9 Fantasy Books By Black Authors To Add To Your TBR List

We’ve put together a list of nine amazing fantasy books by Black authors that we think you should definitely add to your TBR list.

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To keep our celebration of Black History Month going, we’re taking a look (in no particular order) at nine fantasy books by Black authors that we love and think you should add to your TBR list. As someone who’s a huge fan of immersive fantasy books, I was super excited to put this article out for all to see, and I think everyone who reads this will find at least one book that piques their interest.

But before we jump into these fantastic reads, make sure you check out our other recommendations to diversify your bookshelf this Black History Month, learn about some of our favorite Black-owned bookstores, and make sure to check out our current series on influential Black authors.

Now, let’s jump into it!

1. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, Roseanne A. Brown

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
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Malik is a refugee fleeing his war-torn home with his sisters. Karina is the Crown Princess of the desert city Ziran. The two come from different worlds, but their paths are on a deadly collision course towards each other.

When her mother is assassinated, a grief-stricken Karina is determined to resurrect her using ancient magic. But in order to do so, she needs the beating heart of a king, so she decides to offer her hand in marriage to the victor of Ziran’s Solstasia Festival and Tournament.

When a spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister as payment for entering Ziran, he’ll stop at nothing to get her back. He strikes a deal: kill the Crown Princess of Ziran, and he’ll gain his sister’s freedom.

Malik sneaks his way into the Solstasia Tournament, and he has his sights set on Nadia. But will the two be able to complete their deadly tasks?

Once you finish Wraiths and Ruin make sure to check out the second installment of this fantasy duology, A Psalm of Storms and Silence!

2. Witches Steeped in Gold, Ciannon Smart

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
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Two enemy witches strike a deadly alliance with each other in this story about revenge and betrayal. Jazmyne has grown up with wealth, possessing stolen magic. Though she’s the daughter of the self-crowned Queen, her very existence is a threat to her mother’s claim to rule, but she has no intention of dying like her sister to strengthen her mother’s power.

Like Jazmyne, Iraya also possesses magic. The difference? Iraya has grown up in a cell, the heir of an overthrown and magically gifted dynasty, and exiled from her nation. Now, she has her sights set on revenge.

Though they’re enemies, Jazmyne and Iraya form an unsteady alliance to fight for survival and exact revenge on the woman who threatens their lives. Will their alliance hold, or will the pursuit of revenge get the best of them?

Stay tuned for the second book in this duology, Empress Crowned in Red, which is set to be released on June 7, 2022.

3. The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
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Sixteen-year-old Deka is an outcast in her village. Though she has the gift of intuition, the villagers see her as impure. When her blood runs gold during a blood ceremony to determine if she will become a member of the village, a mysterious woman offers her a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight with an army of girls for the emperor as an alaki-near-immortal.

Though she yearns for acceptance, Deka chooses to fight for the emperor. A great threat to the emperor is rising, and the near-immortals are the only ones that can stop it. But as she gets nearer to the capital city, Deka soon begins to realize that nothing is as it seems, including herself.

Keep an eye out for the second installment in this duology, The Merciless Ones, which hits shelves on May 31, 2022.

4. Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
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Tarisai was raised in isolation by a mysterious mother known only as The Lady. When The Lady sends Tarisai to the capital city of the Aritsar empire to compete for a chance to join the Crown Prince’s Council of 11, who are sharing a bond deeper than blood, Tarisai sees a future. She longs for the closeness and connection that she didn’t have growing up, but unfortunately, The Lady has other plans for Tarisai.

Tarisai is compelled to obey The Lady’s magical wish: gain the Prince’s trust and kill him. But is Tarisai strong enough to defy The Lady and forge her own path towards belonging, or will she end up a pawn in The Lady’s game?

You won’t be able to get enough of Raybearer, but don’t worry, Redemptor, the second book in this duology, is available now!

