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Blood Like Magic

Book 1

by Liselle Sambury

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Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
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Young Adult Fantasy Novels Featuring Black Girls

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An exciting addition to young adult fantasy, Liselle Sambury's Blood Like Magic is a thrilling story of a Black teenage girl discovering her magical powers in a genre that has been disproportionately filled with white main characters for a long time. There are now plenty of fantastic young adult books out there where Black girls are no longer relegated to being side characters and are instead able to flourish in their own magical ways.

Young Adult Fantasy Novels Featuring Black Girls

One of the leaders in this new wave of YA fantasy is Tomi Adeyemi, and it would be remiss to create this list without mentioning her well-loved debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone. Taking inspiration from West African mythology, the book is an action-packed story following Zélie — a maji (someone who can do magic) with bright white hair who has the power to command undead spirits. She must join forces with a rebellious princess to return magic to the land of Orïsha after an iron-hearted king found a way to mute all magical ...

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