Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

STORM AND STEEL by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A strong second entry and still a series to follow."
In the second part of The Book of the Black Earth, magic causes more problems than it solves for Horace, the foreign shipwright-turned-sorcerer and military adviser to the queen of a beleaguered city-state. Read full book review >
TERRA'S WORLD by Mitch Benn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2015

"This novel is best for fans of Benn's first book. Though comprehensible on its own, it offers little new ground as a stand-alone science-fiction story."
The sequel to Terra (2013) confronts apocalypse with a breezy, British air.Read full book review >

Clarion Call of the Last Kallus by Peter  Krass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"This clever mystery will particularly delight hard-core wordophiles—and send them scrambling for the dictionary."
In Krass' (Carnegie, 2011, etc.) novel, a National Security Agency assassin finds that things aren't what they seem after he carries out orders to kill a fellow agent. Read full book review >
The Dark by Forrest Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2015

"This is a rollicking adventure with religious, philosophical, and technological overtones; for science fiction die-hards."
When a dimension-hopping spacecraft ventures beyond the boundaries of the universe, literally ending up nowhere, strange and disturbing events play havoc with it. Read full book review >
Exophobic: Making Waves by D. Kenton Mellott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2015

"Leisurely paced but intelligent and profound, even at its goofiest."
An agency monitoring illegal manipulation of electromagnetic waves may have uncovered an attempt to control humanity in Mellott's (Exophobe, 2012, etc.) latest sci-fi outing. Read full book review >

The Land of Matta  by Michael Eldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2015

"A fantastical puzzle that may be too difficult to solve.

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Eldred (Capital and Technology, 2015, etc.) presents a fantasy allegory for physics enthusiasts.Read full book review >
THE CAGE by Megan  Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"A riff on a Twilight Zone plot unfolds into a richly drawn alien dystopian replete with romance and horror. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Six teenagers face a life of captivity in an alien-designed human zoo. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WOLF by Tim Hall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"Imaginative depth and exquisite craft in service to a bleak and brutal muse. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This grimdark reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, first in a projected trilogy, takes little from its source but the names and setting. Read full book review >
THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
In his sixth novel, Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory, 2014, etc.) imagines the vicious conflicts that might arise in a world of severe water scarcity.Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >
TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"In sum, more of the same, at even greater length."
Second installment of an overstuffed fantasy series following The Unremembered (2015).Read full book review >
Refuge by Jason K  Macomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2015

"With its overly simplistic approach to good vs. evil, this vampire saga thus far lacks drama and bite."
Alongside the young woman they saved from an attack, a vampire-hunting duo faces off against a gang of bloodsuckers in debut author Macomson's evangelical tale for young adults. 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 >