their three lives become intertwined and their loyalties will be tested.
A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN BY ROSEANNE A. BROWN
Series: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Malik, along with his sister Nadia, is eager to begin a new life in Ziran. In exchange for her entry, the wicked spirit of Nadia is kidnapped. To release her, Malik must assassinate the Zirani Crown Princess Karina. Karina, on the other hand, has no intention of laying down her arms and surrendering easily.
A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY BY BRIGID KEMMERER
Series: Curse Breakers
Beauty and the Beast has been reimagined numerous times. To save Emberfall, Prince Then must find a girl who will fall in love with him and marry him. When Harper is kidnapped and taken to Emberfall, things don’t get any easier. Here, she is introduced to Prince Rhen and his dashing guardsman in the enchanting land.
RAYBEARER BY JORDAN IFUEKO
Series: Ray Bearer
The only thing Tarisai has ever craved was to be a part of a family. They are taken to Aritsar to face off in a council of 11 competition organized by the Crown Prince, who is the only member of her extended family. In the event that Tarisai is victorious, she will establish a close relationship with the Prince, which The Lady intends to exploit for her own purposes. Tarisai, on the other hand, is sick of being used as a pawn.