Best African American Fantasy Fiction Books
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1. The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1, WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD 2016
Author: by N. K. Jemisin
Orbit (August 4, 2015)
August 4, 2015
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best NovelBook 1 in the record-breaking triple Hugo-Award-winning trilogy*One of Time Magazine’s top 100 fantasy books of all time*Shortlisted for the World Fantasy, Nebula, Kitschies, Audie and Locus Awards*A New York Times Notable Book and the inaugural Wired.
Com book club pick *THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS …FOR THE LAST TIME. IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.’Astounding’ NPR’Amazing’ Ann Leckie’Breaks uncharted ground’ Library Journal’Powerful’ io9’Elegiac, complex, and intriguing’ Publishers Weekly’Intricate and extraordinary’ New York Times’Brilliant’ Washington PostThe Broken Earth trilogy is complete – beginning with The Fifth Season, continuing in The Obelisk Gate (Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel) and concluding with The Stone Sky (Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel and Nebula Award).Also by N.K.
2. Greed and Gluttony: Seven Deadly Sins Saga: The Finale
Author: by Jade Royal
July 5, 2021
Greed.Excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.Gluttony. A voracity for overindulgence. What do you think will happen when two sins revolving around the need for excessive amounts of possessions come together? Not only are the sins one in the same, their hosts couldn’t be more different.
Lost in the world because of their true identities, Hail and Storm were two fairies who didn’t truly know who they were. Their outward physical appearance didn’t reflect the darkness they truly felt inside and that caused even more stress and strife in their lives.
Afraid of the truth of who they really were, being possessed by a deadly sin only made things worse. Would there be anything that could bring these two fairies out of their dark hole? Will happiness be something they could ever attain or just a wild dream that helped them deal with their own turmoil?
3. The Water Dancer: A Novel
Author: by Ta-Nehisi Coates
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK From the National Book Awardwinning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. This potent book about America’s most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.
San Francisco ChronicleIN DEVELOPMENT AS A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Adapted by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kamilah Forbes, produced by MGM, Plan B, and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo FilmsNOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time NPR The Washington Post Chicago Tribune Vanity Fair Esquire Good Housekeeping Paste Town & Country The New York Public Library Kirkus Reviews Library Journal Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage.
When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of herbut was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.
Author: by Veronica G. Henry
June 1, 2021
Evil lives in a traveling carnival roaming the Depression-era South. But the carnival’s newest act, a peculiar young woman with latent magical powers, may hold the key to defeating it.Her time has come. Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have.
It’s a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she’s a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she’s a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza’s ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge.
Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls.
And she’s met her match in Eliza, who’s only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers. Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world.
5. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel
Author: by Jesmyn Ward
WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is a tour de force (O, The Oprah Magazine) and a timeless work of fiction that is destined to become a classic.
Jesmyn Ward’s historic second National Book Awardwinner is perfectly poised for the moment (The New York Times), an intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it (Buzzfeed).
Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.
6. The Rage of Dragons (The Burning Book 1)
Author: by Evan Winter
Orbit (February 12, 2019)
February 12, 2019
Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this blockbuster debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people’s only hope for survival. ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S TOP 100 FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIMEWinner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy NovelThe Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years.
The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine. Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war.
Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger.
Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him. The Rage of Dragons launches a stunning and powerful debut epic fantasy series that readers are already calling “the best fantasy book in years.”The BurningThe Rage of Dragons
7. The Fires of Vengeance: The Burning, Book Two
Author: by Evan Winter
‘CAPTIVATING EPIC FANTASY FROM A MAJOR NEW TALENT’ Anthony Ryan on The Rage of DragonsDesperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all-out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.
If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne and reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught. THE FIRES OF VENGEANCE CONTINUES THE UNMISSABLE EPIC FANTASY SERIES THAT BEGAN WITH EVAN WINTER’S ACCLAIMED DEBUT THE RAGE OF DRAGONS.
Praise for The Rage of Dragons:’Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end – a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read’ James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost’Stunning debut fantasy’ Publishers Weekly’Intense, vivid and brilliantly realised – a necessary read’ Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives’Impossible to put down’ Rick Riordan’Fans of Anthony Ryan’s Blood Song will love this’ Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names’A Xhosa-inspired world complete with magic, dragons, demons and curses, The Rage of Dragons takes classic fantasy and imbues it with a fresh and exciting twist’ Anna Stephens, author of Godblind
8. Lovecraft Country: A Novel
Author: by Matt Ruff
Now an HBO Series from J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer of Westworld), Misha Green (Creator of Underground) and Jordan Peele (Director of Get Out)The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.Chicago, 1954.
