Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

The Green Knight by Chris Dietzel
Released: June 7, 2016

"Stirring sci-fi action that should appeal to fans who applaud the introduction 'A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.'"
A space princess tries to halt a terrible war—seemingly prompted by her father—while facing an appointment with execution at the hands of the mysterious Green Knight. Read full book review >
Casimir Bridge by Darren Beyer
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"Nefarious bigwigs, collusion, and galactic jumps against a cosmic backdrop; readers should definitely want to come back for more."
Interstellar travel is possible in the early 22nd century thanks to a much-desired element that one company controls and others will go to great lengths to take in this debut sci-fi adventure. Read full book review >

Reawakening by Alexander DaShaun
Released: March 16, 2016

"The ultimate crossroads for fans of werewolves and medieval sorcery."
In this debut fantasy, a shape-shifting sorcerer attempts to develop the skills necessary to thwart an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
Haven by J.D.G. Perldeiner

"Creative anachronisms abound in this exciting tale of a post-apocalyptic future."
A future, medievalesque society in the remains of New England faces a new barbarism in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A steampunk-flavored adventure with amiable characters and a fantastical version of San Francisco that has imaginative promise but fails to engage with the Asian cultures it appears to take inspiration from."
In a novel that imagines a very alternate history, Cato (The Clockwork Crown, 2015, etc.) channels her flair for steampunk fantasy into the story of a plucky heroine living in San Francisco in 1906. Read full book review >

EARLY DAYS by Robert Silverberg
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre but skippable for everyone else."
A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good. Read full book review >
#hashtagged by Kimberly Hix Trant
Released: March 11, 2015

"Lively sci-fi from an exciting new voice."
In Trant's debut thriller, social media enables an artificial intelligence to gain consciousness, leading to a frightening future. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
Wanderer's Escape by Simon Goodson
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Some of the story covers familiar sci-fi terrain, but laser blasts and galactic pursuits make for a stellar tale."
Prisoners break free in an extraordinary ship powerful enough to hunt pirates and stop innocents from becoming slaves in the first of Goodson's (Dark Soul Silenced, 2013, etc.) sci-fi series. Read full book review >
Released: June 9, 2016

"Despite its clever concept, this novella feels a little too much like listening to someone go on and on about his dreams."
A surrealist collage of a novella: part fantasy, part alternate history, part catalogue raisonné. Read full book review >
SUPERNOVA by C. A.  Higgins
Released: July 26, 2016

"Sci-fi fans will love this tense, action-packed, and thought-provoking adventure."
The story of a revolution-turned-civil war waged across the solar system—and within one very unusual spaceship. Read full book review >
Return of the Convict by William Alan Thomas
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"An exciting, thought-provoking, futuristic narrative that transcends its Dickensian-mashup origins."
In Thomas' sci-fi novel, a dying renegade returns to Earth from a Mars penal colony to connect with his secret ward—a young man undergoing cyberenhancements to take his place in tomorrow's elite. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >