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The 10 Best LGBTQ Fantasy Novels in 2020 (Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu, and More)

Do you long for exciting and daring magical worlds? Are you looking for characters that represent the whole spectrum of gender and sexuality? LGBTQ fantasy novels aren't hard to come by, but finding one with the perfect mix of magic, intrigue, and world=uilding isn't easy. We've put together a diverse list to help transport you to mystical, far-off lands.


The absolute best novel on our top ten list is The Perfect Assassin. Author K.A. Doore weaves the fantastical elements of the story with incredibly well-rounded characters. Plus, there's a little added mayhem for extra excitement! There are multiple LGBTQ relationships throughout the book that highlight the nuances of each character as well. Keep reading for the rest of our favorites and a useful buying guide!

  • Last updated: 07-30-2020
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Top 10 Best LGBTQ Fantasy Novels

Check out our top 10 best LGBTQ fantasy novels, all written by incredibly talented authors. Grab your crystals, sharpen your sword, and get ready to explore some amazing worlds!

1

K.A. DooreThe Perfect Assassin

$7.99

Formats availableKindle, paperback, mass market paperback, audiobook
SubgenreMystery
Date published2019
Page count368
eBook price$7.99
2

Audrey CoulthurstOf Fire and Stars

$8.79

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
SubgenreRomance
Date published2018
Page count416
eBook price$9.99
3

Tamsyn MuirGideon the Ninth

$14.99

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
SubgenreScience fantasy
Date published2019
Page count479
eBook price$9.99
4

Cassandra Clare, Wesley ChuThe Red Scrolls of Magic

$7.64

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
SubgenreDark fantasy
Date published2020
Page count384
eBook price$10.99
5

K.D. EdwardsThe Last Sun

$12.69

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
SubgenreUrban fantasy
Date published2018
Page count 367
eBook price$9.99
6

Emily TeshSilver in the Wood

$9.89

Formats availableKindle, paperback, audiobook
SubgenreRomance
Date published2019
Page count112
eBook price$3.99
7

Alex LondonBlack Wings Beating

$10.99

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
SubgenreYA, epic fantasy
Date published2019
Page count448
eBook price$7.80
8

Claire LegrandSawkill Girls

$7.79

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cd
SubgenreDark fantasy
Date published2019
Page count464
eBook price$1.99
9

Ben AldersonCloaked in Shadow

$9.59

Formats availableKindle, paperback, audiobook
SubgenreDark fantasy
Date published2017
Page count330
eBook price$2.99
10

Samantha ShannonThe Priory of the Orange Tree

$10.99

Formats availableKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
SubgenreYA
Date published2020
Page count848
eBook price$9.99

Compare the Best LGBTQ Fantasy Novels

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K.A. Doore The Perfect Assassin  1

K.A. Doore

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Audrey Coulthurst Of Fire and Stars 1

Audrey Coulthurst

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Tamsyn Muir Gideon the Ninth  1

Tamsyn Muir

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Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu The Red Scrolls of Magic 1

Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu

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K.D. Edwards The Last Sun 1

K.D. Edwards

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Emily Tesh Silver in the Wood 1

Emily Tesh

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Alex London Black Wings Beating 1

Alex London

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Claire Legrand Sawkill Girls 1

Claire Legrand

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Ben Alderson Cloaked in Shadow 1

Ben Alderson

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Samantha Shannon The Priory of the Orange Tree 1

Samantha Shannon

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The Perfect Assassin

Of Fire and Stars

Gideon the Ninth

The Red Scrolls of Magic

The Last Sun

Silver in the Wood

Black Wings Beating

Sawkill Girls

Cloaked in Shadow

The Priory of the Orange Tree

FeaturesDare to Venture into a Dead...Bow Before the Queen in Thi...Raise the Dead and Cut a Bl...Travel to Paris in This Spi...Submerge Yourself in the Co...Get Ready to Visit an Encha...Take to the Skies of Uztar ...Conquer Your Fears and Buil...Explore Vast Elven Empires ...Entangle Yourself in Forbid...
Price$7.99$8.79$14.99$7.64$12.69$9.89$10.99$7.79$9.59$10.99
Formats availableKindle, paperback, mass market paperback, audiobookKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cdKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobookKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cdKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cdKindle, paperback, audiobookKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cdKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook, audio cdKindle, paperback, audiobookKindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
SubgenreMysteryRomanceScience fantasyDark fantasyUrban fantasyRomanceYA, epic fantasyDark fantasyDark fantasyYA
Date published2019201820192020201820192019201920172020
Page count368416 479384367112448464 330 848
eBook price$7.99$9.99$9.99$10.99$9.99$3.99$7.80$1.99$2.99$9.99
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How to Choose a LGBTQ Fantasy Book - Buying Guide

There are a few qualities that every great LGBTQ fantasy novel should have. So rememer these tips to make sure that you read the novels that are right for you!

Decide if You Want a Character or Plot-Driven Story

Decide if You Want a Character or Plot-Driven Story

Some LGBTQ fantasy stories focus more on the sexuality of the character than others. Decide if you want LGBTQ characters and themes to be front and center or just a small part of the larger narrative. Neither is mutually exclusive or better than the other. It's all a matter of preference, so feel free to bounce between the two!


Do you want to read about a character discovering who they are and struggling with the onset of powerful new magical abilities? Or perhaps a heroine with a sordid, jaded past who's trying redeem her soul before it all catches up with her? If so, chances are you'll love a great character-driven story. 

