Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

STAR ROAD by Matthew Costello
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"All in all, something for everyone."
Pulp science fiction from Costello (Vacation, 2012, etc.) and recently deceased (1949-2013) Hautala (The Demon's Wife, 2013, etc.), their only collaboration. Read full book review >
THE EMPEROR'S BLADES by Brian Staveley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Worth sticking around to see what comes next."
A political coup and an ancient menace threaten the stability of a vast empire in the first volume of a new series. Read full book review >

HOLLOW CITY by Ransom Riggs
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Less a straightforward horrorfest than a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Along with picking up the action where it left off in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011), Riggs fills in background detail while adding both talking animals and more children with magical powers to the cast. Read full book review >
Behind Locked Doors by C. A. Wittchen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"Though the heroine is very nearly surpassed by the story's preternatural elements, her anomaly, even among the creatures, will have readers hooked."
Wittchen's debut fantasy, the first in a planned series, follows a teenage girl with the ability to see fairies as she finds her birth father as well as her origin in a world of demons and supernatural beings. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A worthy, rich and thoughtful sequel."
Is covert manipulation a better parental and corporate tactic than overt pressure? Vaughn's superpowered sequel to After the Golden Age (2011) attempts to answer that. Read full book review >

REX REGIS by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Fans won't be disappointed."
Another, perhaps the final, installment of the prequel fantasy series (Antiagon Fire, 2013, etc.) involving the unification of Lydar under a single ruler. Read full book review >
RIVER OF DREAMS by Lynn Kurland
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An enchanting, vibrant story that captures romance, fantasy and adventure with intriguing detail and an epic, fairy-tale sensibility."
Aisling and Rùnach's adventure continues, as Rùnach steps more fully into his royal heritage, leading them back to his grandfather's elven kingdom, where they will seek answers as to who Aisling truly is and how they might save the Nine Kingdoms. Read full book review >
DARK DUETS by Christopher Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Some of the spooky stories hit bum notes, but when on its game, this collection really sings."
Acclaimed authors collaborate on a collection of stories of the macabre. Read full book review >
SPEAKEASY DEAD by Vicky Loebel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

"A briskly entertaining novel with a colorful setting and the right mix of humor and paranormal romance."
An aspiring warlock's attempt to satisfy a demon's wager is complicated by zombies and bootleggers in Loebel's (Keys to the Coven, 2013) new novel. Read full book review >
TIME REAVERS by Jacob Holo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2014

"A thrilling, if overly action-packed, sci-fi adventure."
After discovering her ability to manipulate time, Nicole must fight otherworldly insects preparing to attack the human world. Read full book review >
MISTRESS OF THE THRONE by Ruchir Gupta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

A historical novel about the reign of the emperor who built the Taj Mahal, as seen by a woman often overlooked by history books.

Gupta's fiction debut tells an event-packed story of the Mughal Empire under Shah Jahan from the first-person perspective of the ruler's eldest daughter, Jahanara Begum. Read full book review >

THE SILVER RINGS by Samuel Valentino
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A charming, funny and engaging fairy tale that's sure to delight admirers of the classics."
Valentino offers an engaging fantasy that draws upon familiar fairy tales and the romantic mix-ups of Shakespeare's lighter comedies. Read full book review >