Guest Recommendations from Fantasy: More Than An Escape

On Saturday, February 11th, 2023 Robyn hosted Fantasy: More Than An Escape, a Black Magical History Month conversation with special guests Dr. Moiya McTier, Dr. Ravynn K. Stringfield, and Bezi Yohannes. This conversation was originally hosted on Twitter Spaces.

Many people come to fantasy for the escape—to explore new worlds, magical circumstances, and problems that seem far away from our own. But fantasy is not only a portal but a mirror, showing us the truth of our own world and providing perspectives on how to navigate issues in our own lives and systems. Join us on Twitter Spaces as we discuss our favorite fantasy stories, how creating new worlds can shed light on our own, and how important—and fun—that can be!

Our guests gave a lot of great fantasy recommendations throughout the conversation, so we thought we’d add them here. Check them out and listen to the full conversation over on #WizardTeam. *All book links are affiliate links.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Trickster Duology by Tamora Pierce

The Dark Fantastic by Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Killjoys (SyFy)

Cool. Awkward. Black. by Karen Strong

Dr. Stephanie Tolliver –

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

Dread Nation & Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

A Taste of Magic by J. Elle

Speculation by Nisi Shawl

Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia

Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury