Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Sky Curse: The Chosen Five

Janet Kravetz (40 Years Press)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

A grounded and utterly resonant novel, Sky Curse: The Chosen Five by Janet Kravetz follows Cecilia Miller, a coder of artificial dreams in her relentless quest to be the hope of humanity in an apocalyptic age. The repercussions of climate change and overpopulation are felt heavily in the year 2045. The population is at twenty-five billion and the Earth is fast wearing out. While the Universalists consider migration to a new planet, the localists, those with little or no influence of AI struggle to survive. Humanity’s hope might be in...

Like a Lily Among the Thorns

Karen S. Bell (KSB Press (self))

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Gabrielle Bernstein is a young woman in her twenties who works at the NYC public library. Her father abandoned her when she was young, and her mother has never developed a strong relationship with her. Things start getting rough for her when she gets an eviction notice. While Countess Ivanova gives her someplace to stay, she still has a lot to worry about, especially when it comes to her longing for family. Then everything changes when she inherits the bed-and-breakfast from her estranged and now deceased father. But the inn is filled with myst...

The Alas League

Christian-Eric Falardeau (Eric Falardeau)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

In The Alas League by Christian-Eric Falardeau, the Earth is experiencing devastation after nations start launching missiles. With mayhem happening around the world and everyone looking for shelter, most of the inhabitants of the small village called Verminus prefer to drink their Guinness. They heed the advice of one of theirs who says: “The only intelligent thing to do is… to do nothing. That way, it will be over quick and easy. If we lock ourselves up, we’re likely to survive.” Life doesn’t stop in Verminus, though. New mysteries begin to su...

Angelfyre (Destiny)

Lydan Francis (Ukiyoto Publishing)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

A winner for a debut, Angelfyre (Destiny) by Lydan Francis is a wonderful meld of science fiction, dystopian, and space opera, a story with a setting in the distant future in the twenty-fifth century, a time when humanity has experienced migrations in other planets. Human beings live side-by-side with the extra-terrestrial race known as the Fel. With time, a new species occurs through the illegal splicing between humans and Fel, resulting in the hybrid called the Felsians, who are eventually treated as low-class and unwanted citizens....

Pandemonium: Live to All Devices

Bill Harvey (The Human Effectiveness Institute)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Pandemonium: Live to All Devices by Bill Harvey is spellbinding science fiction with a strong appeal to fans of espionage. In the near future, the world is threatened by a third world war.  Perse is an insane terrorist, a dangerous psychic, who has taken over power in Iran and he plans to take control of the entire world. Meanwhile, an equally insane president in the US seizes full control of power in the US, including its missiles, the banking system, the power grid, and electronic devices. A robotic replica of the presiden...

Sons of Osiris: The Sword of Kings

Michael Westmoreland (Michael Westmoreland)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

In this mesmerizing epic fantasy tale, Michael Westmoreland transports readers to a land being ripped apart by a conflict that pits brother against brother. It is the Kingdom of Hostellus, in the time of legend — one may say —and the discovery of an ancient artifact inspires the expedition by the Black Prince to retrieve this powerful relic. The King has many challenges to deal with, oblivious to the tension between two of his sons, Matticus and Zededia, who are insanely hungry for power. As they ready themselves to march against each other, th...

Last Worst Hopes

Lee Hunt (Lee Hunt )

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Last Worst Hopes by Lee Hunt is an epic fantasy with a gripping dystopian setting and phenomenal conflict. Engevelen is fast falling under the invading forces of the wizard Nehring Ardgour who commands an army of humanoid wolves and demons Skoll and Heti. Methueyn is fast falling as the knights are being killed in their numbers. It is at this critical moment that the reputable Seer, Farrah Harbinger, Engevelen’s premier wizard, seeks the help of Lt. Davignon to interpret her ominous dreams. In different cities, unlikely heroes rise to take up...

Bed of Rose and Thorns

Lee Hunt (Lee Hunt)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

In Bed of Rose and Thorns by Lee Hunt, Sir Ezra — one of the most loyal fighters of the Queen, and the same who, eleven years ago, risked his life to protect her, killing the Prince of Erl and his knights — returns to the land he once loved after many years of exile. Rose, the Queen, has exiled him to keep him safe. Having served Lady Kristen for years, she sends Ezra back to the capital as her steward. Returning the capital, Ezra discovers that the Queen’s rule is in tatters, threatened by many enemies. He still finds his friend, Sir Marigold....

Sons of Osiris: The Sword of Kings

Michael Westmoreland (Michael Westmoreland)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Sons of Osiris: The Sword of Kings by Michael Westmoreland is a spellbinding opening into a series that will delight fans of fantasy tales with strong hints of mythology. In the kingdom of Hostellus, brothers, all sons of Osiris are pitted against each other in a game of power as the dreaded Black Prince sends out an expedition to retrieve a long-forgotten, lost artifact.  While Matticus and Zededia are ready to slaughter each other for power, their youngest brother, Lucien, is torn between reconciling the two brothers and his loyalty to t...

A Ghost in a Bottle (Immortology, Book Two)

C.L.R. Draeco (Amaranth Publishing)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

A Ghost in a Bottle (Immortology, Book Two) by C.L.R. Draeco is a sequel to A Ghost for a Clue and an engaging tale with an irresistible appeal to fans of novels that intelligently meld science fiction, the supernatural, and contemporary fantasy. Bram Morrison is a robotics engineer who has just made a powerful breakthrough — the discovery of a way to cheat death. He has created a software program that enables ghosts to connect with the living, a man who believes in the absurd. He is determined to help souls in the afterlife find their fee...

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