Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

The Chronicles of Spartak by Steven A. Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2016

"An overripe but still entertaining gay fantasia."
A multitalented, bisexual, teenage slave becomes a symbol of freedom in this debut sci-fi saga. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016

"Richly imagined, deeply mythic, filled with lovely language with violet overtones: this is an author to watch even if she's not there yet. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In a fantasy world influenced by Indian mythology, a young princess lives in scorn because of the horoscope that decrees she will marry "death and destruction." Read full book review >
THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016

"Stiefvater couldn't write a bad book, and this isn't one, but it is a disappointment after years of glorious buildup. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A group of Virginia teenagers finally finds a long-buried Welsh king in this conclusion to the four-part Raven Cycle. Read full book review >
THE LAST FULL MEASURE by Trent Reedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016

"An action-packed tale of a future readers will hope never happens. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
The Divided We Fall Trilogy series concludes with the United States on the brink of destruction. Read full book review >

Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. Read full book review >
NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Readers invested in the series will want to follow Finn on her latest adventure, but this book will likely appeal to fans only."
Teenagers face down supernatural dangers in this moody faerie-tale drama. Read full book review >
JOIN by Steve Toutonghi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A promising debut that aims high and doesn't quite get there, this one will appeal most to hard-core sci-fi fans who crave new ideas."
A heady sci-fi thriller about a world-altering technology—and its hidden costs. Read full book review >
FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016

"A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Chima revisits the Seven Realms for the next generation of warfare, intrigue, romance, and magic. Read full book review >
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. Read full book review >
THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK! by Manuel Gonzales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A surprisingly erudite bit of sci-fi that throws in everything but the kitchen sink."
A clash of swords, spells, and wills erupts in an upper Manhattan office building under assault by well-armed mercenaries. Read full book review >
A SHADOW ALL OF LIGHT by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Given Chappell's stellar reputation as a fantasist, more than a little disappointing, although readers who enjoyed the magazine stories will dive right in."
A picaresque, Italianate shadow-magic story sequence—several elements of which have previously appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine—from poet and fantasist Chappell (Dagon, 1968, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >