Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Bard's Exile by Carolyn Gross

"The first half outshines the second in this promising fantasy novel."
A blind gambler and a determined princess must save their home in Gross' (End Bringer, 2016, etc.) novel. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An imaginative engagement with existential questions raised by a surfeit of apocalypses."
In this absurdist novel set in a world of serial apocalypses, a man tries to make sense of his existence. Read full book review >

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >
KATA'S FATHER by John M. Zurak
Released: July 12, 2016

"A sprawling fable that illuminates Bosnian culture and history through unique, multidimensional characters."
This magical realist debut novel explores a family's connection to the mountains of post-World War II Bosnia. Read full book review >
Leaving Time and Tennessee by Lorraine Andrews Taylor
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An often delightful fantasy that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page."
A debut time-travel romance that romps through more than 200 years of history. Read full book review >

Murder by Munchausen by M.T. Bass
Released: April 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, entertaining, but incomplete sci-fi tale that could use a sequel to tie up several loose ends."
A dark, futuristic thriller features a disgraced police detective who hunts not just a brutal criminal, but also the androids the culprit uses to kill humans. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN FEDERATION by Fiction Factory Incorporated
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"Exuberant and entertaining, slyly avoiding camp with plausible, albeit superpower-infused, characters."
A scientist assembles a second-generation group of superheroes to battle a global government bent on dominating humanity in Fiction Factory Incorporated's debut sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
TIME TO HEAL by Todd McClimans
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 >
SWORD OF SHADOWS by Karin Rita Gastreich
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Lush, evocative descriptions carry readers through an unforgettable journey."
A practitioner of magic struggles with her forbidden love for a king as she and her friends/students are threatened by impending war in the second of Gastreich's (Eolyn, 2016, etc.) fantasy series. Read full book review >
Mondragon by Aran Jane
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 >
Telepath by Janet Edwards
Released: Oct. 20, 2016

"A fresh, nuanced examination of the human desire to define itself in the face of societal norms."
This sci-fi coming-of-age story finds young adults struggling against being complacent workers in a hive society. Read full book review >
LATIN@ RISING by Matthew David Goodwin
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An uneven anthology that nevertheless contains some fascinatingly thought-provoking stories."
In an anthology of stories by Latino and Latina authors based in the United States, Goodwin presents a diverse group of voices working in the realm of speculative fiction. 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 >