A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik

Fantasy, 336 pages, published in 2020 El must navigate Scholomance, the deadly school for those with magic. But in a setting where allies are key, El has always been an outsider with no one to rely on. Spoiler Free Review: β˜…β˜…β˜… Before I say anything, I want to point you to this article about racism…

A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic #1) by Elise Kova

Every 100 years, the Elf King comes to Luella's village to pick a human bride in order to fulfill a centuries old pact. The Human Queen must have magic, so Luella knows it isn't her, until a long kept secret is revealed. Suddenly, she whisked away to a new land and role that she had no preparation for and is married to the cold Elf King.

The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2) by Sarah Beth Durst

After Queen Daleina discovers that she needs an heir more quickly than she thought, she sends her champions out to find powerful young women who could take on that role. Naelin is not young, nor does she think she is powerful, but after Champion Ven sees the depth of her strength, he believes she is the heir Renthia needs, even if she wants no part of her powers.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

After the death of her mother, Karina is desperate to bring her back so the ruling of their country doesn't fall on her. In order to complete the ritual, she needs a king's heart. Malik's younger sister was taken by a spirit and the only way to get her back is to kill the princess, Karina. He enters into a competition where the prize is her hand in marriage in order to get close to her.