These fall fantasy books will make you want to curl up in a cozy sweater with a hot drink.
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Raining pattering against the window, cozy fireplaces and a steaming hot drink. Fall is my favourite season. And there is something so satisfying about reading fantasy books in Fall.
The problem is fantasy books often seem to lean into Summer or Winter. But what about fall fantasy books?
Witches, Halloween and libraries. So whether you're after paranormal romance, dark academia adventure or Halloween vibes. I've compiled the best fall fantasy books.
For even more recommendations, I have a whole blog post dedicated to fall books. I surveyed book lovers and compiled a list of the 50 most recommended fall books. You can check it out here:
Read on for the best fall fantasy books.
The best fall fantasy books
Ya fall fantasy books
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Good Reads Rating: 4.02
If you're looking for fall fantasy books then this is a great option for you.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there when yesterday it was not. But it’s only open at night.
And behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway between two rival magicians -Celia and Marco.
They have trained since childhood purely for this purpose. But unknown to them, only one will be left standing. The circus is set for an incredible battle of imagination.
The problem is, despite themselves Celia and Marco fall in love. But, true love or not, the game must play out.
2. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Good Reads Rating: 3.67
Sawkill island has never been safe for young girls. There is a local legend about a paranormal beast who hunts young girls.
We are introduced to three girls: Zoey, Val and Marion. They have the power to save the island. If they are willing to come together and try.
Sawkill Girls is a really dark fantasy book. And it’s definitely not for everyone. The world-building is dark, moody and atmospheric. But I love the idea of sapphic girls coming together and using magical powers to conquer evil.
For Fans of Wilder Girls by Rory Power
3. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a classic. And it really delivers on creepiness. Neil Gaiman writes the most atmospheric books. And they always have autumnal vibes.
Coraline is fed up with the lack of attention from her parents. She discovers a family from a parallel universe. And they give her everything she wants.
But is everything as it seems?
The sassy cat is the best. Especially when Coraline tries to befriend the cat. And it responds with “We COULD be rare specimens of an exotic breed of dancing African elephants, but we’re not. At least, I’M not.
For Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket or Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
4. Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas
Good Reads Rating: 4.29
A magical YA Contemporary with LGBTQ+ Main characters.
Cemetery Boys follows Yadriel whose traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender.
To prove himself, he performs a ritual. And sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin.
How perfect is that plot for Halloween? The cover, the plot and the intrigue all scream autumnal Halloween vibes
If you're after LGBTQ+ Fantasy books for Halloween I have tons of recommendations. Check out my article on LGBTQ+ Fantasy books for Halloween here.
For Fans of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
5. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Good Reads Rating: 4.05
Each year in the churchyard, Blue watches her psychic mother see those who are going to die that year. Blue never actually sees them herself. Until this year. When she speaks directly to a boy.
He is called Gansey and is a student at Aglionby school. The students there are known locally as Raven Boys.
I had so many recommendations to read this and for good reason. The characters and the relationships are what make this one of the best fall fantasy books
For Fans of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
6. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Good Reads Rating: 4.00
Serpent and Dove is an excellent pick for anyone looking for books similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses. It features a slow burn enemies to lovers romance between a witch and a witch hunter.
Serpent and Dove follows Louise - a witch. She lives in Cesarine where witches are hunted and burned. Reid is a witch hunter who has always lived by the same principle - thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
But Lou pulls a stunt and it forces them into an impossible scenario - holy matrimony.
This has so many tropes that I enjoy - enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience and morally grey characters. And it's topped off with an well developed magic system and easy to read writing.
If you're searching for fall fantasy books you need to read this. The witchy imagery and gritty city setting are excellent.
For Fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
7. A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
Good Reads Rating: 3.57
A Lesson in Vengeance in a LGBTQ+ Dark Academia Fantasy and Thriller.
It follows Felicity Morrrow and is set at Dalloway School. Dalloway School was her home until the tragic death of her girlfriend.
But after a year away, she's returned to graduate. And she even has her old room back in Godwin House. An exclusive dormitory rumoured to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students rumoured to be witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously on Godwin Grounds.
Looking for dark academia books? Check out my article on dark academia books here.
For Fans of The Society of Souless Girls by Laura Steven
8. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
This has a magical story concept and whimsical worldbuilding. While it doesn't have the food imagery of Legends and Lattes, it has the same cozy fantasy vibe. It features a friendly witch and beautiful forest imagery.
Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope to keep her from terrorizing the town.
But the witch Xan is kind. She rescues the abandoned children. And delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest.
Fyrian the dragon is adorable. He's small and cute. The humour made me smile and laugh many times.
For Fans of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman or Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldtree
9. Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters
Ghostwood Song is a spooky tale with Southern Forest imagery. It features an intriguing mystery and a bisexual main character.
Ghostwood song follows Shady Groves. She’s inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle. And she knows the tunes bring nothing but trouble. But her brother is accused of murder. And to clear his name she’s going to have to make the ghosts sing.
I listened to the audiobook version of this which I highly recommend. The narrator has the most charming Southern USA accent. This book is super atmospheric and full of creepy forest scenes.
It strikes a balance of home comforts and creepy scenes while also exploring the impact of loss on a family.
For Fans of Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
10. A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Good Reads Rating:3.99
If you’re looking for fall fantasy books with bad-ass, disabled characters then you should read a curse so Dark and Lonely.
A Curse So Dark And Lonely is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Prince Rhen is the Heir of Emberfall.
Emberfall is under a curse and the kingdom is enchanted into an everlasting winter. Prince Rhen needs to make a girl fall in love with him to break the curse.
Harper has cerebral palsy. And she struggles to look after her dying mother. She tries to save a stranger and is pulled into the world of Emberfall.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely is an excellent retelling. It puts a modern spin on the original fairytale. Despite Harper’s disability – she’s not a character in need of sympathy. She’s the perfect fantasy heroine – strong and with a good head on her shoulders. But also flawed enough to feel realistic.
For Fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
11. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Legendborn follows Bree Mathews. After the death of her mother, she wants to avoid family memories. So, she joins a residential program for gifted high school students.
But then she witnesses a magical attack on her first night. A flying demon feeding on human energy. A Mage tries to wipe her memory. But he fails. And instead Bree unlocks new memories of her mother’s death.
Legendborn is a brilliant debut novel. It was a fast-paced story full of twists and turns. And it kept me absolutely hooked. In fact, I stayed up to about 2am finishing it.
Tracy Deonn also included commentary on racism and slavery. They were woven perfectly into the storyline.
For Fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
12. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Books with food imagery are so cozy. And they automatically remind me of Autumn. You can taste the vibrant food imagery through the pages of this ya fall book.
It follows Emoni Santiago. Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, her life has been about making the tough decisions.
The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen. Where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.
Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible.
For Fans of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender or You Should See me in a crown by Leah Johnson
13. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Good Reads Rating:4.03
Six of Crows is a fast-paced ya fantasy duology with a chaotic and diverse friendship group.
Six of Crows follows six teenagers living in Ketterdam. Kaz Brekker, a criminal prodigy, is one of the teens. He is offered a deadly heist for a huge payout.
But it’s an impossible heist. And Kaz will need all the help he can get to pull it off. So, he assembles five other teens to help him.
There is so much to love about Six of Crows – magic found family and super sassy banter.
For Fans of Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros or Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
14. The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl
Good Reads Rating:3.68
The Grimrose Girls is a modern take on classic fairytales such as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. But with a darkly magical twist.
The heroines of the stories are re-imagined as friends attending an elite boarding school. After their friend dies, the police rule the death as suicide. But they decide to investigate to find out what really happened.
Grimrose Girls is a unique concept and fantasy retelling. The mystery was really gripping and well-paced. And the story kept mentioning tantalizing details that kept me engaged.
The story also uses the darker versions of the fairytales. And this added to the dark academia, mysterious tone of the book.
For Fans of A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
15. Ruinsong by Julia Ember
Good Reads Rating:3.49
This is yet another seriously underrated lgbt book. I don't see this recommended nearly enough online. Ruinsong is an ya lesbian book set in a dystopian world. It has lush world-building, a twisty plot and feisty main characters.
In this world, singers have magic powers when they sing certain songs. And they are able to heal, cause pain and heat people.
Cadence is an incredibly strong mage. She was born in poverty in an orphanage and rises to success. But she works for the evil Queen Elene. And Elene forces Cadence to use her power to torture others.
But when she is reunited with her childhood friend she must make a choice. Does she take a stand or follow the queen.
This book is like a dystopian and queer phantom of the opera. Full of strong willed women wearing beautiful ball gowns taking down evil
For Fans of The Scapegracers by H.A. Clarke
16. The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill
Good Reads Rating:4.37
If you're looking for diverse fall fantasy books then you need to read some of Kay O'Neill's work. While the plot is very different to Heartstopper - they are still cosy, heartwarming reads.
The Tea Dragon Society is about dragons who grow leaves you can make tea from. But the tea is infused with memories.
