The world was not a place of black and white, night and day. It was shades of gray and shadows, dusk and dawn, in-between moments and shifting sands. And somehow, knowing that nothing was permanent or real made it easier for Nettie to slip into her own skin. For the first time, she stopped trying to be something else and accepted that what she was was as real and fine as what anybody else was.
—  Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen

annacaldwell333  asked:

Hi! I'm getting some books for my local pride center, but I'm having a hard time finding books with pan, ace, male to female trans, and nonbinary main characters. Can you help me out? Thank you!!

Yes, yes I can :D

Pansexual main characters: https://lgbtqreads.com/2017/03/19/fave-five-pansexual-main-characters/

Asexual main characters: https://lgbtqreads.com/2017/08/21/5-sff-stories-similar-to-every-heart-a-doorway-featuring-asexual-characters-a-guest-post-by-claudie-arseneault-lynn-oconnacht/ (If you only take recs from one post, make it this one, but also add Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, which is contemporary and excellent and not on any of these lists just by virtue of not fitting the subjects)





and not sure how many of these come in print editions because they’re novellas, but:


Trans female MCs:

Non-Binary MCs:

Ok, so I’ve read two different books in the same week with a character outside the gender binary.

Nettie Lonesome (also called Rhet Hennessy) from The Vultures Series by Lila Bowen in Adult Fiction who is transgender.


Alex Fierro from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor in YA fiction who is transgender/non-binary.


Prometheus On His Crag

Had such an advantageous prospect
He could see, even as he slept,
The aeons revolving.

He could see, centre of every aeon,
Like the grit in its pearl,
Himself sealed on his rock.

Between the aeons - dark nothing. But he could see
Himself wading escaping through dark nothing
From aeon to aeon, prophesying Freedom -

It was his soul’s sleepwalking and he dreamed it.
Only waking when the vulture woke him
Into a new aeon
                               to the old chains
                                                              and the old agony.

—  Ted Hughes, Prometheus On His Crag 15
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

My Rating: Adored it!

Specific Genre: Wild West Fantasy

Blurb: Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.
And just like that, Nettie can see.
But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding – at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin… if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.

My Review: An adventure-filled fantasy in the American wild west, with a half-Black, half-Native American (she doesn’t know which tribe, so we don’t know which tribe, but she’s looking for her heritage) genderqueer/genderfluid protagonist who happens to maybe be the chosen one? AND it’s astonishingly well-written, with a plot full of twists and turns and amazing characters to boot? Yeah, this one’s a must-read. 

For Fans Of: westerns, genderqueer biracial protagonists who have agency and are wonderful.

I received a review copy of this book from Orbit and that has in no way made an impact on my review.