Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >

KINGDOM OF APATHY by Pasquale A. Neri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Though the scale of the book disorients the reader at times, the payoff comes in a decidedly creative mix of sci-fi and magic."
A part sci-fi, part fantasy debut novel examines the convergence of magical worlds. Read full book review >
Lord of the Fallen by John Forrester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A resilient female protagonist braves the perils of wizardry, ancient cults, and college life."
A teen girl who dabbles in magic finds herself immersed in a war between kingdoms and the gradual rise of a potentially dangerous cult in Forrester's (Death Mage, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy novel.Read full book review >
THE SPEAKER by Andi O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A continually fascinating tale with a protagonist who charms, inspires, and evolves."
In the second of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) fantasy series, a princess must overcome her doubts if she's to help fulfill a prophecy to rescue her world from potential destruction. Read full book review >

THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945-1959) by David J. Castello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A deft cautionary tale about living forever."
A debut novel examines whether immortality is a boon or a curse. Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. Read full book review >
OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A romantic fantasy that will appeal to those who appreciate character-driven novels. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Murder, mayhem, magic, romance—and horses, lots of horses! Read full book review >
ARCANUM UNBOUNDED by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"There are some standout stories here, but overall, it's more of a treat for superfans than a way for casual readers to dip into Sanderson's work."
A sprawling collection of mini-epic fantasies from genre stalwart Sanderson (The Bands of Mourning, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE PLANET OF THE ETERNALS by James Swearingen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Politics makes for a profound and enjoyable sci-fi tale with all the genre ingredients."
In this series opener, a teen on a newly inhabited planet fights for a way to expand a colony more organically than industrial advancement. Read full book review >
CONNECTED MINDS by C.C. Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Some promising elements, bogged down by slow exposition and a failure to launch."
In this YA paranormal urban fantasy, a teenage girl discovers that she has a special destiny involving the world of her dreams. Read full book review >
CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE by John W. Dennehy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2016

"A colorful and captivating time-travel adventure with fearsome creatures."
A punk rocker wakes up in a Victorian world where unusual beasts plague Boston—still under British rule—in this debut steampunk thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >