Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

ETERNIDAD by B. Thomas Harwood
Released: May 17, 2013

"With a riveting villain, diverse cast, and mesmerizing violence, this epic offers plenty of meat on the bone for sword and sorcery fans."
An immortal tyrant and his soul-collecting lieutenant bid to enslave the Western world in Harwood's debut novel, the first volume in a sword and sorcery saga. Read full book review >
TERRA'S WORLD by Mitch Benn
Released: June 1, 2015

"This novel is best for fans of Benn's first book. Though comprehensible on its own, it offers little new ground as a stand-alone science-fiction story."
The sequel to Terra (2013) confronts apocalypse with a breezy, British air.Read full book review >

THE WICKED WILL RISE  by Danielle Paige
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 >
LINKERS by David M Schuster

"An intriguing premise, with vivid melding of science and myth."
In this science-fiction novel, a group of rebels defies the Guild, a monopoly that controls nanotechnology-based health care. Read full book review >
Apocalypses Orphan by Timothy Allen
Released: June 3, 2013

"Adventurous sci-fi fans should find this kitschy read—the first of a planned series—ironically appealing."
In Allen's debut novel, an astronaut encounters the primitive inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic future Earth. Read full book review >

The Gates of the Frontier Universe  by Christopher Villanueva
Released: Jan. 24, 2015

"A taxing read that makes good on early promises of an epic adventure."
An epic sci-fi novel centered on an intergalactic dispute from debut author Villanueva. Read full book review >
Gwendolyn's Sword by E.A. Haltom
Released: May 1, 2014

"Well-written, well-plotted, and mostly well-paced, a feisty addition to the historical fantasy genre."
Haltom's debut novel followsGwendolyn de Cardinham, who, upon discovering that she may be King Arthur's fabled heir, finds herself caught in the middle of a clash of crowns. Read full book review >
BLOOD HAVEN by Anthony L. Smith

"A well-paced fantasy, though the city of Blood Haven feels underexplored."
This contemporary shotgun-and-sorcery debut novel explores Blood Haven, a city of refuge for magical talents. Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >
Primordium Book One: Reformation by William E. Mason
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"An ambitious tale with compelling concepts but one that's dauntingly dense—even for sci-fi readers raised on the temporal loops of Doctor Who."
In Mason's debut sci-fi novel, a tormented anthropologist looking for the origins of mankind meets a not-quite-human girl who reminds him of a lost love. Read full book review >
BRIAR QUEEN by Katherine Harbour
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers drawn to faerie lore will enjoy this lush, romantic tale even if the plot does wander in the gothic wilderness a bit too long."
A gothic story of faerie-tale romance, rescue, and revenge. Read full book review >
We Are Strong, But We Are Fragile by Bob Mustin
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A tense post-apocalyptic drama that reads as if the kids in Lord of the Flies were savvy enough to grow up and form political parties."
In a barbarous future following economic apocalypse, what's left of the city of Asheville, North Carolina, faces a military and ideological threat from a hostile, degenerate tribe led by a vengeful ex-citizen. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >