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Reading LGBTQ+ fantasy novels can provide a fresh perspective on traditional fantasy tropes and offer representation for LGBTQ+ individuals who are often underrepresented in mainstream media. These novels can also be a way to learn and understand more about the LGBTQ+ community and their experiences. Additionally, LGBTQ+ fantasy novels can be just as captivating and well-written as any other fantasy book, providing an enjoyable reading experience for all readers.

So I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite LGBTQ+ fantasy reads and so-to-be reads!

Zora is a necromancer. Some say she’s gifted, others say she’s cursed, but her abilities always terrify her. Hoping to start a new life, she flees her childhood home and travels to Savannah, but she soon learns that some things can’t be changed.

There, she meets an alluring and powerful witch named Birdie. She offers Zora a proposition: she’ll give Zora a place to stay, a job dancing at a magical burlesque club called Nightingale’s, and help controlling her powers if Zora can solve her lover’s murder.

Witchmark is a 2018 fantasy novel by Canadian author C. L. Polk. It features a murder mystery set in an alternate history England, and has been described as gaslamp fantasy.

Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler. So now that he’s finally managed to (somewhat clumsily) behead the evil king (turns out magical swords yanked from bogs don’t come pre-sharpened), he and his rag-tag group of quest companions are at a bit of a loss for what to do next.

As a temporary safeguard, Arek’s best friend and mage, Matt, convinces him to assume the throne until the true heir can be rescued from her tower. Except that she’s dead. Now Arek is stuck as king, a role that comes with a magical catch: choose a spouse by your eighteenth birthday, or wither away into nothing.

The Black Tides of Heaven is a 2017 LGBT fantasy novella by Singaporean author Neon Yang. The story centers around the twin children of the Protector, whose magic powers cause them to become entangled in the political machinations of their mother.

The Gilda Stories is the 1991 debut novel of American author and activist Jewelle Gomez. Published in 1991, this speculative fiction vampire novel follows the experiences of a black lesbian heroine whose power and morality challenge assumptions about the vampire myth.

Thanks for reading and remember:

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