New to Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Happy Thursday book friends! Did you read any books by new to you authors this year? I always enjoy doing these type of posts to see how many completely new to me authors I discovered.

This year I actually reread a bunch of books, and I read many sequels/final books too, so I was afraid I wouldn’t even be able to make a post like this. But surprisingly, there are a few books by authors I had never heard of before. So let’s take a look at who they are and how much I enjoyed their books!

Django Wexler

Ashes of the Sun

Django Wexler actually has a bunch of books out, but Ashes of the Sun is the first one I read. I loved this book so much, I couldn’t do anything else than give it five stars. It’s one of the few adult fantasy books that immediately grasped my attention and then managed to hold it. I’m hoping to read the sequel, Blood of the Chosen, early next year. It’s been out a few months now, but I have to wait until the paperback comes out before I can buy it.

Matthew Ward

Legacy of Ash

Legacy of Ash is actually Ward’s first full novel, which is insanely hard to believe, because the writing reads like he’s been writing fantasy forever. Normally I’m super intimidated by books this size, especially if they’re for adults, but I read through this one quite quickly. I also read the sequel; Legacy of Steel, a while ago. Again, waiting for the paperback to come out for Legacy of Light, which came out not too long ago. I do want to read it soon though, because I have a theory and I want to see if I’m correct…

John Gwynne

The Shadow of the Gods

John Gwynne definitely isn’t new to writing, but I am new to reading his books. For some reason I got approved for The Shadow of the Gods on NetGalley, and I highly enjoyed this book. I’d never read a Norse mythology inspired book before, and definitely not for adults. But it surprised me in all the good ways! Hopefully I’ll be able to read more of Gwynne’s books next year. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to The Shadow of the Gods, but I also have Malice on my shelves.

Rebecca Coffindaffer


Hello, talking about Crownchasers for like the millionth time this year. This book is Coffindaffer’s first ever, and came out last year. By now I’ve also read Thronebreakers, which I also highly enjoyed. I’m hoping that if I talk about these books enough more people will finally read them. Anyway, I don’t think there’s any news yet about new projects, but you can bet that I’ll pick up whatever Coffindaffer writes next!

Xiran Jay Zhao

Iron Widow

Another debut author I highly enjoyed this year. Iron Widow was one of those books that is honestly a little ridiculous, but in the best way possible. I feel like this book broke every mold it could think of, and I loved that. It’s very stabby and intense, but also made me think about ethics and societal hierarchies and such things. I hope more news about book 2 will be released (such as a release date), because I am already excited! Especially after that ending…

And there are the new to me authors I discovered in 2021! I read more books by authors previously unknown to me, but the ones above are my new favorites. Whose books did you discovered during the past year?

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1 Comment

  1. December 10, 2021 / 2:36 pm

    Your blog is so peaceful and relaxing. I love the little snowflakes. Just had to share! 🙂

    I have never heard of any of these authors nor their books! I haven’t been around the book community in awhile though due to a massive reading slump. These all sound so good! I really want to get into more adult fantasy novels. I have added all of these to my TBR on goodreads! I’m super excited to get to them one of these days!

    Such a wonderful post. I’m glad you found some great authors with amazing books!

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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