Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

MISPLACED by S.L. Hulen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2015

"An imaginative tale sprinkled with a bit of magic and leaving enough unanswered questions to keep readers pondering the possible consequences long after the last page has been turned."
Hulen makes an impressive debut with this enjoyable time-travel fantasy. Read full book review >
WINDOW WALL by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 14, 2015

"A decidedly improved outing, much more inventive and involving than the previous."
Another entry in Rawn's fantasy series (Thornlost, 2014, etc.) about a magical theater company in a sort-of Elizabethan, multispecies setting.Read full book review >

A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER by Alex Marshall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 14, 2015

"A promising start."
What begins as a typical revenge story veers into an epic tale of invasion, civil war, and divine incursion in the apparent first of a series by a pseudonymous author. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF NIGHT by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"Cliffhangers and morbid humor balance out too many plot twists and slow pacing in this unnecessarily complicated sequel. Readers will have to wait for resolution. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Twins Moria and Ashyn may have left the Forest, but they aren't out of the woods yet in this romance- and politics-filled sequel to Sea of Shadows (2014).Read full book review >
SUPERPOSITION by David Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"A thrill a minute. Just don't ask questions."
The first volume of a near-future, science-fiction thriller duology, from the author of Quintessence (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

THE UNREMEMBERED by Peter Orullian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"In sum, a lumbering, gnarled behemoth that seeks to crush readers beneath its sheer mass."
Reboot (read: author's definitive edition) of a fantasy first published in 2011, pointing the way to an upcoming sequel. Read full book review >
THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"A reasonable start, on the whole; let's see where the series goes."
Liu's stories have won most major critical science-fiction and fantasy awards. His first novel, inspired by the civil chaos stemming from the death of China's first emperor, is poised to break him out to a more commercial audience. Read full book review >
THE WICKED WILL RISE  by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 31, 2015

"Readers who liked Volume 1 will be perfectly happy waiting with this sequel for the series climax. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)"
In Oz, the rebellion begun in Dorothy Must Die (2014) continues as its players regroup.Read full book review >
VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK by Marie Brennan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2015

"Fans of this charming series won't be disappointed."
Third in Brennan's fine natural-history fantasy series, set six years after the events detailed in The Tropic of Serpents (2014).Read full book review >
AFTER MIND by Spencer Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2015

"A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn't release its secrets easily."
A sci-fi debut about a boy who's deathly afraid of water and the family who helps reconstruct his mind after a tragic accident. Read full book review >
ICEFALL by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Teenage angst with bells and whistles—still, it's the formula that series regulars know and relish."
The concluding part of the Rebel Angels series (Wolfsbane, 2014, etc.) which, following a fine opening book, has slipped further downhill with each successive entry. Read full book review >
HALF WILD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"A character-driven page-turner offering both emotional depth and gory thrills. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
After he's abandoned once again by his infamous Black Witch father (Half Bad, 2013), Nathan grapples with his new, unruly magical gift and risks everything to save his true love.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >