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James Tivendale

James reviews fantasy books, is a pretty good pool player and likes the musical Hamilton.

REVIEW: The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Trouble with Peace in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank both Joe Abercrombie and Gollancz. Following on from the dramatic events that...

REVIEW: The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

In The Burning Land, the fifth entry in The Saxon Stories, we follow the escapades of a 35 or 36-year-old Uhtred of Bebbanburg. He’s still Alfred’s oathman and has been residing in Lundune. The...

REVIEW: Sorcery of a Queen by Brian Naslund

I received a review copy of Sorcery of a Queen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Brian Naslund and Tor. “Let me get this straight. Sitting on this ship, we have...

An Interview with John Gwynne

At Grimdark Magazine we are huge fans of the epic fantasy author John Gwynne. Through our friends at Pan Macmillan, Gwynne recently released A Time of Courage, the incredible finale to his Of Blood...

Best SFF books of 2020 so far: picked by the GdM team

There have been some magnificent books released this year. We asked the GdM team what they thought the best SFF books of 2020 so far were, with each member of our reviewer team putting...

REVIEW: Every Sky a Grave by Jay Posey

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Every Sky a Grave in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Jay Posey and Harper Voyager. In Every Sky a Grave we follow Elyth, an...

REVIEW: Stoker’s Wilde by Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi

I received an advance reading copy of Stoker’s Wilde in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi, and Flame Tree Press. The concept of Stoker’s Wilde intrigued...

REVIEW: Paternus: War of Gods by Dyrk Ashton

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Paternus: War of Gods in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Dyrk Ashton. Only a handful of days have passed since the hospital attack in...

REVIEW: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms follows Yeine, a nineteen-year-old who, at the novel’s beginning, is invited to visit her family seat by her grandfather Dekarta Arameri. The family seat is the city of Sky which...

REVIEW: Boy in the Box by Marc E. Fitch

I received an advance reading copy of Boy in the Box in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Marc E. Fitch and Flame Tree Press. A decade ago four friends...