This is a pages with a growing list of Native American Inspired Adult SfF Book. I hope you’ll find it interesting and discover your next read.I just started and I really struggled to find Adult fantasy book inspired from Native America so please feel free to leave comments with titles to add to this list!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman’s
Native American Influences
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…
The Godmother’s Web by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Native American Inspired
This is the journey of Sun-haired maiden Cindy Ellis. A path she thought would simply lead her to Tuba City to train a horse for a friend. But the old woman she has met along the way has asked for a ride on the blue horse. A ride that takes them to a world torn apart by poverty and sorrow. A world the old woman – the Godmother – watches over. And with her spindle in hand, she spins a web of love – so beautiful, so magical …
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Urban fantasy with Dinétah Influenced
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky
Inspired by Inuit history, culture and mythology
A sweeping tale of clashing cultures, warring gods, and forbidden love: In 1000 AD, a young Inuit shaman and a Viking warrior become unwilling allies as war breaks out between their peoples and their gods-one that will determine the fate of them all.
“There is a very old story, rarely told, of a wolf that runs into the ocean and becomes a whale.”
Born with the soul of a hunter and the spirit of the Wolf, Omat is destined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps-invoking the spirits of the land, sea, and sky to protect her people.
But the gods have stopped listening and Omat’s family is starving. Alone at the edge of the world, hope is all they have left.
Desperate to save them, Omat journeys across the icy wastes, fighting for survival with every step. When she meets a Viking warrior and his strange new gods, they set in motion a conflict that could shatter her world…or save it
Svaha by Charles de Lint
Urban fantasy with Inspiration in Indigenous traditions
Into the darkness, the desolation, the sprawl of urban blight.
An Indian flyer has been downed. A systems chip, encoded with vital technological secrets, is missing. And the Amerindians have chosen Gahzee to find it. He must leave the lush, wooded Enclaves, protected by vast force fields, and venture forth – out there – into the Outer Lands…
Walking the line between Dreamtime and Realtime, he is prepared to face the bitter, poisoned world of the white man…unaware that his heritage will bring to that world what the Amerindians call svaha – the moment between seeing the lightning and hearing its thunder…a waiting for promises to be fulfilled…
Nature’s only hope for a new dawn.
The Way of Thorn and Thunder by Daniel Heath Justice
Eighteenth-century North America
Taking fantasy literature beyond the stereotypes, Daniel Heath Justice’s acclaimed Thorn and Thunder novels are set in a world resembling eighteenth-century North America. The original trilogy is available here for the first time as a fully revised one-volume novel. The story of the struggle for the green world of the Everland, home of the forest-dwelling Kyn, is an adventure tale that bends genre and gender
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
Fable inspired by the traditional Canadian Métis legend of the Rogarou
Joan has been searching for her missing husband, Victor, for nearly a year—ever since that terrible night they’d had their first serious argument hours before he mysteriously vanished. Her Métis family has lived in their tightly knit rural community for generations, but no one keeps the old ways . . . until they have to. That moment has arrived for Joan.
One morning, grieving and severely hungover, Joan hears a shocking sound coming from inside a revival tent in a gritty Walmart parking lot. It is the unmistakable voice of Victor. Drawn inside, she sees him. He has the same face, the same eyes, the same hands, though his hair is much shorter and he’s wearing a suit. But he doesn’t seem to recognize Joan at all. He insists his name is Eugene Wolff, and that he is a reverend whose mission is to spread the word of Jesus and grow His flock. Yet Joan suspects there is something dark and terrifying within this charismatic preacher who professes to be a man of God . . . something old and very dangerous.
Joan turns to Ajean, an elderly foul-mouthed card shark who is one of the few among her community steeped in the traditions of her people and knowledgeable about their ancient enemies. With the help of the old Métis and her peculiar Johnny-Cash-loving, twelve-year-old nephew Zeus, Joan must find a way to uncover the truth and remind Reverend Wolff who he really is . . . if he really is. Her life, and those of everyone she loves, depends upon it.
8. Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Native American Inspired
Blackfeet author Stephen Graham Jones brings readers a spine-tingling Native American horror novella.
Walking through his own house at night, a fifteen-year-old thinks he sees another person stepping through a doorway. Instead of the people who could be there, his mother or his brother, the figure reminds him of his long-gone father, who died mysteriously before his family left the reservation. When he follows it he discovers his house is bigger and deeper than he knew.
The house is the kind of wrong place where you can lose yourself and find things you’d rather not have. Over the course of a few nights, the boy tries to map out his house in an effort that puts his little brother in the worst danger, and puts him in the position to save them . . . at terrible cost
If you know any Native American Inspired Adult SFF that is not on this list please let me know in the comments!