Best SFF books of 2021 so far: picked by the GdM team

2021, so far, has provided a fair amount of time for our team to read. We’ve been locked indoors whistfully thinking of Cons and catching up with mates, or celebrating a little freedom by getting our face out in the sun (with a book, of course!). Sometimes it’s been a struggle to summon the brainpower to get into a book, but the choices we’ve had for reading in 2021 so far have been nothing short of epic. The authors and publishers of the world (in all their forms) have stepped up to the plate to keep us entertained, and so I give you the Grimdark Magazine team’s picks for the best SFF books of 2021 so far.

May your TBR pile growl with hunger and your credit cards cry with remorse. Get in!

Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Picked by Fabienne Schwizer

“If you like poetic reimaginings of mythology, such as Madeline Miller’s Circe and The Song of Achilles, you need to make sure to pick up Sistersong as soon as it’s available.”

Read the rest of our review.

535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador’s children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans.

Riva, scarred in a terrible fire, fears she will never heal.
Keyne battles to be seen as the king’s son, when born a daughter.
And Sinne, the spoiled youngest girl, yearns for romance.

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold – a last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. But change comes on the day ash falls from the sky, bringing Myrddhin, meddler and magician, and Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear the siblings apart. Riva, Keyne and Sinne must take fate into their own hands, or risk being tangled in a story they could never have imagined; one of treachery, love and ultimately, murder. It’s a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.

Read Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Seven Deaths of an Empire by G.R. Matthews

Picked by Aaron Jones