Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

GAMES WIZARDS PLAY by Diane Duane
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A delightful treat for dedicated fans but well-nigh impenetrable as an entry point to the series. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Apprentices become teachers, friendships turn to romance, and long-simmering subplots achieve resolution in the 10th entry of this well-loved fantasy series. Read full book review >
KINGFISHER by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Fantasy lovers looking for a lighter touch amid all those vampires, zombies, werewolves, and industrial-strength malefactors will find this a refreshing change of pace."
A delicately wrought, twinkle-eyed fantasy from the accomplished author of The Bards of Bone Plain (2010, etc.).Read full book review >

UNHOOKED by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The romance is emphasized in this retelling of Barrie's classic. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Hidden powers, parallel worlds—Gwen has a lot on her plate, but there are two teen hunks determined to help her. Read full book review >
THE DARK DAYS CLUB  by Alison Goodman
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Readers willing to embrace the deep, deliberately paced journey will find the pace and tension increasing until the end leaves them eager for the next volume. (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)"
Regency balls, rebellious heiresses, and demonic creatures feeding on humans: not your mother's Regency romance. Read full book review >
CITY OF BLADES by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Sometimes too talky but richly detailed and expertly plotted. A grand entertainment."
"Don't forget, it was their choice to get involved in this war": Fantasian Bennett builds another world, convincingly, in which empires rise and fall and blood flows. Read full book review >

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Reminiscent of the best of Jo Walton and Nina Kiriki Hoffman."
Will science or magic save our world and all the living beings on it? That's the question posed in this science fantasy love story by the editor-in-chief of online geek mecca io9.com (Choir Boy, 2005).Read full book review >
THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A fast-paced novel that's part Wild West, part Indiana Jones, and wholly entertaining, combining high emotional stakes with a deep, good-natured sense of humor."
A fantasy adventure about a race to discover, and control, magical artifacts of immense power. Read full book review >
THE SIREN by Kiera Cass
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A frothy little stand-alone fairy tale. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A chaste forbidden romance between a siren and a human in this re-edited rerelease from The Selection (2012) author Cass. Read full book review >
Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2016

"The first gripping installment in a sci-fi series set in a future of fractious and dangerous alien apartheid."
A member of a visiting alien race becomes the subject of an orchestrated hunt on Earth. Read full book review >
The Vathiriel Blade by Mark David Brantingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2016

"An unexpectedly compelling lone wolf narrative in a Western-flavored fantasy world."
An ex-soldier battles small-town corruption and an ancient evil in Brantingham's debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Carnifex by D.P. Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Immersive worldbuilding adds texture to this dark, intriguing tale about a fighter."
In this fantasy novel, a dwarf grapples with deception and a stark destiny that could save, or ruin, his people. Read full book review >
Redfall: Fight for Survival by Jay J. Falconer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Solid action but a dystopia left unexplored—though later series entries are primed to do just that."
An intelligence expert teams up with survivalists when a bizarre weather event prefaces a plan to stir up chaos among American citizens in this techno-thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >