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Diversity Spotlight Thursday: Fantasy Edition

Happy Thursday! Depression is really kicking me in the behind this week, but I’ve got a doctor’s appointment at 7:45 in the morning on Monday, so I’m doing the best I can to push through the fog of low energy and self-consciousness until then. *self-five for taking the proper steps to take care of my mental health*

As always, Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks – thanks, Aimal, for everything. Please link your own for this week in the comments below so I can get some new books on my radar! ♥

The rules are simple – in your diversity spotlight post, you share three books:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week I’m all about fantasy books, as I just finished Graceling last night and FINALLY started reading Flame in the Mist this afternoon. I had a surprisingly difficult time finding diverse fantasy novels, not science fiction fantasy, but what I did find promises to be a delightful trip.


A Diverse Book I Read & Enjoyed

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A Crown of Wishes has been on my mind constantly since I read it for the first time last month. I really wasn’t a fan of The Star-Touched Queen despite positive reviews from other bloggers, so the fact that I loved this book WAY more than I expected to was a huge surprise for me. Although it started off a little slow, Vikram & Gauri’s story was utterly spellbinding and kept me much more engaged than the previous installment to this duology. If you haven’t picked this up yet, you’re missing out.

Goodreads Synopsis:

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.


A Diverse Book on my TBR

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This is cheating a little bit since Mask of Shadows doesn’t come out until late August, but since I just got approved for an ARC copy of the book, I couldn’t resist including it this week as my soon-to-be-read entry. Obviously one of the biggest draws for me about this debut is the genderfluid protagonist (and the fact it’s “perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo,” according to Goodreads) as well as the promise of elaborate world-building and a fast, action-packed story line. It seems pretty hit or miss among most book bloggers I’ve seen so far, but I’m crossing my fingers that it surprises me with all good things instead of a plethora of missed marks.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.


A Diverse Book Coming Soon

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I stumbled upon Beasts Made of Night while looking for more diverse fantasy books to pick up soon, and from what I can tell so far, this is sure to be a stand out novel. Hailed as complex, gritty, and intricately built up, Onyebuchi’s Nigerian-influenced debut fantasy is one I’ll be eagerly anticipating this autumn.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. 

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family. 

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life. 

Release Date: October 31st, 2017


Have you read any of these books yet? What did you think? Link your Diversity Spotlight in the comments below!

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9 thoughts on “Diversity Spotlight Thursday: Fantasy Edition

  1. I’ve read Mask of Shadows and at first I liked it but I didn’t find it the best ever but now looking back on it, I have a sudden urge to get a physical copy and reread it again because I find myself appreciating parts of it a lot more.
    I’ve got both of the other books on my TBR as well, I just need to get a hold of a copy of them!

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