This fall, we've got more than just sweater weather and changing leaves to look forward to — there's also a bountiful harvest of great new books! These twelve titles come out in September and October, and are some of the new books we're most excited to get our hands on this season. From the return of iconic, familiar characters to the debut of exciting new series, our autumn is booked. And if we left off a title that you're looking forward to, share it with us in the comments and we'll add it to our TBR pile!
Release date: September 4th
Drizzt devotees, rejoice! R.A. Salvatore’s dark elf returns in a brand-new trilogy. Created as a character for the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons setting, Drizzt became iconic after Salvatore's early-90s The Dark Elf trilogy. The dark drow elf returns in a new trilogy full of all the epic fights and immersive worlds that first drew readers into the Underdark. Timeless, the first book in the new trilogy, explores the relationship between Zaknafein, Jarlaxle, and Matron Mother.
Night and Silence
Release date: September 4th, 2018
Night and Silence is the twelfth installment in the Toby Daye urban fantasy series from Seanan McGuire, which follows half-human, half-fae private investigator October Daye, aka Toby. The series as a whole is a must-read for urban fantasy fans.
In this upcoming installment, Toby and her fae and mortal companions are still reeling from the events of the last book, The Brightest Fell. But Toby doesn’t have time to sit on her laurels and process — her estranged daughter has been kidnapped, and Toby must follow her path through San Fransisco, all while navigating interspecies politics and avoiding traps left by an old foe.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release date: September 4th
Personally, I was a little underwhelmed by Solo the movie, in part because it felt like many characters (other than Han himself, of course) didn't get the screen time or development they deserved.
That's one reason I'm excited for the book: historically, the Star Wars movie novelizations have given underserved characters from the movie a time to shine, which is why I'll be picking this title up. Also, it's written by Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Mur Lafferty, whose recent sci-fi mystery Six Wakes is a total page-turner.
And the Ocean Was Our Sky
Release date: September 4th, 2018
Patrick Ness' illustrated young adult reimagining of Moby Dick sounds like one heck of a whale tale. Told from the whales' perspective, it follows a pod as they attack a ship on the surface of the Abyss. But the ship isn't easy prey — and the battle inspires a conflict that will irrevocably alter the lives of whales and whalers alike.
Port of Shadows
Release date: September 11th
Port of Shadows is the first new novel in Glen Cook's beloved grimdark series The Black Company since 2010. The Black Company is a band of outcasts-turned-mercenaries, hardbitten men whose loyalty can be bought for the right price. In Port of Shadows — which can be read as an introductory novel in the series, for Black Company newcomers — the Lady charges them with seizing a young rebel. But the rebel's identity surprises the mercenaries, and soon they find that the very fabric of reality may have been altered...
Release date: September 18th, 2018
The second book in the young adult cyperpunk Warcross trilogy, Wildcard follows young hacker Emika Chen, who's in more danger than ever after surviving augmented reality battle in the Warcross Championships. With grim new knowledge about billionaire Hideo's algorithm, and a bounty placed on her head, Emika will have to put aside her own feelings in order to prevent the person she's closest to from making a decision that could change the very nature of consciousness.
Perfect for fans of Snowcrash or Ready Player One, Marie Lu's series puts a great female protagonist in the center of a dizzying cyberpunk story.
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
Release date: September 18th
This anthology of speeches, articles, and forewords by His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman offers fascinating insight into why, and how, a great fantasy author writes. Writers or storytellers of any kind who despair that their craft is self-indulgent will likely appreciate Pullman's thoughts on why fiction is a valuable part of the human experience.
Release date: September 25th
Vengeful is the second book in V.E. Schwab’s Villains series, an adult fantasy that centers around superpowered friends-turned-foes. The first Villains book, Vicious, follows the complicated history between Victor, Eli, Sydney, and Serena, all of whom have extraordinary abilities. Vengeful will also introduce a new superpowered individual, Marcella Riggins, who is on a quest for revenge.
The Villains series is full of all the darkness, rich character development, and incredible world building we’ve come to expect from V.E. Schwab. We can't wait to see what this new chapter in villainy has in store, particularly since Marcella sounds like a villain it'll be impossible not to root for.
An Easy Death
Release date: October 2nd, 2018
Any new series from Charlaine Harris, the author of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and the Midnight Crossroads trilogy, is a cause for celebration. An Easy Death is the first book in the very intriguing Gunnie Rose series, set in an alternate version of America in which magic runs rampant. Gunslinger Lizbeth Rose is suspicious of magic, but takes a job escorting Russian wizards across the southwestern region known now as Texoma in search of a descendant of Grigori Rasputin.
Roar of Sky
Release date: October 25th
Roar of Sky is the final book in Beth Cato’s Blood of Earth trilogy, which is set in an alternate history, steampunk-infused San Fransisco. Geomancer Ingrid is weakened by her long fight with her nemesis, Ambassador Blum, and makes a pilgrimage to Hawaii to better understand the power running through her veins. But Ingrid's new knowledge will only escalate the battle between her and the tyrannical woman seeking to control the United Pacific. Blood of Earth is a gripping trilogy filled with complex female characters, a wonderfully imagined alternate universe, and a great magic system. We can't wait to see how this journey ends.
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The Black Khan
Release date: October 16th, 2018
The first book in the Khorasan Archives introduced readers to the Companions of Hira, a female resistance group fighting the Talisman, a patriarchal, pervasive evil that can only be destroyed by a powerful text called the Bloodprint. In book two, the Companions are scattered after a shattering defeat, but they'll have to reunite to steal the Bloodprint from the dangerous Black Khan court.
Kingdom of Ash
Release date: October 23rd
The highly anticipated seventh book in Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series, Kingdom of Ash stands to be a gripping conclusion to a saga that has bewitched fans. Aelin is imprisoned by the Queen of the Fae, and perilously close to endangering everyone she loves. In her absence, Aedion and Lysandra struggle to protect Terrasen from its invaders. But no matter how they prepare, none of them are ready for the roles they're fated to play in the series' climactic battle — or the price they'll all have to pay. Block off your weekend for this one: you're not going to be able to pull yourself away.