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James Vella-Bardon

James lives in Sydney with his young family and a maniacal cavoodle. Recipient of a few international literary awards and nominations, he enjoys reading gritty thrillers filled with moral dilemmas and a real sense of danger. www.jamesvellabardon.com

Grimdark Historicals’ Rising Stars

It’s no news to any Grimdark fans that George R.R. Martin is often credited with the rise of grimdark fantasy, a modern form of ‘anti-Tolkien’ fantasy writing. Despite this, it’s often heard that Martin’s...

REVIEW: The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding

The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding was a recommendation by fellow Grimdark Magazine reviewer, James Tivendale, for which I’m very grateful. Just so you’re left in no doubt as to which way this review...

REVIEW: Exuma by Mark Brendan

It’s always a rare privilege to be offered the ARC (advance review copy) of a novel – or, in this case, a novella – before it heads to print and the big bad world....

REVIEW: Song Of The Centurion by Steven A. McKay

Song Of The Centurion is the sequel to Steven A. McKay’s The Druid. McKay is a rising star on the indie historical fiction circuit and I was keen to read Song since I loved...

REVIEW: The Scottish Boy by Alex de Campi

I suppose that knights’ tales are mostly laughed off by the general reading public as something archaic nowadays. Largely seen as relics from a far-off time when your grandpa, when still a stripling, delighted...

REVIEW: The Druid by Steven A. McKay

To my mind The Druid is everything historical fiction should be and more. The reader is served with a lesser known (and therefore original and highly interesting) setting which serves as the backdrop to...

REVIEW: The Nine by Terry Cloutier

They say that you should never judge a book by its cover. Yet that’s the precise reason why I picked up The Nine by indie Canadian novelist Terry Cloutier. The title is also reminiscent...

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