Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

OLD VENUS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Good fun all around. Now on to Mars, Saturn, Jupiter...."
"What a world," says a character in this lively old-school sci-fi anthology. "It's like a circle in Dante's hell." Read full book review >
DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Somber and disquieting but alight with flickers of hope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sorceress without magic navigates lies, treachery and despair in this thoughtful conclusion to the fantasy duology that began with Death Sworn (2014).Read full book review >

THE SUICIDE EXHIBITION by Justin Richards
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Part Indiana Jones, part X-Files, part Catch-22, it's good campy fun."
What if Hitler's inner circle, already obsessed with the occult, sought to harness the power of an alien race to help the Nazis win the war? Read full book review >
OF SILK AND STEAM by Bec McMaster
ROMANCE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The steampunk technology is fun and the characters nice and spicy, but the book requires too much suspension of disbelief to be a really good read."
A coldly powerful duchess finds herself distracted from political machinations by the mischievously handsome heir to a dukedom. Read full book review >
MADNESS IN SOLIDAR by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite the imperfections, Modesitt once again delivers an engrossing power struggle negotiated by a virtuous and talented man committed to achieving the greater good by way of the least harm."
The ninth book in the Imager series moves on some 380 years from the previous entry (Antiagon Fire, 2013).Read full book review >

Project GITMO: Resolution by Daniel J. Rich
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 2, 2015

"Fast, action-packed fantasy-adventure that's not too demanding."
In the second book of Rich's series, Airman Aaron Craymer is part of a strange and deadly group of soldiers: a black ops unit of vampires trained by the U.S. government. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >
THE EVOLUTION OF ROBERT CARR by Paul K Lovett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"A somewhat uneven sci-fi tale that admirably handles weighty philosophical concepts with a light touch."
In Lovett's debut sci-fi satire, a young man's technological upgrade doesn't go as expected. Read full book review >
King's Table by Travis Daniel Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 28, 2015

"Genre fans unperturbed by some sluggish moments will enjoy the brisk, daring, and complicated adventure."
Bow (Thane, 2015) offers Book 2 in his fantasy series about highly trained warriors and their quest through troubled times. Read full book review >
THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A slow but satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A peasant girl transplanted to the royal court repeatedly confronts death in her new life as executioner, entertainer and bride. Read full book review >
SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Mind-blowingly intense. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second half of the race started in Fire & Flood (2014).Read full book review >
STONE IN THE SKY by Cecil Castellucci
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoroughly original outer-space scenario wrapped around clunky prose. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
After years trapped on a space station, seething with fury, a girl gets the chance to broaden her horizons. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >