Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE MASTER OF WHITEHALL by Rick H. Veal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"An enticing supernatural plot with an initially frisky pace hampered by excessive exposition."
A college student falls for the mysterious owner of a manor in this first installment of a paranormal romance series. Read full book review >
SPIRA MIRABILIS by Ralph Sevush
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2016

"A rollicking, good-spirited ride that's weakened by the weight of its ambition."
A collection of tall tales linked together by an ageless traveler. Read full book review >

QUEEN OF THE QUANTUM REALM by Rhonda Denise Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A creative tale which makes its fantasy science fun."
In Johnson's (The Crossroads of Time, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy, an apprentice mage, searching for a possible cure to an epidemic, stumbles upon a nefarious plan at the atomic level. Read full book review >
THE SCROLLS OF NEF by Gary Glickman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An enjoyable, somewhat overlong fantasy of clashing beliefs."
In Glickman's (Aura, 2004, etc.) third novel, two princes face a threat that is both physical and philosophical.Read full book review >
THE FROST KING by G.J.D. Reyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2014

"A dark, sometimes-insightful tale that mixes time-tested fantasy elements."
In this medieval-fantasy debut, an abused teenager finds refuge in a kingdom that holds secrets about her own destiny. Read full book review >

The Hampshire Project by Kitty Beer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A view of the possible results of unbridled corporatism that is both unsettling and empowering. ?"
A dystopian sci-fi novel imagines a future New England crippled by pollution and under the control of ruthless corporate patriarchs. Read full book review >
THE SHIP by Antonia Honeywell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"After a harrowing launch, Honeywell's tale sails into the doldrums and sinks under the weight of haphazard plotting, uneven pacing, and subpar character work."
A sheltered teenager has an existential crisis while riding out the apocalypse aboard her father's private ark in this dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >
CITY OF MIRACLES by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Dark and violent but a tale well spun and with a most satisfying conclusion. Just stay out of the way of the flying fickle Finger of Kolkan…."
Ashara Komayd is dead. Or is she? Anyway, hells, yes, Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is ticked off, as he so often is in Bennett's sound-and-fury trilogy. Read full book review >
SKULLSWORN by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Lacking the grand heft of the trilogy, this is a pleasantly grim and emotionally complex divertissement that will give pleasure to fans and tie up some loose ends—and can also be an accessible entree for new readers, who will undoubtedly go on to consume the rest of the series."
The beautiful, enigmatic assassin Pyrre, a supporting character in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Last Mortal Bond, 2016, etc.), takes center stage in this prequel to the series. Read full book review >
AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Had Steele spent as much effort deepening the characters as he does explaining a plasma gun, Captain Future might have a future; as is, this effort flounders in the past."
Captain Future and friends struggle to save the solar system from a separatist plot in a rebooted 1940s pulp science-fiction franchise. Read full book review >
FORGOTTEN WORLDS  by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Patchy but overall a notch above mediocre. Fans of the previous should be happy enough."
Second installment of Clark's military space opera (Forsaken Skies, 2016); as Earth's space navy battles predatory interstellar "polys" (mega-corporations), alien robots threaten everybody. Read full book review >
THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945-1959) by David J. Castello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A deft cautionary tale about living forever."
A debut novel examines whether immortality is a boon or a curse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >