2019 has been an excellent year for YA fantasy novels so far, and the next few months do not look like they are going to break that trend. With plenty of new reads plus several series continuations or conclusions, here are 10 of the biggest fall fantasies you won’t want to miss.
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The Secret Commonwealth, by Philip Pullman
In the sequel to Pullman’s The Book of Dust, Lyra Silvertongue is back. A college undergrad student, Lyra remains unaware of the role Dr. Malcolm Polstead, now a professor at Lyra’s college, had in shaping her life. But when her daemon Pantalaimon witnesses a murder and learns a secret from the dying man, Lyra and Malcolm are drawn back together again—while Lyra and Pan are separated. Complex and stunning, The Secret Commonwealth follows Lyra, Malcolm, and Pan as they discover what lies underneath their world’s facade.
Kingdom of Souls, by Rena Barron
The daughter of two powerful witch doctors, Arrah has waited her entire life to come into magic of her own. When her sixteenth birthday passes with no sign of a single spell, Arrah finally admits that she might not have the gift. As children in her city start vanishing at alarming rates, Arrah takes on the terrible cost of trading years of her life for enough magic to discover who is behind the disappearances—only to reveal a darker plot to loose the Demon King upon her world. If you love character-driven plots, flawed gods, and magic that comes at a price (and who doesn’t?), Kingdom of Souls is the book for you.
The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black
The final installment of Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy, The Queen of Nothing brings us back to the world of the high fae—or in Jude’s current state of affairs, the mortal world. Exiled immediately after being crowned Queen of Faerie, Jude is killing time, waiting for the opportunity to return to her court and take back everything that Cardan stole from her. When her twin sister, Taryn, seeks her out in need of a favor, Jude finally gets the chance to reunite with her king and reclaim her power. Words cannot express how ready I am for one last book of betrayal, love, more betrayal, and faerie spies (and probably more betrayal, if The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King were anything to go off of).
Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
Nova Huang lives with her grandmothers and works in their bookshop, finishing off her witch apprenticeship while taking care of supernatural disturbances in her small town. When following a white wolf into the woods leads to the discovery of her old werewolf best friend/crush Tam battling a demon horse, Nova quickly finds herself head over heels again—not to mention facing off against dark forces that may be more powerful than herself and Tam combined. This sweet graphic novel and its gorgeous illustrations promise to turn your heart into mush in the best way possible!
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Five Dark Fates, by Kendare Blake
Another series-ender, Five Dark Fates is the finale to Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns quartet. On the island of Fennbirn, the queen is always a triplet, and she is always forced to kill her sisters in order to take the throne. Reluctant Mirabella, defiant Arsinoe, and tormented Katharine are nearing the end of their battle to the death for Fennbirn. After the events of Two Dark Reigns, Katharine is queen of Fennbirn—but at a price. Her beloved Pietyr is gone, Jules has gone mad, and Mirabella is missing. When Mirabella finally reappears, Arsinoe is glad to have her closest sister back, but is everything as it seems? The island’s dead queens keep watch as events unfold, a reminder that nothing on Fennbirn comes without a cost, not even peace. Full of murder, betrayal, and the undead, Five Dark Fates is the perfect grim fantasy read to put you in the mood for Halloween.
Angel Mage, by Garth Nix
Garth Nix returns with Angel Mage, a standalone, swashbuckling fantasy novel set in a Middle Ages-esque world where humans can summon angels for anything from chores to miracles. Liliath, a powerful angelic mage, has just awoken from a 140-year sleep and is hell-bent on summoning her lover, the archangel Pallenial. To complete her goal, Liliath gathers four young people: Agnez, a Musketeer; Dorotea, an artist; Henri, a treasure hunter; and Simeon, a medical student. As they are drawn together by Liliath’s power and unwittingly become pawns in her destructive quest, the four might have what it takes to stop Liliath’s single-minded trail of murder and chaos.
Winterwood, by Shea Ernshaw
The Walkers have always lived near Wicker Woods, and it’s no secret in Fir Haven that the Walker women are witches. Like her ancestors, Nora Walker shares a connection with the woods. When a boy goes missing from a nearby camp in the middle of a snowstorm and Nora finds a boy half-dead in the woods, she knows that really, Oliver should be all dead. As she works to uncover the secrets of Oliver’s time in the woods, Nora is certain there is more to his unlikely survival than he lets on. Dark and lush, Ernshaw’s storytelling will lure you in until you won’t want to put Winterwood down.
The Guinevere Deception, by Kiersten White
I am a sucker for Arthurian legends, and Kiersten White’s The Guinevere Deception is no different! Princess Guinevere has just arrived in Camelot to marry King Arthur, but Guinevere is not what she appears. Summoned by Merlin, Guinevere is a changeling, here to do what Arthur’s knights cannot: keep the magic that threatens the kingdom’s borders at bay. Complete with jousting, court politics, and the perfect amount of forbidden romance, The Guinevere Deception is the start of a Kiersten White retelling you don’t want to miss.
Skyward and Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
In Skyward, Brandon Sanderson introduced us to Spensa, a girl trapped on Detritus, a planet constantly under siege by alien starfighters. Haunted by her dead father’s legacy as the pilot who abandoned his people in a crucial battle, Spensa is determined to become a pilot and make a new name for herself. Accepted—begrudgingly—into flight school, Spensa stumbles on what appears to be an outdated, and perhaps sentient, starship. But space proves more terrifying than Spensa expected, and what she finds there might challenge everything she’s ever known about her world. In Skyward‘s follow-up, Starsight, Spensa will stop at nothing to prove herself and save humanity from extinction.
Wildcard, by Marie Lu
The sequel to Marie Lu’s edge-of-your-seat sci-fi fantasy Warcross, Wildcard brings us back to Emika Chen. Having learned the lengths her one-time lover/idol Hideo would go to to find his missing brother, Emika is determined to bring an end to the algorithm Hideo unleashed on the virtual world, which gives him a powerful hold on its users’ decisions. With a price on her head and no clue who to trust, Emika teams up with the mysterious Zero and his group of Blackcoats to take down the man she still kinda-sorta loves.