Lucinda Roy

ESSAY ON TOR/FORGE BLOG:Lucinda Roy Publicity Photo with Book QuoteLucinda Roy writes about inventing a game for her new novel series that draws upon the story of Flying Africans.

Flying the Coop will be out in paperback in May 2023

Volume II in the The Dreambird Chronicles Trilogy

“I didn’t want to write about why the caged bird sings;

I wanted to write about how the caged bird flies.” –Lucinda Roy

Cover of Flying the Coop Booklist starred review.
Vox Humanities’ Sylvester Johnson interviews Lucinda about The Freedom Race, race and racism, and a future Disunited States.


Drawing the maps for THE FREEDOM RACE

Lucinda Roy writes about what it as like  to draw persona maps for The Freedom Race

THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE FREEDOM RACE, Macmillan Audio, available from Audible. 

Adjoa Andoh of the RSC and Bridgerton fame is the narrator for The Freedom Race

Available at Bookstores

Cover for Flying the Coop
  • This second volume in Roy’s Dreambird Chronicles (after The Freedom Race, 2021) broadens the political scope of the narrative while keeping the focus on the three young protagonists. Ji-ji, Afarra, and Tiro encounter belligerence, violence, systematic oppression, deliberate ignorance, and death at nearly every turn. What carries them forward are seeds of hope, anger, and history and the belief that they can force change. With strong connections to current events and an unflinching look at how things could be, Flying the Coop is an essential read. —Booklist (starred review)
  • As harrowing as it is gripping, this will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series finale. —Publisher’s Weekly
  • “Every now and then a work comes along that makes you wonder whether you are reading or dreaming. And you’re not sure it matters which.”—Nikki Giovanni
  • “If ‘resilience’ was a book, it would be The Freedom Race. It has a prescience about it in the tradition of Octavia Butler.” —Maurice Broaddus
  • “American magic-realism meets the outcome of the Second U.S. Civil War in a well-told, brutally jolting, strangely prescient, and soul-haunting narrative.”—L. E. Modesitt, Jr., bestselling author of the Saga of Recluce series
  • “Roy’s comprehensive worldbuilding and immersive language creates a tapestry that blends realistic fantasy with the Black experience in the United States…. Ji-ji’s journey is a story of resilience and hope rooted in a place where Octavia Butler and Rivers Solomon intersect with The Handmaid’s Tale.”—Booklist
  • This gut-wrenching read takes place in a near-future United States where white people once again enslave African Americans….This powerful, riveting novel provides a glimpse into a nightmarish future that’s all too similar to our past.–Buzzfeed (A pick for Buzzfeed’s “Best Books of July 2021.”)