Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Hyenas by Michael Sellars
Released: July 20, 2015

"The start of an exhilarating new series and a stirring addition to the zombie canon."
Sellars evokes both classic literature and classic horror in this post-apocalyptic debut novel. Read full book review >
Darkness & Light by Kyle Hoy
Released: Dec. 19, 2015

"A bold myth with solid worldbuilding, hampered by weak characters and a conclusion that's more like likely to irritate than tantalize readers."
A sweeping fantasy epic that combines magic and mysticism with space exploration and high drama, set amid a primal struggle between Darkness and Light. Read full book review >

Mimadamos by Chadi Ghaith
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"Wild and meditative, this heady book delivers plenty of ideas, some large, some obvious."
A fantastical debut novel concerns the union of two supernatural entities. Read full book review >
A SHADOW ALL OF LIGHT by Fred Chappell
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 >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >

FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
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
Released: May 7, 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 >
LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans of Clare's grandiloquence will enjoy the torrid new cast of characters, positively aquiver with secret ardor and murderous zeal. (Urban fantasy. 13-17)"
By the Angel, it's a new series from the reigning queen of schmaltzy forbidden love against a backdrop of geysering green ichor. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2016

"A historical-hodgepodge guilty pleasure. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A runaway countess escapes an arranged marriage through a business that brings brides to the most eligible bachelors of the New World of Adoria. Read full book review >
NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour
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
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 >
When Destinies Collide by Gordon Atkins
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"A satisfying start to a new series about two royal brothers confronting a dark lord."
Evil returns and siblings reunite to defeat a common enemy in this debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >