do you know good diverse fantasy? like lots of lgbt ppl or poc
- The Graceling Series by Kristin Cashore: Three different leads embark on different journeys in a fantasy world. REALLY feminist, with plotlines about consent and unfair power dynamics. Character development and romance writing of my dreams. Two of the leads and all three romantic interests are stated to be woc and one mc is bi and one of the love interests is bi too! And so many poc+lgbt side characters!
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I know you have all seen me recommend this before. I do not care. Two bi characters (one of color!!), a really awesome woc. The biggest badass is physically disabled, and one of the smartest characters has dyslexia. This series is written so well!! There’s so much moral ambiguity, there’s some really well-written romance, I personally would die for every single character.
- The Scorpion Rules Duology by Erin Bow: The children of world leaders are imprisoned in preceptures to stop their parents from starting wars. Two bi mcs, one of whom is also asian. The villain is so well developed, the main character is Amazing, the writing is gorgeous, and it’s possibly the most sensical dystopia I’ve ever read. This book subverts literally every trope ever and it’s fucking awesome. It’s a little hard to get through, but it’s so worth it in every way. I want everyone to read this.
- The Young Elites Series by Marie Lu: I’m surprised to never see this on diversity rec lists, because it’s at least 90% characters of color and at least 70% lgbt characters. This series is a villainess’ origin story where no character is entirely good or entirely bad. It’s entertaining and full of moral ambiguity, with central sibling relationships and a cast of interesting characters.
- Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis: how do I explain this book? It’s sense8 if every sensate lived in an entirely different world. There are disabled characters and both main characters are of color and one is a bi girl and she falls in love with a princess. It’s written very nicely and the author does character work so well. I trust Corrine Duyvis enough to also recommend her book On The Edge of Gone, which has an autistic mc!!