Last Updated on December 15, 2022 by Jella Erhard
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Best New Books About Elves And Magic
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If you’re like us and are always on the lookout for new elf books then you’re at the right place. We collected some of the most enchanting books about elves for adults that have deeply atmospheric worlds, well-crafted characters, and steam and twisty stories.
You’ll find here not only romance dark elves books but also other magical books about elves and magic that will take you on epic adventures while immersing you in gothic, horror, and high-fantasy stories with unforgettable characters.
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We also included a couple of especially exciting new ya books with elves as main characters that’ll be just as fun to read for adults as it is for teens. These fantasy elf books have powerful female characters and swoon-worthy elf kings as well as elf warriors who are not afraid to face evil foes no matter if they’re demons, dragons, and magical creatures.
However, if you’re strictly into romance you’ll also find here plenty of spicy elf romance books including hilarious rom-com novels with elves and mystery romance tales, and of course dark romance elf books series. No matter what genre you like because there is a perfectly magical and unforgettable elf book for everyone that takes their readers’ breath away and keeps them on the edge of their seats till the very last page.
If you’re interested in reading more dark romance books then check out our book nook where you’ll find more book lists filled with some of the highest-rated and most beloved books from around the world.
13| Kiss of the Selkie (Entangled with Fae #3) by Tessonja Odette
A handsome fugitive seeking a marriage of convenience.
A selkie with a lethal kiss sent to seal his fate…
To evade a vicious sea queen’s clutches, selkie Maisie hides on land surviving as a thief. But when she rescues a human from drowning and illegally brings him to shore, she must answer for breaking fae law. As punishment, she’ll have to hunt down the man she saved…and kiss him. But with a kiss that can kill, Maisie’s mission means more than seduction. It means murder.
Son of a notorious fae-killer, Dorian was never meant to survive the shipwreck that was orchestrated to assassinate him. Now that he’s on the forbidden fae isle, he’ll do anything to gain citizenship—even marry a fae bride. Desperate for a hasty marriage, he holds a bridal competition in the isle’s most theatrical city, where displays of frivolity aren’t just encouraged—they’re expected. And if Maisie can act like a proper debutante and join the pageantry, she’ll get near enough to deliver her fatal kiss.
But getting close to her target brings complications she didn’t expect. As she pretends to compete for Dorian’s heart, it starts to feel less like an act…and more like falling in love.
If Maisie doesn’t deliver her kiss by sunrise on the last day of the competition, she forfeits her life. But if she succeeds, Dorian dies. When the pageant ends, will there be a true victor? Or only death and broken hearts?
ACOTAR meets Bridgerton and The Selection in this standalone fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid. If you like enemies-to-lovers romance, bridal contests, and snarky fae royals, then you’ll love this swoon-worthy story in the Entangled with Fae series.
Kiss of The Selkie is one of the most enchanting elf books for magic and romance lovers who love fairy tale retellings and slow-burn romance stories.
12| The Broken Elf King (Kings of Avalier #2) by Leia Stone – 2022
I never should have taken that loan but my aunt needed the meds and they were too expensive for me to afford by myself. Now I’ve been sold to slavery and the Nightfall Queen’s guards have found out I’m not entirely human. I guess I’m lucky they didn’t kill me.
The next thing I know I’m transferred to the Elf King’s castle to find out that he has bought me. It will take me five years to pay off the debt but I get to be his personal assistant. Personal assistant to the king. That can’t be so bad, right? Wrong. Oh how wrong I was.
His council has tasked me with finding him a wife before they will fund his war against the Nightfall Queen. That part should be easy, he’s rich, disgustingly handsome, and smart to boot. The problem? He’s rejecting every high born female I send his way. The more time we spend together, the more we realize I’m not just some half elf. There is a deep power that runs through my veins, one that makes me a target. His solution?
Enter into a fake marriage with him so that he can get the council off his back and I can get some protection. That’s a great idea, so long as I don’t fall in love with him. Should be simple enough…
The Broken Elf King is one of the most exciting dark elf books for adults with a magic and mysteries-filed romance story.
11| Frost (Frost and Nectar #1) by C.N. Crawford – 2022
On the worst birthday of my life, I come home to find my boyfriend in bed with another woman. Within hours, I’m drunk, homeless, and pledging to stay single forever. And that is when the dangerously sexy Seelie King rolls through town, looking for fae like me.
Every generation, the king holds a competition for Seelie queen. But for reasons he won’t explain, Torin is looking for a charade, not a real marriage. So when I drunkenly sling insults his way, I have his attention.
When Torin offers me fifty million to participate, I think, “What have I got to lose?” The answer turns out to be “my life,” because my competition will literally kill for the crown.
And the more time I spend with the seductive king, the harder it becomes to remember it’s all supposed to be fake. Now, my life—and my heart—are one the line.
