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This is not a Discussion of LGBT in Fantasy,there are other topics for that please go here if you wish to have  discussion about it http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/lgbt-fantasy/

This topic will just be a list of book's and authors recommended by Fantasy Faction members over the years as we now getting a lot of people asking for LGBT characters in their fantasy reads,please add to the list if you come across a good story featuring LGBT character's thank you.

I would like this topic to be a sticky  ;D   

*Honourable mentions

Faithful and the Fallen by John Gwynne *

Spoiler for Hiden:
(...) write such a close 'friendship' that the reader can read more into it if they want.
I'm thinking of two specific examples in books read recently: Nathair and Veradis, in Faithful and the Fallen (John Gwynne), and Cayden and Mieka in Glass Thorns (Melanie Rawn). I see them as being in love but not really knowing or realising, maybe someone else will just see good friends.

Alternative history

    Mary Gentle
    Ash: A Secret History
    Book of Ash

    Anne Lyle
    The Alchemist of Souls
    Night's Masque

    SM Stirling
    Island in the Sea of Time
    Island in the Sea of Time


Epic Fantasy

    Peter V Brett
    The Painted Man
    The Demon Cycle

    Jacquelyn Carey
    Kushiel's Dart
    Kushiel's Universe

    Jacquelyn Carey
    Namaah's Kiss
    Namaah's Trilogy

    Seth Dickinson
    The Traitor Baru Cormorant

    Robin Hobb
    The Dragon Keeper
    Rain Wild Chronicles

    Kameron Hurley
    The Mirror Empire
    Worldbreaker Saga

    Alex Marshall
    A Crown for Cold Silver
    The Crimson Empire

    George R.R.Martin
    A Game of Thrones
    A Song of Fire and Ice

    Richard K. Morgan
    The Steel Remains
    A Land Fit for Heroes

    Mark Charan Newton
    Nights of Villjamur
    Legends of the Red Sun

    Den Patrick
    The Boy With the Porcelain Blade
    Erebus Sequence

    Ricardo Pinto
    The Chosen
    The Stone Dance of the Chameleon

    W.G. Saraband
    The Shattered Sands

    Anna Stephens
    Godblind

    Brent Weeks
    The Way of the Shadows
    Nigh Angel

    Django Wexler
    The Thousand Names
    The Shadow Campaigns

    Jen Williams
    The Copper Promise
    The Copper Cat


Fairy Tales

    Jim C.Hines
    Red Hood's Revenge
    Princess

    Malinda Lo
    Ash


Heroic Fantasy

    David Gemmell
    Quest for Lost Heroes
    The Drenai Saga

    Jen Williams
    The Ninth Rain
    The Winnowing Flame Trilogy


High Fantasy

    Joe Abercrombie
    Sharp Ends
    First Law World

    Peter V Brett
    The Painted Man
    The Demon Cycle

    Amanda Downum
    The Bone Palace
    The Necromancer Chronicles

    Lynn Flewelling
    Luck in the Shadows
    Nightrunner

    Kameron Hurley
    The Mirror Empire
    Worldbreaker Saga

    Mark Lawrence
    Red Sister
    Book of the Ancestor

    Rebecca Levene
    Smiler's Fair
    The Hollow Gods

    Alex Marshall
    A Crown for Cold Silver
    The Crimson Empire

    Mark Charan Newton
    Nights of Villjamur
    Legends of the Red Sun

    Den Patrick
    The Boy With the Porcelain Blade
    Erebus Sequence

    Melanie Rawn
    Touchstone
    Glass Thorns

    Django Wexler
    The Thousand Names
    The Shadow Campaigns

    Jen Williams
    The Copper Promise
    The Copper Cat


Historic Fantasy

    Michael Chabon
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    Ellen Klages
    Passing Strange


Horror

    Caitlin R. Kiernan
    The Drowning Girl


Low Fantasy

    N.K. Jemsin
    The Fifth Season
    The Broken Earth


Military Fantasy

    Megan Derr
    Prisoner
    Kria

    Django Wexler
    The Thousand Names
    The Shadow Campaigns


Mythology

    Sarah Monette
    A companion to wolves
    Iskryne World

    Rick Riordan
    The Lost Hero
    The Heroes of Olympus


New Weird

    China Mieville
    Iron Council
    New Crobuzon


Romance

    Jacquelyn Carey
    Kushiel's Dart
    Kushiel's Universe

    Jacquelyn Carey
    Namaah's Kiss
    Namahh's Trilogy

    Storm Constantine
    The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit
    Wraeththu

    Megan Derr
    Prisoner
    Kria

    Lynn Flewelling
    Luck in the Shadows
    Nightrunner

    Ellen Kushner
    Swordspoint
    The World of Riverside

    Mercedes Lackey
    Magic's Pawn
    Valdemar:The Last Herald Mage

    Malinda Lo
    Ash

    Sarah Monette
    Melusine
    Doictrine of Labyrinths

    Ricardo Pinto
    The Chosen
    The Stone Dance of the Chameleon

    B.R. Sanders
    Ariah
    Ariah

    Kai Ashante Wilson
    The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
    The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps


Sci-Fi

    Elizabeth Bear
    Dust
    Jacob's Ladder

    Becky Chambers
    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
    Wayfares

    Storm Constantine
    The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit
    Wraeththu

    Eli Freysson
    The War of the Usurper
    The Golden Throne

    Seth Dickinson
    The Traitor Baru Cormorant

    Kameron Hurley
    Mirror Empire
    Worldbreaker Saga

    David Mitchell
    Cloud Atlas

    Elizabeth Bear
    Karen Memory
    Karen Memory


Steampunk

    Gail Carriger
    Soulless
    Parasol Protectorate

    S.M. Sterling
    Island in the Sea of Time
    Island in the Sea of Time


Time Travel

    Michael J. Sullivan
    Hollow World

    Aliette de Bodard
    House of Shattered Wings
    Dominion of the Fallen


Urban Fantasy

    Paul Cornell
    London Falling
    Shadow Police

    Ilona Andrews
    Magic Bites
    Kate Daniels

    Max Gladstone
    Three Parts Dead
    Craft Sequence

    J.A. Pitts
    Black Blades Blue
    Sarah Beauhall

    Tom Pollock
    The City's Son
    Skyscraper Trilogy

    V.E. Schwab
    A Conjuring of Light
    Shades of Magic

    Maggie Stiefvater
    The Raven Boys
    The Raven Cycle


Western

    Elizabeth Bear
    Karen Memory
    Karen Memory


Young Adult

    L. Frank Baum
    The Marvelous Land of Oz
    Oz

    Leigh Bardugo
    Shadow and Bone
    The Grisha

    Malinda Lo
    Ash

    Rick Riordan
    The Lost Hero
    The Heroes of Olympus

    Maggie Stiefvater
    The Raven Boys
    The Raven Cycle
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 07:34:27 PM by Eclipse »
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Top list!  ;D

Small note: Sebastian is a main character, so he appears in all three of the Copper Cat books, not just the first one. ;)

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SM Stirling

Lesbian Black coastguard captain and her Celtic Partner in the Island in the sea of Time trilogy as the protags.

Lesbian ninja asassin x2 in the Emberverse series one becoming GrandMarshal of the protectorate forces and incidental gay knights etc throughout the series. However the most interesting relationship is between two teen girls whose lives would be so much simpler if they were gay. Oh and a society who is pretty much ambivilent about anyones sexuality with no religious moors to get in the way of anyone falling into bed with whom they choose.

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Thank you for putting that long list together, Eclipse.

A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab introduces a previously unknown gay relationship, which existed in A Darker Shade of Magic but was not apparent. It would be a spoiler if I named the characters, but becomes clear once you know, and will have great effect for future in series.
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David Gemmell's Quest for Lost Heroes features a gay couple.

(Do people want to know which particular sexuality the characters are/whether they're main, supporting, villain?)
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Eclipse, I suggest you remove The Faithful and the Fallen series from your list.

I believe I was the one who mentioned it, and what I said was actually
(...) write such a close 'friendship' that the reader can read more into it if they want.
I'm thinking of two specific examples in books read recently: Nathair and Veradis, in Faithful and the Fallen (John Gwynne), and Cayden and Mieka in Glass Thorns (Melanie Rawn). I see them as being in love but not really knowing or realising, maybe someone else will just see good friends.
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would you like if I left it in with the quote in a spoiler underneath?

I'm just out atm.
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Can do - I just don't want to mislead people :)
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Another series:

The Hollow Gods, by Rebecca Levene

I've only read book 1, and got book 2 now with me to read, but one of the main characters is gay and another's bi.
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Anymore we have read to add with all the new people here, plus I don't won't this topic lost amongst the mist of time.Sticky it!
« Last Edit: August 04, 2016, 06:44:54 AM by Eclipse »
I'm Saloninus, by the way. And I tell lies, from time to time. Which goes to prove the old rule; never entirely trust a man who talks about himself in the third person.

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A sticky would certainly be great.

And the list should definitely include The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson.

And... are we only doing epic/world fantasy, or urban fantasy too? If urban, then we should include the Shadow Police series by Paul Cornell: London Falling, The Severed Streets, and the forthcoming Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?

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Hollow World by Michael Sullivan -  it is Sci-Fi/time travel, but that shouldn't discount it.
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I second the request to sticky this. :D

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I generously grant this request.  ;)
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The long way to a small angry planet, Becky Chambers (though that's space opera)

Mirror Empire and sequels, Kameron Hurley

The City's son and sequels, Skyscraper Throne trilogy, Tom Pollock

The Painted Man and sequels - The Demon Cycle novels - Peter V Brett

Dust and sequels, Elizabeth Bear

Godblind, Anna Stephens, coming spring 2017 - oh, that's me!!  ;)
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