5. Legendborn, Tracy Deonn

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
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After her mother dies in a mysterious car accident, Bree Matthews is determined to forget her family and her past, and the residency program at UNC-Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape. But on Bree’s first night at campus, she witnesses a flying demon attack, and she learns of the Legendborn: a secret society of students that hunt the creatures down.

When a mysterious mage who calls himself “Merlin” unsuccessfully wipes Bree’s memory of the incident, her own unique magic is unlocked and certain memories come flooding back, like the fact that a mage was there at the hospital the night Bree’s mother died. Convinced her mother’s death was more than just an “accident,” Bree infiltrates the Legendborn as an initiate to uncover the truth.

She recruits a self-exiled Legendborn, Nick, who has his own grudge against the secret society, to help her. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves to be descendents of King Arthur’s knights and tell of a magical war that’s coming, Bree has to decide between the truth or fighting alongside the secret society.

The action continues in book two of the Legendborn Cycle, Bloodmarked. Look for Bloodmarked in bookstores on November 8, 2022.

6. War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
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In the year 2172, most of the Earth is considered unlivable. Because of nuclear disasters and climate change, some lucky people have left Earth to live in space colonies in the sky.

Sisters Onyii and Ify’s lives have been marked by political unrest and civil war, living in war-torn Nigeria where battles are fought with flying deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs to protect them from radiation.

The two sisters dream of a future together where there is peace and hope, and they’re both willing to fight in a deadly war to reach it.

Look for Rebel Sisters, the sequel to War Girls now!

7. A Blade So Black, L. L. McKinney

A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
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Alice lives a busy life: living in Atlanta with an overprotective mother and having a best friend who’s high-maintenance all while trying to save a slipping GPA can be tough. But Alice’s life is anything but ordinary.

Alice nearly lost her life the first time the Nightmares came, but now she’s a trained fighter, using magical weapons to fight monstrous creatures who come from the dark realm known as Wonderland. But when her mentor is mysteriously poisoned, Alice must venture deep into Wonderland to find a cure and use all her skills to avoid losing her head.

If you loved A Blade So Black, make sure to check out the next book in this series, A Dream So Dark!

8. Beasts of Prey, Ayana Gray

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray
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Sixteen-year-old Koffi is indentured to the notorious Night Zoo, caring for fearsome creatures in order to pay off her family’s debt and secure their freedom. But one night when Koffi’s cruel master threatens her family, Koffi unleashes a power she doesn’t fully understand or even knew she had.

Ekon, the second son of a decorated hero, is destined to become an elite warrior- a Son of Six. But on the night of his final rite of passage, Ekon encounters the Shetani, a deadly monster that’s plagued the city for almost a century, and Koffi, whose powers seem to ward off the monster.

Koffi’s power saves Ekon’s life, but he lets her flee, dooming his hopes of becoming a Son of Six. Ekon is desperate to redeem himself and vows to hunt and kill the Shetani, but he’ll need Koffi’s help (and power) to do so. The two form an uneasy alliance to enter the Greater Jungle, a world full of wild magic and danger, to hunt the Shetani. But as they venture deeper into the Greater Jungle, they begin to wonder if they are the hunters or the hunted.

Stay tuned for the sequel, Beasts of Ruin, which hits shelves on July 26, 2022.

9. Kingdom of Souls, Rena Barron

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
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Arrah is the heir to two lines of powerful witchdoctors, but has no power of her own. She can’t summon her ancestors or perform bone magic, and fears she may never be good enough in the eyes of her mother, the Kingdom’s most powerful priestess and seer.

When children in the Kingdom start disappearing, Arrah is desperate to help and turns to a forbidden and dangerous ritual which gives her power… in exchange for years off of her life.

The borrowed power reveals a greater danger that threatens Arrah and everyone she loves, and she must defeat it before the cost becomes too great.

Loved Kingdom of Souls? Check out the next installment in the fantasy saga, Reaper of Souls today!

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