Book List: Fantasy books by Black authors

Black Lives Matter counts for ALL the time. So let’s check out some #ownvoices Black magic books in my favorite genre. For a longer list, check out my shelf on Goodreads. There are lots, so I’m just going to highlight a few ones I’m hyped about. 

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

I’m reading this now and it’s pure Black Girl Magic. It’s a contemporary in Portland where Sirens and other magical creatures are part of the normal world, and it’s got the sweetest sisterly friendship between two girls. / Young adult 

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown

A guy makes a deal to assassinate the princess to get his kidnapped sister back. The princess tries to resurrect her mother with dangerous magics. Chaos ensues. I’ve heard so many good things about the hate-to-love romance! / Young adult 

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

It’s Southern Black King Arthur. Are you sold yet, cause I am. Special students hunt monsters. There’s an enigmatic Merlin character. THERE’S A RELUCTANT PARTNERSHIP. All my boxes are ticked. / Young adult 

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Barron

Years after Cindrella’s death, girls go to the ball every year to be selected as brides for wealthy men. But one girl would rather marry her best friend, and she’s willing to take down the whole system to do it. If that doesn’t scream “smash the patriarchy” I don’t know what does. / Young adult

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

Two sisters in a fractured kingdom battle to see who will become queen. Literally we’ve got two sisters trying to kill each other, some fey magic, and some political machinations. Let the mayhem come! / Young adult 

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Love Alice? Now check the modern version. This Alice slays Nightmare creatures in Atlanta, has a rhyming friend named Hatta, and has to travel to the wilds of Wonderland to save her poisoned mentor. It’s such a fun Buffy-style book! / Young adult

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

By a Black trans author, this Afro-Caribbean inspired fantasy is all about the last surviving member of a noble lineage fighting back against the colonizers who stole her family’s rule. / Adult 

What Black fantasy books do you love? 

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