Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

MENTATS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"The magic lingers, even when the final chapters have already been written."
Another prequel (Sisterhood of Dune, 2012, etc.) piecing together the developments by which the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mothers, human-computer Mentats, legendary-warrior Swordmasters and interstellar navigators of the Spacing Guild created the universe of the original Dune. Read full book review >
THE RAVEN'S SHADOW by Elspeth Cooper
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"An excellent addition to this superior epic."
The follow-up to Trinity Rising (2013) is the third and largest entry in what has expanded from a fantasy trilogy into a series. Read full book review >

THE SCIELL by Auden D. Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A middling but occasionally intriguing dark fantasy. "
Johnson, in her debut, offers the first installment of a new horror-fantasy series. Read full book review >
COLLISION by Michael Phillip Cash
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2014

"Not exactly profound, but top-notch literary escapism with nonstop action, well-developed characters and jaw-dropping plot twists."
At breakneck speed, Cash's (Schism, 2013, etc.) second installment in the Darracia saga blends elements of sci-fi and fantasy as it continues to chronicle the adventures of a small group of heroes desperately attempting to unite a war-torn planet. Read full book review >
ROGUE ALLIANCE by Michelle Bellon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 6, 2014

An emotionally haunted detective and a laboratory-made vampire struggle with their unnatural attraction in the first book in Bellon's (Embracing You, Embracing Me, 2012, etc.) new Rogue Saga. Read full book review >

MURDER OF CROWS by Anne Bishop
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Technically less accomplished but nonetheless fully satisfying."
Second in the series (Written in Red, 2013) set on an Earth-like world, Namid, populated by a panoply of supernatural Others—and the humans who are their natural prey. Read full book review >
THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 2014

"Breathtaking, tragic and true. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Rich characterization, exquisite worldbuilding and rock-solid storytelling make this a fantasy of unusual intelligence and depth. Read full book review >
DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 2014

"A thoughtful exploration of identity and responsibility wrapped in a twisty, suspenseful mystery and set in a gorgeously realized fantasy world. (Fantasy/mystery. 12 & up)"
A teenage sorceress without magic attempts to solve a murder in a cave full of killers. What could possibly go wrong? Read full book review >
STEADFAST by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 4, 2014

"The eternal conflict between ends and means keeps the tension taut and the plot humming. Stay tuned. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
All's not well in Captive's Sound; the ancient evil Nadia and friends believed they'd vanquished has not only survived, their efforts have made it stronger than ever (Spellcaster, 2013). Read full book review >
THE FINISHER by David Baldacci
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014

"Like many crossover efforts from name-brand authors: overstuffed and underinspired. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Baldacci takes a late and none-too-nimble leap aboard the children's-fantasy bandwagon with this tale of a rebellious teenager in a town surrounded by a monster-ridden forest. Read full book review >
THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS by Marie Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Reader, lose no time in making Isabella's acquaintance."
The second adventure (A Natural History of Dragons, 2013) for the doughty Isabella Camherst, a dragon-obsessed young lady of Scirland determined to pursue her research in an age when educating girls in science and philosophy is frowned upon. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF OWEN by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2014

"It may "[take] a village to train a dragon slayer," but it takes an exceptional dragon slayer to deserve a village—and a storyteller—like this one. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
In an alternate world where humans and dragons battle over fossil fuels, the tale of one slayer and his bard becomes a celebration of friendship, family, community and calling. Read full book review >