Fall 2019’s 10 Hottest Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reads

Fall 2019’s 10 Hottest Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reads

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Perhaps it’s because Halloween is around the corner, but fall feels like the perfect time to get lost in a science fiction or fantasy novel. Lucky for us, this season is delivering an incredible bunch of new releases. Rivers Solomon returns with a tale of an undersea community, K. Eason takes readers to the stars with a fight for the throne, and Leigh Bardugo’s adult debut shows readers the ghosts of Yale University. Mermaids, multiverses, and murder–oh my! This fall’s must read sci-fi and fantasy books have it all.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight trilogy comes to a bloody and dynamic close this fall. New readers, start with book one. Longtime fans, prepare to pick up where Godsgrave left off. After her father’s rebellion failed, 10-year-old Mia Corvere lost everything she loved and swore she’d have revenge on government that tore her family apart. After years of training and planning, she’s finally succeeded. Mia assassinated the most powerful man in the Republic: Julius Scaeva. But her troubles are far from over. After fleeing from the gladiatii arena, Mia must stay one step ahead of a government that wants to make her pay for her crimes. With her brother Jonnen at her side, Mia travels to the heart of the Republic of Itreya, only to find secrets that could change her life forever.

On shelves: September 3

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel, the first in a trilogy, takes place in a world of necromancers, skeletons, and multiple murders. Orphan Gideon is presented with an offer she can’t refuse: freedom in exchange for helping her nemesis, the bone witch and heir to the Ninth House Harrowhark. The two travel to Canaan House, a crumbling building on an abandoned planet, where Harrowhark plans to compete against representatives from other Houses for the honor of becoming an advisor to the Emperor. But there are dangers and secrets hiding around every corner of Canaan House, and one by one, new visitors are brutally murdered. If Gideon and Harrowhark don’t kill each other first, they might just make it out alive. No bones about it, this humerus action-packed tale is sure to delight readers.

On shelves: September 10

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

Do you love dystopian novels and live music? If so, A Song for a New Day is the perfect book to pick up this fall. Sarah Pinsker’s novel is set in a future version of the United States that is divided into two eras: Before and After. Before, people could go about their lives more or less as they pleased. After, it became illegal to go to large public events, including concerts. For musician Luce Cannon, this is a big problem. She keeps performing anyway, knowing her failure to comply with the law could cost her everything. One day, she crosses paths with Rosemary, who is working to create and produce virtual reality concerts, and their lives are indelibly changed. We think you’ll love this book about music, the future, and the power of human relationships.

On shelves: September 10

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz’s latest intertwines the stories of two women: Beth, a riot grrrl from 1992, and Tess, a time traveler fighting a sexist movement that’s taking away women’s rights in the past, present, and future. Tess is a member of the Daughters of Harriet, a group locked in a time war with the Comstockers, men adhering to the conservative ideals of Anthony Comstock. The Comstockers are determined to shut down the time travel machines to ensure that the future they design is the only one possible, and it’s up to Tess to stop them. Meanwhile, Beth is grappling with the aftermath of the murder of a friend’s abusive boyfriend. She’s concerned about her own future, and not entirely sure why she keeps running into the mysterious Tess.

(Psst: Read an excerpt of the book here!)
On shelves: September 24

Whispers of Shadow & Flame by L. Penelope

Prepare to return to the world of the Earthsinger Chronicles. Set during the events of Song of Blood & Stone, this second installment follows new characters and offers fresh insight into the kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar. Kyara is an imperial assassin known as the Poison Flame in Lagrimar, and she’s sent on a mission to capture the rebel leader Shadowfox. While working undercover, Kyara realizes that Darvyn, the man she’s begun to fall for, is Shadowfox. Kyara’s under a magical oath, and she must decide if she’s willing to bring Shadowfox to her king or forfeit her own life. Returning fans will love learning more about the kingdoms and people of this fantasy world, while new fans can feel comfortable diving into this book as a standalone.

On shelves: October 1

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Beloved YA author Leigh Bardugo has captivated readers with tales set in the Grishaverse. Now, she’s making her adult debut: a campus novel with a sinister twist. Galaxy “Alex” Stern possesses a unique ability–she can see ghosts. This gift, or curse if you consider how it’s ruined Alex’s life, gains her admittance into Yale University. Alex is given a full scholarship in exchange for using her talent for seeing the dead to help Lethe, one of the school’s secret societies, learn more about the other societies’ rituals. Along the way, Alex finds more dark secrets and danger than she ever could’ve imagined.

On shelves: October 8

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason

Readers, get ready for the first installment in an exciting new space opera duology from K. Eason! Princess Rory Thorne has always assumed she’d eventually take over the throne of the Thorne Consortium from her father, but she is totally unprepared for what happens when he is murdered. Rory finds herself engaged to a prince, and suddenly her future looks very different than the one she had imagined for herself. She travels to a new world to be with her beau and soon realizes that something is amiss and that her prince just might need saving. This novel blends feminism with classic tropes, and the result is unique and engrossing. 

On shelves: October 8

The Deep by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Snipes, William Hutson

“Our mothers were pregnant African women thrown overboard while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on slave ships. We were born breathing water as we did in the womb. We built our home on the sea floor, unaware of the two-legged surface dwellers until their world came to destroy ours.” So begins the song “The Deep” by rap group clipping., which served as the inspiration for this new novel written by Rivers Solomon, the author of An Unkindness of Ghosts. In The Deep, Yetu’s job is to remember the horrific treatment of her ancestors and how her people came to live underwater. It’s an intense responsibility, and Yetu struggles under the weight of the pain she is tasked with remembering. We predict this will be one of the season’s most talked-about new releases.

(Psst: Read an excerpt of the book here!)
On shelves: November 5

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

When Sigourney Rose was a child, the Fjern colonized the islands of Hans Lollik, enslaving her people and murdering her family. She survived, and has been biding her time ever since. When the Fjern king announces that his successor will be chosen from one of the island’s noble families, Sigourney takes action. She uses her kraft, an ability to read and control minds, to make her way to the royal island. But once she’s there, Sigourney finds herself in danger: A killer is taking out members of prominent families. Can she find the vengeance she seeks and still stay a step ahead of the murderer? Kacen Callender’s Caribbean-inspired adult debut explores privilege, power, and corruption in ways readers won’t soon forget.

On shelves: November 12

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri swept us away to a fantasy world inspired by medieval India in her debut Empire of Sand, and now she’s back with Realm of Ash. This is the second installment in the Books of Ambha series and it takes place 11 years after the events of the first. There are rumors of a curse plaguing the Ambhan Empire, and they’re hard to deny with the threat of war looming and the Emperor’s health failing. Arwa, a widow with a rare gift, joins forces with an illegitimate prince on a quest across the desert and into the realm of ash to save their land and their people. If you loved Empire of Sand, you won’t want to miss Suri’s latest.

On shelves: November 12

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