Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Epic fantasies can be a storm of plot threads coming together in either chaotic entanglement or interwoven beauty. Son of the Storm has the good type of an epic storm. Flipping some epic fantasy tropes on its head, while keeping ones that aren’t problematic, the novel fluidly sets up a world, while never bogging it Read more

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Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

With the call for more diversity in publishing – either sincere or manufactured – there has been a surge in Caribbean-centered fantasy releases. Witches Steeped in Gold – with its beautiful cover, an intriguing premise, and the high anticipation of readers had me cautiously excited.  From the first page, I was plunged into a vast Read more

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Bacchanal by Veronica Henry

Do you remember that opening scene in the movie Us where little Adelaide gets lost at the Beach Boardwalk? She wanders around this dark carnival and her life ends up forever changed because of it. This book reminds me of that pivotal scene expanded into a novel. It’s gorgeous while somehow never losing sight of Read more

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The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

At its core, this is a book about how colonialism permanently erupts the idea of home. Can you exist in the world without a home? If home isn’t just a place, then why fight so hard for the land you stand on? Can you come back to a home you never even knew? Are you Read more

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Root Magic by Eden Royce

There is power in allowing people to tell their own stories and not only power, but nuances that could never be captured by an outsider. Eden Royce gives us a radiant example of this needed phenomena in ROOT MAGIC. It’s a historical fantasy Middle Grade set in the 60s and the atmosphere comes off the Read more

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The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Tau continues his journey in the second book of Evan Winter’s unbelievably well-paced series. If you’ve read RAGE OF DRAGONS then you already know what I’m talking about. Somehow, that book managed to maintain nearly non-stop action without sacrificing any characterization. It’s a feat that I remain intensely impressed by. I watched a talk Winter Read more

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Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Set in New York, at the dawn of WWII, Trouble the Saints is a story that starts with a notorious assassin whose ‘hands’ gift her deadly precision with knives. While trying hard to leave this life behind, we learn more about the race and power dynamics of the 1930s with a magical – somewhat mystical Read more

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

In Cinderella is Dead, debut author Kalynn Bayron, reimagines the world of this classic with a striking sapphic story about a determined young woman willing to risk it all to expose the secrets and lies at the very heart of Cinderella’s mythic ‘happily ever-after’ in order to free a kingdom. __________ Content Warning:  Cinderella is Read more

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Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

Ring Shout was written with anger, not hate. The propulsive plot, fiery action, and themes that are layered at such light-speed that its quick but potent inclusions is almost invisible, could only be done with writing fueled by anger. That’s because hate is too slow—it festers like mold until its subject is a monster without Read more

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Set in a world (Portland) with its mythos and magic firmly rooted in elements of the ‘here and now,’ Bethany C. Morrow’s debut young adult novel, A Song Below Water, is a coming-of-age story certain to change the game. It’s hard to know what to expect from a book touted as a story of “Black Read more

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