Emily Wilde's Compendium of Lost Tales

Book 3 in the Emily Wilde series

The third installment in the heartwarming and enchanting Emily Wilde series, about a curmudgeonly scholar of folklore and the fae prince she loves

Emily Wilde has spent her life studying faeries. A renowned dryadologist, she has documented hundreds of species of Folk in her Encyclopaedia of Faeries. Now she is about to embark on her most dangerous academic project yet: studying the inner workings of a faerie realm—as its queen.

Along with her former academic rival—now fiancé—the dashing and mercurial Wendell Bambleby, Emily is immediately thrust into the deadly intrigues of Faerie as the two of them seize the throne of Wendell’s long-lost kingdom, which Emily finds a beautiful nightmare filled with scholarly treasures.

Emily has been obsessed with faerie stories her entire life, but at first she feels as ill-suited to Faerie as she did to the mortal world: How can an unassuming scholar such as herself pass for a queen? Yet there is little time to settle in, for Wendell’s murderous stepmother has placed a deadly curse upon the land before vanishing without a trace. It will take all of Wendell’s magic—and Emily’s knowledge of stories—to unravel the mystery before they lose everything they hold dear.

Out February 11, 2025


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  • Physical violence
  • Death by suicide (on page)
  • Poisoning
  • Death of a child (off page, recounted)

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands

Book 2 in the Emily Wilde series

When mysterious faeries from other realms appear at her university, curmudgeonly professor Emily Wilde must uncover their secrets before it’s too late, in this heartwarming, enchanting second installment of the Emily Wilde series.

Emily Wilde is a genius scholar of faerie folklore who just wrote the world’s first comprehensive encyclopaedia of faeries. She’s learned many of the secrets of the Hidden Ones on her adventures . . . and also from her infuriatingly charming fellow scholar Wendell Bambleby.

Because Bambleby is more than brilliant and unbearably handsome. He’s an exiled faerie king on the run from his murderous mother and in search of a door back to his realm. And despite Emily’s feelings for Bambleby, she’s not ready to accept his proposal of marriage: Loving one of the Fair Folk comes with secrets and dangers.

She also has a new project to focus on: a map of the realms of faerie. While she is preparing her research, Bambleby lands her in trouble yet again, when assassins sent by his mother invade Cambridge. Now Bambleby and Emily are on another adventure, this time to the picturesque Austrian Alps, where Emily believes they may find the door to Bambleby’s realm and the key to freeing him from his family’s dark plans.

But with new relationships for the prickly Emily to navigate and dangerous Folk lurking in every forest and hollow, Emily must unravel the mysterious workings of faerie doors and of her own heart.

A New York Times bestseller  |  A USA Today Bestseller  |  An LA Times Bestseller  |  An Indie Next pick  |  LibraryReads’s Top Monthly Pick

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  • Physical violence
  • Mauling
  • Poisoning
  • Death by falling (implied)
  • Death by drowning (on page)

★ “Utterly enchanting” —Booklist (starred review)

★ “This excellent series installment will leave listeners desperate to find out what Emily’s up to next.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Like all good fairy tales, this book is enchantingly charming, with hints of razor-sharp teeth. My only complaint is that it ends; I want to live in Emily’s Otherlands forever.” —Kiersten White, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A pleasure from beginning to end.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Wilde is a fantastic character…In many ways, the second Emily Wilde book is even more compelling than the first, as Emily confronts the potentially dire consequences of growing too close to her research subject.” —The Washington Post

“Heather Fawcett’s second installment in the Emily Wilde series is a cozy read sure to entrance fans of fantasy and romance alike.” —BookPage

“Spellbinding…Fantasy readers will delight over this whimsical series” —Woman’s World Magazine

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries

Book 1 in the Emily Wilde series

A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love, in this heartwarming and enchanting fantasy.

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party—or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones—the most elusive of all faeries—lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all—her own heart.

Sunday Times bestseller  |  Washington Post bestseller  |  Canadian and US indie bestseller  |  An Indie Next pick  |  An NPR Best Book of the Year  |  A New York Times Notable Book  |  A Barnes & Noble monthly pick  |  A LibraryReads Top Ten Release  |  Goodreads Choice Award finalist (fantasy)  |  Locus Award finalist | Mythopoeic Award finalist

Click to view content warnings—may contain spoilers.
  • Physical violence
  • Amputation of a finger
  • Abduction/kidnapping
  • Suicide ideation (side character, implied)
  • Amnesia/loss of self
  • Killing of an animal (off page, recounted)

★ “(Fawcett) does a fantastic job building complex characters…A great read for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Erin Morgenstern.” —Library Journal (starred review)

★ “The full cast of characters, well-developed faerie lore, and pervasive sense of cold add depth to the delightful proceedings…Emily is an Amelia Peabody in snowshoes, and readers will be utterly charmed.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A stirring exploration of mythography and storytelling, with a dark and twisted heart.” —Amal El-Mohtar, The New York Times Book Review

“Impeccable Tam Lin vibes…The world-building here is exquisite, a weather-beaten village in an incredible Arctic landscape — and fortunately, the characters are just as textured and richly drawn…Emily herself is delightful, brilliant but flawed, and often darkly funny.” —Olivia Waite, The New York Times Book Review


“A thoroughly charming academic fairytale, complete with footnotes and a low-key grumpy romance.” —The Guardian

“This cozy, academic fantasy is whimsical and endearing with delicious banter…Miyazaki fans will probably be pleasantly reminded of Howl’s Moving Castle.”  —BookRiot

“Full of awe-inspiring shows of power and striking moments of humanity…(P)erfect for readers who love the atmospheric qualities of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and the pacing of writers like Zen Cho or Charlie N. Holmberg. Follow the lights into the woods and dance with the fae under Emily’s careful guidance—just be sure not to get carried away.” —BookPage

“Fawcett crafts several fine mysteries, mines plenty of faerie folklore, and blends equal parts girl detective, academic warrior, and Emma Thompson channeling-Austen into this smart and sparkling fantasy. Who knew writing an encyclopaedia could be so much fun?!” —Locus

“(A) charming story of friendship, love, and coziness. Not sure there’s a more perfect book for the winter hitting shelves this month, and certainly a great example of why we need more ‘light academia’ stories out there.” —Paste Magazine

“The ideal book to curl up with on a chilly winter’s evening. I would follow Emily and Wendell to the ends of the earth. This book is an absolute delight.” —Megan Bannen, author of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

“So vividly, endlessly enchanting, so crisply assured, so rich and complete and wise and far-reaching in its worldbuilding that you’ll walk away half ensorcelled.” —Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

“Forget dark academia: give me instead this kind of winter-sunshined, sharp-tongued, and footnoted academia, full of field trips and grumpy romance and malevolent faeries.” —Freya Marske, author of A Marvellous Light

“Enchanting in every sense of the word, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries is a delight of snow-laden forests and changelings, folklore and fairy kings, meticulous footnotes and academic rivalry, and adventure.” —H.G. Parry, author of The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep

“A charmingly whimsical delight, saturated with faerie magic and the equally wonderful magic of humanity…five dazzling, gladdening stars.” —India Holton, author of The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

“A darkly gorgeous fantasy that sparkles with snow and magic, this book wholly enchanted me.” —Sangu Mandanna, author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

“I enjoyed every word of this gorgeously written fairy tale featuring a grumpy heroine and an utterly charming love interest who constantly surprised me. A new favorite!” —Isabel Ibañez, author of Woven in Moonlight