13 new YA releases that belong on your May reading list

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. Image courtesy Flatiron Books
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. Image courtesy Flatiron Books /
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Realm Breaker May book cover
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. Image courtesy HarperCollins /

May 2021 release: Realm Breaker – Victoria Aveyard

The highly anticipated new novel from Victoria Aveyard, author of the bestselling Red Queen series, Realm Breaker kicks off an exciting new fantasy trilogy bursting with magic, sacrifice, betrayals, and more.

A quest saga featuring human heroes and immortal elders who must join forces to stop a rogue thief from using a magical Spindle to tear a passage between the worlds, Realm Breaker features Aveyard’s trademark revolving character perspectives, well-conceived internal worldbuilding, and strong women.

The gigantic cast of characters, a sprawling plot that crisscrosses a kingdom, and multiple surprises make this a fantasy tome you’ll be loath to put down before you read the final page

The official synopsis promises a dramatic and complex adventure.

"A strange darkness grows in Allward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea. She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions: A squire, forced to choose between home and honor. An immortal, avenging a broken promise. An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty. An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight. A forger with a secret past. A bounty hunter with a score to settle. Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed."

Realm Breaker is available on May 4.