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malrubius is a mysterious and grumpy lover of grimdark fiction.

Faithless by Graham Austin-King

REVIEW: Faithless by Graham Austin-King

Faithless, from Graham Austin-King (The Riven Wyrde Saga), is an intelligent, complex, exciting, dark, and somewhat transgressive story about a young man’s journey from poor son of a farmer to, well, you’ll have to...

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence

Review: The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

Reading The Broken Empire trilogy really changed the way I view fantasy. It was after reading this trilogy that I discovered and began to define for myself what grimdark is. As a kid I...

The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

Review: The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

There I was, looking for a break from the usual sword-and-slashery that we all love so much, when I took to Amazon to find my next read. I had just finished reading Sebastien de...

REVIEW: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Monster of Elendhaven is the upcoming debut novella from Jennifer Giesbrecht, and, boy, it’s a doozie.  It is mostly the story of Johann, who washes up on the poisonous black shores of Elendhaven,...

The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

REVIEW: The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

The Armored Saint is a novella from Myke Cole (Shadow Ops) and the beginning of his fantasy trilogy, The Sacred Throne. The publication seems to be part of Tor’s novella series, but at 208...

REVIEW: Meet Me in the Future by Kameron Hurley

Meet Me in the Future is the upcoming short story collection from Hugo and Locus award winner, Kameron Hurley (The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion, God’s War, Mirror Empire, etc). It contains sixteen...

Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

Review: Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

I first came across Larry Correia while I was doing what most failed writers do—browsing the internet to find out how I can become a better writer instead of actually writing. Correia and author...

REVIEW: Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Readers and writers often describe novels as being character driven or plot driven. If there is such a thing, then Holy Sister, the third volume in Mark Lawrence’s Book of the Ancestor trilogy, is...

REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

The Razor is the new science fiction novel by J. Barton Mitchell, author of the acclaimed YA sci-fi series The Conquered Earth. This one’s not YA, but it won’t cause you any adult discomfort...

REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

War Cry is the new novella by Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage Trilogy), continuing the Tor.com series of shorter-than-novel-length fiction that has also included familiar names like Martha Wells and Myke Cole. It’s a...