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RELEASE RADAR: Fall Fantasy Releases I'm excited For!



What's up you guys! September is upon us, which means fall is right around the corner. Fall season is my favorite for reading (so much coziness!) and the autumn months have a GREAT line-up coming up in terms of book releases. I quickly want to point out that these are releases that I'm personally excited for, but not nearly all of them as then the list would get a little too excessive! I've divided this post into three parts: New Releases, Romance Releases (coming soon), and Sequels. This is extremely late as September has already started but let's roll with it anyway! 

New Releases:


Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: September 3rd

Serpent and Dove features witch Louise le Blanc, who has fled her coven and gets caught in a marriage with witch-hunter Reid Diggory. This promises to be all kinds of intriguing, witchy, and maybe even romantic. Can't wait to read this beauty!



Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: September 3rd

This is an own voices African inspired fantasy that follows a last witchdoctor who must go the ultimate lengths to save her kingdom. Early reviews for this book have been amazing and it's filled with dark magic, and rich world-building!



There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: September 3rd

This book sounds very Avatar The Last Airbender mixed with an ensemble cast like Six of Crows. The Seven Prophets have foretold a dark fate before they all mysteriously disappeared and it's now up to five people to save it. All I know is that there's supposedly a very interesting magic system. I'm excited to read this book as I've seen it all over the book community and all I've seen are raving reviews! 


The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: September 3rd

Jenn Bennett's first dip into the fantasy genre centers around 17-year old Theodora, who, together with her childhood friend Huck, set out to find an ancient ring that belonged to Dracula himself. This story is very Stalking Jack the Ripper meets A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and is such a treat to read!



The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: September 10th

The Ten Thousand Doors of January follows protagonist January who finds herself in a mysterious mansion. She stumbles upon a secret book that takes her to other worlds. This book sounds all-around magical and fantastic, and the cover is nothing short but gorgeous. 




Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyr Muir
Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Release date: September 10th

I must admit I don't know a lot about this new adult fantasy other than that the reviews have been amazing. The blurb is kept rather vague, but follows swordswoman Gideon who becomes a necromancer for the emperor. This book honestly sounds like some great fun so I'm excited to see what it brings to the table!


The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrove
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: September 19th

Aside from this GORGEOUS cover, The Deathless Girls also has a very intriguing premise to go with it. This book follows the story of Dracula's wives. Lil and Kizzy are kidnapped and taken to work in the castle kitchens of the mysterious and infamous 'Dragon.' Gothic, enthralling and feminist: this isn't a story you want to miss.



The Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release date: September 24th

Another fantasy series featuring those ensemble casts I love so much. This follows four people, who, despite coming from different backgrounds, are ready to bring down a killer who plagues their kingdom and defies the laws of magic. I'm super excited for this one, especially since the author is a Fullmetal Alchemist fan and supposedly there's some easter eggs in this one to find! 


The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release: September 24th

This seems like a perfect read for the Halloween months! The Bone Houses follows Ryn who works as a grave-digger in her family's graveyard. Everything is spooky and well, until an ancient curse brings the dead back to life. This book promies zombies, mystery, and so much spookiness!


The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
Release date: September 24th

It's rare for me to be as excited as I am about YA contemporaries but this one has been on my radar for a while. The Infinite Noise follows Caleb, who starts experiencing bouts of extreme empathy for others. When he experiences the high emotions of fellow schoolmate Adam, his therapist urges for them to become friends. This is a story about mental health, self exploration as well as a hint of fantasy. This is such a cool and original concept and I'm pumped to see what the author does with it.


Crier's War by Nina Varela
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
Release date: October 1st

Ready to avenge her family's death, servant Ayla prepares to kill lady Crier. Only, she hadn't expected to fall in love with the royal in the progress. The two must band together in order to wage war against forces that threaten their country. To be quite honest, this just sounded very feminist and has LGBT characters, and I'm all for those things so this got bumped to the top of my TBR. That's all I know, but I'm excited!


Into the Crooked Palace by Alexandra Christo
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 8th

Alexandra Christo has written one of my favorite retellings (To Kill A Kingdom) and is back with another fantasy series! This is being described as another heist story following a set of criminals. This sounds very much a la Six of Crows or The Gilded Wolves, which are two books I ADORE, so I'm ready to devour this RIGHT NOW!


The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 8th

This is another one of those new releases that's been all over my Twitter timeline, and it's The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh. I adored The Wrath and the Dawn (as is no secret) and I'm pumped to get back into the vampire genre. The Beautiful follows Celine, who is caught in a murder mystery in 18th century New Orleans. This book takes elements of a good mystery, vampire novel and historical fantasy and combines them all into one masterpiece, and I'm so hyped!


Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Adult, 
Release date: October 8th

I honestly don't know where you've been if you haven't heard of this book, but Leigh Bardugo's new Ninth House series is everywhere. This follows Alex Stern, who survives a mass murder and is asked to attend an elite university on a full ride. She joins a group of elites with very strange and sinister hobbies. This sounds completely different from her Grishaverse, but very intense and intriguing. Be mindful that this is an Adult book, and thus contains many triggers! 


War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 15th

Pitched as a sisterly tale set in futuristic Black Panther-inspired Nigeria, this book promises all sorts of goodness. Sick of living in a country full of violence and political unrest, two sisters set out to wage a war against their current society. 


Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Release date: October 15th

This is pitched as being reminiscent of The Lunar Chronicles. Tarnished Are the Stars follows Anna, who has an illegal clockwork heart and supplies the black market with illegal technology. Tasked to capture her, son of the ruler of their society, Nathaniel, sets out to find her. This is an own voices sci-fi, which I've been told features ace characters too, so I'm delighted this is releasing soon!



The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 15th

The Never Tilting World follows a story where one side of the world is set is perpetual darkness, while the other side never sleeps. This is pitched as Mad Max meets Frozen, so a very interesting premise indeed!


Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 29th

This book is one of my most anticipated ones. The premise sounds unlike anything I've ever read before. Gravemaidens follows Kammani, who lives in a land where each time a ruler dies, three girls are chosen to accompany him into the grave. Desperate to save her chosen sister, Kammani uses healing abilities to save her dying ruler. This sounds like a spooky, fantastical tale of sisterhood and is perfect for the fall season!


Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 29th

This is set in a futuristic underwater world among the ruins of London. When Leyla's father is wrongly arrested. Leyla joins a race to secure her father's freedom, but is presented with an unseen opportunity: leave London to retrieve her father on her own. The concept of an underwater society just really peaked my interest so I'm excited to get to this!


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Genre: Fantasy, Adult, 
Release date: November 5th

Erin Morgenstern is hugely popular for her earlier book: The Night Circus, and The Starless Sea marks her long-awaited return. It centers on Ezra, who finds a book in an old library that transports him to a secret world. It's hard to explain the specifics of this story, but the premise is enchanting to say the least!


Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: November 5th

I've recently finished reading The Raven Boys, so this spin-off comes at the perfect time for me. Call Down the Hawk follows Ronan and Adam, two characters from Stiefvater's previous hit series on their adventures post-TRC. Lots of hype surrounding this one!


The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: November 5th

A twist on Arthurian mythology, this book follows Guinevere who is coming to Camelot to marry Arthur. There's a catch: Guinevere's real identity needs to remain a secret. She's a changeling, a secret protector of Camelot. There's magic, knights, and kickass females in this book, so every reason to add it to your TBR!


Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: November 19th

Hello, dark Anastasia retelling anyone? So, this book was an automatic add for me since I'm obsessed with anything Anastasia, but this follows a captured princess, Ana, who must put her trust in a con-man to win back her kingdom and find answers to her past. This speaks for itself, but as goes without saying, I'm infinitely pumped to read this!

Sequels:

Fall also contains the release of many notable sequels. Check them out below!


Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: September 10th

Capturing the Devil marks the fourth and final instalment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and the release of this one is bittersweet. I'm excited to read it, but not ready to say goodbye to the characters just yet. Luckily, Kerri has hinted at potentially writing another series set in the same universe, and has already announced her newest series which releases in 2020! 


Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: September 17th

Following the events of Seafire, this pirate fantasy picks up with Caledonia in captivity. I loved Parker's previous book in this series and this one promises another action-packed, feminist, keel-hauling adventure!


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Release date: September 24th

Wayward Son is the long-awaited sequel to Carry On, which is a spin-off series to Rowell's older book Fangirl. Wayward Son continues Simon and Baz's magical adventures, but this time the two are in America! This book is set to have all kinds of shenanigans, so get ready. 


Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: September 24th

Bid My Soul Farewell is the sequel to Give the Dark My Love and follows alchemist turned necromancer Nedra, who has chosen to come to the dark side (literally). Now, her love interest and friend Grey needs to find a way to bring her back. Another dark read perfect for the spooky months!



Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 1st

Supernova is the third, and final, instalment in the Renegades series, and one of my personal favorites. This brings back Nova and Adrian one last time as they hopefully confront each other about their secret identities. In my opinion, Marissa Meyer doesn't know how to write a bad book, so I have no doubts this one will blow me away.


Reveal Me by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: October 8th

After Defy Me comes another novella set in the Shatter Me universe. This one is again told from Kenji's POV and bridges the gaps between two novels. These are always short but sweet reads so I will be sure to pick this one up when it releases. 


Rebel by Marie Lu
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: November 19th

Having read the Legend series last year, and it being one of my favorite YA series ever, I can't tell you all how pumped I am for this sequel to release. Rebel is a continuation of Marie Lu's Legend series and is set a few years in the future. The book will have a dual POV and follows both the Wing brothers.


Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Release date: November 5th

It feels like it was only recently that I was blown away by Girls of Paper and Fire, but the sequel is already almost upon us! Girls of Storm and Shadow follows Wren and Lei as they have escaped the palace and must navigate their lives as free people. 


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, 
Release date: November 19th

It's very fitting to end this long list with a BANG, and I think it's pretty safe to say that The Queen of Nothing is one of the most anticipated sequels of the year. Following the climactic ending of The Wicked King, this last instalment in The Folk of the Air series is very deserving of all the hype!

These were all the fall fantasy releases on my TBR. Check back here next time for a fall romance release radar, and I hope you guys enjoy this reading season! 


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