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Beyond the Cis-Tem: LGBTQ+ Fantasy Novels of 2023

Welcome to my list of the most anticipated LGBTQ+ fantasy novels of 2023! As a lover of both LGBTQ+ literature and fantasy, I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the incredible works of art that will be gracing bookshelves this year.

Representation matters, and this is especially true in fantasy literature. As a genre, fantasy often centers on themes of power, identity, and belonging, which are all relevant to LGBTQ+ experiences. For years, LGBTQ+ characters were often sidelined, written as stereotypes or tropes, or excluded altogether. However, with the rise of diverse voices and representation, this is slowly changing. More and more authors are bringing their unique perspectives and stories to the forefront, creating rich and complex LGBTQ+ characters who challenge norms and redefine what it means to be a hero. By embracing LGBTQ+ characters, we are creating a more inclusive and accepting world, both in literature and in real life.

In this article, I want to share with you the most anticipated LGBTQ+ fantasy novels of 2023. My list includes novels from both well-known authors and new voices, all of whom offer their unique perspectives and experiences. My goal is to celebrate and uplift these diverse voices and to showcase the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in fantasy literature.

Let’s support these amazing LGBTQ+ authors and their work. Let’s celebrate diversity in literature and continue to push for more representation in all genres.

I hope this list piques your interest and inspires you to add some of these books to your reading list, and i also created some art for you to enjoy while choosing your next read. Happy reading!

LGBTQ+ Fantasy Novels of 2023

LGBTQ+ Fantasy Novels​ of 2023

The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai 

Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed 

The Sapphire Altar by David Dalglish

Now She is Witch by Kirsty Logan  

Godkiller by Hannah Kaner 

Beautiful Undone by Melissa Polk 

The King’s Delight by Sarah Honey 

The Path to Vihaan by Daniel J. Lyons

A Deception of Courts by Ben Alderson 

Demands by Cheyenne Browning 

Wolfpack by Rem Wigmore 

Ink Stains and Ill-Fated Lies by Kellie Doherty 

The Second Marriage by Corey Kerr 

The Bloodstained Shade by Cass Morris 

Back in a Spell by Lana Harper 

Shadowfall by Iris Foxglove 

Tides of Magic by Andi R. Christopher 

A Draught of Ash and Wine by Kristin Jacques 

A Ruinous Fate by Kaylie Smith 

Hex You by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast 

Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare 

The Buried and the Bound by Rochelle Hassan 

Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson 

The Hidden Crystals by R. Dawnraven 

The Ever Storms by Amanda Foody

A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon 

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi 

The Jaguar Path by Anna Stephens 

Emperor of Ruin by Django Wexler 

Liar City by Allie Therin

The Game of 100 Candles by Marie Brennan 

Saffron Wilds by Kai Butler 

Give a Witch a Chance by Colette Rivera 

Hermes by B. J. Irons 

The Delve by Dan Fitzgerald 

Sins of the Black Flamingo by Andrew Wheeler, Travis Moore & Tara Bonvillain 

Black Ice by Bradford D. Smith II 

Dangerous Flames by Stephanie Burgis 

The Price You Pay by Cheyenne Browning 

Songs of Vice by Nicole Bailey

The Fox and the Dryad by Kellen Graves 

The Witch of Tin Mountains by Paulette Kennedy 

A Necessary Chaos by Brent Lambert 

The Eidolon by K. D. Edwards 

The Prince of Daybreak by Lou Wilham 

Testing Faith by A.C. Adams 

The Hells of Notre Dame by R.L. Davennor

A Game of Hearts and Heists by Ruby Roe 

The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty 

A Novel Arrangement by Arden Powell

Tale of the Hidden Village by Riley Rookhouse & K.C. Norton 

The Sea in You by Jessi Sheron 

Every Gift a Curse by Caroline O’Donoghue 

Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb 

The Severed Thread by Leslie Vedder 

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa 

Nightbirds by Kate J. Armstrong 

Cameron Battle and the Escape Trials by Jamar J. Perry

Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom by Nina Varela 

Adventure in the Floating Mountains by L. D. Lapinski 

Ring of Solomon by Aden Polydoros

The Faithless by C. L. Clark 

Bitter Medicine by Mia Tsai 

Thorns of Chaos by Jeremiah Cain 

Arca by G. R. Macallister 

The Valkyrie by Kate Heartfield

Blackheart Ghosts by Laure Eve

The Heavy Bright by Cathy Malkasian

Furies by Margaret Atwood et al. 

The Keep Within by J.L. Worrad 

The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten 

Outcast by K. J. 

