Fantasy Novels About Black Girls With Magic

· Real Black Girl Magic ·

Nov, 15, 2021


Are you ready for some Black Girl Magic? Check out these Fantasy novels featuring Black girls. I know I would have loved the fantasy genre much more had these books been available when I was a kid. There is a mix of Young Adult and Middle-Grade novels on this list.

Enjoy these novels all about Black girls who own their magic!

Just a friendly reminder, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you decided to use the links below to purchase the books, I do get a commission. The price of the books does not change for you. ❤️

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This Poison Heart (Young Adult) 

Briseis is the Black Poison Ivy. This Poison Heart tells a story about Brooklyn native Briseis and her strange attraction to plants. 

Briseis soon learns that her aunt has died and she has inherited her aunt’s rural estate. Briseis and her parents find out quickly that this house holds a lot of secrets.

You get some magic and mythology in this one! I cannot wait for the sequel. Bookshop Affiliate Link

Wings of Ebony (Young Adult)

H-Town where you at? Rue hasn’t had the easiest life growing up in Houston, especially after witnessing her mother’s murder. But, Rue soon finds out why her life was full of challenges. 

Rue finds out she is half-god and half-human, and if that isn’t enough, she gets snatched from her life in Houston to live on the hidden island Ghizon. A magical city full of people just like her.

Rue has had enough and breaks Ghizon’s biggest law, and returns to Houston to check on her sister. But, unfortunately, when she goes back to her neighborhood, it is not the neighborhood she remembers. So Rue tries to find a way to save her sister and her community before more lives are ruined. Bookshop Affiliate Link

Root Magic (Middle Grades)

This middle-grade novel takes us back in time (the 1960s) and to the coast of South Carolina, home of the Gullah. The Turner family has just lost their matriarch, and twins Jez and Jay are struggling to deal with this tremendous loss. 

Their hometown is full of evil, and it has nothing to do with the long history of root magic that runs in the Turner family. 

My millennial friends will instantly connect to this book if they remember the Nickelodeon show, Gullah Gullah Island. Root Magic is a great historical fiction book perfect for middle grades. Bookshop Affiliate Link

Legendborn (Young Adult) 

I couldn’t put this one down!⁣

Legendborn is a young adult fantasy novel that is an absolute page-turner. ⁣

⁣It’s been a few days since I’ve finished it, and I still don’t have the words to give this book the review it deserves. ⁣

⁣But here’s the rundown.⁣

⁣Bree Matthews just lost her mother in an accident. So when she gets the opportunity to attend a program for high schoolers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, she gladly accepts. ⁣

⁣Her first night on campus throws her into a world she never knew existed. And it forces her to recognize some strange abilities that she didn’t know she had.⁣

Legendborn is my favorite book on this list! Bookshop Affiliate Link

Amari and the Night Brothers (Middle Grades)

It’s pretty obvious why Marsai Martin is turning this book into a movie.⁣

Amari & The Night Brothers is the first book in the Supernatural Investigations Trilogy.⁣

⁣Amari’s brother is missing, and she’s just gotten in big trouble at school.⁣

⁣When Amari receives a nomination to attend a summer camp where her brother worked, she jumps at the opportunity to attend, intending to find out what happened to her brother.⁣

Amari has no idea that this secret summer camp is going to throw her into the supernatural world.⁣

Every time I read a fantastic middle-grade novel, I wish I still had my 5th graders! Ugh! They would have love this book!⁣ Bookshop Affiliate Link

The Gilded Ones (Young Adult)

When we meet Deka, she is anxiously waiting on the blood ceremony to determine if she is pure and a rightful member of her village. But, of course, her blood is determined to be impure, and Deka is in fear of her life. 

Deka thinks her life is over until she meets a stranger who makes her an offer she really can’t refuse. Deka gets an opportunity to leave her village and become a warrior and fight to save the empire with a group of girls just like her. 

I really enjoyed The Gilded Ones. It had major Lord of the Ring vibes.  Bookshop Affiliate Link

Children of Blood and Bone (Young Adult)

Children of Blood and Bone is the first novel in the Legacy of Orïsha Series.

It was on my to-read list forever, and my only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner. 

Zélie lives in Orïsha, a village that was once full of magic and love. Unfortunately, magic and life were taken away by a merciless king, leaving Zélie without a mother and the village unrecognizable.

When Zélie gets the opportunity to bring magic back to her home, she does everything in her power to make sure her village returns to that once place it once was. 

I’m a big audiobook fan, and I believe that all books aren’t meant for audio; this was one of them. You’ll want a physical copy to enjoy it the best. Bookshop Affiliate Link

Blood Like Magic (Young Adult)

Voya Thomas is an indecisive teen witch from Canada waiting for her calling (her powers). Voya cannot get her powers until she completes the task assigned by her ancestors. Voya soon finds out that her completion of this assignment doesn’t just impact her, but also the future of her family. Indecisive Voya is forced to make a decision, something that she doesn’t know how to do. 

There is a sequel expected to be released in 2022. Bookshop Affiliate Link

A Song Below Water   (Young Adult)

Effie and Tavia are best friends (more like sisters) that live in Portland, Oregon. Tavia is a siren who tries daily not to reveal her mythical ability to the world. Effie struggles with understanding her identity in a world that doesn’t like people who are different. Eventually, Tavia’s and Effie’s secrets are revealed and no one is prepared for what to do next. 

It took me a few times to get into this book, but once I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel A Chorus Rises. Its focus in on Effie and Tavia’s enemy Naema. Bookshop Affiliate Link

Raybearer (Young Adult)

Tarisai is pretty much abandoned by her mother, The Lady. But this doesn’t stop The Lady from shipping Tarisai off to the capital with a murderous task to complete. Tarisai must decide if she’ll betray the mother she never really had or follow her own path. 

I mentioned that another book on this list isn’t a great audiobook, Raybearer isn’t either. There are too many details that you have to pay close attention to. I recommend reading a hard copy of this book. 

The sequel, The Redemptor is on my to read list. Bookshop Affiliate Link

This book list took me months to complete because I pride myself in reading all the books I post. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do. 

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