Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of October 2020

Top 10 Exciting SFF of October 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

Shorter days and colder nights have arrived in the Northern hemisphere, which makes it the perfect atmosphere to curl up with books. October is yet another month full of amazing titles after the deluge of excellent releases in September. I have a good mix of age ranges here, featuring heart-breaking series conclusions and compelling first books. Interestingly, it’s an all-fantasy lineup this time. Without further ado, let’s dive into the SFF titles of October 2020 I’m most excited for!

SFF of October 6th, 2020

SFF October 2020 - New releases of October 6th (1)

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 5th book in a quintet

Why I’m excited for it: The whole world of Percy Jackson comes to a close with this book and I’m slightly terrified as well. Uncle Rick has proven he is merciless when it comes to beloved characters’ fates, so you all should be scared too. I can’t wait to see how Apollo’s story wraps up as well because he’s become a favourite over the course of the previous four books.

Community review: (Coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: I haven’t read the first book in the series yet but I didn’t let that stop me from putting this on my TBR anyway. If you’ve seen my previous posts for other months, you know that anything from the Rick Riordan Presents line will definitely make it to my list. This particular series is inspired by African-American folklore and African gods, so if you’re into underrepresented mythology, this one is for you.

Community review: (Coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: Dragons and magical sports at an international level – this premise sounds absolutely incredible! Not only that, the early reviews have been very promising as well, so this one should definitely be on your radar. Also, what better way to celebrate Latinx heritage month than a magical #OwnVoices Latinx book!

Community review: Kate @ Your Tita Kate (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

SFF October 2020 - New releases of October 6th (2)

Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a quartet

Why I’m excited for it: A series of dark fairytales by authors of colour – sign me up! This one kicks things off with a witch, dangerous woods and a curse, set in Germany. I loved Julie’s previous books, which were fairytale retellings, so I’m very intrigued to see how she handles this.

Community review: Mish @ Chasing Faerytales (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Spell Starter by Elsie Chapman

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: I really, really wanted to get an early copy of this one but this is another case of not having read the first book. The series has themes about environmental destruction and has a dystopian setting, which I love reading about. I feel like this a very underrated series that deserves more love from the book community.

Community review: Lauren @ Love Yo Shelf (3.5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: This seems to be everyone’s most anticipated release of the month and for good measure. It follows Addie, who is immortal but no one seems to remember because of a curse. Coupled with V. E. Schwab’s characteristic gorgeous writing, this is not one to miss out on.

Community review: Kate @ Reading Through Infinity (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF of October 13th, 2020

SFF October 2020 - New releases of October 13th

The Fallen Hero by Katie Zhao

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: This is yet another sequel and a Chinese mythology-inspired middle grade adventure series. It also features dragons, so if you’re a fantasy fan who loves these creatures, this month is full of new releases catering to your interests. Not only is Katie an author I admire but the covers of this series are also too pretty to resist as well.

Community review: Sara @ Lyrical Reads (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: Even though Addie is the crowd favourite, I’m personally most looking forward to this one. This was one of the titles available from the ALC programme by Libro.FM and I snatched it up without a second thought. The world is based on pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas and it’s so wonderfully immersive that I just want to get lost in the sheer genius of it.

Community review: Aentee @ Read at Midnight (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: I’ve heard fabulous things about this author’s debut and the title of this one was enough to pique my curiosity. Of course, October is the month of witchy reads, so it is coming out at the perfect time! This is set in New Salem amidst the Suffragette movement with a healthy dose of magic, fraught sisterly bonds and feminism.

Community review: Judith @ Chain Interaction (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF of October 20th, 2020

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: I read Ninefox Gambit a few months ago and fell head over heels in love, so this list wouldn’t be complete without this book. It features a non-binary protagonist, giant dragon automatons and a brewing revoltion. If the premise didn’t do it for you, I’m sure that stunning cover should be more than capable.

Community review: Review @ Novels and Nebulas (Coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Further Reading

Shāfiya @ The Djinn ReaderTop 5 Most-Anticipated Book Releases for October 2020

Tor.comAll the New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in October!

GizmodoDon’t Be Afraid of All the New Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Books Coming in October

Which book is at the top of your most anticipated list for October 2020? Are there any sci-fi titles you’re looking forward to this month? Are you a fan of middle grade fantasy books? Let me know in the comments section down below. Hope you are having a magical week, readers from Earth!

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8 thoughts on “Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of October 2020”

    1. Black Sun is amazing! 😍 I’m currently listening to it. Broken Wish isn’t on my October TBR but I’m planning to read it soonish. Let me know what you think. 💕 Happy MG October, Jenna! 😊

  1. Broken Wish intrigues me SO much! I’ve loved Julie C. Dao’s previous works and I can’t wait to discover that one. Thank you for sharing this lovely list 🙂

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