Mabuhay, friends! 

The Top Ten Tuesday prompt was supposed to be our Spring 2020 TBR but where I’m at, it’s blissful autumn! I absolutely love the cold weather; if I could I would wear the whole autumn witch aesthetic every single day. Who doesn’t love sweaters???

In today’s post, I am sharing with you seven fantasy books that I have on my TBR for this autumn. Some of them were sent to me for review, so books for review = 🍂. 

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan (February 16 2010 from Tor Books)

The bonds and wards that hold the Great Lord of the Dark are slowly failing, but still his fragile prison holds. The Forsaken, immortal servants of the shadow, weave their snares and tighten their grip upon the realms of men, sure in the knowledge that their master will soon break free…

Rand al’ Thor, the Dragon Reborn, knows that he must strike at the Enemy, but his forces are divided by treachery and by ambition. Even the Aes Sedai, ancient guardians of the Light, are riven by civil war. Betrayed by his allies, pursued by his enemies and beset by the madness that comes to the male wielders of the One Power, Rand rides out to meet the foe.


46207682 The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso (February 18 2020 from Orbit Books)

“I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me.”

Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father’s rival heralds peaceful days to come.

But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair.

Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It’s meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she’s on her own as she struggles to fight her way home.


51190882. sx318 sy475 🍂 The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (March 24 2020 from Tor Books) 

With the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tightly and lushly written narrative about empire, storytelling, and the anger of women.

A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.


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🍂 The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (March 24 2020 from Orbit Books)

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.




🍂 Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost (April 14 2020 from Disyney-Hyperion)

In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.

When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was a kid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she’s a liar, she knows she’s a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn’t shake her confidence in her ability. Until a terrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa’s exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.

Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girls headed by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic-powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.


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🍂 The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (May 5 2020 from Candlewick Press)

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself.


51182650. sx318 sy475 🍂 Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (May 12 2020 from Flatiron Books)

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.


🌺 What is your favourite season?

🌺 Which book, fantasy or other, would recommend for an autumn reading?

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  1. Kacie @ bookmarksandteaching says:

    I wish it was Autumn for me; it’s my favorite season! Spring sets off my allergies and I hate the heat of summer. Maybe when I’m retired, I will travel so that I’m only in Autumn and Winter. Hmm, there’s an idea. “The City We Became” sounds right up my alley. I’m looking forward to reading what you think about it!

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  2. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland says:

    Spring and summer are my favorite seasons. I love the warmer weather.

    The Empress of Salt and Fortune is also on my TBR. I plan to get to Fires of Heaven eventually (just need to read some of the earlier books first). I’d recommend Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy.

    I hope you enjoy your books!

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  3. Lois says:

    Girl, Serpent, Dove is one of my most anticipated books of the year. It looks like such a luscious and deadly book. My cup of tea haha. The Empress of Salt and Fortune is another one I’m keeping my eye on, so I hope you enjoy it. Good luck with the TBR. 😀

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  4. Lory says:

    The Empress of Salt and Fortune looks very intriguing even though I am allergic to book titles with the X of Y and Z pattern. Nevertheless I may have to look into it.

    Books to read in autumn? One of the many Tam Lin retellings is always a book choice – Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope, and Tam Lin by Pamela Dean are three of my favorites. If you haven’t tried them yet, I hope you will!


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