Sneak Peek: May 2022 Indie Next List

The May 2022 Indie Next list features 5 Macmillan titles!

NETTLE & BONE by T. Kingfisher
ISBN 9781250244048 | on sale 4/26/22

3 starred reviews!

“[T]he characters of the main party are lovable and easy to root for, and seeing how the next happily-ever-after trope will be subverted is a big part of the fun.”–Booklist, starred review

“Blending fairy-tale familiarity and common-sense characters, Kingfisher’s prose balances grim circumstances with humor and heart. Readers of Alix E. Harrow’s A SPINDLE SPLINTERED and Melissa Albert’s THE HAZEL WOOD series should pick this up immediately.”–Library Journal, starred review

“The plot snaps along as quickly as a good joke, and beneath the whimsy, there’s an underlying sympathy and sincerity that enables Kingfisher to handle tricky issues like domestic violence with great compassion and care…this marvelous romp will delight Kingfisher’s fans and fairy tale lovers alike.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

SIREN QUEEN by Nghi Vo
ISBN 9781250788832 | on sale 5/10/22

3 starred reviews!

“Luli is a compelling character both on and off the screen in this story that takes the mythmaking of Hollywood and transforms it and her into something transcendent. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal, starred review

“In this stellar novel, Vo (THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL, 2021) turns Hollywood into a fairyland—the kind from the old stories, sharp and dangerous—and laces the sparkling silver romance of the movies with a dark, exploitative, hungry greed.”–Booklist, starred review

“Vo’s hypnotic prose blends metaphor with magic so seamlessly that reality itself becomes slippery. Her dazzling voice, evocative scene setting, and ambitious protagonist make this a knockout.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

BOOK OF NIGHT by Holly Black
ISBN 9781250812193 | on sale 5/3/22

“Charlie Hall is every ‘bad luck and worse trouble’ protagonist to ever magic her way into urban fantasy. She’s desperate, she’s profane, she’s fascinating, and she kicks ass and takes names with the best antiheroes of the genre.”–Library Journal, starred review

UNMASKED: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases by Paul Holes
ISBN 9781250622792 | on sale 4/26/22

“Retired cold case investigator Holes debuts with an exceptional memoir coauthored with bestseller Fisher (AFTER THE FIRE). His unflinching look at the emotional toll the more than 27 years he spent working in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area took on him and his family distinguishes this from similar true crime narratives.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

SPEAR by Nicola Griffith
ISBN 9781250819321 | on sale 4/19/22

“This fresh, emotionally immediate queer spin on the Medieval tale of Percival and the Holy Grail reaffirms Griffith (SO LUCKY) as a consummate storyteller.”–Publishers Weekly

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