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Nate Aubin

Nate Aubin

Nate dwells deep in the grizzled heart of South Texas and works at a college library. When he’s not lost in the stacks or busy terrorizing patrons, he spends his time writing, reading, brooding, weaving chainmail, and rolling dice with too many sides. Nate prefers his coffee black, bitter, and cold and enjoys stories of a similar sort. He’s a lover of all things grimdark, and a few of his favorite novels include Beyond Redemption, Best Served Cold, and Prince of Thorns.

7 Books About Badarse Assassins

Are your favorite protagonists prone to sneaking, stabbing, and killing folk for coin? Are you keen on cloaks, shadows, and artful murder-for-hire? If you answered yes to any of the above and you’re looking...

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REVIEW: The Thunder Heist by Jed Herne

In Jed Herne’s The Thunder Heist, humanity has abandoned monster-infested land and taken to the Twisted Seas in colossal city-ships. Among these tangled masses of lashed-together boats, one stands out: Zorith, the only floating...

REVIEW: The Headlock of Destiny by Samuel Gately

In Samuel Gately’s The Headlock of Destiny, fame, fortune, and the fate of kingdoms are wagered on gladiatorial cage matches between giant-blooded titans. When Headwater’s would-be champion falls injured days before the all-important Headlock...

Ten Tabletop RPGs for Grimdark Fans

While tabletop gamers can find heroes and high fantasy aplenty in today’s pen and paper RPGs, some might crave something with a little more grit, risk, and brutal realism. Thankfully, there are plenty of...

REVIEW: The Vagabond King by Jodie Bond

In Jodie Bond’s debut novel, The Vagabond King, a devastating raid by an army of immortals leaves Prince Threon with a murdered family and a stolen kingdom. But when the deposed royal sets out...

REVIEW: Sin Eater by Mike Shel

Sin Eater, book two of Mike Shel’s Iconoclasts series, begins with an empire in decay. When a beloved monarch falls ill and priestly magic and the best physicians fail to cure her, the clergy...

REVIEW: Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

In Michael R. Fletcher’s Smoke and Stone, the entirety of mankind dwells within the city of Bastion. Surrounded by crimson sands and sculpted from a single, seamless piece of rock by the hands of...

REVIEW: Wraith Knight by CT Phipps

Wraith Knight, by C.T. Phipps, asks a Tolkien-inspired what-if: After Sauron fell, what would an out-of-work Nazgul do with the rest of its eternal lifespan? In this book, readers follow Jacob Riverson, an undead...

REVIEW: Smoke in the Glass by Chris Humphreys

Who wants to live forever? Smoke in the Glass, historical fiction writer Chris Humphreys’ first foray into adult fantasy, is a tale of four worlds where a lucky few are blessed with immortality. While...

Descent into Avernus by Wizards RPG Team

D&D’s newest campaign setting is dragging players straight to hell. This September, Dungeons and Dragons fans will have a chance to pick up Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus, a pre-written adventure module that’s equal...