I had to add the extra claps for Children of Blood and Bone. Fantasy and sci-fi are my guilty pleasure, but the genres are utterly over-saturated with stories written by white men, usually from North America or the UK.

If you’re looking for more fantasy that packs a political statement, you might enjoy The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. I’m a little biased because I read a lot of Chinese- and diaspora-authored books, but it is utterly incredible. The vast majority of the political events she includes are also real, drawn from China’s turbulent 20th century.

China specialist, feminist, political scientist in progress. Reviews, socialism & everyday academia. Low-brow, no jargon/acronyms. Editor of The Open Bookshelf.

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