Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

LOCKSTEP by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"A disappointing effort that, if shorter and considerably tighter, would have sat happily on the YA shelf."
Far-future family power struggles from the talented Schroeder (Ashes of Candesce, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
HALF BAD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nathan's harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel even if the slim romantic subplot and looming threat of the Council do not. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teenage witch persecuted from birth must find his father, the most notoriously evil witch alive, or die. Read full book review >

A PHANTOM ENCHANTMENT by Eve Marie Mont
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Keep expectations in check, sit back and enjoy Paris (the most memorable character) vicariously. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lightweight but amusing, the Unbound Trilogy's conclusion takes on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, and its myriad variations.  Read full book review >
THE WICKED by Douglas Nicholas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nicholas weaves the magic of wizards and sorceresses—buidseach and cailleach phiseogach—so naturally into the medieval milieu that Maeve's tale reads as entertaining historical fiction rather than a fey supernatural tale."
Nicholas' sequel to his historical saga, Something Red (2012), continues the haunting tale of exiled Irish queen Maeve and her cohorts in medieval north England. Read full book review >
THE SLANTED WORLDS by Catherine Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 18, 2014

"Gorgeous, atmospheric, and addictive but ultimately frustrating; absolutely necessary wherever the first has fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
This second in a projected trilogy provides a sumptuous genre-blend of time travel, dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic thriller, along with more complications than answers. Read full book review >

THE PILGRIMS by Will Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 18, 2014

"Not altogether convincing but it has its charms."
The first entry in the Pendulum fantasy trilogy, from the author of The Pilo Family Circus (2006). Read full book review >
RAISING STEAM by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Brimming with Pratchett's trademark wit, a yarn with a serious point made with style and elegance."
Pratchett's 40th Discworld novel brings in one—or, as it turns out, two—intriguing new characters and introduces a radical new concept: the railway. Read full book review >
THE HIGH DRUID'S BLADE by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Square, sturdy, straight-down-the-middle fantasy entertainment, enjoyable for the Shannara faithful."
Brooks (Witch Wraith, 2013, etc.) returns with a stand-alone Shannara novel starring Paxon Leah. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND IRON by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Despite some flaws, definitely a series to follow."
A tradesman fleeing a personal tragedy is thrust into more elevated and considerably more perilous circumstances in the first of a political sword-and-sorcery epic by the author of Shadow's Master (2012). Read full book review >
PROMISE OF SHADOWS by Justina Ireland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"A dark, slyly funny read. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A reluctant Harpy discovers her destiny in an elaborate Greek-mythology-based fantasy. Read full book review >
THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR by Jane Nickerson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Far from the typical Civil War romance. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The author of Strands of Bronze and Gold (2013) returns to both Mississippi and fairy-tale retellings in this Civil War version of "Tam Lin." Read full book review >
WORKING GOD'S MISCHIEF by Glen Cook
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 2014

"Presumably, you have to start at the beginning, and readers looking for a lengthy, well-narrated, but rather shapeless immersion should do just that."
Fourth in the series (Surrender to the Will of the Night, 2010, etc.) featuring an alternate-world 13th century, the era of the crusades—along with gods, demons, monsters and wizards. Read full book review >