This is the first book of The Inheritance Trilogy by author N.K. Jemison.
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky, seat of the ruling Arameri family. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate — and gods and mortals — are bound inseparably.
Read chapter 1, chapter 2, and chapter 3.
Here is the author’s blog.
This is N.K. Jemison:
Here is a decent interview with her discussing books and their covers.
Here is a fan art of the characters in the book:
Because so many people ARE making gorgeous literature and art and music and all kinds of media representing people of color, but not everybody has the machine behind them promoting them.