Women in SFF: Recommendations & my TBR

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Hey everyone!

So if you don’t all know this already, the good people over at Fantasy Hive are promoting great female authors in Science Fiction and Fantasy throughout the month of July. They have some great stuff on there, including some really interesting interviews with female authors, so do go check it out!

Anyway, I know I am a bit late on this (it’s the 11th already Jack!) but I thought I’d jump on their band wagon and make sure I read some books by female authors this month. So what books do I plan on reading? And what books by female authors can I already recommend? Well lets get going and find out!

What I Plan On Reading This Month

  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

  • A Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. But in a city of dreams governed by an imposturous Emperor, decadence has become the true ruler, and has blinded its inhabitants to their vulnerability. The empire is on the verge of invasion – and only one man can see it.

Haunted by dreams of the empire’s demise, Orhan Emmereth has decided to act. On his orders, a company of soldiers cross the desert to reach the city. Once they enter the Palace, they have one mission: kill the Emperor, then all those who remain. Only from ashes can a new empire be built.

The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Marching on Sorlost, Marith thinks he is running away from the past which haunts him. But in the Golden City, his destiny awaits him – beautiful, bloody, and more terrible than anyone could have foreseen.

  • Empire of Gold (library dependent)

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.

Honestly, I am not expecting to finish all three by the end of July so this may carry on into August but that is the aim. It’ll help that The Deep is a novella, but the other two are pretty chunky so it will still be a challenge for me! I’m especially looking forward to The Empire of Gold as I read the previous two books in the series last year and loved them.

EDIT: Since posting this, I have been informed that Rivers Solomon is non-binary. Obviously I wasn’t aware of this and so wouldn’t have included her here if I was. I guess I am only reading two books by female authors this month realistically. Eeek!

Book Recommendations

So what SFF books by women can I recommend because I have already read them and know they’re awesome? Well I will admit that my ‘read’ pile has more male authors (I bet most SFF fans read piles do, if I am being honest) but I can 100% vouch for the following as great. Or I at least thought so.

  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin 🧙
  • The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 🐻
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik 🌳
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri 🕌
  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb 🗡️
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ☠️
  • All System Red by Martha Wells 🤖
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty 👳


So there you have it: what I am reading this month in support of Women in SFF and some other recommendations for books by female authors. Hopefully you haven’t already read all of them!

Have you read any of the books I am planning on reading? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!




2 thoughts on “Women in SFF: Recommendations & my TBR

  1. Haven’t read 2 of the three, but read THE CITY OF BRASS and absolutely loved it. Hooked me straight from the get go. And then, I quickly read book two in a matter of days, and I’m hungrily awaiting book three’s arrival.


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