A list of science fiction and fantasy books by authors of colour released in June 2021.
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1. The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo
"Nghi Vo’s debut novel The Chosen and the Beautiful reinvents The Great Gatsby as a coming-of-age story full of magic, mystery, and glittering excess, and introduces a major new literary voice."
2. Bacchanal by Veronica G. Henry
"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."
3. A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
"The Hate U Give meets Shadowshaper in Bethany C. Morrow's A Chorus Rises, a brilliant contemporary fantasy set in the world of A Song Below Water."
4. The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
"Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri's The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies against the princess's traitor brother."
5. Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria
"Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned."
6. Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
"A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him."
7. The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu
"New York Times bestseller and Hugo, British Fantasy, Romantic Times, and Eisner award-winning author of the graphic novel, Monstress, Marjorie Liu leads you deep into the heart of the tangled woods. In her long-awaited debut story collection, dark, lush, and spellbinding short fiction you will find unexpected detours, dangerous magic, and even more dangerous women."
8. Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua
"Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight."
9. Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena
"In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny."
10. Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
"Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death."
11. The Lady or The Lion by Aamna Quereshi
"A retelling of the tale “The Lady or the Tiger” against a Pakistan-inspired world of forbidden love and court intrigues. Once there was a princess forced to choose a fate for her lover - to a future in the arms of a beautiful lady, or to death in the mouth of a lion? But what came first was the fate she would choose for herself."
12. The Chariot At Dusk by Swati Teerdhala
"In the final book of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, the lands’ fate, their people’s livelihoods, and the bond that sustains their world all depend on what Kunal and Esha can offer—to the gods and to each other."
13. A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna
"War is destroying the galaxy. Esmae has vanished without a trace. A terrifying, ravenous beast is devouring the stars one by one. Titania is offered a gift that may well be a curse. Alexi, the exiled prince, is asked to pay a heavy price for his mistakes. And far, far away, on a dark, mysterious planet, a sleeping god stirs awake."
14. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
"Two girls on opposite sides of a war discover they're fighting for a common purpose--and falling for each other--in Zoe Hana Mikuta's high-octane debut Gearbreakers, perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, Pierce Brown's Red Rising Saga, and Marie Lu's Legend series."
15. The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Morena-Garcia
"Set in a fantastical land where jewels and blood provide symbiotic magical powers to their wearers, Yalxi is on a desperate mission to regain her magic and find a weapon capable of destroying the man who stole her throne. A sword and sorcery novella influenced by Mexican culture."
16. Broken Web by Lori M. Lee
"The sequel to the hotly-anticipated Forest of Souls, an epic and immersive tale of destiny and sisterhood. Perfect for fans of Susan Dennard and Netflix's The Witcher!"