In Robert L. Anderson’s intriguing, crazy inventive debut, Dreamland, Dea, like her eccentric mother, needs to walk people’s dreams to stay healthy. There are rules a dreamwalker must follow—never visit the same dreamer twice, never interfere—but when a crush on new friend Connor causes Dea to ignore those rules, there are dire consequences. The dream monsters who’ve been tailing her break through into reality, her mother disappears, and Dea discovers there’s so much more to the dreamworld than she could ever have imagined. Here’s Anderson on his novel, and six more of this season’s best fantasy releases.
The fantasy gods have been kind to us in 2015. We bowed before Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. We ignited a revolution in Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes. We were enchanted by Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. We were transported to a dazzling world unlike any other in Marie Dahvana Headley’s Magonia. And so many more fantastical universes. Our appreciation for the genre has kept the gods happy and they are rewarding us with more new titles this fall! Here are some of the highly anticipated fall fantasy releases that should be on your radar, lest you anger the gods.
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Legacy of Kings, by Eleanor Herman (August 18)
Did someone say 16-year-old Alexander the Great meets A Game of Thrones? I’m all about multi-cast stories. To name a few more narrators, there’s Katerina who’s trying to kill the queen, Jacob who will combat a murderer if Katerina’s heart is the prize, and a Persian princess who is betrothed to Alexander but seeking out the Spirit Eaters to change her destiny. This epic historical reimagining radiates with betrayal and intrigue and sorcery.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4), by Sarah J. Maas (September 1)
The fourth installment in Sarah J. Maas’s series finds undeniable badass Celaena Sardothien ready to reclaim her throne as the Queen of Terrasen, but there are several trials ahead of her. She must rescue her cousin whose head is on the chopping block, free a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison, and fight for the people of her kingdom who have been praying for her return.
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Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson (September 22)
Leah Westfall has the power to sense gold in the land around her, which is not only pretty handy during America’s Gold Rush era but makes her a target of the person who killed her parents. To avoid detection, Leah disguises herself as a boy named Lee as she moves for the newly discovered gold in California The only direction to go is forward, but there are roadblocks and shady characters up ahead…We’re rooting for you, Leah.
Dreamland, by Robert L. Anderson (September 22)
There are three rules to walking dreams that Dea Donahue has always obeyed: Never be seen. Never interfere. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. But when Connor moves to Indiana to escape a tragedy back in Chicago, Dea finds herself magnetized to him and walking his dreams often. It’s not long before nightmarish monsters are hunting Dea down in her waking life and sending her into a dream world unlike any other to discover impossible truths about herself and Connor. Don’t forget: Dreams come true…so do nightmares.
Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3), by Ransom Riggs (September 22)
The final installment in Ransom Riggs’s trilogy that incorporates creepy characters with even creepier photos! I get goosebumps from the title alone, but you know Riggs will bring deeper chills as Jacob and fire-conjuring Emma confront wights, hollowgasts, a madman, and other evils in the hopes of saving their dear Miss Peregrine from an unsettling fate.
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo (September 29)
Get ready to have your breath stolen by this fantastical heist and nail-biting page turner that will deservedly double Leigh Bardugo’s fandom. A mission to rescue a kidnapped chemist from the most well-guarded prison in the world is a foolish job, but six outcasts are risking it all for the score of a lifetime. You don’t need to have read the Grisha Trilogy to fully appreciate this one, but if you have you’ll know better than anyone Bardugo doesn’t make things easy on her characters. This heist will certainly be no exception.
The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2), by Marie Lu (October 13)
Adelina possesses an ability to cast illusions from a blood fever years ago, and what she’s done with that power is dark and increasingly frightening. She’s fled the country of Kenettra with her sister in hopes of finding other Young Elite allies to assist her in taking down the inquisition that wants her dead. But her former friends, the Dagger Society, are hunting her to stop this hate-fueled path of vengeance. But at what cost?