Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY by Irena Brignull
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Fantasy and nonfantasy readers alike will appreciate this gritty and intriguing coming-of-age story. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Poppy and Ember, switched at birth, discover the truth and each other in this coming-of-age fantasy. Read full book review >
NINTH CITY BURNING by J. Patrick Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Black borrows a long list of sci-fi/fantasy ingredients to cook up a Hunger Games/Star Wars remix featuring tweens trapped in an unmotivated war which will make them unlikely-but-relatable heroes."
After an alien invasion and near-instantaneous human extinction that unleashed a force called "thelemity," which "certain people can use to affect reality," most humans live in militarized zones under siege; but there are also warring, nomadic tribes from whose "coda" come two sisters, thelemity adepts, who tip the balance of power. Read full book review >

THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While it seems like there should be something for everyone in this mashup of dragons, faeries, librarians, Holmes, and masked mystery, the end result is more a stew of 'wouldn't it be cool...' than a tightly plotted tale."
In the second installment of her Invisible Library series, Cogman (The Invisible Library, 2016) chronicles the exploits of Irene Winters, an interdimensional Librarian seeking rare books across alternate worlds. Read full book review >
ELITE by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Avoiding second-volume sag with plenty of charisma, this outing proves to be a satisfying read that takes the baton neatly from the first and leaves readers ready for more. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Following the events of Hunter (2015), now that she's become an Elite, Joy knows she's in for more high-stakes danger and will be facing more dangerous Othersiders than before. Read full book review >
FORSAKEN SKIES by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Does anyone need to read this? No. Will anyone want to? Shrug. Maybe on the beach."
First, juiceless, installment of a space opera trilogy from Clark, a pseudonym for David Wellington (The Cyclops Initiative, 2015, etc.), author of zombie, vampire, werewolf, and action thriller series. Read full book review >

EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Tightly plotted, delightful escapism. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In the penultimate Throne of Glass book, Aelin meets unexpected obstacles as her enemies move against her and her allies. Read full book review >
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a boy's friends rush to save him before a teen witch surrenders to dark magic. Read full book review >
THE DEMON GIRL'S SONG  by Susan Jane Bigelow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With a tighter editorial hand, this book could have been captivating. (map) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
According to ancient demon lore, the ghost of a recently deceased emperor takes his successor as a host in order to ensure continuity of power, but somehow Emperor Askar Molasca's ghost finds his new home in the body of 17-year-old Andín dal Rovi, a feisty Antrimanian girl. Read full book review >
Storm Wolf by Stephen Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A dark supernatural outing, featuring indelible characters as sharp as wolves' teeth."
A man cursed with "wolf magic" travels to 19th-century Europe in search of a possible cure in Morris' (When Brothers Dwell in Unity, 2015, etc.) horror fantasy.Read full book review >
EARLY DAYS by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre but skippable for everyone else."
A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good. Read full book review >
Blood Divine by Greg Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"An exciting, romantic tale anchored in a great sense of place."
In this paranormal romance, a man returns to his hometown, where he must learn truths about his family, join a battle against supernatural evil, and save the man he loves. Read full book review >
INTO THE ABYSS by Stefanie Gaither
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Give this effort to fans of dystopia who prefer sci-fi essentials to fluff. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Because clones can be cloned again, a new version of Violet returns to fight against clones programmed to do evil in this Falls the Shadow (2014) sequel. 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 >