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: Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I know Adrian Tchaikovsky best from works like Children of Time, Children of Ruin and Dogs of War where he uses other creatures, often affected by humanity’s meddling to talk about very relatable human...

REVIEW: Warhawk by Chris Wraight

Warhawk is the sixth (of eight) in the Siege of Terra series and 60th Horus Heresy novel in Black Library’s ongoing marathon exploring and expanding the foundational myth of the Warhammer 40k universe. As...

REVIEW: Dark Dawn by Brian O’ Sullivan

Brian O’ Sullivan’s “Dark Dawn” is a work of interactive fiction about a dying man and a desperate final stand. Set in the world of the author’s Fionn series, readers/players get to experience a...
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REVIEW: Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling started incredibly strong with great atmospheric detail and a very creepy vibe but puttered out and ended with a whimper.  Evelyn Perdanu is a shipping magnate, the only living...

REVIEW: Beasts & Beauty by Soman Chainani

Beasts & Beauty by Soman Chainani is an interesting collection. It’s probably the youngest book I’ve reviewed for Grimdark Magazine, as these retold fairy tales sit between middle grade and young adult for the...

REVIEW: Boys, Beasts, & Men by Sam J. Miller

Boys, Beasts, & Men is a collection of Sam J. Miller’s finest sci-fi short fiction to date. The author is perhaps best known for his novels Blackfish City and The Art of Starving and...
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REVIEW: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, lesson one: block off a large block of time when starting this series because you will not want to put it down. Damn, getting sleep and bathing.  Hell,...

REVIEW: A Clockwork River by J. S. Emery

I received a complimentary advanced reader copy of ‘A Clockwork River’ from Head of Zeus in exchange for an honest review. A Clockwork River is the debut novel of brother and sister writing team...
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REVIEW: When Sorrows Come by Seanan McGuire

Usually, when I read a Seanan McGuire book, such as her newest October Daye book, When Sorrows Come, I fall face first into it and do not come up for air until the book is...

REVIEW: The Patriot List by David Guymer

Growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was a dedicated Marvel Comics fan. By the time I got to my late teens and early 20s I went through an unfortunate too...