Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 Releases by Authors of Colour (#3)

A selection of 27 new science fiction and fantasy books by authors of colour released between July to September 2022. 

The Darkening Cover

  1. The Darkening by Sunya Mara (5th July, Fantasy, YA)
    "In this thrilling and epic YA fantasy debut the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    The Daughter of Doctor Moreau Cover
  2. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (19th July, Science Fiction, Historical)
    "From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a dreamy reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  3. Blackwater by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham (July 20th, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, YA)
    “Riverdale meets Stranger Things in this debut queer YA graphic novel, developed from a hit webcomic. Set in the haunted town of Blackwater, Maine, two boys fall for each other as they dig for clues to a paranormal mystery.”
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    A Darkness At The Door Cover
  4. A Darkness At The Door by Intisar Khanani (21st July, Fantasy, YA, Book 3)
    "The thrilling sequel to the theft of sunlight, the epic fantasy adventure."
    The Storygraph Goodreads

    Beasts of Ruin Cover
  5. Beasts of Ruin by Ayana Gray (26th July, Fantasy, YA, Book 2)
    "In this much anticipated follow up to New York Times bestselling Beasts of Prey, Koffi’s powers grow stronger and Ekon’s secrets turn darker as they face the god of death."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    Violet Made of Thorns Cover
  6. Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen (26th July, Fantasy, YA)
    "A darkly enchanting fantasy debut about a morally gray witch, a cursed prince, and a prophecy that ignites their fate-twisted destinies—perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and Serpent & Dove."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  7. Dauntless by Elisa A Bonnin (2nd August, Fantasy, YA)
    "A teen girl must bring together two broken worlds in order to save her nation in this lush, Filipino-inspired young adult fantasy novel from debut author Elisa A. Bonnin."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    The Book Eaters Cover
  8. The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean (2nd August, Fantasy)
    "A gorgeous new fantasy horror – a book about stories and fairy tales with family and love at its dark heart… Perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, and Let the Right One In"
    The Storygraph Goodreads

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  9. The Bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jamnia (9th August, Fantasy, Novella)
    "In this intricate debut fantasy introducing a queernormative Persian-inspired world, a nonbinary refugee practitioner of blood magic discovers a strange disease that causes political rifts in their new homeland."
    The Storygraph Goodreads

    Blood Like Fate Cover
  10. Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury (9th August, Fantasy, YA, Book 2)
    "In the spellbinding sequel to “breath of fresh air for the genre” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) Blood Like Magic, Voya fights to save her witch community from a terrible future, perfect for fans of Legendborn and Cemetery Boys."
    The Storygraph Goodreads

    The Monsters We Defy Cover
  11. The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope (9th August, Fantasy)
    "A woman able to communicate with spirits must assemble a ragtag crew to pull off a daring heist to save her community in this timely and dazzling historical fantasy that weaves together African American folk magic, history, and romance."
    The Storygraph Goodreads

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  12. The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri (16th August, Fantasy, Book 2)
    "The Jasmine Throne has been hailed as a series opener that will ‘undoubtedly reshape the landscape of epic fantasy for years to come’ (Booklist, starred). Now, award-winning author Tasha Suri’s provocative and powerful Burning Kingdoms trilogy continues with The Oleander Sword"
    The Storygraph Goodreads

    The First Binding Cover
  13. The First Binding by R.R. Virdi (16th August, Fantasy)
    "All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    Babel, or The Necessity of Violence Cover
  14. Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang (23rd August, Fantasy)
    "From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes Babel, a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire."
    The Storygraph Goodreads

    A Venom Dark and Sweet Cover
  15. A Venom Dark and Sweet by Judy I. Lin (23rd August, Fantasy, YA, Book 2)
    "The enthralling conclusion to Judy I. Lin’s Book of Tea duology—A Magic Steeped in Poison and A Venom Dark and Sweet—is sure to enchant fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches Cover
  16. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (23rd August, Fantasy)
    "A warm and uplifting novel about an isolated witch whose opportunity to embrace a quirky new family—and a new love—changes the course of her life."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    The Sleepless Cover
  17. The Sleepless by Victor Manibo (23rd August, Science Fiction)
    "In a near-future New York City where a minority of the population has lost the need for sleep, a journalist fights to uncover the truth behind his boss’s murder on the eve of a sinister corporate takeover—while his own Sleeplessness spirals out of control."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    The Dragon's Promise Cover
  18. The Dragon's Promise by Elizabeth Lim (30th August, Fantasy, YA, Book 2)
    "From the New York Times Bestselling author of Six Crimson Cranes comes a thrilling new adventure! A journey to the kingdom of dragons, a star-crossed love, and a cursed pearl with the power to mend the world or break it... Fans of Shadow and Bone will devour this soaring fantasy."
    The Storygraph Goodreads

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  19. The Spear Cuts Through Water By Simon Jimenez (30th August, Fantasy)
    "Two warriors shepherd an ancient god across a broken land to end the tyrannical reign of a royal family in this new epic fantasy from the author of The Vanished Birds."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    Monsters Born and Made Cover
  20. Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah (6th September, Fantasy, YA)
    "Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and These Violent Delights, this South Asian-inspired fantasy is a gripping debut about the power of the elite, the price of glory, and one girl's chance to change it all."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
    Daughters of the Dawn Cover
  21. Daughters of the Dawn by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua (6th September, Fantasy, YA, Book 2)
    "Twin princesses Ria and Rani journey deep into dangerous new lands to save their home in this propulsive, immersive sequel to Sisters of the Snake, perfect for fans of We Hunt the Flame and The Wrath & the Dawn."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  22. Monstress, Volume 7: Devourer (13th September, Fantasy, Graphic novel)
    "Humans and Arcanics are at war once again, but battles of the heart and soul are the most dangerous of all. Caught in the calculating grip of the Dusk Court, Maika and Zinn uncover painful secrets of the past while Tuya fights to preserve her future—and young Kippa might be the Known World’s only hope for the present."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  23. Rust in the Root By Justina Ireland (20th September, Fantasy, YA)
    "The author of the visionary New York Times bestseller Dread Nation returns with another spellbinding historical fantasy set at the crossroads of race and power in America."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  24. The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang (September 27th, Science Fiction)
    "An immersive, electrifying space-fantasy, Neon Yang's debut novel The Genesis of Misery is full of high-tech space battles and political machinations, starring a queer and diverse array of pilots, princesses, and prophetic heirs."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  25. Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (27th September, Fantasy, YA)
    "From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and Our Violent Ends comes the first book in a captivating new duology following an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders in 1930s Shanghai."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  26. House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson (27th September, Fantasy)
    "A young woman is drawn into the upper echelons of a society where blood is power in this dark and enthralling Gothic novel from the author of The Year of the Witching."
    The Storygraph Goodreads
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  27. Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen (29th September, Fantasy, YA, book 2)
    "For fans of The Gilded Ones, Children of Blood and Bone, and Circe, this is the breathtaking follow-up to SKIN OF THE SEA - an epic love story infused with West African mythology and a powerful new imagining of a devastating time in history, told through the eyes of a bold and unforgettable heroine."
    The Storygraph Goodreads



This list was created by Gagan (@afantasysky). If you're interested in reading more science fiction and fantasy books by authors of colour join in with the Shimmering Worlds Reading Challenge.

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