Decide if You Want a Character or Plot-Driven Story

These stories don't just study the human condition and LGBTQ spectrum, but they do it with awe and wonder. Not to jump on the bandwagon, but Game of Thrones would be an example of a character-driven plot thanks to the emotional tension.


Do you prefer the thought of two warring kingdoms in an uneasy truce to fight off an all powerful dragon? Or the idea of a mercenary being pulled back into the primordial flames for one last bloody job? Then you might prefer a plot-driven story, akin to The Witcher.

Figure Out Which Subgenre Appeals to You

Subgenres decide the overall course and tone of the story. Dark fantasy is going to be a lot grittier and more adult than epic fantasy. Do you want your protaginst to be a mystical fairy who wants to go beyond the forest bt his father won't let him? Then a YA fantasy novel might be more to your liking. Read on for more popular subgenres!  

Get Your Hands on a Science Fantasy for Interstellar Adventure

Get Your Hands on a Science Fantasy for Interstellar Adventure

There is a line between science fiction and science fantasy. For reference, Star Wars is science fantasy. It incorporates a lot of advanced technology, like warp speed and light sabers, not to mention aliens. But, at the same time, it has the infamous force power. These quasi-mystical abilities introduce a magical element. 


In comparison, Star Trek is science fiction. Every bit of wonder in the Star Trek universe is related to science. (Ask a Trekkie if you don’t believe me.) Keep in mind that not all science fantasy happens at the same epic level as Star Wars. More nuanced science fantasy books include H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror novels and certain titles on our list.


Science Fantasy will appeal to readers who enjoy the framework science provides but still have wonders about what might be beyond the scope of logic, reason, and everyday stakes. Don’t be surprised if a character is a techno-organic lover with a jilted past from a distant red moon.

Give into Your Dark Side With Dark Fantasy

Give into Your Dark Side With Dark Fantasy

Are you feeling a bit blood-thirsty? Lock the doors and salt the windows because dark fantasy involves demons, devils, and things that bite in the night. It’s as much horror as it is fantasy.


You can expect alluring vampires, irresistible succubi, and the occasional emotionally conflicted werewolf. You’ll really be able to sink your fangs (yes, I do still have vampire puns) into this juicy genre. It's definitely a must for readers in touch with their dark side that prefer more adult themes, situations, and horror in their fantasy novels. 

Stay Modern With an Urban Fantasy Story

Stay Modern With an Urban Fantasy Story

These stories are always set in modern times. While many fantasy books include time travel or alternate dimensions, an urban fantasy usually has a protagonist from the 21st century. However, there aren’t any guarantees about where or when their love interest or other supporting characters might be from.


A modern fantasy will appeal to you if the concept of magic is already as far away from reality as you’re willing to go. Urban fantasy usually has fast pacing and a strong emotional core, which many readers find engrossing!  

Journey into an Epic Fantasy

Journey into an Epic Fantasy

High fantasy novels, or epic fantasy, involve complex world-building and a wide range of characters. Often, these worlds will be so detailed that they have their own languages, species, and everything in between.


They're almost always set in a world where magic is normal and prevalent. The worlds are rich with detailed, poetic descriptions. These novels are great for those of us with a vivid imagination and penchant for losing ourselves in a book. They are also often part of a series. 

Note the Difference Between LGBTQ Authors and LGBTQ Stories

Note the Difference Between LGBTQ Authors and LGBTQ Stories

If you're looking for an authentic story about what it means to be anything other than cis and straight, then picking an author that's cis and straight might not be the best choice. Nothing beats lived experience! The ability to translate the ups and downs of being LGBTQ in any world, fantasy or otherwise, requires certain experiences. 


If the author's identity is important to you, you can always do some digging. Check out the public information the author makes available (without violating their privacy, of course) to ensure you can relate to them and their point of view


Of course this isn't to say that a cis, straight author can't write a convincing LGBTQ character! But, this can be a deal-breaker, especially for those that are tired of reading books with poorly-writted LGBTQ characters. 

Start the First Book in a Series

Start the First Book in a Series

LGBTQ fantasy novels are often part of a larger series. This means that you'll get a lot more out of your favorite relationships and characters. Plus, in a series, the world-building has the time to become as intricate and as well-established as possible. 


While there are many great stand-alone LGBTQ novels, many readers enjoy falling into their favorite story and finding out there's more. Just be careful not be sucked in by the cliff-hangers, or you may find yourself spending more time in fantasy than anywhere else!

Get a Second Opinion

Get a Second Opinion

It's always a great idea to see what other's are saying about LGBTQ fantasy books. Talking with others can save you from wasting your time on a book that only has one poorly-written placeholder of an LGBTQ character. Since you can't un-read a novel, getting a recommendation can help you avoid books that may be disappointing


So take the time to check out reviews on sites like Amazon or Goodreads to see what other fantasy fans say. It can help to click their profile to see what kinds of books they like so you know that your interests are aligned with theirs. 

Do You Want to Read More Realistic Stories?

Do You Want to Read More Realistic Stories?

Here are a few other top ten lists of our favorite novels to add to your reading material. Check them out to add a few new books to your shelf or e-reader!

Summary

Thankfully, there are a ton of amazing LGBTQ fantasy novels on the market. If you’re the kind of person with an imagination bigger than the world we live in, then one of them is definitely for you. It’s can be tough to sort through all the options, but try out our tips to help make the process a little easier.


So if you’re ready to leave our mundane world behind in favor of more magical and exciting places, then definitely check out LGBTQ fantasy novels! 


Author: Chadhurst Jainlett Sharpe


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