Diversity Spotlight Thursday: High Fantasy


Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme I first found on Aurora Libralis. It’s hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves & Paperbacks and the idea is that each week you come up with three book for three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed; a diverse book that’s already been released and is in your TBR; and a diverse book that hasn’t been released yet.

It’s just such a great way to introduce new diverse books to other readers and to keep challenging yourself to read broadly. I’ll start with general topics and maybe choose more specific ones once I get settled in.



The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns 1) by Django Wexler

Django Wexler’s flintlock series should honestly be the benchmark for modern adult epic fantasy in terms of LGBTQ representation. In the first book, we start out with a single lesbian protagonist. As the series progress, this number grows and grows, and by the fifth and final book, we have not one, not two, not three, but nine major side characters (plus one lesbian protagonist) who are queer. Not only that, it’s chock full of thrilling action, political intrigue, and just plain fun.

A-book-on-my-tbrThe Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura 1) by Martha Wells

This series has been on my TBR forever and I’m determined to get through the first three books this year, at the very least. The books are set in a fantastical, alien society where matriarchy is the rule and bisexuality and polyamory are the norm. It also features one of my favourite tropes: found family. I loved all of Martha Well’s other books so I’m sure this one will be no exception.

a-book-releasing-soonThe Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

I’ve been hearing very interesting things about this book. A story inspired by Chinese history, it features asian characters and a plot that apparently moves from The Name of the Wind to the abject brutality of Schindler’s List. I can’t wait to check it out.

Releases May 1st, 2018


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Tammy April 19, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Ok, I have not read ANY of these, for shame! But I read diverse books all the time so I don’t feel too bad. The Thousand Names is high on my list to get to someday, though 😊

Kathy @PBTVS April 20, 2018 - 2:35 am

It’s the first book that got me hooked to the flintlock genre! And honestly, you’ve probably read WAY more diverse books than I have. 😀

Justine April 19, 2018 - 2:03 pm

I am so excited for Poppy War! I want to read it sooo bad haha! I loved this post! I think I’ll join in next week ^^.

Kathy @PBTVS April 20, 2018 - 2:16 am

The more stories I hear of people going “AHHH MY EYES” when they read that book, the more interested I get. 😀 And yay! Looking forward to your post!

Lisa (@TenaciousReader) April 19, 2018 - 7:47 pm

I have a copy of Poppy War, and am hoping to find a way to fit it in my reading schedule

Kathy @PBTVS April 20, 2018 - 1:57 am

I also have one but I don’t think I can get to it before the end of this month. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!

Nadine - todaysechoes April 20, 2018 - 3:55 pm

I haven’t read any of these and they all sounds AWESOME!

Kathy @PBTVS April 22, 2018 - 6:42 am

I think so too!! At least for the ones I haven’t read yet!. 😀

ivysbooks April 25, 2018 - 6:52 pm

Thanks for the recommendations! I havent read any of these 😊

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky April 26, 2018 - 1:30 am

You’re so very welcome! I love introducing new books to people. 😁


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