May 2021 Edition: A list of science fiction and fantasy books by authors of colour that are coming this month.
Courtesy of Gagan / @afantasysky. Enter the Shimmering Worlds Reading Challenge here and discover exciting science fiction and fantasy books by BIPOC authors.
1. The Ones We're Meant To Find by Joan He
"Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Described by one review as 'We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli'."
2. The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso
"The stunning finale to the Chronicles of the Bitch Queen trilogy where the queen of a divided land must unite her people against the enemies who threaten to tear her country apart."
3. Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
"Vern - seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised - flees for the shelter of the woods. There, she gives birth to twins, and plans to raise them far from the influence of the outside world. But even in the forest, Vern is a hunted woman. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of."
4. A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
"Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns to his popular alternate Cairo universe for his fantasy novel debut, A Master of Djinn. When someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. "
5. Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
"A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy. Drawn into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets, Jess finds that making deals with capricious spirits is a dangerous business. "
6. Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
"From one of the most exciting new storytellers in epic fantasy, Son of the Storm is a sweeping tale of violent conquest and forgotten magic set in a world inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa."
7. Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova
"Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she's reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They're united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other."