Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

THE BURNING CITY by Seth Parham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Flashes of brilliance don't save this heroic journey."
A fantasy yarn with swords, magic and an ancient beast that threatens humanity. Read full book review >
SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Superlatives seem superfluous. Instead...wow. Just—wow."
New, independent fantasy from the author of the fine Milkweed Triptych (Necessary Evil, 2013, etc.)—and it's a doozy. Read full book review >

A DANCE OF MIRRORS by David Dalglish
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Retains the attention for now, but it would be great if the author explored other issues in subsequent volumes."
In the third installment of a blood-soaked political fantasy series (A Dance of Cloaks, 2013; A Dance of Blades, 2013), the carnage moves from the capital city of Veldaren to bustling, corrupt Angelport. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS WOMEN by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Everyone will find something to like here."
Bold and deadly female characters of many genres stride through the pages of this massive anthology. Read full book review >
MALICE by John Gwynne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Gwynne's effort pales in comparison to George R.R. Martin's gold-standard work, but it's nothing bad; the story grinds to a halt at points, but at others, there's plenty of action."
A middling Middle Earth–ish extravaganza with all the usual thrills, chills, spills and frills. Read full book review >

THE BRIGHTNESS OF SHADOWS by Nikki Nye
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 28, 2013

"A solid epic fantasy that, while occasionally entertaining, still needs a little more spark."
Nye's debut novel is an epic fantasy in flux—or Flux, rather—as a dark magic called the Wane Flux threatens a kingdom, a dynasty and the happiness and well-being of a family of farmers that is, unsurprisingly, more than they appear. Read full book review >
CITY OF LOST DREAMS by Magnus Flyte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Sensual, witty and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, set forth in sparkling prose and inhabited by characters well-worth getting to know. Wunderbar!"
Sequel to City of Dark Magic (2012), set in a world where alchemy, magic and science all work; another lively, amusing romantic mystery from the pseudonymous Flyte (Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch). Read full book review >
THE LAND ACROSS by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Sheer enjoyment."
From the accomplished author of Home Fires (2011, etc.), a new fantasy that seamlessly blends mystery, travelogue, authoritarianism and the supernatural. Read full book review >
LAST TO RISE by Francis Knight
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"There's definitely something here, but it's not quite enough."
The Rojan Dizon trilogy (Before the Fall, 2013; Fade to Black, 2013) doggedly trudges to its brutally stark conclusion. Read full book review >
Broken Tracks Beneath Forgotten Windows by Jason J. Tavares
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A supernatural tale with a solid story concept that gets bogged down by verbosity."
A man must face the actions of his past in the latest novel from Tavares (Existence: The Tale of a Fanged Killer, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
DRONE PILOT 2061 by Thomas Diogenes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"Delivers sci-fi action while maintaining a highbrow, character-driven narrative."
In Diogenes' sci-fi debut, a military drone pilot steps into a dystopian world to lead a murder investigation and clash with renegade robots. Read full book review >
MYTHBORN by V. Lakshman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 25, 2013

"An ambitious, colorful and highly readable fantasy epic."
Debut fantasy novelist Lakshman offers a rousing epic in which supernatural beings threaten the world of their own creators. Read full book review >