18 Epic Fantasy Books Starring Magical Black Leads
The cover reveal for Redemptor, the sequel to Raybearer, is here — along with 18 more magical fantasy book recommendations you need to read!
It’s an empirical fact that crowns, fairies, and Afros go together. Peer reviewed studies (conducted by me) have concluded that melanin and gold velvet are natural allies. But there’s a problem — until recently, almost every book involving magic was hella Eurocentric, despite the countless mythologies and imaginative traditions of African and Black diaspora peoples.
Luckily, my New York Times bestselling novel Raybearer joined the long-needed influx of magic Black stories last year. The sequel, Redemptor, comes out August 17 — and I'm beyond thrilled to reveal the cover:
Fairies with Afros? Check. Teen Black heroine single-handedly taking on an empire with sinister secrets? Check. Royalty plotting the downfall of the Underworld while eating fried plantain? I mean, obviously.
But according to the aforementioned peer studies, the appropriate amount of Black fantasy words is always *more.* So, here are 17 more titles to hold you over until Redemptor hits the world’s bookshelves.