PositiveBooklistTchaikovsky weaves a masterful tale about how each version of Earth diverged during the various Epochs of its billion-year history. A frozen world computer mind, peaceful brilliant Neanderthals, family-friendly weasels out of a steampunk nightmare, gargantuan spacefaring trilobites, and even feathered dinosaurs combine for a suspenseful joyride through the multiverse.
RaveBooklist... remarkable ... Lyons has cleverly taken the epic fantasy tropes of prophecy and lineage and stood them on their heads, all while delving deep into her multidimensional characters and spinning great battles with high body counts.
S. C. Emmett
RaveBooklistWith a deliberate pace and fine attention to details of dress and custom, Emmett weaves a masterful tale ... This trilogy starter will only expand [Emmett\'s] audience, putting her into the favorable company of expansive fantasy writers like Kate Elliott and N. K. Jemisin, with more than an echo or two of James Clavell.
Gareth L. Powell
RaveBooklistPowell...continues to stretch his genre muscles while showing the same care for characterization and storytelling in this supernatural police procedural ... Powell is a rising star in sf and this novella is a gem.
RaveBooklistLyons’s dazzling debut is an audacious start to an ambitious five-book series ... Thoroughly modern in her use of dialogue and assured in her world building, Lyons eventually dovetails the two narratives into one with one stunning revelation after another that will leave the breathless reader wanting more. With the scope and sense of fatality of Patrick Rothfuss and well-choreographed action sense of Brandon Sanderson, Lyons leaps into the big leagues of epic fantasy and sticks the landing.
RaveBooklistA dazzling debut blends the best of small- and large- screen sf: the strong characterizations of Firefly, the space battles of The Expanse ... Along the way, they [the characters] encounter pirates, smugglers, soldiers, spies, and exploding spaceships in ever-increasing size and number. This cast of memorable characters, particularly Jane, who wears her heart on her sleeve, and the sacrifices they make to save the universe is not to be missed.