Frost is one of the most magical new elf books for fantasy and magic lovers who enjoy steamy paranormal romance stories.
10| These Twisted Bonds (These Hollow Vows #2) by Lexi Ryan – 2022
Brie finds herself caught between two princes and two destinies while the future of the fae realm hangs in the balance.
After Abriella’s sister was sold to the fae, she thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when she suddenly finds herself caught in a web of lies of her own making - loving two princes and trusting neither – things are not quite as clear as she once thought.
As civil war wages in the Court of Darkness, Brie finds herself unable to choose a side. How can she know where she stands when she doesn’t even know herself anymore? In this darkly romantic thrill ride, the more Faerie is torn apart from the inside, the clearer it becomes that prophecies don’t lie and Brie has a role to play in the fate of this magical realm – whether she likes it or not.
These Twisted Bonds is one of the most fun fantasy ya elf books for adults who enjoy twisty and mysteries-filled fantasy stories.
9| Glow (The Plated Prisoner #4) by Raven Kennedy – 2022
“I was nothing but a road to Midas. A means to get to where he wanted to go, and I paved that path in gold.”
My life has been made up of gilded lies. But death has been shaped from rot. Like a phoenix caught fire, I will need to rise from the ashes and learn to wield my own power. Because my wings may have been clipped, but I am not in a cage, and I’m finally free to fly from the frozen kingdoms I’ve been kept in.
Yet the world doesn’t want to let me. That’s the thing when you turn against a king—everyone else turns against you. Good thing I have a different king in my corner.
But even with the dark threat of Slade Ravinger, the other monarchs are coming for me. So I will fight for him and he will kill for me, and if we need to become the villains, then so be it. Because so long as I live in this world, I won’t be used again.
Glow is one of the steamiest and darkest new elf book series for adults who love twisty and magical romance stories.
8| House of Beating Wings (The Kingdom of Crows #1) by Olivia Wildenstein – 2022
Free the crows, Fallon, and they will make you queen.
Until an oracle predicted my regal future, I’d never imagined myself rising above the curve of my round ears. After all, I was the magicless halfling loved by beasts but loathed by every pure-blooded faerie at court. Well… by all but one.
Dante Regio, prince of Luce, had owned my heart since he gave me my first kiss. If gathering a slew of iron relics could help me overthrow the current monarch and crown his brother to rule at my side, then treasure hunting I’d go.
If only the oracle had warned me what winged demon I was releasing into the world.
And that I’d become this demon’s obsession.
House of Beating Wings is one of the most exciting fae romance books for adults with a dark and steamy story filled with deceit and betrayal.
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7| Trial of the Sun Queen (Artefacts of Ouranos #1) by Nisha J. Tuli – 2022
The Bachelor meets the Hunger Games. Ten women. A deadly contest. Only one can win the Sun King’s heart.
Lor has endured twelve long years of torment under the Aurora King’s rule. Her only desire is to get free and pay him back for every moment of misery.
When a surprise release finds her in the hands of the Sun King, Lor is thrust into the spotlight when she competes against nine other Tributes for the role of queen. If she wins his heart, she’ll earn her freedom and finally get her revenge.
But Lor doesn’t belong in the Sun Queen Trials. She doesn’t understand why she was freed, and she isn’t a citizen of the Sun King’s court. The other Tributes resent her presence and will stop at nothing to ensure Lor is wiped off the gameboard, permanently.
Now Lor must win, because if she loses, she dies. Or worse, she’ll be sent back into the hands of the Aurora King.
Trial of the Sun Queen is one of the most epic new elf books for adults who love steamy and dark romance stories.
6| A Kiss For Santa by Mia Monroe – 2022
This year, Santa gets a gift too.
One night every year, I deliver gifts to all the good people around the world. I have everything I could want—a beautiful private home, loving friends and family, and the most amazing job in existence. All my needs are more than met, and the other 364 days of the year are mine to spend how I wish.
The only thing I don’t have is a love of my own. I’ve been hopelessly in love with Luca Vincent for years, watching him from afar, but he has a full life and it would be selfish of me to woo him away. Which is a problem because I have to be married soon or lose my Christmas magic to my brother. Neither of us wants that to happen, leaving me with two choices—let the Council arrange a marriage or find my own husband fast.
With my looming deadline and Luca’s holiday cheer slipping away, I know the time to act is now. Somehow, I have to convince him to come back to my home with me. I’ll use every tool I have and plenty of holiday magic to make him mine. Maybe this Christmas, I’ll find a Kiss For Santa under the tree.
A Kiss For Santa is one of the most hilarious fiction elf books for adults who love fun and steamy modern romance novels.
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5| The Elf Tangent by Lindsay Buroker – 2022
As a princess in the impoverished kingdom of Delantria, it’s Aldari’s job to look pretty, speak little, and marry a prince.
