Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A deeply satisfying but bleak, dark work; its only illumination are flashes of high tragedy and perhaps the glimmers of a realistic but not far-ranging hope."
Humanity teeters toward doom in the concluding Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Providence of Fire, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 8, 2016

"Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sassy desert sharpshooter swashbuckles through a six-gun Arabian Nights in this fantasy debut.Read full book review >

LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 8, 2016

"Fans of Clare's grandiloquence will enjoy the torrid new cast of characters, positively aquiver with secret ardor and murderous zeal. (Urban fantasy. 13-17)"
By the Angel, it's a new series from the reigning queen of schmaltzy forbidden love against a backdrop of geysering green ichor. Read full book review >
The War of Words by Amy Neftzger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2016

"Engaging characters and an imaginative plot make for a satisfying read."
Neftzger's fantasy novel refreshes the conventions of the genre while meeting readers' expectations of it. Read full book review >
BLOOD PASSAGE by Heather Demetrios
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2016

"Here's hoping the third book arrives faster than a jinni can manifest a glass of spiced Arjinnan wine. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
After three years of servitude under a greedy half-human/half-jinn master, jinni slave Nalia Aisouri'Taifyeh is free—almost. Read full book review >

BLACK CITY SAINT by Richard A. Knaak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Melodramatic and forgettable."
A legendary figure-turned-paranormal investigator protects Prohibition-era Chicago against otherworldly influences in the first of a series by an author best known for his epic fantasy (The Horned Blade, 2015). Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC by Mark Tompkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The bones of a great fantasy are here, but most readers will find the book slow going."
A half-goddess, a Vatican mercenary, kings, queens, warriors, and faery creatures battle for control of Ireland in this historical fantasy adventure. Read full book review >
ARKWRIGHT by Allen Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A predictable tale that boldly goes where no one should have gone."
In Hugo Award-winning author Steele's (V-S Day, 2014, etc.) latest novel, a popular science-fiction writer aims to colonize space.Read full book review >
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WHEEL by R.S. Belcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Could Belcher be stretching himself too thin? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt, for now."
Because Belcher isn't busy enough writing an occult Western (The Shotgun Arcana, 2014) and a contemporary paranormal noir series (Nightwise, 2015), he begins a new contemporary horror/dark fantasy series with this novel. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"An enjoyable fantasy mystery that tackles physical disability and mental illness without sacrificing diverting, fast-paced storytelling."
In a debut novel that promises to be the first volume of an engaging urban fantasy series, Baker introduces a hard-edged but appealing heroine and a version of Los Angeles that pairs Hollywood with a magical parallel world. Read full book review >
Waterwight by Laurel McHargue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"Striking dreamscapes make this tale about a heroine who can fly a fine first outing in a planned series."
In this YA adventure, a girl orphaned by global cataclysm searches for a new home, encountering talking animals and discovering she possesses special powers. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >