I'm sure you've already seen my list of fantasy novels featuring black female protagonists. (You haven't? Well go check it out!) This time I've got a list for the boys. If you notice from the title, this list is shorter than the previous one, and you're probably wondering why? When I did my research for books featuring black female main characters, I came across a plethora of titles. From African princesses to southern belle witches and urban monster huntresses. But when I did my research for this one, I found myself coming up short.
Most of the fiction titles I came across featuring black male protagonists, were either about being slaves, racial struggles in America or Africa, or being poor and depressed. Not much relating to fantasy or science fiction. Some of the results I got while searching for "fantasy" were urban sex novels! Really! So it's safe to say that the genre of Fantasy or sci-fi clearly has a majority female target market. This definatley leaves me with many questions, especially since manga seems to be very popular among young black males who enjoy anime. So it's no question that they do enjoy fantasy and science fiction as well as other things. Well, I did my best to find some cool ones you or your son's might like, so check them out:
1. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive.
2. Imaro by Charles R. Saunders
Growing up among the Ilyassai, a fierce tribe of warrior-herdsmen who despise his origin, the young Imaro struggles for acceptance after the breaking of a taboo forces his mother to leave him behind. The boy becomes a man, unlike any other the Ilyassai has ever seen. His quest for acceptance and identity continues. Yet he learns he has powerful enemies, human and inhuman. Prevailing over foes who desire nothing more than to see him dead, Imaro finds that in victory, there can be loss.
3. Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest by Wayne Gerard Trotman
Kaya Abaniah believes he’s an ordinary fourteen-year-old college student. He lives with his mother on the Caribbean island of Trinidad; he’s passionate about wildlife conservation and has a crush on the prettiest girl in his class. However, one fateful day, Kaya’s life is changed forever when he encounters Papa Bois, a folklore character similar to the Greek god, Pan. Kaya learns he has the talent. He’s a telepath, and he’s not alone. He discovers that men in black are constantly watching him, Soucouyant, the shape-shifting vampire wants his blood, and his packed lunch is never safe.
4. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters.
This makes me want to take more time to look into this topic. Feel free to comment any I may have missed! Hopefully I'll come across more fantasy/sci-fi titles we all can enjoy!
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