A new month, a new upcoming releases post! And as usual, there are some amazing-sounding books coming out that I’m excited for. A lot of sequels, actually, which seems to be a common thing for me in the fall months, for some reason. BUT, even if you haven’t read the previous books in all of these series, it’s never too late to start ;-) And there are some new series and standalones on my list too! Also, I didn’t notice until I put the list together, but I love how much diversity is here! This list of books includes characters who are Asian, Black, bi, pan, trans, and chronically ill. So without further ado, let’s get to the books!
Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low // Sep 18
Welcome to the Realm, where magic is your drug, your poison, and your only hope.
An illness is spreading through the city, marking the sick in mysterious letters scrawled across their skin. What is first thought to be madness reveals itself to be an awakening as residents rediscover themselves, their pasts, and their long-forgotten magic… things the Queen wants to remain buried. Things she will sacrifice her own children to suppress.
Mercy has never been a staple of the Realm. Treachery, blood, and magic steeps the city as the rebel leader, Red, seeks to topple the Tower, Princess Fay eyes her mother’s throne, and Prince Vaun must decide whether to submit to his mother’s terrible demand.
THIS BOOK, YOU GUYS. I have already had the absolute pleasure of reading this amazing book, and it is a sequel, so I urge everyone to go and grab a copy of the first book and start this series! The world is so unique, the characters are complex, everyone is pansexual, and this book was even better, in my opinion, than the first!
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton // Sep 18
Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.
Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.
Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.
Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.
I read an ARC of this one, and though it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I’ve seen a ton of amazing reviews for it! It was definitely mysterious and had some really cool nature-y, forest magic.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth by Kiersten White // Sep 25
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.
But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.
I love Frankenstein retellings, and although I don’t think this one has a big sci-fi element, it still sounds dark and intriguing!
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa // Oct 2
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.
Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.
Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.
There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.
With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.
Kitsune! I’ve yet to read about those, so I’m excited. The story also just sounds great!
Saga Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples // Oct 2
The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Get ready for the most shocking, most impactful SAGA storyline yet.
Collects SAGA #49-54
It’s Saga Vol. 9, need I say more? Of course I’m looking forward to it! Especially since I felt things finally picked back up in the last volume after Volumes 6 and 7 kind of dragged a bit for me.
Time’s Children by D. B. Jackson // Oct 2
A time traveler trapped in a violent past must protect the orphaned child of a murdered sovereign and find a way home, in this astonishing epic fantasy novel.
Fifteen year-old Tobias Doljan, a Walker trained to travel through time, is called to serve at the court of Daerjen. The sovereign, Mearlan IV, wants him to Walk back fourteen years, to prevent a devastating war which will destroy all of Islevale. Even though the journey will double Tobias’ age, he agrees. But he arrives to discover Mearlan has already been assassinated, and his court destroyed. The only survivor is the infant princess, Sofya. Still a boy inside his newly adult body, Tobias must find a way to protect the princess from assassins, and build himself a future… in the past.
I don’t read a lot of time travel books, but a 15-year-old in the body of a 29-year-old, trying to protect a baby in the past, it just sounds too interesting to pass up! It’s also the first in a series.
Treason of Hawks by Lila Bowen // Oct 16
The climactic conclusion to the award-winning fantasy series New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne calls “thrilling, delightfully written, and important.”
Rhett Walker is looking for peace, the memories of all he’s lost haunting his dreams.
But with the lawless Rangers on his heels and monster attacks surging, Rhett is surrounded on all sides. When his friends and allies are suddenly ambushed, Rhett must answer the Shadow’s call and ride into one last, fateful battle.
I have not yet read the first three books in this series, but I really want to! I love fantasy westerns. And this is the final one, so that means I can binge-read them all once I do get my hands on them!
Everyone Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman // Oct 23
When Synthia (Syn) Wade discovered a secret world where illness and death did not exist, for the first time in her life she didn’t have to worry about her cystic fibrosis. However, a dark truth and a dangerous foe were waiting in the shadows.
Syn must now return to the Garden to save a loved one held captive by a madman and the odds are against her. The secret world is overrun by the terrifying Creepers. Her one-time allies have turned their backs on her. And worst of all, the healing powers of the Garden are no more. This time Synthia fears fighting alone, without respite from her life-threatening illness.
The last time Syn visited The Garden, death was held at bay.
Now Everyone Dies in the Garden of Syn.
Sci-fi/fantasy with a chronically ill MC! That alone is exciting. I also really enjoyed the mysterious and twisty first book, so I’m looking forward to continuing the series.