Book List: LGBTQIA+ fantasy by #ownvoices authors

Pride doesn’t stop after Pride month. Here’s a list of fantasy, my favorite genre, about queer characters and written by queer authors. For a longer list, check out my shelf on Goodreads.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Barron

If you didn’t realize, this one is hella sapphic. That’s right, girl is forced to go to a ball to be selected as a wife, but she’d rather marry her female best friend. It’s the Cinderella tale but much darker and gayer. 

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

More sapphic love! This time girls who are part of a harem fall in love and get involved in political machinations in a fantasy world. Forbidden romance gets dangerous. 

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Gay phoenixes. Are you hooked yet? Plus it’s got a strong brother relationship with two boys, one who wants peace and one who wants war, and there’s magic and rebellion and all that good stuff. 

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

This is one of my favorite fantasy books, SO underrated. It’s about a genderfluid-questioning MC and a genderfluid love interest. Both are witches in an Italian-inspired kingdom where the mafia rules.

Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas

I’m so hype for this. A trans boy accidentally raises a ghost…and then FALLS IN LOVE with said ghost. How cool is that? 

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

A dancing sickness takes over the city and people are blamed as witches. Five hundred years later, the descendants struggle with the truth. It’s full of trans and gay characters and Anna-Marie’s beautiful prose.

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

Gay witches and Celtic mythology. Yes, I said it. It’s such a fun, quick read full of mayhem, serial murder, and enemies to lovers kissing. 

What LGBTQIA+ books do you love? 

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