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YA Fantasy Books by Black Authors You Should Read

Reading has the power to transport us to fabulous worlds, introduce us to different perspectives, and help us understand the world around us as well as ourselves. I am using this Black History month to talk about some great young adult fantasy books by black authors over the last few years. I’ve very much enjoyed reading a lot of them, wish a lot of these were around when I was a teenager, and hope to continue reading even more. To help you with your reading list, here are 4 highly recommended YA fantasy books by Black authors. 

4 Young Adult Fantasy Books by Black Authors to Read Today:

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy 

A tale of sisterhood, power, and loyalty. This first book in a young adult fantasy duology tells the story of two sisters, Eva and Isa, who are both heirs to the Queendom of Myre. Eva was born with the magick of blood and marrow, a dark magick that hasn’t been seen in generations and she has been living in her sister Isa’s shadow. But only one of them can rule. These sisters must engage in a deadly trial that will determine who will become the next monarch. 

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. She prays for red blood so she can finally feel as if she belongs. But her blood is not red, it burns gold on the day of the ceremony and she must face a consequence that is worse than death. Instead she receives an opportunity to fight for the emperor in an army of girls like her. In doing so, she will discover there are many secrets that some would like to remain hidden.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Inspired by West African Folklore and the first book in a duology where a grieving crown princess, Karina, and a desperate refugee, Malik, are on a collision course to murder each other. Malik strikes a deal to kill the princess for his sister’s freedom and Karina decides she will resurrect her mother, which means she will need the beating heart of a king. She plans to marry the victor of the Solstasia competition. Malik finds a way into the competition and things get interesting when they start to grow closer to each other. 

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

After Bree Matthews’ mother dies in a car crash, she attends a program for bright high school students at the University of North Carolina. It seems like a perfect escape from everything she’s going through, at least until she witnesses a magical attack her first night there. There is a secret society called Legendborns, a teenage boy calling himself a ‘Merlin’, and Bree’s own unique magic comes to the surface. As well as a locked memory of what happened the night of her mother’s death. A modern day twist on the Arthurian legend. 

These are the 4 YA fantasy books by Black authors you should read today. So head over to your local bookshop, or online, grab a blanket, get some tea, and settle in to read these books that you will not regret picking up. Once you have, let me know your thoughts on them in the comments down below.

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