Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

THE NEW KING by Martin McAlear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

In the authors' debut medieval fantasy, a newly established kingdom finds that it isn't immune to the machinations of rival leaders. Read full book review >
APEX PREDATOR by Kelvin Kwa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"A thriller with the speed and precision of a tightly edited action film, headlined by a colossal monster that could give the kraken a run for its money."
Chinese soldiers and Navy SEALs race to retrieve a fallen satellite in the Arctic Circle only to discover a common enemy in a gigantic sea creature in Kwa's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

INFINITE DIMENSIONS by J.A. Sebastin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2013

"Pops with the liveliness of a young boy's imagination but often lacks the sharper narrative focus to make sense of it all."
Debut sci-fi of sorts, spanning multiple dimensions and topics. Read full book review >
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 >