The following diatribe is not so much directed at you, @Moth, as it is to the thread in general: I again repair to my same answer: Fantasy readers - in general - need to take off their genre blinders and broaden their reading habits. Lets call a few things by their real names. Many people in this thread (and so - many - other threads) say the word "Fantasy", but what they really mean is what you described above: Middle Ages Northern Euro-Fetish Fantasy. They're talking about stories that vaguely feel like the setting is a U.K or Northern Europe analogue. If I were to write such a story - me, little Puerto Rican mixed bag of genetics boy - yeah, I would probably also be reaching into the jar labeled White People as regards the characters I create for that story. Not because I'm ignorant (I majored in anthropology in the first few of my too-many years of uni), but because it's easier than coming up with believable solutions for why my plucky band of quest-goers includes a Somali and a Malaysian that don't feel like I'm wedging these characters in with a big SJW crowbar. There are books that check off all diversity boxes for Fantasy. There are Fantasy books that only have black characters and nothing else. These books are sitting on my TBR pile because the latter also has a strong LGBT story arc. But these books aren't set in Northern Europe Analogueland. We need to be honest in this discussion and admit that the readers who are complaining are passing these books over because the cover art or description says they aren't set in that familiar setting of bogs, peat, forest and unwashed leather and braided ginger beards that promises a smell (never described) that would knock our little suburban butts unconscious. Eyes are glazing over, unfocused, as these books are seen in Amazon because they don't have that look that the reader has trained him/herself to key off of. BTW, you're dead correct about medieval Spain. A significant portion of the Spanish that is my native tongue is recognizable to Arabic speakers, and there's a 700+ year-long reason for that. ETA: I will go so far as to say that when one demands that Middle Ages Northern Euro-Fetish Fantasy be diversified, you're not just drinking the Kool-Aid™, you're gulping it. You're treating that setting as a holy Garden of Eden, as Avalon. The fact that you're unwilling to see Africa or Asia or the Americas as fertile soil for a different kind of High fantasy means you caved in and bought into the idea that your roots - from wherever you are from - aren't good enough to be idealized into mythology. I say that coming from a culture (Puerto Rico) where everyone wants to trace their lineage back to some part of Spain, Mythological Mother of LatinoAmerica (genuflect now), but no one looks for their African roots or Taino roots no matter how dark-skinned they happen to be. When you complain about a lack of diversity in fantasy and then pass up this book right here, with an endorsement by none other than Ursula K. Le fuck'n Guin herself, because it's "not the kind of story I'm talking about" then you are the issue. You. The reader. I'm pointing at you. The actual, real, personal, individual you. But I've got a tenner that says you don't see me pointing at you because you've got those blinders on. tl;dr This entire discussion is suffering from profound sampling error.