Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with a fantasy book. There’s nothing better than skimming the pages of magical forests and woodland creatures with a heavy blanket and hot cup of tea in hand.
Here are five Young Adult fantasy novels being released this fall that we think will be perfect to curl up with.
1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling
Release Date: November 16
For fans of: Harry Potter
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has given us a much-anticipated glimpse into the events in the Wizarding World before Voldemort rose to power. Not to mention, a new magical world to fall in love with.
Since his defeat by Newt Scamander, Gellert Grindelwald has been steadily gathering followers for his cause of bringing wizards up as the superior race over non-magical beings. It seems the only one who can stop him is a wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. Dumbledore enlists the help of Newt to help defeat Grindelwald once again. Tina, Queenie, Jacob, and Newt’s suitcase full of creatures join the fight as the wizarding world grows more divided and dangerous.
The Crimes of Grindelwald promises to bring us even more crazy action and intense wizard battles than the first screenplay, not to mention an abundance of fantastic, wondrous beasts.
2. The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
Release Date: October 23
For fans of: The Hazel Wood
Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were holed up in a London bomb shelter when they were transported to another realm. In the magical forest kingdom known as the Woodlands, the sisters found refuge among creatures they previously believed to be only of myth and legend.
Five years later, they arrive back home to an unchanged London. Only, the sister's aren't quite the same themselves. While Philippa attempts to move on and find herself, Evelyn is desperate to return back to the Woodlands. She escapes from her boarding school, searching nearby forests for a way to return. She eventually goes missing, and Philippa is forced to confront truths they’ve both been running from. As she searches for her lost sister, she contemplates if Evelyn finally found a way home or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under completely.
3. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Release Date: November 6
For fans of: The Hunger Games
In this debut novel by Emiko Jean, Mari, Akira and Taro are battling it out to become empress. To win the much sought after position, they must make their way through four magical rooms in a palace where each room is inspired by one of the seasons.
Taro is a crown prince, and Akira and Mari are yōkai (capable of turning into monsters). In a world where only humans are seen fit to rule, the three will embark on a passage that leads to the future of the empire.
4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Release Date: November 6
For fans of: Red Rising
In this new novel by Natasha Ngan, society is divided into three castes: Moons, Steels, and Papers. Lei is a Paper, which means she’s fully human. But she mysteriously has the eyes of a Moon, or a demon. Her strange appearance causes her to be abducted and taken prisoner to a faraway kingdom. Lei, miraculously, finds love in her new home with a fellow Paper. But their forbidden bond and ensuing rebellion threaten to thwart Lei’s new reality.
5. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: November 6, 2018
For fans of: The Illuminae Files
This is the first book in a new Brandon Sanderson triology. It follows Spensa, a teen girl from the distant future where the human race has been all but driven to extinction. She lives among her broken race on a planet that is regularly attacked by alien starfighters. Spensa longs to be a pilot and she might just realize her wish when she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship. If she can repair the ship and survive flight school, she may be able to become the pilot she’s always dreamed of. However, the ship appears to have a soul and could prove to be more difficult to navigate than she originally planned.