All-new Nevermoor, Queen’s Council and Bamboo Kingdom – these are the most exciting new (young adult) YA fantasy books in October 2023
Vengeful hunters, forbidden knowledge and unspoken rules. From fantastical mysteries to dangerous encounters and inspiring tales of perseverance, these are some of the most anticipated new releases among the (young adult) YA fantasy books of October 2023.
Complete with titles, release dates, authors, synopsis and links to pre-order and buy your favourite new teen and young adult fantasy book releases right now, as you like…
New YA Fantasy Books of October 2023
Night of the Witch
Beth Revis, Sara Raasch, 3 October 2023
First in Beth Revis and Sara Raasch’s planned new Witch and Hunter series. Night of the Witch sees Fritzi, the last survivor of a coven massacre, seeking revenge against the brutal witch hunters, the hexenjägers. Otto, an undercover hexenjäger, hungers for vengeance against the ones who destroyed his family. Forced together by circumstance, they form a shaky alliance against a common enemy. Their journey from the heart of hexenjäger power to the Black Forest unveils dark secrets and a malevolent magical plot in Night of the Witch.
Prince Of Thorns & Nightmares
Linsey Miller, 3 October 2023
Prince Phillip’s preordained life takes an unexpected turn when magic intertwines with his destiny. Tasked to marry Princess Aurora and break her curse, he learns of a prophecy to defeat Maleficent. Phillip, fueled by newfound choice and magic, teams up with fairies on a quest for ancient artefacts. Amid the journey, he encounters Briar Rose in dreams, a mysterious girl testing his patience and igniting unexpected feelings in Prince of Thorns & Nightmares.
Throne of the Fallen
Kerri Maniscalco, 3 October 2023
The Prince of Envy faces a cryptic game to save his demon court. Amid riddles and hexes, an unexpected artist enters his life, igniting new feelings. On the other side, virtuous Camilla Antonius collides with scandalous rake Envy, forging a perilous alliance to navigate the demon courts, vampire realm, and beyond. As danger mounts, so does their connection, threatening to ensnare them in the most treacherous trap: love in Throne of the Fallen.
Cassandra Clare, 10 October 2023
Kel, an orphan turned body double for the royal heir, knows his fate is to die for Prince Conor. Lin, a skilled physician with forbidden magical abilities, seeks knowledge to save lives. After an assassination attempt, they’re drawn into the web of the criminal Ragpicker King. As secrets unravel, they’re faced with the choice of betraying for forbidden knowledge or fighting against a conspiracy that could lead to chaos in Sword Catcher.
Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend, 10 October 2023
The fourth book in Jessica Townsend’s award-winning Nevermoor series. Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow seeks to unravel the web of mystery around whom Morrigan really is. She sides with someone very dangerous to learn more about the Wundrous Arts. Morrigan Crow has a dangerous choice to make in Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow.
The Night Hunt
Alexandra Christo, 10 October 2023
Atia, the last of her fearsome kind, seeks refuge in the shadows to escape the wrath of unpredictable Gods. Silas, a Herald burdened by forgotten memories, yearns for his true identity. Against all odds, Atia and Silas forge an alliance when the Gods send monsters to hunt her. With a shared goal to defy destiny, they strike a deal: she avenges her family, and he breaks his curse in The Night Hunt.
Realm of Wonders
Alexandra Monir, 10 October 2023
Book 3 in Disney’s The Queen’s Council series. Realm of Wonders joins Aladin’s Jasmine after defeating Jafar. She believes in her happily ever after, but her world shifts when her father dies, transforming her plans from a wedding to a funeral and her own coronation. To become Agrabah’s first female ruler, she must prove herself through a challenging tournament. As the divide between her and Aladdin widens, dark forces emerge. Guided by a cryptic message, Jasmine sets off on a quest in Realm of Wonders.
Here, and Only Here
Christelle Dabos, 10 October 2023
Step into the eerie halls of the School of Here, a strangely familiar yet unsettling place. The unspoken rules and codes passed down from year to year dictate the lives of the students. Ruled by a godlike prince, the society is divided into pairs, friend groups, and outcasts. In a year like any other, hidden complexities unravel. A quiet first-year student disappears, an outsider takes his destiny into his hands, a powerful upperclassman meets his match, and a new prophetess tests her abilities in Here, and Only Here.
Two Twisted Crowns
Rachel Gillig, 17 October 2023
Book 2 in Rachel Gillig’s The Sheperd King series. Two Twisted Crowns sees the kingdom ensnared by a tyrant king and ensnared in dark magic, teetering on the brink of disaster. Elspeth and Ravyn have secured most of the twelve Providence Cards, yet the ultimate one, the Twin Alders, still eludes them. With the kingdom’s fate hanging on the upcoming Solstice, their only hope lies within a treacherous mist-filled forest. But the key to navigating it is Elspeth’s internal monster—the Nightmare—who is becoming increasingly resistant to aiding them in Two Twisted Crowns.
Under the Smokestrewn Sky
A. Deborah Baker, 17 October 2023
The fourth and final instalment of A. Deborah Baker’s Up-and-Under quartet, Under the Smokestrewn Sky accentuates the significance of friendship while highlighting the sacrifices one must make when veering off course. Journeying through astonishing realms, Avery and Zib have faced countless challenges and found friends and foes. All in pursuit of returning home from the Up and Under. As they approach the Impossible City, their path grows treacherous. In a world of uncertainty, their safety is far from assured in Under the Smokestrewn Sky.
The Dark Sun
Erin Hunter, 24 October 2023
Book 4 in Erin Hunter’s Bamboo Kingdom series. The Dark Sun sees the Bamboo Kingdom rejoice as three Dragon Speakers now lead. Yet, an unsettling vision of a “Dark Sun” looms, dividing Rain, Leaf, and Ghost. Amid their debates, the monkeys scheme to exploit this discord. Unless the pandas unite, even greater challenges may await on the horizon in The Dark Sun.
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