Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.

Representation Includes

  • Fantasy world inspired by Native American cultures (largely Pueblo, Mesoamerican, and South American, also with elements from Cahokia and Pacific Islands)
  • Bisexual protagonist (Xiala)
  • Trans and non-binary side characters


  • Nebula Award nominee
  • Hugo Award nominee


Where to Find


  • Published October 13th 2020 by Saga Press
  • ISBN13: 9781781089477

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