Studying mathematics and writing papers on economic theory in an effort to fix her people’s financial woes? Her father has forbidden it. With war on the horizon, they must focus on the immediate threat.
Reluctantly, Aldari agrees to marry a prince in a neighboring kingdom to secure an alliance her people desperately need. All is going to plan until the handsome elven mercenary captain hired to guard her marriage caravan turns into her kidnapper. His people are in trouble, and he believes she has the knowledge to help.
But with an invasion force approaching Delantria, Aldari’s own people need her. She must do everything in her power to escape the elves and make it to her wedding in time.
Never mind that her kidnapper is witty, clever, and offers her a challenge that intrigues her mind even as his easy smile intrigues her heart…
Aldari can’t let herself develop feelings for him. To fall in love and walk away from her wedding would mean the end of her kingdom and everyone she cares about.
The Elf Tangent is one of the most atmospheric and magical new elf romance books for adults who love mysteries-filled adventures.
4| A Duel with the Vampire Lord (Married to Magic #3) by Elise Kova – 2022
On the night of the blood moon, the Vampire Lord must die.
Floriane’s position as the forge maiden of Hunter’s Hamlet is one of reverence, for it is her skill that arms and protects the vampire hunters. She knows her place and is a faithful servant to the Master Hunter and her community… until the night of the blood moon. Until her brother is dying at the hands of the Vampire Lord Ruvan.
Wanting to defend her home at all costs, Floriane fights the vampire lord, ready to give her life if it means taking his. But Ruvan doesn’t want to take her life… he wants her.
Kidnapped and brought to the vampire castle, Floriane is now blood sworn to the vampire lord. She is bound in mind and body to her worst enemy. But Ruvan isn’t the fiend she thought he was. She learns the truth of the vampires: They are not mindless monsters, but a proud people, twisted and tortured by an ancient curse.
Ruvan believes that Floriane might be the key to ending his people’s suffering. All Floriane wants is to defend her home. Loyalties are tested and the lines between truth and lie, hate and passion, are blurred.
When her dagger is at his chest, will she be able to take the heart of the man who has claimed hers?
A Duel with the Vampire Lord is one of the best new fantasy books with elfs, magic, and vampires that’s perfect for adults who enjoy steamy and swoon-worthy enemies-to-lovers stories inspired by fairy tales.
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3| Bound to the Dark Elf King (Of Fate and Kings #1) by Jessica Grayson – 2022
Everyone fears the Dark Elf King. Varys is known as a fierce and lethal warrior; none can stand against his armies.
When I’m captured by the Dark Elves and taken before their king, my first thought is of escape. The moment our eyes meet, King Varys claims I am his Fated One—his Khio’ri.
Humans and Elves have been enemies for centuries, but his people believe that a soulbond woven by fate cannot be undone.
I doubt he’s ever going to let me go. But what does it mean to be Bound to the Dark Elf King?
Bound to the Dark Elf King is one of the most atmospheric new elf fantasy books for adults who love enchanting romance stories.
2| Bride of the Shadow King (Bride of the Shadow King #1) by Sylvia Mercedes – 2022
Though she is the oldest daughter, Princess Faraine lives in the background, shunned from court and kept out of sight. Her chronic illness makes her a liability to the crown, and she has learned to give place to her beautiful, favored younger sister in all things.
When the handsome and enigmatic Shadow King comes seeking a bride, Faraine is not surprised that her sister is his choice.
Though not eager to take a human bride, King Vor is willing to do what is necessary for the sake of his people. When he meets the lively Princess Ilsevel, he quickly agrees to a marriage arrangement.
So why can’t he get the haunting eyes of her older sister out of his head?
When disaster strikes and the marriage alliance is compromised, Faraine suddenly finds herself forced to take her sister’s place . . . regardless of her new husband’s desires. Can she find a place at Vor’s side as his queen? Or is his heart forever closed to the woman who deceived him so cruelly?
Bride of The Shadow King is one of the steamiest dark elf books with romance for adults who love slow-burn but passionate romance books.
1| The Elf Queen #1 Bow Before the Elf Queen by J.M. Kearl – 2022
In hiding all her life, Layala prepares for the day the wicked High Elf King Thane will come to steal her— his powerful mate. She trains to take her revenge for the wrongful execution of her parents, who died for her freedom. Now that day has come, forcing her to come face-to-face with what she’s hidden from: a dangerous, dark-haired, warrior king determined to marry her.
After she’s shoved into a black carriage pulled by six ominous steeds, Layala makes plans to take her captors’ lives and free herself… but Thane has a secret that makes it impossible for Layala to slay him. She has an even darker truth that makes loving her forbidden, no matter how much Thane wants to touch.
Bow Before the Elf Queen is one of the most thrilling new Ya fantasy romance elf books for adults who enjoy dark fantasy books inspired by mythology.
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