A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

“You think I’ve sown this strife on my own? Look at how people live, in squalor and ruin. The world moves swift in its boasted modernity, forgetting those it leaves behind, or grinds beneath the gearwheels of progress.” Cairo, 1912: Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments…

The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang

“Have faith,” says the delusion uselessly. “No matter how far you stray from your destined path, you will find yourself guided back to it.” Misery Nomaki (pronouns she/they) is a nobody from nowhere with the powers of a saint. The question seems to be whether or not she’s actually a saint or someone who has…

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

“We’re all just scattered, lonely specks out here, unless we try to be more. We shouldn’t be brutal just because the universe is.” In the years since humanity has taken to space, Earth has sent forth members of the faith to the stars to convert the colonies. The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita,…

Cazadora by Romina Garber

“They’ve been making up stories about independent girls in every tradition since forever. And I think it’s time we take back our narrative.” Following the events of Lobizona, Manu and her friends are fleeing across the border into Kerana, a cursed realm in Argentina. As they chase down leads to find the Coven, the Cazadores…

The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim

“A promise is not a kiss in the wind, to be thrown about without care,” I murmured to myself. “It is a piece of yourself that is given away and will not return until your pledge is fulfilled.” Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the fractured dragon pearl to its original owner. However,…

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

“A sense of rightness, a sense of self. It was nothing when you had it. You hardly noticed. But once it was missing, it was like a sliver of fruit on a long sea voyage, the difference between bleeding gums and survival.” Anna is starting to wonder who she really is. She’s just starting a…

A Long Way From Douala by Max Lobe

“When we finally reach Garoua, I wonder whether this is still Cameroon. The landscape dotted with isolated shrubs and with expanses of fine sand on the horizon is so different from the raw, intense green of the forests of the south.” When Choupi’s father dies, his older brother, Roger, decides that he’s had enough and…

If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar

“From the moment our babies are born are we meant to lower them into the ground? To dress them in white? They send flowers before guns, thorns plucked from stem.” In her debut poetry collection, Asghar captures what it is like to be a Pakistani Muslim woman in America. She deftly weaves together her personal…

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

“Resist when the world tries to convince you otherwise.” Shortly after Quan enters a not guilty plea for the death of a police officer, he is placed in a holding cell to await trial. While incarcerated Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American prison system. From his troubled childhood and bad…

The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

“Worship is not just the prayers that we recite; it is the acts of obedience that we perform.” It’s been six months since Deka freed the goddesses and discovered that she is the Nuru. Now, she is tasked with freeing not only the rest of the goddesses, but all the women of Otera from the…