Spec Fic by Protags

  • In some cases, the category listed denotes major characters who are not the MC; the point here is really more the inhabitants of that world
  • Books are listed by series rather than by title where main characters are consistent.
  • Books highlighted in purple have main characters of color.

Aliens

Angels

Assassins

YA

Adult

Astronauts

Automatons and/or Robots

  • The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz – A
  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Bodyguards

Criminals

These include thieves, mercenaries, and other petty criminals.

Demons

  • Deadline by Stephanie Ahn – L
  • Rom and Yuli by Amara Lynn (m/nb)
  • Demon in the Whitelands by Nikki Richard (m/i+gnc)

Detectives/PIs

Djinn

Dragons

Note: This includes any book in which dragons (including dragonfolk and shifters) play a significant role in the world, even if they’re not POV characters.

YA

Adult

Druids

Dybbuks

  • *The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Elves

Fae/Fairies

YA

Adult

Falconers

Ghosts and Ghost Hunters

Gods/Goddesses

Golems

Hackers

Harpies

Knights

Female

Mages/Magicians/Magic Users/Sorcerers

YA

Adult

Merfolk

YA

Adult

Monsters

Necromancers

YA

Adult

Nymphs and Dryads

Orcs

Pilots/Spaceship Captains

  • Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
  • The Disasters by MK England
  • Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie

Pirates (Space)

Pirates (Water)

YA

Adult

Royalty

YA

Adult

Selkies

Shapeshifters (incl. Werewolves)

Female Protags

Male Protags

Non-Binary Protags

Sirens

Soldiers

Spies

YA

Adult

Succubus

Superheroes

Female

Male

Time Travelers

Treasure Hunters

Vampires

Female

Male

Nonbinary

  • *Court of the Undying Seasons by A.M. Strickland (Demigirl)

Vikings and Valkyries

Warriors

Witches and Wizards (incl. Brujxs and Stregas)

MG

YA

Adult

Zombies and Zombie Hunters

YA

Adult

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