Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

Telonaut by Matt Tyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Inventive, intelligent sci-fi about humans grappling with an oceanic world."
In this debut novel, a Postbox transports future government auditor Sero Novak to a colony on a water planet. Read full book review >
Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An epic, futuristic tale continues with proficient, zestful writing."
A teenage psychic tries to stop an invention and prevent a massacre in the second installment of Dunn's (Forget Tomorrow, 2015, etc.) YA sci-fi series.Read full book review >

The Ruling Mask by Neil McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A compelling addition to an impressive fantasy series with a strong heroine."
McGarry and Ravipinto (The Fall of Ventaris, 2013, etc.) return to the turbulent city of Rodaas in this third installment of a series.Read full book review >
Zorkon's Secret by Jeff R. Spalsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2016

"Eccentric, chatty characters fortify this spry futuristic tale."
In Spalsbury's (The White-Haired Buffalo Hunter, 2016, etc.) sci-fi novel, an interplanetary ambassador's mission to explain the stalled delivery of energy crystals may entail tracking down a never-before-seen species. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE by Donna Hosie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Series fans will be thrilled by this screamingly funny return to Hell. (Paranormal suspense. 15 & up)"
The Devil's Intern series continues, narrated this time by Alfarin the Viking prince. Read full book review >

CURRENTS by Eva Moraal
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Themes can't save a book when plot, characters, and setting don't hold water. (afterword) (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14 & up)"
In a flood-plagued future Europe, a have and a have-not fall in love. Read full book review >
Lily by Michael Thomas Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"In this moving and magical literary journey, a heroine grapples with a terrifying power."
A young girl gains the ability to see the death of anyone she touches in this debut "modern(ish)" fairy tale. Read full book review >
Quantum by Dean De Servienti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Smart sci-fi with a much-desired object that's far more engaging than the average MacGuffin."
Various agencies hunt six scientists who've gone into hiding after unearthing an ancient artifact of indeterminate origin in De Servienti's (Life Turns, 2016, etc.) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
In the Shadow of the Witch by Brian White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A cautionary dystopian tale about the redemptive qualities of retribution."
White (Strands, 2016) examines the narrow difference between justice and revenge in this paranormal thriller.Read full book review >
The Black River Chronicles by David Tallerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"Well-crafted fantasy fiction about a team of young trainees tackling dangerous missions."
A novel follows a new student at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellcraft. Read full book review >
STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of Paige's Oz series hoping for a similar experience will not be disappointed. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In this series opener, a magical kingdom is cursed with perpetual winter, and its only hope for redemption is…a teenage mental patient. Read full book review >
THE INQUISITOR'S TALE by Adam Gidwitz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A masterpiece of storytelling that is addictive and engrossing. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Gidwitz strikes literary gold with this mirthful and compulsively readable adventure story set in medieval France. 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 >