Reading is one of the things that brings me the most joy in this world (see here). With the Autumn Equinox around the corner, I have been craving a return to slightly darker, moodier novels that embody the atmosphere of the changing season. In alignment with this desire, I recently had the opportunity to join a fantasy book club for the fall and winter that was started by a lovely online acquaintance from Denmark. I poured through the proposed selections and it renewed my motivation to add some magical fiction novels to my ever-growing reading list. The books below are the ones for the club that I am most excited about checking out over the coming months. Let me know if any of these will end up on your bookshelf as well!
The North Wind, Alexandria Warwick
This is the first book I have purchased and started reading for the upcoming fall season- it is described as lush, dark and romantic which reeled me in straight away. It is an enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance set in a magical world; the first of four in a series known as The Four Winds, which is ‘sprinkled with Greek lore.’ Sign me up.
The Embroidered Book, Kate Heartfield
I would pick up this book based on the beautiful cover alone; truly, it is a work of art. This fantasy novel intrigues me based on its reimagining of a period of history- the lead female characters are Marie Antoinette and her sister, taking back control of their lives using a book of spells that they discovered as children.
The Drowned Woods, Emily Lloyd-Jones
The description of this book that I read online started with ‘Once upon a time…’ and I just cannot resist such a tale. It involves kingdoms, thrilling conflict and a heroine who can manipulate water with magic. A dark, ethereal fairytale that is rich with Welsh legends sounds simply perfect to cozy up with on a rainy, fall day.
I read this book earlier in the year and became fully immersed in the fantasy world woven with Chinese mythology- I could hardly put it down. Given that this was included on my book club list for the fall, I will definitely be giving it a second read. I am SO excited for the sequel to be released this coming November.
All the Horses of Iceland, Sarah Tolmie
If you have read my other posts, you may know that Scandinavia holds a special place in my heart (see here, here or here). I would likely have purchased this book simply due to the title (plus the cover art is dreamy). This book is described as ‘a hypnotic historical fantasy’ and it weaves a magical tale of the mystical origin of Iceland’s unique, wild and free horses.
The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea, Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Magic, pirates, the high seas, haunting mythical creatures and a rebellious heroine are just some of the elements mentioned to describe this autumn book club pick. I have read a couple of reviews that warn of its dark and violent tones, but my curiousity is piqued enough to give it a try.
A River Enchanted + A Fire Endless, Rebecca Ross
This two-part adult fantasy series is set on a magical isle and involves enchantments, dark secrets, spirits and disappearances. Described as ‘a stirring story of duty, love and the power of true partnership,’ it sounds like the perfect world to dive into on a chilly Autumn evening.
Do you have any other book recommendations for the upcoming fall season? I would love to know!
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Lovely List, I always like to have lots of books to read at this time of year ♡
Thank you so much for saying that and I agree- I love having new books to celebrate the arrival of the cooler months! 😊🍂
Some great recommendations here 🙂 Always good to expand your library as the seasons change! 🍂
Thank you so much, Tom! I always like to change up my books with the seasons. Are you reading anything at the moment?
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The North Water by Ian McGuire (Victorian whalers in the Arctic) and the Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Both very immersive historical novels 🙂
Just looked them both up. Have you seen any of the TV adaptation of The North Water? The Essex Serpent sounds intriguing…I will add that one to my library list 👌📚
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Sure did 🙂 Colin Farrell, Jack O’Connell and Stephen Graham played some great characters in it. 🌊 🐋