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Out of the Blue / Sophie Cameron
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A Blade So Black / L.L. McKinney
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The Shadow Speaker / Nnedi Okorafor
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Beasts Made of Night / Tochi Onyebuchi
After he eats the sin of a royal, Taj, a talented aki, or sin-eater who consumes the guilt of others whose transgressions are exorcised from them by powerful but corrupt Mages, is drawn into a plot to destroy the city, and he must fight to save the princess he loves and his own life.
An Ember in the Ashes / Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.