Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S.A.  Chakraborty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 2019

"As good or better than its predecessor: promise impressively fulfilled."
The second installment of Chakraborty's stunningly rendered Middle Eastern fantasy trilogy (The City of Brass, 2017), which can absolutely be read independently of the first book. Read full book review >
THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 23, 2019

"With a relatable heroine facing challenges in a vivid world of magic and mystery, this tale remains an action-packed treat."
In this YA fantasy sequel, a teenage magic student who goes into hiding to avoid a murderous monarch must embark on a secret mission. Read full book review >

HERE AND NOW AND THEN by Mike Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"A subtly woven meditation about the fragility of time raises the bar in this smart, fun, and affectionate story."
A time-traveling father must save his teenage daughter from secret agents who want to eliminate her to protect the historical timeline in this debut novel. Read full book review >
KING OF SCARS by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"Will leave readers begging for the sequel. (cast, maps) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
In this Grishaverse novel, King Nikolai struggles to keep his kingdom afloat in a destabilized, rapidly changing world. Read full book review >
VIGILANCE by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"Turn off the tube and read a book—this book in particular, which promises trouble if you don't."
Americans' addictions to guns, sports, and TV converge in a grim near future in this darkly satirical novel. Read full book review >

UNMASKED  by Helen Hardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2019

"A first-rate outing in a consistently enthralling series."
The fourth entry in Hardt's (Undaunted, 2018, etc.) erotic supernatural saga finds a vampire struggling to control the darkness within himself as he and his human lover search for missing friends and family. Read full book review >
THOMAS WILDUS & THE BOOK OF SORROWS  by J.M. Bergen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2019

"An often appealing but slow-paced magical journey."
A 12-year-old's quest to learn "real magic" leads him to an unusual bookstore in this debut middle-grade series starter. Read full book review >
ENDGAMES  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2019

"Absorbing and involving—a fully satisfying conclusion to this particular story arc."
A low-key yet climactic visit to the world of imagers (as wizards are called here), again focusing on the tribulations of the new Rex (ruler) of Solidar, young Charyn. Read full book review >
DARK OF THE WEST by Joanna Hathaway
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Those who stick around for this slow ride will be left eager to know how events play out. (map) (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Fantasy without magic, historical fiction without facts: Hathaway's debut defies classification. Read full book review >
COURTING DARKNESS by Robin LaFevers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"Sharp and breathless, full of anger and strength. May the sequel hurry. (character list, map, author's note) (Historical thriller. 14-adult)"
History, intrigue, and peril in 15th-century Brittany and France. Read full book review >
BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF by Marlon James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"If this first volume is any indication, James' trilogy could become one of the most talked-about and influential adventure epics since George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire was transformed into Game of Thrones."
Wrought with blood, iron, and jolting images, this swords-and-sorcery epic set in a mythical Africa is also part detective story, part quest fable, and part inquiry into the nature of truth, belief, and destiny. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF THE FIRE by Kim Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"The story gathers more depth and originality in this solidly action-packed middle volume, with the promise of more plot development—and probably a hefty dose of tragedy—to come."
Five stubborn royal sisters continue to pursue their intersecting and often conflicting destinies in this follow-up to the Viking-inspired epic fantasy Daughters of the Storm (2018). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >