May is here and so are new books. Vampires, Gothics, Greek myths, Korean witches, gay Camelot, Star Wars cookbooks, and knights. I’m thrilled this month, as it is the release month of my favorite series, Chronicles of the Bitch Queen. If you haven’t read that, I don’t know you.
I hope you find some great reads this month!
The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng by K.S. Villoso
(May 4th, Orbit Books)
The last in the Chronicles of the Bitch Queen, an epic fantasy about a queen trying to save her nation and her son from a war-torn country.
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
(May 4, MCD)
A psychedelic Gothic with cults, woods, and a pregnant mother escaping a strict religious compound, vying to protect her twins from the outside world.
The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
(May 4, Orbit Books)
An epic fantasy with wildlands and wild magic, monsters of tooth and claw, murder and old gods, a huntress, and a jarl’s daughter.
Walk Among Us by Cassandra Khaw, Genevieve Gornichec, Caitlin Starling
(May 4, Harper Voyager)
3 horror novellas set in a role-playing world of Vampire: Masquerade.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
(May 4, Flatiron Books)
An epic feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, from the perspective of Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra.
The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood
(May 4, Harper Voyager)
A dark fairy tale set against a Victorian world of lace and smoke.
The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He
(May 4, Roaring Book Press)
In this YA sci-fi, an amnesiac is marooned with an android and a single memory.
The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
(May 4, Rick Riordan Presents)
An adopted Korean-American girl discovers her heritage and magic while traveling to save her witch clan family.
Star Wars: Galactic Baking: The Official Cookbook of Sweet and Savory Treats From Tatooine, Hoth, and Beyond
(May 4, Insight Kids)
Star Wars planets but baking.
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
(May 11th, Orbit Books)
Inspired by the pre-colonial empires of West Africa, Son of the Storm is an epic fantasy novel following a clever scholar, Danso, as he is drawn into Bassai’s secrets.
A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
(May 11, Tordotcom)
Set in Egypt, a mystic and inventor pierced the veil between realms, sending magic into the world before disappearing. In early 20th century Cairo, humans and djinn brush elbows in this new world.
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
(May 11, Ace)
A reluctant medium discovers her power in a Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy with gods, ghosts, and family secrets.
The House of Always by Jenn Lyons
(May 11, Tor Books)
The fourth epic fantasy in the Chorus of Dragons, a world of thieves, wizards, assassins, and kings.
Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova
(May 11, Little Brown for Young Readers)
A magical heroine brings justice to the kingdom in this YA epic fantasy inspired by 15th century Spain.
Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve
(May 13, Jo Fletcher Books)
Camelot but Gotham with a bunch of queer knights.
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
(May 18, Imprint)
A pansexual blood mage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion in this YA fantasy.
The Broken God by Gareth Hanrahan
(May 18, Orbit Books)
Dark gods and magic clash in the third installment of this epic fantasy series.
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
(May 25, Titan Books)
Science and magic fuse in an atmospheric gaslight-era Prague.
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
(May 25, Tor Books)
When an in debt thief is unsuccessful in his robbery, his fate is entangled with a knight searching for her queen.