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Shelf Awareness Reviews King of Shards

Shelf AwarenessShelf Awareness reviews my debut novel King of Shards and calls it “compelling fantasy” and a “fascinating first novel” and says,

King of Shards is the first entry of the Worldmender Trilogy, and its use of Hebrew culture and legend to build a complex, dynamic setting serves to imbue every page with an epic mythos. Kressel presents a compelling alternate reality that readers can escape to while also pondering the nature of what is real.

You can read the full review here.


Publisher’s Weekly reviews King of Shards

Publisher's WeeklyPublishers Weekly reviews King of Shards and has nice things to sayThey write:

“…a robustly imagined fantasy world…Kressel advances his plot briskly through a series of alliances, betrayals, separations, and reunions, and the veiled motives of several of his characters keep his story pleasingly unpredictable. His skill at extrapolating traditional religious lore into the stuff of fantasy bodes well for future books in the series.” 

You can read the full review here.

 


NPR Reviews King of Shards

NPR Reviews King of ShardsYesterday was the book launch day for King of Shards. And while I was busy getting ready for my book release party that evening, I discovered that NPR reviewed King of Shards.

Reviewer Jason Heller says of the book

“A fantastic twist on Jewish mythology…a radical reinvention of Jewish faith and folklore, not to mention the portal fantasy…”One city’s rubble is the next city’s foundation,” Kressel writes. Not only does that simple, profound idea underpin King of Shards‘ plot, it’s the method to the book’s majestic, resonant, reality-twisting madness.”

He gives the book a thorough critique; this is NPR of course. And overall, it’s a very positive review from a nationally syndicated news site and radio program! I couldn’t be happier.

You can read the full review here.


Honorable Mention in Year’s Best Science Fiction

The Year's Best Science Fiction 32nd Annual Collection

The venerable Mercurio D. Rivera informs me that my story “Cameron Rhyder’s Legs,” which appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine in November of 2014 has been given an Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction 32nd Annual Collection. Also honorably mentioned are the following stories from fellow Altered Fluidians. Go team!

Paul M. Berger – “Subduction” (F&SF)
Richard Bowes – “Sleepwalking Now and Then” (Tor.com)
Alaya Dawn Johnson – “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i” (F&SF)
Sam J. Miller – “Songs Like Freight Trains” (Interzone)
Mercurio D. Rivera –  “Atonement, Under the Blue-White Sun” (Paradox Anthology)
Alyssa Wong – “Santos de Sampaguias” (Strange Horizons)
 

Huffington Post Reviews King of Shards

Are you looking for a good epic fantasy to read? The Huffington Post lists my forthcoming novel King of Shards as one of the “Debut Epic Fantasies to Look Out for in 2015.”

“In this prismatic tale of demons, righteous warriors, and multiple universes, Kressel plumbs the depths of Kabbalistic lore to create a unique fantasy cosmos. Daniel Fisher’s wedding day becomes a nightmare when he finds himself transported to a harsh desert world–and discovers his intended bride is a demon. It turns out Daniel is one of the Lamed Vav, the thirty-six righteous people who are destined to fight evil. To stop the ravages of the demon, Daniel must go on a terrifying journey and form unlikely alliances along the way in this engaging new epic fantasy.” 

They also have nice things to say about Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings (out now)Fran Wilde’s Updraft (September), and Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant (September). And I should also mention Last Song Before Night (September), the debut novel of the article’s author, Ilana Tietelbaum. So, lots of exciting stuff to read!

My novel comes out October 13th, but you can pre-order it now.


Nerds of a Feather on “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”

The folks at Nerds of a Feather review my story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies,” which appeared in the May Clarkesworld Magazine and have nice things to say:

“A story about scale and abuse and the hope for a better world, ‘The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies’ by Matthew Kressel is a wheat ale, full of the taste of wide open spaces and clean air and enough of a bite to remind you that the world is alive and growing….Aya and her people are completely inhuman in form, in motion, and yet like all my favorite science fiction stories, this one does an incredibly job of showing the human in an alien character, in showing with golden clarity the scale and scope of our existence, just a drop in an endless sea, and yet regardless of size that life and sentience need to be respected. That abuse doesn’t have to be handed down. That somewhere there might be a place for those who don’t fit in. Like a wheat ale, the story is perfect for summer, looking out on clear skies and feeling a little better about the world.”

You can read the full review here.