Science Fiction And Fantasy Book Recommendations: March 2013

If you're looking for a great science fiction or fantasy book to read this month, look no further than RT's recommendations for the best books of the genres reviewed in our March issue.

If you love imaginary worlds, strong characters and epic adventures, we suggest Elizabeth Bear's second Eternal Sky book, Shattered Pillars or Rebellion by Ian Irvine. Or perhaps you'd like to return to Shannara with Terry Brooks' Bloodfire Quest.

For those hunting for a new science fiction story may want to pick up Birthright by Valerie Parv — about a suspicious alien invasion — or The Shadow Wars by Rod Rees, set in the virtual world of the Demi-Monde.

Or maybe you want a fantasy that's a little bit out there, in which case Doughnut by Tom Holt, featuring a physicist who gets transported to bizarre worlds, or Fade to Black by Francis Knight, a dystopian tale laced with mystery. If steampunk is more your style, try A Conspiracy of Alchemists by debut author Liesel Schwarz.

But what if you just want to jump into the wild, wonderful world of SF/F fiction without a roadmap? If you're still looking for something to suit your fancy, try the fantasy anthology Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, or Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill, a wicked tale filled with faeries.

You can pick up all of these titles, available in stores this month. Looking for more titles? Visit RT's Everything Science Fiction & Fantasy Page.