No matter which letter in LGBTQIA best represents you, finding books with characters like you can be a real challenge. Fortunately, writers of speculative fiction are a bit more all inclusive with their characters. So, if you’ve been searching high and low for something like a good sword & sorcery novel with a lesbian heroine instead of an epic fantasy that features a LQBTQIA supporting character only for a coming out storyline, then we know just how you feel. Take a look at our list of some of the top fantasy books we’ve found with strong LGBTQIA characters.
A Call to Arms: Book One of the Chronicles of Arden
Wish you could read a good fantasy novel with a gay male lead? Author Shiriluna Nott writes YA LGBT epic fantasy that is certain to be just what you’re looking for.
As of now, Nott only has one book out – A Call to Arms: Book One of the Chronicles of Arden, however, book two of the series will be available soon.
Greenwode (The Wode Book 1)
Enjoy Robin Hood but would have prefer a little M/M action in the story?
If so, you will love Greenwode (The Wode Book 1) by author J Tullos Hennig. And book two, Shirewode, was released in January, so you won’t have to leave this world just yet.
Ready to add to your reading list? Find all of Hennig’s books on Amazon.
Author Kim Fielding writes lots of M/M books, but speculative fiction readers will most likely want to check out Brute.
This fantasy book has a bit of romance and an unlikely hero that you can root for while you’re reading.
Readers who enjoy the fairy tale aspect of the fantasy genre will definitely want to pick this one up.
Black Forest: Kingdoms Fall (Black Forest Trilogy Book 1)
Have you ever wished for a F/F pairing in your fairy tales? Author Riley LaShea’s re-imagining of some of the best known characters from Grimm’s fairy tales makes that happen.
With a strong and sassy Cinderella as the main character, you get a bit of sword & sorcery, some action & adventure, some romance and a truly hysterical version of the seven dwarves.
The author doesn’t exclusively write fantasy books, but does have more than one fantasy novel available (including book 2 of this series). Find her books on Amazon, follow her on Twitter or her website.
The Pyramid Waltz
Enjoy your fantasy with a bit of magic and adventure? Then Barbara Wright’s The Pyramid Waltz is a good choice for your TBR pile.
Like the book listed above, this one is perfect for readers in search of good fantasy novels with lesbian main characters. Even better news is that the author has more SFF books in this series available for you read.
Enjoy your fantasy on the high seas? Well, if pirates are your thing, then you will enjoy Shell Game by author Benny Lawrence.
Reviews for this book are mixed right now, so definitely give the sample a read before you buy to see if it’s a good fit for your reading habits.
You can buy this LGBT fantasy book on Amazon.
The Bone Palace (The Necromancer Chronicles Book 2)
Finding a good fantasy novel with a transgender main character isn’t easy, but author Amanda Downum’s book The Bone Palace meets that need.
While this is the second book in a series, you don’t have to read book one to enjoy this novel.
This book has gotten praise for being great feminist fiction and for breaking traditional gender themes. It’s also been attacked for some of those same reasons. Just something to keep in mind when reading.
You can find this book on Amazon now.
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