Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER by Alex Marshall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 14, 2015

"A promising start."
What begins as a typical revenge story veers into an epic tale of invasion, civil war, and divine incursion in the apparent first of a series by a pseudonymous author. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF NIGHT by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"Cliffhangers and morbid humor balance out too many plot twists and slow pacing in this unnecessarily complicated sequel. Readers will have to wait for resolution. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Twins Moria and Ashyn may have left the Forest, but they aren't out of the woods yet in this romance- and politics-filled sequel to Sea of Shadows (2014).Read full book review >

THE UNREMEMBERED by Peter Orullian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"In sum, a lumbering, gnarled behemoth that seeks to crush readers beneath its sheer mass."
Reboot (read: author's definitive edition) of a fantasy first published in 2011, pointing the way to an upcoming sequel. Read full book review >
THE GRACE OF KINGS by Ken Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"A reasonable start, on the whole; let's see where the series goes."
Liu's stories have won most major critical science-fiction and fantasy awards. His first novel, inspired by the civil chaos stemming from the death of China's first emperor, is poised to break him out to a more commercial audience. Read full book review >
SUPERPOSITION by David Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 2015

"A thrill a minute. Just don't ask questions."
The first volume of a near-future, science-fiction thriller duology, from the author of Quintessence (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

THE WICKED WILL RISE  by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 31, 2015

"Readers who liked Volume 1 will be perfectly happy waiting with this sequel for the series climax. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)"
In Oz, the rebellion begun in Dorothy Must Die (2014) continues as its players regroup.Read full book review >
VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK by Marie Brennan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2015

"Fans of this charming series won't be disappointed."
Third in Brennan's fine natural-history fantasy series, set six years after the events detailed in The Tropic of Serpents (2014).Read full book review >
AFTER MIND by Spencer Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2015

"A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn't release its secrets easily."
A sci-fi debut about a boy who's deathly afraid of water and the family who helps reconstruct his mind after a tragic accident. Read full book review >
ICEFALL by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Teenage angst with bells and whistles—still, it's the formula that series regulars know and relish."
The concluding part of the Rebel Angels series (Wolfsbane, 2014, etc.) which, following a fine opening book, has slipped further downhill with each successive entry. Read full book review >
HALF WILD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"A character-driven page-turner offering both emotional depth and gory thrills. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
After he's abandoned once again by his infamous Black Witch father (Half Bad, 2013), Nathan grapples with his new, unruly magical gift and risks everything to save his true love.Read full book review >
THE DOOR IN THE MOON by Catherine Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Engrossing and addictive. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Past, present and future collide; science fiction melds with fantasy and historical thriller in the third volume of this genre-blending quartet. Read full book review >
HARRISON SQUARED by Daryl Gregory
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Superior, with plenty of crossover teen appeal."
New dark fantasy from the author of the splendid Afterparty (2014, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >