Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to StoryOrigin and Diverse Books with Magic for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
This was such a beautiful anthology. From the moment I looked at the cover, to reading the synopsis, I was excited to be able to visualize women like me in fantasy stories – something that I never thought possible when I was growing up.
I’ve seen certain reviews talk about how they don’t understand why it was important to showcase the fact that these characters were diverse, that they were women of color or women with disabilities like it was a problem to be proud of that. I don’t understand those comments personally, because why wouldn’t I want to know that someone has similar elements to me? Why wouldn’t I want to know that this badass protagonist is a Black woman like me? For those that grew up with only cis white characters as their protagonists, it’s refreshing and so exciting to see us leading our own stories. I think that’s so important not just for us as adults, but for our younger generations.
This was just an amazing experience, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read something like this. I look forward to supporting Diverse Books with Magic more in the future. Enjoy every single one of these stories for what they are, enjoy what these authors took the time to share with us, because these stories are absolutely beautiful.