The Best of N.K. Jemisin

We live in a time when we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of truly phenomenal writers churning out fantasy novels, for all ages. Additionally, more than ever before, writers represent diverse backgrounds, as well as possess a willingness to blur the lines between fantasy and other genres.

There are few authors working right now who pull off the genre-bending trick as well as N.K. Jemisin. The author’s books are deeply rooted in fantasy as their main genre, but the urban and sci-fi fantasy elements found throughout them add extra flair and depth to the captivating stories.

Jemisin is also notable as a Black writer in a genre historically ruled by white voices. Her brand of African American fantasy explores issues of racism and brutality that plague the imagined worlds just as much as our real one. A conversation about Black fantasy books would simply be incomplete without her name included.

There’s no doubt N.K. Jemisin is one of the best writers working in SFF today. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with her amazing books, consider this your primer!



D.R. Baker is a writer and musician based in New York City. Their work has appeared at Book Riot, Submittable, HowlRound, and others.