Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

Rightful Heir by Becca Ketelsleger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2016

"Will appeal to fans of classic sword-and-king fantasy, especially with its likable lead, but needs additional editing."
A female warrior, who is a natural leader, stars in this retelling of the King Arthur myth. Read full book review >
VOYAGE OF THE ELAWN by Ted Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A fantasy built on divine, chaotic action and written with immense heart."
A sequel sees a ragtag band of heroes seek forbidden treasure to thwart encroaching militants. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A laudable sci-fi yarn that's both irreverent and relevant."
In Richter's (Mating Rituals of Migratory Humans, 2013) dystopian novel, a lowly citizen may be the "Chosen One," destined to lead a revolution against a government that thrives on fear. Read full book review >
WARRIOR OF LIGHT by William Heinzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"An impressive momentum and colorful characters and beasts make this story an epic journey worth taking."
A man learns that he's the warrior destined to champion the realm of light in an imminent battle against the opposing darkness in this fantasy debut. Read full book review >
JUST LOVE EVERYBODY by Greg Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A romp through the ages that's full of surprises, aside from some ordinary futuristic touches."
Debut author Ware delivers a sci-fi novel about one man's journeys through time. Read full book review >

ALIEN MORNING by Rick Wilber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Intergalactic sibling rivalry that toggles between fun and familiar."
Set in 2030, former professional athlete­-turned­-social media star Peter Holman vies to save his home planet from dueling alien royalty. Read full book review >
THE MAD SCIENTIST'S DAUGHTER by Cassandra Rose Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An ambitious tale that doesn't quite deliver."
A reissue of Clarke's (Our Lady of the Ice, 2015, etc.) 2013 novel about the relationship between a roboticist's daughter and the android she's known since childhood. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST by James Islington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer who's well worth keeping tabs on."
This doorstopper epic fantasy and trilogy opener was originally self-published in 2014. Read full book review >
Mondragon by Aran Jane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2016

"Fans of immersive sci-fi, like the work of Philip K. Dick, should take a look; an auspicious start for Jane."
Jane's debut novel is an inventive, ambitious sci-fi adventure with a heavy dose of science. Read full book review >
Accidental Arrival by Lutricia Barnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2016

"An engaging narrative voice and thoughtful back story add depth to a fairly standard portal-adventure plot."
In this YA fantasy novel, a teenage girl unexpectedly travels to another planet, where she learns that Earth may soon join an intergalactic coalition. Read full book review >
TIME TO HEAL by Todd McClimans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A well-constructed, compelling addition to an ongoing time-travel tale."
McClimans (Time Underground, 2015, etc.) returns to the time-traveling adventures of teens Kristi Connors and Ty Jordan in this third volume of his YA sci-fi series.Read full book review >
THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Philosophical, twisty, and addictive. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A genetically engineered killing-machine bodyguard must impersonate her charge in a dangerous galactic court. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >