* Barclay, James : Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura
(UK: Gollancz 978-0575085237, £20, 368pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780575086869
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 16 May 2013
Elves #3

Fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following Elves: Once Walked with Gods (2010) and Elves: Rise of the TaiGethan (2012), in which elves are enslaved by humans.
• Gollancz’ site has this description.
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* Barnes, Mark T. : The Garden of Stones
(Amazon/47North 978-1611098938, $14.95, 506pp, trade paperback, May 2013, cover art Stephan Martiniere)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781611093810
Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1469289953
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013
Echoes of Empire #1

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel and first of a trilogy.
• Amazon’s page has a description, and a preview via its “Look Inside” function.
• The author’s site has the same description, and author profile, plus concept artwork for the cover by Stephan Martiniere.

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+ Esslemont, Ian C. : Blood and Bone
(Tor 978-0-7653-2997-4, $27.99, 592pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429943635
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013
Malazan-Esslemont #5

First US edition (UK: Transworld/Bantam UK, November 2012)

Fantasy novel set in the Malazan Empire, the world co-created by Esslemont and Steven Erikson, author of the 10-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
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This is the fifth book by Esslemont, following Orb Sceptre Throne (Jan. 2012).
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* Frei, Max : The Stranger’s Shadow
(Overlook Press 978-1468300277, $27.95, 352pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00CLFCOVK
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 16 May 2013
The Labyrinths of Echo #4

Fantasy novel, fourth book in “The Labyrinths of Echo” following The Stranger (1996 Russia, 2009 US), The Stranger’s Woes (2003 Russia, 2001 US), and The Stranger’s Magic (2012 US), about a man whose dreams give him access to an otherworldly city of magicians.
• Wikipedia reveals that Max Frei is a pseudonym for Svetlana Martynchik, with eight books in the series.
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Publishers Weekly said of the previous book, “Readers will be entranced by the complex world, though they may frequently need to go back and reread earlier sections to make sense of later ones, and will enjoy Sir Max’s unusual methods of investigation.”

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* Guran, Paula, ed. : The Mammoth Book of Angels & Demons
(UK: Robinson 978-1-78033-799-9, £7.99, 560pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-78033-900-2
Nominal Publication Date: Thu 16 May 2013

Anthology of 27 stories. Authors include Gene Wolfe, Lucius Shepard, Peter S. Beagle, Joyce Carol Oates, Pat Cadigan, Tanith Lee, Kate Wilhelm, Jay Lake, and Neil Gaiman.
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• The US edition is due July 30th from Running Press.

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* Held, Rhiannon : Tarnished
(Tor 978-0-7653-3038-3, $24.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429991100
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013
Silver #2

Werewolf novel, sequel to the author’s first novel Silver (2012), about an enforcer for a werewolf pack who catches a lone were who’s had silver injected into her veins.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
• Carolyn Cushman reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine, concluding: “And lots of violence, unexpected reunions, and even the occasional moment of joy keep things fun.”

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* Kikuchi, Hideyuki : Noble V: Greylancer
(Haikasoru 978-1-4215-5417-4, $14.99, 280pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013

Vampire novel set in the world of the author’s graphic novel Vampire Hunter D series, about Greylancer, a Noble (vampire), fighting Outer Space Beings.
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* Krokos, Dan : The Planet Thieves
(Starscape 978-0-7653-3428-2, $15.99, 256pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781466809987
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013
Planet Thieves #1

Young adult SF novel, first of a series, about a shipful of Space Command cadets that is attacked by aliens who’ve been at war with humanity for 60 years.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with a video trailer and an excerpt.
• The Publishers Weekly review says, “Krokos (False Memory) launches this series with skill and purpose, immediately placing readers in the action and never slowing down.”

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* Madison, Bennett : September Girls
(HarperTeen 978-0-06-220129-4, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, May 2013)
Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062201294
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013

Young adult fantasy novel about teenage Sam staying at a seaside resort where all the girls and blonde and are oddly attracted to him.
• Harper’s site has this description with a preview function.
Publishers Weekly gives this a starred review: “Madison gives Sam’s voice the perfect blend of sardonic sharpness and teenage uncertainty. … A surprising story of a kid finding love and himself, when he wasn’t looking for either.”
• Gwenda Bond reviews it in the May issue of Locus Magazine: “In the end, September Girls is a meditation on what it means to be a man – or to be both a boy and a man – but also on something even larger. It’s examining what people can mean to each other, and maybe even what it means to be a person. The answer is an odd and beautiful and risky novel. From Madison, I wouldn’t expect any other kind.”

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* Saintcrow, Lilith : The Red Plague Affair
(Orbit 978-0-316-18373-4, $13.99, 336pp, trade paperback, May 2013)
Nominal Publication Date: Tue 21 May 2013
Bannon and Clare #2

Steampunk fantasy novel set in an alternate London, second of a series following The Iron Wyrm Affair (2012), about a forensic sorceress and an unregistered mentath.
• Hachette’s site has this description with an Open Book preview function.
• The Publishers Weekly review comments, “While Saintcrow is an ace at bringing her magic-laced world to life and exploring its nooks and crannies, the plot starts off slow and doesn’t pick up until late in the game…”

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