Even though POC and Indigenous authors are finding success in SFF YA more so than in the past, it’s still hard to find longer series by POC and Indigenous authors, especially ones that are #ownvoices or feature POC and Indigenous characters. I can only think of one prominent SFF YA series by an author of color featuring protagonists of color that’s longer than three books, and that’s An Ember in the Ashes, which is planned for four books total (Book 4 is coming in 2019). Anyway, in order to put the spotlight on some SFF YA series by POC and Indigenous authors, I decided to put together this post of trilogies because I seemed to come across a lot of them in my reading journey. Three is the magic number, I guess. (Note: I’ve included some series that only have 3 books announced so far that may end up being longer.)
The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (Chinese American)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Chinese American)
Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa (Japanese American)
The Feral Trilogy by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek Nation)
The Prophecy Series/Dragon King Chronicles by Ellen Oh (Korean American)
The Vicious Deep Trilogy by Zoraida Córdova (Ecuadorian American)
The Dove Chronicles by Karen Bao (Chinese American)
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki Nation)
Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee (Korean American)
The Tribe Series by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Palyku Nation)
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (Puerto Rican)
Forget Tomorrow Trilogy by Pintip Dunn (Thai American)
Ruined by Amy Tintera (Mexican American)
The Beyond the Red Trilogy by Gabe Novoa (Latinx)
The Sea of Ink and Gold Trilogy by Traci Chee (Japanese and Chinese American)
The Effigies Trilogy by Sarah Raughley (Black American)
The Timekeeper Trilogy by Tara Sim (Indian American)
The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco (Filipino)
The Shadowshaper Cypher by Daniel Jose Older (Cuban American)
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Japanese American)
Starswept Trilogy by Mary Fan (Chinese American)
Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Córdova
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigerian American)
- Akata Witch
- Akata Warrior
- Untitled, TBA
Legacy of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi (Nigerian American)
The Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna (British Indian)
- A Spark of White Fire
- A House of Rage and Sorrow
- A War of Swallowed Stars (out June 1st, 2021)
Shadow Players by Heidi Heilig (Chinese American)
- For a Muse of Fire
- A Kingdom for a Stage
- On This Unworthy Scaffold (out March 16th, 2021)
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (Indian American)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Indian/Filipino American)
A Forgery of Magic by Maya Motayne
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (Black American)
- Kingdom of Souls
- Reaper of Souls (out February 16, 2021)
Shamanborn by Lori M. Lee (Hmong American)
- Forest of Souls
- Broken Web (out June 15th, 2021)
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Black American)
- Untitled (out 2021)
Deathless by Namina Forna
- The Gilded Ones (out February 9th, 2021)
For more SFF YA series, check out my list of duologies by authors of color!
11 thoughts on “Magic Number 3: SFF YA Trilogies by POC and Indigenous Authors”
This is such a fantastic list, including many FANTASTIC SERIES! I have a few more to check out now, so thank you!
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Great recs! 😊
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You should add Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning/Storm of Locusts to this list! I’m pretty sure there are supposed to be more!
This list is focused on young adult SFF and Trail of Lightning is adult, hence why it’s not in the list.
Ohhhh. I suppose it is adult. Good point.
Thank you for this!
This is such a fantastic list, thank you for putting this together!
Wonderful list! I read Mandanna’s first earlier this year and it blew my mind; I am on tenterhooks for the 2nd book, A House of Rage and Sorrow, which comes out in September, I think. So many other good reads to dive into in the meantime, though!