Two local best-selling fantasy authors have new books out in September


If you want to be a wildly successful author in Utah Valley, a good approach is to write fantasy novels and to answer to the name Brandon. In addition to making the New York Times best-seller lists, prolific authors Brandon Mull (Highland) and Brandon Sanderson (American Fork) both attended Brigham Young University — Mull studying public relations, Sanderson studying English — and both have new books out this year. Here’s a look at each.

booksBrandon Mull is the author of the two acclaimed fantasy series “Fablehaven” and “Beyonders,” as well as the “Candy Shop War” books and the “Pingo” illustrated books for children.

What to read now: Mull will be launching his new book, “Wild Born,” at the Provo City Library Sept. 10. It’s the first book in a new Scholastic multi-author fantasy series titled “Spirit Animals.” For more information, check out

Brandon Sanderson  wrote his first novel, “Elantris,” while working as a night clerk at a Provo inn. The popular fantasy author has published the “Mistborn” fantasy trilogy, and also jumped in to finish the “Wheel of Time” series after series author Robert Jordan died.  He recently launched a 10-volume epic fantasy series, “The Stormlight Archive.”

What to read now: “Steelheart,” Sanderson’s first book in a projected epic series, will be released Sept. 24 by Delacorte Press. It looks at what happens when an ordinary human tries to fight back in a world ruled by supervillains.

Brandon Sanderson. (Photo by Micah DeMoux)

Brandon Sanderson.
(Photo by Micah DeMoux)

Brandon Mull. (Photo by Kenneth Linge Photography)

Brandon Mull.
(Photo by Kenneth Linge Photography)




Elyssa Andrus has worked as a journalist for 14 years, most recently as the lifestyle editor at the Daily Herald newspaper in Provo. She is a contributor to the KSL-TV show "Studio 5" and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking" (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Natalie Hollingshead. She lives with her husband and four young children in Utah Valley.

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