Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Catch them all. Don't start here."
Fifth and final chapter (In the Labyrinth of Drakes, 2016, etc.) of the memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, dragon naturalist extraordinaire. Read full book review >
THE SHIP by Antonia Honeywell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"After a harrowing launch, Honeywell's tale sails into the doldrums and sinks under the weight of haphazard plotting, uneven pacing, and subpar character work."
A sheltered teenager has an existential crisis while riding out the apocalypse aboard her father's private ark in this dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >

SKULLSWORN by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Lacking the grand heft of the trilogy, this is a pleasantly grim and emotionally complex divertissement that will give pleasure to fans and tie up some loose ends—and can also be an accessible entree for new readers, who will undoubtedly go on to consume the rest of the series."
The beautiful, enigmatic assassin Pyrre, a supporting character in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Last Mortal Bond, 2016, etc.), takes center stage in this prequel to the series. Read full book review >
AGENTS OF THE UNDERTOW by Jack McDaniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"This gripping sci-fi-esque yarn ably incorporates social and political themes."
Years after fighting off a plague infection, survivors become the target of a dubious administrator who's convinced they still carry the lethal virus in this dystopian novel. Read full book review >
ROGUE WOLF by Robin Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A witty, energetic story that's as educational as it is entertaining."
In the continuation of Mason's (Lone Wolf, 2016, etc.) middle-grade fantasy series, young Jackson Wolfe tries to prevent a hostile wolf pack and poachers from harming his family and animal friends.Read full book review >

THE FLAMES by Kyle Prue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"Exemplary tale of supernatural warfare and unforgettable characters."
A teen with special powers must decide if he'll join a revolution against a wicked empire in this second installment of a YA fantasy-adventure series. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 18, 2017

"A dazzling, satisfying sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us (2016) finds this world's post-apocalyptic future threatened by rogue genetically engineered sea monsters. Read full book review >
FORGOTTEN WORLDS  by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Patchy but overall a notch above mediocre. Fans of the previous should be happy enough."
Second installment of Clark's military space opera (Forsaken Skies, 2016); as Earth's space navy battles predatory interstellar "polys" (mega-corporations), alien robots threaten everybody. Read full book review >
LEGEND HAS IT  by Elliott  James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"An urban fantasy that features an irreverent, smart-mouthed hero and adventures that are entertaining, if not particularly thrilling."
The fifth book in the Pax Arcana urban fantasy series takes James' (In Shining Armor, 2016, etc.) cast of characters on a near-catastrophic romp through a reality destabilized by fairy tale and myth. Read full book review >
THE WATERFALL TRAVELER by S.J. Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2017

"A gripping, harrowing adventure tale propelled by a complex, mythology-inflected plot."
A young woman must stop a plague of beasts that threatens civilization in this fantasy debut. Read full book review >
COLD WELCOME by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solidly engrossing if unspectacular fare, with greatest appeal to readers who prefer the familiar over the innovative."
After an extended—and impressive—excursion into fantasy, Moon returns to science fiction, picking up her Vatta's War series (Victory Conditions, 2008, etc.) where she left off. Read full book review >
SPUTNIK'S CHILDREN by Terri Favro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A noodle-bending literary sci-fi novel that puts its hero in the box with Schrödinger's cat."
An underground comic creator reveals the unbelievably true origin story of her most famous creation, Sputnik Chick, the girl with no past. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >