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Upcoming Books in May

By / April 26, 2017 / no comments



whiteknightRhyming Rings – David Gemmell (May 18th)

Not a fantasy novel but I’m sure there will be some of us that will be interested in this. Stella Gemmell (Widow) found this among his personal effects. Rhyming Rings is a crime thriller that details an ambidexterous killer who is murdering women in London. A local journalist becomes entangled in this story as his stories converge onto this mysterious case.

In case you were wonder, yes, he has done crime thrillers before. White Knight Black Swan is a book he wrote under the pen name, Ross Harding.

Please note that this book is over available in the UK at the of writing.




fateAssassin’s Fate (Fool and the Fitz #3) – Robin Hobb (May 9th)

Suppose to be released in July of 2016, that never eventuated. This is the last book in the latest Fitz trilogy. What will happen to Bee, what will happen with Fool and Fitz? Please end well.

If you haven’t seen or heard of Robin Hobb, then start with Assassin’s Apprentice, perhaps one of the single best books ever written in the history of fantasy.




courtA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Wings and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas (May 2nd)

One that has slipped the radar a bit is Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Wings and Roses series.

She has slowly amassed a lot of following and her prose and writing style has endeared her to her fans.





bearThe Bear and the Serpent (Echoes of the Fall #2) – Adrian Tchaikovsky (May 1st)

Tchaikovsky doing what he does best: writing awesome military fantasy featuring strange creatures. I maintain that Tchaikovsky is one of the more underrated fantasy authors in the genre.  I’m definitely curious to see what he brings to the table with book two of his new series.

I maintain that Tchaikovsky is one of the more underrated fantasy authors in the genre. The first book was quite intriguing, though I had mixed feelings about the book by the end of it.

However, I’m definitely curious to see what he brings to the table with book two.


thedispatcherThe Dispatcher – John Scalzi (May 31st)

A blend of Urban Fantasy and Sci-fi.

What happens if no one dies because a Dispatcher can help you have a second chance at life? If no one dies, it changes everything: war, crime, and everything in-between.

An interesting premise indeed. And it’s penned by John Scalzi, an often controversial SF writer who always writes thought provoking (and action-heavy) military SF.

This book was originally released as an audiobook but it will be published in 2017.

berenluthienBeren and Luthien – J.R.R Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (May 4th)

Extracted from Goodreads.com:

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

The tale of Beren and Lúthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World.

My thoughts: yet another Lord-of-the-Rings story dredged up from somewhere in the Tolkien archives for the mass market.  However, if you can’t get enough of LOTR, you might want to look at this story, which covers one of the enduring Tolkien mythologies: The story of Beren and Luthien.

About the author

Jon Snow

Believe it or not, Jon Snow really got into reading only after reading A Game of Thrones back in 2002. Previously the only fantasy he had read were Lord of the Rings and many Magic: The Gathering books.While juggling teaching life, he tries to keep up with recently published books.


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