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It's a Small Genre

Updated: Sep 24

I said in my last post that there weren't many YA high fantasy books with queer female protagonists, so for fun, I set out to find them. Here's what I found. I'm absolutely certain that I'm missing a solid dozen or more books, so if you know of others, put them in the comments and we'll create a repository of information for future readers!


--The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

--Of Fire and Stars and Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst

--Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

--Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

--The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso

--Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

--Ash and Huntress by Malinda Lo

--Breaking Legacies by Zoe Reed

--Reign of the Fallen and Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

--Castle on the River Vistula by Michelle Tea

--The Afterwardby E.K. Johnston

--Crier's War by Nina Varela

--The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember

--The books in Shira Glassman's Mangoverse

--Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler

--The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

--The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

--Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson

--Sam Farren's Dragonoak series

--Starless by Jacqueline Carey

--The Nobles of Sperath by Siera Maley

--Girls of Paper and Fire and Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

--Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

--The Queen of Ieflaria series by Effie Calvin

--Daughter of Fire: Conspiracy of the Dark Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising, and Destiny's Champion by Karen Frost

--Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

--The Children of Lilith Series (Ascend, Descend, Transcend) by L.M. Gose


As of July 2020, Twitter users also recommended the following YA high fantasy books:

--The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher

--Silver Beasts by Emma Sterner-Radley

--Making a Tinderbox and Tinderbox Under Winter Stars by Emma Sterner-Radley


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