When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle Georgepublisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guideand his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhiteheir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestorsthey encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.
At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawnled by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Calebwhich has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus.
9. The Inheritance Trilogy
Author: by N. K. Jemisin
December 9, 2014
After her mother’s death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in this epic fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season. Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north.
But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
The Inheritance Trilogy omnibus includes the novels: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, The Kingdom of Gods, and a brand new novella set in the same world: The Awakened Kingdom.
10. Wild Seed (Patternist, 1)
Author: by Octavia E. Butler
Grand Central Publishing
In an “epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant” story of love and hate, two immortals chase each other across continents and centuries, binding their fates together – and changing the destiny of the human race (Viola Davis). Doro knows no higher authority than himself.
An ancient spirit with boundless powers, he possesses humans, killing without remorse as he jumps from body to body to sustain his own life. With a lonely eternity ahead of him, Doro breeds supernaturally gifted humans into empires that obey his every desire.
He fears no one – until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is an entity like Doro and yet different. She can heal with a bite and transform her own body, mending injuries and reversing aging. She uses her powers to cure her neighbors and birth entire tribes, surrounding herself with kindred who both fear and respect her.
No one poses a true threat to Anyanwu – until she meets Doro. The moment Doro meets Anyanwu, he covets her; and from the villages of 17th-century Nigeria to 19th-century United States, their courtship becomes a power struggle that echoes through generations, irrevocably changing what it means to be human.
11. Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic Book 1)
Author: by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Orbit (May 11, 2021)
May 11, 2021
“An original and fascinating epic fantasy full of bold characters, bloody action, and brutal politics. James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was LostFrom city streets where secrets are bartered for gold to forests teeming with fabled beasts, a sweeping epic of forgotten magic and violent conquests unfolds in this richly drawn fantasy inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa.
IN THIS WORLD, THERE IS NO DESTINY BUT THE ONE YOU MAKE. In the ancient city of Bassa, Danso is a clever scholar on the cusp of achieving greatnessexcept he doesn’t want it. Instead, he prefers to chase forbidden stories about what lies outside the city walls.
The Bassai elite claim there is nothing of interest. The city’s immigrants are sworn to secrecy. But when Danso stumbles across a warrior wielding magic that shouldn’t exist, he’s put on a collision course with Bassa’s darkest secrets. Drawn into the city’s hidden history, he sets out on a journey beyond its borders.
And the chaos left in the wake of his discovery threatens to destroy the empire. Praise for Son of the Storm:”A thrilling, fantastical adventure that introduces a beguiling new world … And then rips apart everything you think you know.” S.A.
12. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Author: by Marlon James
One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All TimeWinner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award The New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post “A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made.” -Neil Gaiman “Gripping, action-packed….
The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy.
13. The Sellout: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016
Author: by Paul Beatty
March 24, 2016
A Book of the Decade, 2010-2020 (Independent) Outrageous, hilarious and profound.’ Simon Schama, Financial Times The longer you stare at Beatty’s pages, the smarter you’ll get.’ Guardian The most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read.’ New York Times A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father’s racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father’s work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes.
But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that’s left is a bill for a drive-through funeral. What’s more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment.
Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. In his trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.
14. The Dreamblood Duology
Author: by N. K. Jemisin
Orbit (December 20, 2016)
December 20, 2016
When a phenomenon in the form of a bright light illuminates the city of Chicago in the summer of 2019 it causes major blackouts, accidents, and many to be hospitalized. Seventeen-year-old Hira Night witnessed a traumatic event when a routine cop stopped her and her boyfriend that night; the results devastating and heart-breaking.
She is given a choice to fight for justice and right the wrongs of society, or do nothing and let the destruction of humanity continue. Her world is thrown into chaos as she is confronted by creatures spawned from absolved negativityUmbra Shadesthat linger among the traumatized and abused.
To save the victims from their gruesome fate, Hira slays the creatures from preying on the innocent, all the while trying to live a normal life. But something else lurks in the shadows, something much more dark and sinister than she’s ever encountered before.