The best fantasy books with LGBT+ rep

The Books I Picked & Why

The Oracle Stone

By Talli Morgan

Book cover of The Oracle Stone

Why this book?

The Oracle Stone is a wonderfully imaginative story set in an immersive world and centres around a diverse cast of loveable characters. It is a story that brings to mind classic fantasy tales of magic, epic quests, and heroics, while also putting some modern-day spins onto each of these beloved fantasy tropes. 

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Bloody Spade

By Brittany M. Willows

Book cover of Bloody Spade

Why this book?

Bloody Spade is an incredible, action-packed and anime-inspired urban fantasy with a magic system like you've never seen before. We have a host of queer characters to fall in love with, such as a pansexual cat-boy with a traumatic past, a scythe-wielding asexual girl, an aromantic wielder of fire, and a demisexual plant girl. It's also one of those books where it's so clear when reading this that a lot of love and dedication went into creating this story and the author's passion is simply contagious.  

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Metanoia (The Fifth Yanai Book 1)

By Juniper Lake Fitzgerald

Book cover of Metanoia (The Fifth Yanai Book 1)

Why this book?

Metanoia is the first dark fantasy story that I can say I tremendously enjoyed. The world-building is phenomenal and the characters really grab you from the start and don't let go, even after you've reached the last page. And of course, we're treated to some lovely queer rep in the form of a scholarly lesbian couple and two best friends who clearly feel more than just friendship towards one another. 

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A Darker Shade of Magic

By V.E. Schwab

Book cover of A Darker Shade of Magic

Why this book?

I adore V.E. Schwab's stories. They're always so imaginative and immersive and I think her Darker Shades of Magic trilogy is a prime example of that. I was thoroughly hooked from the get-go when I first read this novel, with its fantastical worlds full of magic and danger and characters that practically burst off the page. What I wouldn't give to spend a day in Red London. And speaking of characters, we are treated to some lovely bisexual representation through the dashing prince, Rhy Maresh. 

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Dark Rise

By C.S. Pacat

Book cover of Dark Rise

Why this book?

Did you fall in love with tales such as Lord of the Rings and other great fantasy classics about the battle between good and evil growing up? Then Dark Rise is the perfect book for you. It's an epic full of twists and where nothing is ever as it seems. And, of course, getting to read a book with such a classic fantasy feel to it, with the inclusion of some queer rep, was just so refreshing and exciting. 

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