Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE UNDEAD POOL by Kim Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang."
Love and doom are in the air in this penultimate volume of a popular urban fantasy series (Ever After, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE JUDGE OF AGES by John C. Wright
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Dazzling, highly impressive but readable only with enormous effort."
Third part of Wright's series (The Hermetic Millennia, 2012, etc.) in which, thanks to alien technology, Texas gunslinger Menelaus Montrose transformed himself into a supergenius—and so did his rival, Ximen "Blackie" del Azarchel. Read full book review >

HONOR'S KNIGHT by Rachel Bach
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Fun, with phasers on lethal."
Independently intelligible second entry (Fortune's Pawn, 2013) in a space opera starring a tough, sexy, armor-clad mercenary chick. Read full book review >
REFLECTED by Rhiannon Held
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Fans only—and be prepared to take the rough with the smooth."
Third entry in Held's werewolf saga (Tarnished, 2013, etc.). No surprises. Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN by Brian McClellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A reliably rewarding installment that will keep appetites whetted for the conclusion."
Second entry in the Powder Mage trilogy (Promise of Blood, 2013), something like a fantasy French Revolution with seriously weird wizards. Read full book review >

THE OPHELIA PROPHECY by Sharon Lynn Fisher
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"If you can suspend your critical faculties, you'll enjoy the romance parts."
Post-apocalyptic romance, from the author of Ghost Planet (2012). Read full book review >
THE SILENCE AND THE LIGHT by Kevin McCormick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"A fine sequel in a sci-fi series that's proving to be a must-read."
McCormick (A Voice in the Thunder, 2012) delivers on the promise of the first book in his Children and Ghosts sci-fi quintet with this grand sequel. Read full book review >
NO RETURNS by Gail Giles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2014

"The first movement in an ambitious song cycle of a tale which, despite a few sour notes, offers entertaining characters."
Giles (Dark Song, 2010) and Vanasse (Out of the Wilderness, 2013) team up for a paranormal novel, the first in a series featuring three teenage musicians in an unwitting Faustian bargain, a mysterious librarian and a supernatural James Cagney wannabe. Read full book review >
THE WAKING ENGINE by David Edison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A magic carpet ride—but the carpet just hovers."
Edison's debut is an extraordinary and bewildering fantasy. Read full book review >
THE ANXIETY OF KALIX THE WEREWOLF by Martin Millar
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Fans of Millar's work, who are legion, won't object, but newcomers may want to take in their werewolvery by other means."
Life is tough. It's tougher when you're a werewolf, or so this lumbering yarn, the third installment in Millar's (Curse of the Wolf Girl, 2010, etc.) Kalix Werewolf series, assures us. Read full book review >
THREE by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The strongest of the series' three volumes, with a tense and harrowing climax. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
The third and final installment of the series that began with Article 5 (2012) ramps up the action as the extremist government cracks down on Ember Miller and her fellow resistance members. Read full book review >
ARCADIA FALLS by Kai Meyer
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Snappy dialogue and well-paced excitement bring this adventure to its ambiguous but nevertheless satisfying conclusion. (Paranormal romance. 15 & up)"
The Arcadia trilogy concludes with magic, shootouts, family betrayals and a cruise ship full of monsters: everything that's necessary for a romance about Cosa Nostra shape shifters. Read full book review >