10 must-read SFF book releases to help you escape from reality this May

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House
Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House /
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The Betrothed – Keira Cass

A new novel from bestselling author Kiera Cass? Better yet, the first book in a new duology from Kiera Cass? Sign us up right the heck now.

The Betrothed is a lush, historical fantasy romance follows the story of Lady Hollis Brite, a young woman who believes all her dreams have come true when she’s chosen to wed the king. But she quickly comes to learn that capturing the heart of a king – and becoming a queen – is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be.

And when she meets a boy with the power to literally see into her heart, Hollis realizes that the life she’s been told to imagine maybe isn’t the one she wants at all.

Cass is best known for her sweeping five-book The Selection series, which follows a competition that’s held to determine which girl gets the hand of the prince in marriage. So, if The Betrothed sounds a bit like a distant cousin…that’s probably why.

The official synopsis describes the story in simple, but dramatic terms.

"When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true. But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine"

The Betrothed is available on May 5.