Book Reviews

Our team review a broad range of books starting with grimdark and dark fantasy, through to cyberpunk, sci-fi, space opera, military SF, and even horror. There are reviews here for almost any type of book you could possibly want, so get stuck in!

REVIEW: Navola by Paolo Bacigalupi

Navola is the latest adult fantasy from award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi. An ambitious and richly detailed story, Navola is the coming-of-age tale of Davico, the heir to one of the most powerful families in...

REVIEW: Lake of Darkness by Adam Roberts

Lake of Darkness is the new hard science fiction novel by Adam Roberts that asks whether an intelligent being could evolve inside the infinite darkness of a black hole. As the novel opens, two...

REVIEW: Sundered Moon by Zammar Ahmer

Zammar Ahmer pushes boundaries and takes the concept of grey morality to a whole new level in Sundered Moon, the deliciously dark and exquisitely bittersweet finale to The Book of Astea duology. Full of...

Review: The Last Shield by Cameron Johnston

If Gemmell had a small crew of protégés, I think Cameron Johnston has placed himself at their forefront with The Last Shield. A heroic dark fantasy with plenty of grit, high stakes, battles, and...

REVIEW: Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft

Arm of the Sphinx is Josiah Bancroft’s swashbuckling sequel to Senlin Ascends and the second entry in his Books of Babel tetralogy. This second book has a very different feel compared to Bancroft’s debut,...

REVIEW: Lost Souls by Ryan Skeffington

Lost Souls, the debut novel from indie author Ryan Skeffington, is a dark science fiction thrill ride that leaves plenty of emotional devastation in its wake. The novel opens in the year 2070 with...

REVIEW: Freakslaw by Jane Flett

Jane Flett’s debut, Freakslaw, is an odd duck. Revelling itself in the weird (and sometimes non-sensical), this circus-set novel is more Stephen King than wholesome family entertainment. It’s not quite a horror novel or...

REVIEW: Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick

Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick is desert fantasy par excellence, a grimdark tale of two half-brothers, Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman, on the run after they are implicated in an accidental death. Kandri and...

REVIEW: Unexploded Remnants by Elaine Gallagher

Unexploded Remnants is the debut novella by Scottish author Elaine Gallagher and tells the story of Alice, who is the last surviving human and spends her time seeking out unusual artefacts for preservation and/or...

REVIEW: The Mercy of Gods by James S.A. Corey

When you read a James S.A. Corey novel, you expect sprawling imagination, characters that command your attention, seamlessly woven science and science fiction, and an absolutely barnstorming story. The Mercy of Gods is no...

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