Magic Number 3: SFF YA Trilogies by POC and Indigenous Authors

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.)
Completed Series

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu (Chinese American)

  1. Legend
  2. Prodigy
  3. Champion

The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Chinese American)

  1. The Young Elites
  2. The Rose Society
  3. The Midnight Star

Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa (Japanese American)

  1. The Immortal Rules
  2. The Eternity Cure
  3. The Forever Song

The Feral Trilogy by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Muscogee Creek Nation)

  1. Feral Nights
  2. Feral Curse
  3. Feral Pride

The Prophecy Series/Dragon King Chronicles by Ellen Oh (Korean American)

  1. Prophecy
  2. Warrior
  3. King

The Vicious Deep Trilogy by Zoraida Córdova (Ecuadorian American)

  1. The Vicious Deep
  2. The Savage Blue
  3. The Vast and Brutal Sea

The Dove Chronicles by Karen Bao (Chinese American)

  1. Dove Arising
  2. Dove Exile
  3. Dove Alight

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki Nation)

  1. Killer of Enemies
  2. Trail of the Dead
  3. Arrow of Lightning

Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee (Korean American)

  1. Angelfall
  2. World After
  3. End of Days

The Tribe Series by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Palyku Nation)

  1. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf
  2. The Disappearance of Ember Crow
  3. The Foretelling of Georgie Spider

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (Puerto Rican)

  1. The Girl at Midnight
  2. The Shadow Hour
  3. The Savage Dawn

Forget Tomorrow Trilogy by Pintip Dunn (Thai American)

  1. Forget Tomorrow
  2. Remember Yesterday
  3. Seize Today

Ruined by Amy Tintera (Mexican American)

  1. Ruined
  2. Avenged
  3. Allied

The Beyond the Red Trilogy by Gabe Novoa (Latinx)

  1. Beyond the Red
  2. Into the Black
  3. The Rising Gold

The Sea of Ink and Gold Trilogy by Traci Chee (Japanese and Chinese American)

  1. The Reader
  2. The Speaker
  3. The Storyteller

The Effigies Trilogy by Sarah Raughley (Black American)

  1. Fate of Flames
  2. Siege of Shadows
  3. Legacy of Light

The Timekeeper Trilogy by Tara Sim (Indian American)

  1. Timekeeper
  2. Chainbreaker
  3. Firestarter

The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco (Filipino)

  1. The Bone Witch
  2. The Heart Forger
  3. The Shadowglass

The Shadowshaper Cypher by Daniel Jose Older (Cuban American)

  1. Shadowshaper
  2. Shadowhouse Fall
  3. Shadowshaper Legacy

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Japanese American)

  1. Shadow of the Fox
  2. Soul of the Sword
  3. Night of the Dragon

Starswept Trilogy by Mary Fan (Chinese American)

  1. Starswept
  2. Wayward Stars
  3. Seize the Stars

Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Córdova

  1. Labyrinth Lost
  2. Bruja Born
  3. Wayward Witch

Ongoing Series

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigerian American)

  1. Akata Witch
  2. Akata Warrior
  3. Untitled, TBA

Legacy of Orïsha by Tomi Adeyemi (Nigerian American)

  1. Children of Blood and Bone
  2. Children of Virtue and Vengeance
  3. Untitled, TBA

The Celestial Trilogy by Sangu Mandanna (British Indian)

  1. A Spark of White Fire
  2. A House of Rage and Sorrow
  3. A War of Swallowed Stars (out June 1st, 2021)

Shadow Players by Heidi Heilig (Chinese American)

  1. For a Muse of Fire
  2. A Kingdom for a Stage
  3. On This Unworthy Scaffold (out March 16th, 2021)

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala (Indian American)

  1. The Tiger at Midnight
  2. The Archer at Dawn
  3. The Chariot at Dusk

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Indian/Filipino American)

  1. The Gilded Wolves
  2. The Silvered Serpents
  3. Untitled

A Forgery of Magic by Maya Motayne

  1. Nocturna
  2. Oculta
  3. Untitled

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (Black American)

  1. Kingdom of Souls
  2. Reaper of Souls (out February 16, 2021)
  3. Untitled

Shamanborn by Lori M. Lee (Hmong American)

  1. Forest of Souls
  2. Broken Web (out June 15th, 2021)
  3. Untitled

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Black American)

  1. Legendborn
  2. Untitled (out 2021)
  3. Untitled

Upcoming Series

Deathless by Namina Forna

  1. The Gilded Ones (out February 9th, 2021)
  2. Untitled
  3. Untitled

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

  1. 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!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s