Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1998

"Full-body immersion for fans of the trilogy, who clearly prefer their narratives sluggish, talky, and prone to dwell on the insignificant."
Concluding volume of the trilogy (Prince of Demons and Beyond Ragnarok, not reviewed) whose backdrop is a dubious concoction of Norse gods, Celtic myth, and family saga, embroidered with standard fantasy designs. Read full book review >
THE GREAT WAR by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Expect another sequel."
The master of alternate history returns with this sequel to How Few Remain (1997), wherein the Confederate States of America, with the help of backing from the French and British, won its independence. Read full book review >

O PIONEER! by Frederik Pohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 20, 1998

"Pure pleasure: Pohl in top form."
In Wichita, Kansas, 34-year-old career computer thief and con man Evesham Giyt decides to emigrate to the colony world Tupelo with his girlfriend Rina. Read full book review >
THE WHITE GUARDIAN by Ronald Anthony Cross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 1998

"A mediocre fantasy that owes little to logic and much to authorial whim; still, fans of the previous books will certainly want to investigate."
Third in Cross's series (The Fourth Guardian, 1994; The Lost Guardian, 1995) about the guardians of the four Stones of Power, these actually being four pieces of a single god-wrought Stone that in Roman times was split among Corbo, Popillius, Drusilla, and Germanicus. Read full book review >
SECRET REALMS by Tom Cool
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 15, 1998

"An impressively developed scenario in a yarn that emphasizes both the reality of violence and its emotional consequences: affecting and effective."
Virtual-reality war-games yarn—something like The Lawnmower Man meets Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game—with some intriguing wrinkles of its own, from the author of the paperback Infectress. Read full book review >

FREEDOM'S CHALLENGE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 1998

"McCaffrey provides a useful plot recap, and this entry—somewhat more conclusive than its predecessors—offers proven allures for series fans."
Third in McCaffrey's series (Freedom's Landing, 1995; Freedom's Choice, 1997) about planet Botany and its diverse population of humans and aliens, including ex-Earth Girl Kris Bjornsen and her aristocratic, renegade Cattani lover, Zainal. Read full book review >
THE BRIDE FINDER by Susan Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Unsurprising but satisfying."
A yeomanlike romance, with a heavy emphasis on the uncanny. Read full book review >
EARTH MADE OF GLASS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Despite the top-heavy multiple-culture backdrop, this is an intelligent, well-researched, adroitly handled and absorbing cultural clash with a notably surprising conclusion."
Sequel to Barnes's far-future A Million Open Doors (1992), set a millennium hence at a time when Earth's scattered colonies, long isolated by the vastness of interstellar distances, are reestablishing contact via the newly invented "springer" or instantaneous transporter. Read full book review >
NEWTON'S CANNON by J. Gregory Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Keyes's yarn (The Blackgod, 1997, etc.) is colorful, intriguing, and well handled, if somewhat difficult to swallow: It's hard to see how alchemy and science could both work."
First of a new fantasy series: In this alternate 1715, both science and alchemy work; young Ben Franklin, apprenticed to his printer brother James in Boston, begins to study the various alchemical devices—lights, weapons, faxes, and so on—that Isaac Newton has invented. Read full book review >
A HUNGER IN THE SOUL by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"With finesse, discernment, and splashes of vitriol, Resnick continues to expose colonialism and its vicious attitudes."
More African commentary from Resnick (Kirinyaga, p. 88, etc.), this one inspired by New York Herald journalist H. M. Stanley's expedition to locate the Scottish explorer/missionary Dr. David Livingstone. Read full book review >
NIGHTWORD by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Addicts only—but there are zillions of them. (Author tour)"
Another Starshield yarn (Sentinels, 1996), continuing the adventures of Earth astronaut Jeremy Griffiths (he's had a huge grab-bag of knowledge dumped into his head, courtesy of a wizard who expired before he could explain why) and galactic Omnet operative Merinda Neskat, set against a hybrid fantasy/sf backdrop designed to permit dragons, wizards, and suchlike to coexist in the same universe as computers and spaceships. Read full book review >
SIGNAL TO NOISE by Eric S. Nylund
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Ferociously inventive and often fascinating, but overcomplicated by several orders of magnitude, with an unsatisfying apocalyptic wrap-up that seems to promise sequels."
Alien contact yarn from the author of Dry Water (not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >