Autumn is just around the corner and we are looking forward to reading so many Fall titles this year!
Let’s start with a book that is out today (September 1): I’ve been waiting forever for Katherine Locke’s Girl with the Red Balloon, a fantastical story with time travel set in Berlin and featuring both the East Berlin in the 80s and Berlin in the 40s, with a Jewish main character. I hear this novel is truly magical.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is out September 5 and is being touted as Frozen-meets-The Bloody Chamber in a dark feminist retelling of Snow White featuring the relationship between two women who are doomed to be rivals from the start - but will they?
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh won Tu Books’ New Visions Award and it’s a Pacific Rim- meets- K-Drama following a pilot in a post-war Seoul. Massive robots, oppressive regimes and rebellion plus a potential partners-turned-lovers storyline, and I am so there for this September 15 release.
J.Y. Yang has amazing-sounding twin stand-alone novellas coming out back-to-back on September 26. The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune are part of the Tensorate Series, and both of them deal with magic and politics against a wholly imaginative background.
Multiple award-winning science fiction writer Ann Leckie returns to the world of her Ancillary novels with a stand-alone novel. Out in late September, Provenance is about history and culture, family and heritage whilst also being a fun, light caper. I read this already and it’s freaking awesome.
Bestselling author Kristin Cashore has a new novel out in September, too! Jane, Unlimited is a stand-alone story, following a young girl on adventures as she is faced with multiple choices on what to do with her life after her aunt’s death.
The incomparable Frances Hardinge has a new novel out in October. A Skinful of Shadows is a return to historical fiction mingled with fantasy. Taking place in the lead up to the British Civil War, A Skinful of Shadows sees its main character – Makepeace – surviving through an abundance of dangers and fighting off ghosts who try to possess her at night. Until the spirit of a bear finds a home inside Makepeace’s mind.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao is out in October too and I can already see a lot of positive buzz for this one. This is an East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress—at any cost (and that includes eating the hearts of the recently killed in order to fuel her dark magic).
I love Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work and I can’t wait for The Beautiful Ones. Out on October 24, this is a fantasy novel of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque, featuring a protagonist with telekinetic powers who needs to learn to control them.
The biggest Fall title (October 19) might well be Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage, the first in a companion prequel trilogy to the beloved His Dark Materials series. It seems to feature the first series’ protagonist Lyra as a baby as it follows eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta. The second book though, will see Lyra as a young adult. I confess I am in tenterhooks for this.
What about you? What Fall books are you looking forward to reading?