The 5 Most Anticipated May Releases

As promised, the anticipation list is back! Unfortunately, it’s still our personal list, but we really hope we’ll be able to start a forum poll to select next month’s most anticipated releases.

The list at the start of this month already proved May would be a great month for fantasy, and picking five novels was hard. There were so many great novels we had to exclude, like Trouble Twister, the first installment in a new series by Garth Nix, or the next Rick Riordan novel. Just take a look at the list, and tell us what you think! For a more comprehensive list of May releases, see our complete list.

1. The Order of the Scales by Stephen Deas
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We really liked Stephen Deas’ The Adamantine Palace and we really loved The King of the Crags. In May, it’s finally time for the much anticipated conclusion to the Memory of Flames trilogy: The Order of the Scales

Like the previous two volumes, The Order of the Scales promises to be a breathtakingly paced novel of epic proportions, with rogue dragons, political intrigue, and old magic.

Published by Gollancz on May 19.
2. Hounded by Kevin Hearne
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With the Iron Druid Chronicles, publisher Del Rey is showing it believes in debuting author Kevin Hearne. The first installment, the much anticipated Hounded, will be released in May, with two consecutive volumes following in June and July. 

Crazy months for the author, but a great summer for everyone who enjoys urban fantasy with a mythological twist. The series definitely seems to promise great things.

Published by Del Rey on May 3.
3. Stonewielder by Ian C. Esslemont
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Already released in the UK, May will see the American release of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Stonewielder

In 1982, Erikson and Esslemont co-created the Malazan world and ten years later, they agreed to write novels set in this world together. While Erikson was already a super star, it took Esslemont a while longer before his first novel was published in 2004.

Stonewielder is the third of Esslemont’s Malazan novels, and in the mean time, Esslemont’s name has grown to be as huge as Erikson’s. No wonder we—and many Americans with us—are greatly anticipating Stonewielder.

Published by Tor Books on May 10.
4. Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman
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Pamela Freeman is an award-winning YA author from Sidney, Australia. Considering her track record, it is no wonder we greatly anticipate her new epic fantasy novel Ember and Ash

Ember and Ash promises to deliver epic wars, vengeful elemental gods, and a romance in the midst of it. Add the wonderful cover (just click the little thumbnail image to the left to see more) and this is an epic fantasy to anticipate!

Published by Orbit on April 26 in the US and on May 5 in the UK.
5. Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley
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Queen of Kings, Maria Dahvana Headley’s debut story, will retell the immortal story of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. In his blurb, Neil Gaiman promises us “a powerful work of the imagination” that “should appeal to those who like their historical fiction and those who grave dark magics and sharp teeth in the night.” 

This alternate history story of history, romance, fantasy, and the supernatural is definitely something we’re looking forward to!

Published by Dutton Adult on May 12.

Have a good month of fantasy!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he can be found in a comfy chair reading a fantasy book. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

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  1. I’ve got Ember and Ash via NetGalley, and really ought to read it soon. I had forgotten that the release date is around this time. Knew I should have started it sooner, since I likely won’t be able to get around to it now for a week. I appreciate the reminder. 🙂

  2. Ooo. I’m very glad I was able to read Hounded early because the rest of these look great too. Hopefully they can distract me from pining away for Hexed and Hammered!

  3. I *love* the sound of Queen of Kings! Another one for the TBR pile …

  4. I’m looking forward to Ember and Ash! One thing though – it’s Sydney, Australia not Sidney 🙂

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