White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link 

We Dream of Gods by Devin Madson

Thousand Autumns: Qian Qiu, Vol. 1 by Meng Xi Shi

The Dragon Eater by J. Scott Coatsworth 

Nicky Faces Catastrophe… and Survives?! by Matti McLean 

The Memory Eater by Rebecca Mahoney 

Ravensong by Cayla Fay

The Witch and the Vampire by Francesca Flores

The Blood Hours by Ann H. Fox 

Lucha of the Night Forest by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

Clash of Fate and Fury by Rachel Menard 

The Future King by Robyn Schneider 

Spin by Rebecca Caprara 

The Shattered Lands by Brenna Nation

The Moth Keeper by Kay O’Neill 

Catfish Rolling by Clara Kumagai

Curse of the Gorgon by Tanai Walker 

The Grief Nurse by Angie Spoto 

The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart 

Unleashed by Alli Temple 

The Remarkable Retirement of Edna Fisher by E. M. Anderson 

The Warden by Daniel M. Ford 

Ice Upon a Pier by Ladz 

The Winter Knight by Jes Battis 

The Herlequin by Danielle K. Girl 

The Emperor’s Bone Palace by Hailey Turner 

The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Omnibus by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Michelle Wong 

Under Kingdom by Christof Bogacs & Marie Enger 

The Stars of Mount Quixx by S. M. Beiko 

That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams 

Remnants of Atonement by G. P. McKenna 

Blood Debts by Terry J. Benton-Walker

Tell Me How It Ends by Quinton Li 

Spell Bound by F. T. Lukens 

The First Shadowdragon by Lee Newbery

He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan

Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh

Alecto the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 

Trials of the Innermost by Jonathan Fuller

Godly Heathens by H.E. Edgmon

Dragonfall by L.R. Lam  

All the Hidden Paths by Foz Meadows 

Orphia and Eurydicius by Elyse John 

Teach the Torches to Burn by Caleb Roehrig 

In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune 

A Power Unbound by Freya Marske 

The Archive Undying by Emma Mieko Candon 

Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore 

Solomon’s Crown by Natasha Siegel 

Of Knights and Books and Falling In Love by Rita A. Rubin 

The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao 

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire

The Midnight Kingdom by Tara Sim 

Heartstopper: Volume Five by Alice Oseman

Mammoths at the Gates by Nghi Vo

The Marble Queen by Anna Kopp 

The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera 

Dark Moon, Shallow Sea by David R. Slayton 

World Running Down by Al Hess

Stronger Still by D.N. Bryn 

The Moonshine Heart by Eule Grey 

To Kill a Shadow by Katherine Quinn 

Hearts Forged in Dragon Fire by Erica Hollis

How to Sell Your Blood & Fall in Love by D.N. Bryn 

The Death I Gave Him by Em X. Liu 

The Tomb of Dragons by Katherine Addison

The Third Daughter by Adrienne Tooley

A Market of Dreams and Destiny by Trip Galey 

The Grief Nurse by Angie Spoto

And the World Crumbled by Aldrea Alien 

No Strings on Her by Eule Grey

A Song for Octaven by R.C. Ballad

One Night in Hartswood by Emma Denny 

Hawkmere by Marcus Attwater 

The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan 

Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle 

The Queen’s Price by Anne Bishop

Court of the Undying Seasons by A.M. Strickland 

Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao 

The Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa 

Traitor of Redwinter by Ed McDonald 

https://ajhackwith.com/The Infinite by Ada Hoffmann 

Untitled by E.J. Beaton 

Hollow Road Home by A.J. Hackwith 

The Gilded Crown by Marianne Gordon 

Gwen and Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher 

Apocrypha by Anthony Oliveira 

No One Left but You by Tash McAdam

The Alchemy of Moonlight by David Ferraro

Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens 

These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs 

Bitterthorn by Kat Dunn 

Thick as Thieves by M.J. Kuhn 

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Ann Older 

Daughter of Winter and Twilight by Helen Corcoran 

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White 

Unholy Terrors by Lyndall Clipstone 

Mortal Follies by Alexis Hall

Hunt on Dark Waters by Katee Robert

Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my article on Beyond the Cis-Tem: LGBTQ+ Fantasy Novels of 2023. It’s been quite the journey compiling this list of 182 amazing books featuring LGBTQ+ characters and their stories.

As a bonus, I even got inspired and created some art to celebrate these wonderful stories. Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below!

But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to hit that follow button on my social media and turn on notifications on for more exciting updates on the latest and greatest in fantasy. And if you have any more recommendations, drop them in the comments and let’s keep this conversation going. Let’s continue to uplift and celebrate diverse voices in the world of fantasy fiction!

And with that, I bid you adieu. Happy reading, and until next time!

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