Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
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 >