2020 Books: Fantasy Picks

Fantasy has reached new heights this year, with many incredible stories from black authors. New exciting trilogies were launched alongside ground-breaking standalone stories. This list is sure to keep your Fantasy reading list fresh. And huge. I’m sure it’s already huge.

  • Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clarke (St. Martin’s Press)
    This dark fantasy historical novella gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror. From Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark.
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Solaris).
    The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, Roanhorse weaves together a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic. Delightfully inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas. Coming to the UK in Jan 2021.
  • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, V. E. Schwab (Titan Books).
    After making a desperate bargain, a young woman is made immortal at the cost of being forgotten by everyone she meets. She wades through life trying to make her mark. Read our full review.
  • The City We Became, N. K. Jemisin (Little Brown Book Group).
    Every city has a soul. New York City? She’s got five. They must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
  • Mordew, Alex Pheby (Galley Beggar Press).
    In the slums of the sea-battered city a young boy called Nathan is sold to the mysterious Master of Mordew. He soon finds himself fighting his way through the betrayals, secrets, and vendettas of the city where God was murdered in the first of a new trilogy.
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury).
    From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, comes an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality. A house with infinite rooms, endless walls and an ocean on one floor. Piranesi lives to explore the house.

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