Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron
Resistance by B.R. Sanders
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore
Empire of Light by Alex Harrow
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (Contemporary Romance, GQ LI)
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake (Contemporary, GQ LI)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (Contemporary, GF MC)
Like Water by Rebecca Podos (Contemporary, GQ LI)
Bonus: Much less central but still worth a mention: The Pros of Cons by Lindsay Ribar, Alison Cherry, and Michelle Schusterman (Contemporary, Genderless LI)
Hi, hello, yes, I loved this book about a genderfluid thief fighting to the death for a spot in a team of the queen’s assassins so they could have a shot at revenge for their family being shattered, and here I am foisting it on you because it is fabulous. Go forth and read the Hunger Games-like craftiness and intensity, Kaz Brekker-ish determination and moral questionability, and utterly charming romance with a queer lady!
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.
Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.