2018 was an amazing year from grimdark and dark SFF, with more and more books coming out that tick our boxes. As per every year for the last four years, the GdM team have put forward our staff picks for the last year–our 2018 best SFF books. Without further ado, I give you our team picks for 2018.
(Read our most anticipated books of 2019 list here.)
Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley (Picked by Mike Myers)
Apocalypse Nyx is the new collection of novelettes from multi-award-winning author Kameron Hurley (The Stars are Legion, the Worldbreaker Saga, and the God’s War Trilogy), and make no mistake: it’s grimdark AF. Set in the world of the God’s War Trilogy, the stories’ titular anti-hero, mercenary and bounty hunter Nyx (Nyxnissa so Dasheen) might be the grimmest darkest badass protagonist I’ve come across in SFF. She doesn’t give a crap about anything but the job and the money, and maybe the whisky… and maybe the fucking.
Is it grimdark? You bet your ass it is. Try not to root for Nyx as she blasts away innocents who happen to be in the way of the next payoff. It’s impossible. And the question of grey morality itself makes a couple of unobtrusive appearances in the stories and in the delightful banter between her crew of freaks. Grab this nice introduction to Nyx’s life and world. You won’t regret it.
Our review: CLICK HERE
Buy on Amazon: Apocalypse Nyx
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (Picked by Matthew Cropley)
Iron Gold is the first in a sequel trilogy set years after the events of the original Red Rising trilogy, and proves what I had suspected: Pierce Brown just keeps getting better. This book expands the scope beyond Darrow and asks what his world would look like when dealing with the fallout of his actions in the original books, and the results are absolutely breathtaking. Dark Age releases in 2019 and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Buy on Amazon: Iron Gold: Book 4 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series)