Messy black girls in fantasy situations

Here you’ll find stories of Black girls of all types navigating less than ideal situations.

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury HQ Cover - Smaller Size

Blood like Magic

Releasing June 15th, 2021 from Margaret K. McElderry (S&S)

A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him.

After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.

Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?

With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she’ll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything.

Content warnings: Whipping scene within the context of slavery, gun/police violence, discussion of and character with an eating disorder, blood/gore/violence, death, substance abuse/addiction, mentions of child neglect

Kirkus Starred Review

“Sambury’s prose is fluid and eloquent and will enthrall readers. The protagonist’s voice feels refreshingly authentic, and the supporting characters are diverse and multidimensional, with well-developed relationships. Sensitive topics and themes, like slavery and racism, emerge in the novel’s original and compelling storylines. A breath of fresh air for the genre; readers will be spellbound.”

– Kirkus Reviews

BLM2 aesthetic

Blood like Magic Sequel

(Title TBA)

Releasing in 2022 from Margaret K. McElderry (S&S)

The sequel to the upcoming Blood Like Magic.

butcherbirds by liselle sambury aesthetic

butcherbirds

Releasing in 2023 from Margaret K. McElderry (S&S)

Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has bought, in an exclusive submission, in a six-figure deal, Butcherbirds by Liselle Sambury (author of the forthcoming Blood Like Magic). In this standalone YA, a 17-year-old reluctant medium must confront the ghosts—both literal and figurative—of her mother’s past when an inherited mansion in northern Ontario is not as idyllic as it would seem. In a parallel timeline years later, a budding investigative journalist attempts to uncover what happened to her. Publication is set for 2023; Kristy Hunter at the Knight Agency did the two-book deal for world English rights.