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: Illborn by Daniel T Jackson

Illborn is the debut novel from author Daniel T Jackson and is published by independent house Matador. The novel is just over seven hundred pages so is a lengthy and enjoyable reading commitment. As...

REVIEW: Reign of the Devourer by David Annandale

Marvel Untold is a series of prose novels which tell darker stories of the Marvel Comics Universe. David Annandale’s Reign of the Devourer is the fourth installment in the Marvel Untold series, and the...

REVIEW: The Justice of Kings by Richard Swan

In Richard Swan’s new fantasy trilogy, starting with The Justice of Kings, a rich low magic world is brought to life through brilliant characters and their arcs. A mixture of detective work, dark fantasy,...

REVIEW: Mordew by Alex Pheby

Mordew is the first instalment of the new Cities of the Weft trilogy from author and academic Alex Pheby. In Mordew, he has created a unique and disturbing world that I think will greatly...

REVIEW: Demon by Matt Wesolowski

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Demon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Matt Wesolowski and Orenda Books. Demon is the sixth book in Wesolowski’s Six Stories series and in...

REVIEW: String Follow by Simon Jacobs

There is a quiet horror influencing the youth of Adena, Ohio. A mysterious force that doesn’t poison their young hearts but rather distorts their desires into something sinister. Simon Jacobs delivers an oddly curious...

REVIEW: Servant Mage by Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott packs an assortment of fully-realized story elements into her new novella, Servant Mage. The narrative focuses on the journey of Fellian, a low-level mage, interweaving significant themes of power, class, loss, and...

REVIEW: Nectar for the God by Patrick Samphire

It took exactly four sentences for me to become so engrossed in Nectar for the God that I was annoyed by any interruptions to my reading. Once again, author Patrick Samphire crafted a book...

REVIEW: The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller

The Bone Orchard follows the story of Charm, mistress of the Emperor and keeper of the local tea house – a cross between inn and brothel. Her free will limited through a mindlock, the...

REVIEW: The Embroidered Book by Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield’s The Embroidered Book is a massive tome – the ARC’s page count comes in around 650 pages – but it feels far less daunting while reading. The story is so captivating and...