Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
Kokopelli's Thunder by Sean M. Cordry
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"A dark, engaging fantasy tale. "
In this debut fantasy novel, vengeance drives a deathless witch and her cursed son across the ages in search of the missing pieces of a magical tablet. Read full book review >
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 >