We follow Greta a blacksmith apprentice. One day she finds a lost tea dragon in the marketplace. Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners.
This book is adorable, impossibly cute and heart-warming. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and painfully adorable.
Not only is it a beautiful book with a lovely message. But it stars people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ characters.
For Fans of Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
Fall fantasy books for adults
17. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Unpopular opinion - I love reading books with adaptations. Don't get me wrong, some of the adaptations are terrible. But I enjoy reading the book and watching the movie afterwards.
If you're also a fan of a book with an adaptation, then Practical Magic is the fall book for you.
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town.
Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. All Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...
For Fans of The Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna or The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
18. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Good Reads Rating: 3.95
I saw this book recommended on Riley Marie’s Youtube Channel. And I’m so glad she recommended it.
This book follows a forest guardian. He is tasked to look after the forest. A man moves into the house in the forest. And they fall in love.
From the very start, the writing was beautiful. And the imagery in the forest is whimsical and enchanting.
If you like the cottagecore aesthetic you’ll probably really enjoy this book. I listened to the audiobook. And the duology is only 5 hours so it’s a really quick listen
For Fans of A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers
19. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
October fans will love this book. It features witches, vampires and a mystery. All with some dark academia vibes.
It follows Diana Bishop, a young scholar. In the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library she calls up a ewitched alchemical manuscript
Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery. After a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks.
But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.
Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
For Fans of The Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna or Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
20. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein
The Hobbit is another absolute classic. If you're looking to read more adult fantasy books then this is a great place to start. I recommend this as a great starting point over the Lord of the Rings. It's a fantasy standalone novel with a simple but engaging storyline. And a well paced plot.
The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins. He is A Hobbit who lives in The Shire. One day he meets Gandalf and goes on an adventure.
The Hobbit the most charming adventure story. Also, the imagery in the hobbit – particularly around food is lovely. I want to be able to eat seven meals a day much like a hobbit.
The Hobbit is such a cosy, comforting book. It's not as long and drawn out as Lord of the Rings. And it's a really light-hearted read.
For Fans of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein
21. The House Witch by Delemhach
Good Reads Rating:4.41
If you're looking for low stakes, cozy fall fantasy books then you need to read this.
The House Witch is set in a medieval world where witches can command a different form of elemental magic - fire, air, water or earth. We follow Finlay who is a mutant - he's a House Witch. And he becomes Royal Cook in a castle. And his magic means he can cook the most incredible meals.
This is the most perfect cosy read.
It's filled with beautiful food imagery, courtly intrigue and magical hijinks. Likewise, it features an adorable kitten companion.
This is also quite light on the romance and fantasy elements. But the beautiful, cosy food imagery more than made up for it. And reading a fantasy book with a male protagonist is refreshing.
For Fans of Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldtree
22. Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldtree
Good Reads Rating:4.23
Legends & Lattes is the cosiest, low stakes, slice of life fantasy book. And it also features an adorable wlw romance.
Legends & Lattes follows Viv - an orc barbarian. She leaves her life as a warrior and opens the first coffee shop in Thune.
Cosy imagery, a wlw romance and the found family trope. Everything I love in a book. And as if that's not enough, Legends and Latte's has a compelling mystery to solve.
Legends and Lattes is bookish equivalent of a steaming hot mug of coffee. The perfect book to curl up on the sofa with in Autumn or Winter.
For Fans of A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers or The House Witch by Delemhach
23. The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Good Reads Rating:3.71
At one point, I couldn't go on Booktok, without seeing a recommendation for The Atlas Six. It has amazing 11 million mentions on TikTok.
The Atlas Six is about a secret society of academics known as The Alexandrian Society.
Each decade, the world's six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation.
The Atlas Six follows six characters competing for entry into the society.
Dark academia fans will fall in love with this book. Set in a library, it has tons of academic references. From lectures to classes and academic theories.
Looking for books like The Atlas Six, I have a lots of recommendations. You can check out my article on books like The Atlas Six here.
For Fans of Babel by R.F. Kuang or The Magicians by Lev Grossman
24. Babel by R.F. Kuang
Did you like A Secret History, The Atlas Six or Jonathon Strange and Dr Norrell? Then you will love Babel.
A dark fantasy set in an academic setting. It discusses the power of language and the evils of authoritarianism.
It follows Robin Swift. Orphaned by cholera, The mysterious Professor Lovell brings him to London.
There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek and Chinese. All to prepare for the day he'll enroll in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation. Known as Babel.
Babel is the world's centre for translation and magic.
For Robin, Oxford is a utopia.
