Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

CLARIEL by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Selfishness and betrayal provoke inexorable tragedy in this dark prequel to a beloved fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An intriguing story, but fiction at this high a level deserves just a little more."
First of a new science-fiction trilogy from the author of Halo: Silentium (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

REDEEMED by P.C. Cast
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Zoey's strength comes from her difference—a theme that has been consistent throughout the series and should resonate with fans one last time in the finale. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
In the 12th and final installment of the House of Night series, Zoey Redbird and her band of fledgling vampyres prepare for one final battle, to restore the balance of Light and Darkness before Neferet, the self-proclaimed Goddess of Darkness, destroys everything they know and love. Read full book review >
PROPHECIES, LIBELS & DREAMS by Ysabeau S. Wilce
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Ribald, raucous, distressingly appealing, so steeped in its own world that readers may well be driven to find everything else Wilce has written—this won't be for everyone, but oh, my precious pillows, what a joy for those who can handle it."
This collection of tales, fragments and "history" from Wilce's Califa may share a setting with the cuddly-(only)-by-comparison Flora books for teens (Flora Segunda, 2007, etc.), but don't be fooled: This is a steampunkish, rococo anthology for a decidedly more mature readership. Read full book review >
SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"This heavy high fantasy manages moments of humor and beauty for a satisfying read. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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A carefully crafted fantasy grapples with intense issues. Read full book review >

OF BONE AND THUNDER by Chris Evans
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Memorable and deeply satisfying—a fitting tribute to those who serve."
New military fantasy—imagine the Vietnam War fought with medieval weaponry, magic and dragons—from the military historian and author of the Iron Elves trilogy (Ashes of a Black Frost, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
HERACLIX AND POMP by Forrest Aguirre
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Massively flawed, then, but nonetheless hugely enjoyable."
A historical fantasy set in 1780s Vienna is the first full-length novel from the author of the story collection Fugue XXIX (2005, etc.).Read full book review >
THE TIME ROADS by Beth Bernobich
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Feels slightly unfinished but in an interesting and appropriate way."
An alternate universe risks destroying its own timeline (or perhaps several timelines) in this new novel by the author of Allegiance (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE WITCH'S DARK by Ken Davis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A readable first installment, but future books will need stronger plotlines to pull readers through."
Davis (The Devil Wants Finn Carey's Soul, 2011, etc.) returns with a historical fantasy of witches and infernal spirits in Colonial Massachusetts, the first in a projected trilogy. Read full book review >
THE VALKYRIE by Deborah L. Davitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2014

"Though some may find themselves lost in the vast sea of gods, rituals, violence, and beliefs, readers excited by a tour of this highly imaginative world will thoroughly enjoy the ride."
From debut author Davitt comes an epic novel based on a surviving Roman Empire. Read full book review >
FREND by Jonathan R. Miller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"A lean, well-oiled narrative speeds this multilayered sci-fi story through occasionally obvious circuitry."
After accepting a Faustian bargain to be transformed into a full-body cyborg serving a nonhuman race, heroine Anomie realizes she's part of a conspiracy deeper than she can imagine. Read full book review >
NIGHT SKY by Suzanne Brockmann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"The start of something that can only be described as 'greater-than.' (Paranormal suspense. 14 & up)"
Best-selling author Brockmann teams up with daughter Melanie to launch an exciting new series for teens interested in being more than just "normal." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >