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The Month Ahead: Fantasy Book Releases in May

FF-FacepalmYou know when you’re sat on a train or wandering around the park and you walk past someone reading ‘that book’ you’ve been really excited about? You do a double-take before glaring at them in shock and anger: how do they have ‘that book’ when it’s not even out yet!? Finally it dawns on you. With that pesky thing called real-life on your mind, you’d totally forgotten that the release date of ‘that book’ was last month! You’d totally forgotten about it….

Well, no more! From now on: Fantasy-Faction’s got your back.

Each month, around the 21st, we’ll be running a feature called “The Month Ahead” where we’ll be listing as many fantasy upcoming fantasy books as we can (and a few Horror / Sci-Fi titles we are excited about too). We’ll give preference to new releases, but will also try to list re-releases of paperbacks (e.g. first time paperback release of novels that were released in hardback the year before and Masterwork editions, etc).

We hope you enjoy it and if we miss anything then please add them to the comments section below!

April / May 2014

The Vagrant – 23 Apr 2015
by Peter Newman

The Vagrant (cover)

Starborn (Worldmaker Trilogy Book 1) – 23 Apr 2015
by Lucy Hounsom


Charm (Tales from the Kingdoms) – 28 Apr 2015
by Sarah Pinborough


Dragondrums (Harper Hall of Pern) – 28 Apr 2015
by Anne McCaffrey and Brandon Sanderson (Introduction)


Darkened Blade (A Fallen Blade Novel) – 28 Apr 2015
by Kelly McCullough


The High Druid’s Blade (The Defenders of Shannara) – 28 Apr 2015
by Terry Brooks

The High Druid's Blade (cover)

The Waterborne Blade – 5 May 2015
by Susan Murray

The Waterborne Blade

Chasers of the Wind – 5 May 2015
by Alexey Pehov and Elinor Huntington


Corum – The Knight of Swords (The Eternal Champion) – 5 May 2015
by Michael Moorcock

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A Court of Thorns and Roses – 5 May 2015
by Sarah J. Maas


The Merchant Emperor (Symphony of Ages) – 5 May 2015
by Elizabeth Haydon


Thief’s Magic (Book 1 of Millennium’s Rule) – 7 May 2015
by Trudi Canavan

Thief's Magic (cover)

Lord of Ashes (Steelhaven: Book Three) – 7 May 2015
by Richard Ford

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Day Shift (Midnight Texas 2) – 7 May 2015
by Charlaine Harris


The Watchman of Eternity – 7 May 2015
by Paul Witcover


Devastating Hate (The Legends of the Älfar) – 7 May 2015
by Markus Heitz


The Book of Phoenix – 7 May 2015
by Nnedi Okorafor


Born of Defiance (League: Nemesis Rising) – 12 May 2015
by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Dreams of Shreds and Tatters – 12 May 2015
by Amanda Downum


The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) – 14 May 2015
by Patricia A. McKillip


The Incorruptibles – 14 May 2015
by John Hornor Jacobs


Uprooted – 19 May 2015
by Naomi Novik

Uprooted (cover)

The Gracekeepers – 19 May 2015
by Kirsty Logan (Author)


Odin (Myths and Legends) – 20 May 2015
by Steven Long and Ru-Mor


Day Four – 21 May 2015
by Sarah Lotz


Assail (A Novel of the Malazan Empire) – 21 May 2015
by Ian C Esslemont

Assail (cover)

Warriors of Ultramar (Ultramarines) – 21 May 2015
by Graham McNeill


Hallow Point (A Mick Oberon Job #2) – 22 May 2015
by Ari Marmell


Beauty – 26 May 2015
by Sarah Pinborough


The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) – 26 May 2015
by Deborah Harkness


Wait! Before you leave do leave a comment letting us know:

Which titles are you looking forward to?
Any covers that stand out to you?
Any you’ve spotted that you’d totally forgot were coming?



  1. Avatar Phil says:

    Are Charm & Beauty re-releases?

  2. Avatar Bibliotropic says:

    7 books on there that I know with certainty that I want to read, only 3 of which I have. And there’s at least another good handful of books that I hadn’t heard much about before now but that look interesting and are probably worth checking out.

    This is why I need a Time Turner. Read for an hour, turn the clock back, read for another hour. Rinse and repeat. Plenty of time to get everything read before I die after all! :p

  3. Avatar Heather says:

    Are some of these paperback releases? As I saw from the above reply, a couple are new covers, but it seems to me that some have been out for quite some time….
    I’ve been looking forward to ‘Uprooted’, but as usual with your great posts, I have new titles/series to research!

    • Avatar Overlord says:

      Yeah 🙂 As I say in the intro: “We’ll give preference to new releases, but will also try to list re-releases of paperbacks (e.g. first time paperback release of novels that were released in hardback the year before and Masterwork editions, etc).”

      Some people can’t afford the hardback editions, so the MMP editions are the first time they are realistically going to get their hands on them. I might change that in the future, but for now I like to have it on there ^_^

      I’m excited about uprooted too!

  4. Avatar Simon Ellberger says:

    Here are some more, including ebook-only releases (which you seem to ignore:

    Bulls Rush In [April 28] by Elliott James (this is an ebook short story)

    The Vorrh [April 28 in the US; May 5 in the UK] by Brian Catling (this is a re-release)

    The Shattered Court: A Novel of the Four Arts [April 28] by M.J. Scott

    Three Slices [May 5] by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, and Chuck Wendig (ebook only; short story collection)

    Talking Dirty [May 19 in US; I couldn’t find a UK release date] by Elliott James (this is an ebook short story)

    Devil in the Wires [May 19] by Tim Lees (ebook only)

    When the Heavens Fall [May 19] by Marc Turner

    The Shadow of Elysium [May 19 in US; I couldn’t find a UK release date] by Django Wexler (this is an ebook short story)

    Veiled Empire [May 26] by Nathan Garrison

    Also, the following now have a US release, having already been released elsewhere:

    Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies [May 1] by Martin Millar

    Sword of the North [May 5] by Luke Scull

  5. Avatar Iris says:

    I’m excited to read The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor and a Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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