The problem is, as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realizes serving Babel means betraying his motherland.
For Fans of The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake or The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Fall fantasy romance books
25. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
The Ex Hex was hyped up so much on its release. And I'm not surprised. This adorable romance is the perfect autumnal read.
Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend.
Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way. But she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.
That is until Rhys Penhallow, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless.
For Fans of The Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna or Payback's A Witch by Lana Harper
26. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Another book for October lovers. This cute fantasy book features the found family trope and witches.
It follows Mika Moon. As one of few witches in Britain, she has to hide her magic.
And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she's used to being alone. And she follows the rules...with one exception: an online account.
Here, she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.
But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in their lives
For Fans of The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling or Payback's A Witch by Lana Harper
27. The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
A feel good paranormal romance. The Dead Romantics is perfect for Halloween.
It follows Florence Day. Florence is a ghostwriter for a prolific romance author. The problem is, after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.
When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.
For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and she can’t bring herself to stay.
Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door.
For Fans of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
28. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Good Reads Rating: 3.73
It’s a YA Fantasy book about witches featuring a f/f romance. Plus it’s set in Salem.
These Witches Don’t Burn follows Hannah. She is a witch living in Salem.
A dark blood ritual interrupts her end of school bonfire. And so, she investigates with her ex-girlfriend Veronica.
She also meets Morgan. But trying to date in the middle of a supernatural crisis is not easy. And it will test Hannah’s limits.
This is one of my favourite duologies! The magical, fantastical elements are developed really well. And pacing of the plot will keep you hooked.
For Fans of This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
29. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Good Reads Rating: 3.65
An Enchantment of Ravens is a recent discovery of mine. And it would also be a great pick for Sarah J Maas fans.
It follows Isobel who is a painter. And she creates stunning portraits for the dangerous fair folk. She paints a portrait of the Autumn Prince. But she paints humanity in his eyes. And that’s a deadly mistake.
The imagery in this book is stunning. The world is incredibly beautifully described with whimsical imagery.
This book is full of forest imagery which is really beautiful. And because it follows the Autumn Prince – it’s full of autumnal imagery in the writing.
For Fans of A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
30. Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker
Good Reads Rating: 3.83
Mooncakes is a cozy YA fantasy romance about a witch and a non-binary werewolf.
It follows teen witch Nova. She works at her Nana's magical bookshop. And she helps them loan out spell books. But she also investigates supernatural occurrences in her local town.
One day, she is tasked to investigate reports of a white wolf in a nearby forest. She then discovers her childhood best friend, Tam, fighting a demon werewolf.
This is such a comfort read. The artwork is insanely beautiful. I really loved the illustrations of the magic and magical creatures living in the forest. The romance is also really adorable.
I love a cozy fantasy book in Autumn. If you're after queer cozy fantasy books, I have tons of recommendations. Check out my article on queer cozy fantasy books here
For Fans of The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill
31. A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Good Reads Rating:4.01
A Marvellous Light is a fantasy with dark academia vibes and lots of references to books/libraries.
It follows Robin Blyth. Due to an administrative error, he is named liaison to a secret magical society. So, he is forced to contend with magic's dangers and a deadly curse while he searches for his missing predecessor.
To do this, he'll need the help of Edwin Courcey. Edwin Courcey is his prickly magical society counterpart but he clearly wishes Robin were anyone else.
I love the secret society of magicians. And the Edwardian setting and mlm romance sets it apart from other books including secret magical societies.
There are so many incredible mlm books. If you're looking for books with mlm romance then I have a whole blog post full of recommendations. You can check out my blog post on mlm book here
For Fans of Gentleman of Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by Ki lee
32. Under the whispering door by T.J. Klune
Good Reads Rating:4.01
If you're looking for cosy fall fantasy books then I highly recommend T.J Klune's work. The writing is easy to read. While it includes fantasy elements, it reads as more of a YA Contemporary. It also heavily features tea which made it feel really warm and comforting.
It follows Wallace Price. A reaper comes to collect him from his own funeral. But instead of taking him directly to the afterlife, leads him to a tea shop in a small village.
Hugo runs the teashop but is also the ferryman to souls who need to cross over. But Wallace isn't ready to abandon the life he barely lived.
This book deals with so many heavy topics such as death, grief and loss. But despite such heavy topics this is such a light-hearted, comforting read. T.J. Klune uses laughter, emotions and romance to it.
If you're looking for fantasy books for beginners, you should definitely pick up some of T.J Klune's work. His writing is fantastic - easy to follow and simplistic with no purple prose.
For Fans of The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune