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: Cyberpunk City: The Machine Killer by D.L. Young

Cyberpunk City: The Machine Killer by D.L. Young is an indie cyberpunk adventure novel taking place in the City. The City is a megapolis arcology that is built on the remains of New York...

REVIEW: Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi

Travelers Along the Way by Aminah Mae Safi is exactly the kind of retelling I adore. It reworks the well-known story of Robin Hood, that legendary outlaw active in Sherwood Forest outside of Nottingham...

REVIEW: Dames for Hire by S.C. Jensen

Dames for Hire is a prequel spin-off of the Bubbles in Space series by S.C. Jensen. Bubbles in Space is a Neo-Noir thriller series set in HoloCity, a cyberpunk dystopia. Without spoiling, her private...

REVIEW: Engines of Empire by R. S. Ford

Engines of Empire is the first in the new fantasy trilogy The Age of Uprising by R. S. Ford. Readers may be familiar with Ford from his earlier fantasy trilogies Steelhaven and War of...

REVIEW: The Complete Chronicles of Conan

For sword-swinging, camel-punching action, there’s no protagonist who looms quite as large in the history of fantasy as Conan the Barbarian. Of course, he’s quite different in the books than the films—more cunning, more...

REVIEW: Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

The concluding volume of The Nevernight Chronicle has cemented the view in my mind that Jay Kristoff deserves to be placed among the great grimdark authors. Darkdawn is a brilliant conclusion to the trilogy,...

REVIEW: We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley

An exciting debut by a new fantasy author, We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley held nothing back and left me eager for more. Everything is dialed up to eleven, and nothing is certain....

REVIEW: The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson

The Sun Casts No Shadow by Mark Richardson follows Wellington Thorneycroft, a pickpocket doing his best to survive the soul-crushing urban dystopia of the City. Surrounded by unscalable walls, scorched with stifling heat, and...
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REVIEW: Risen by Benedict Jacka

Risen is a shattering final book of the Alex Versus series by Benedict Jacka; we say goodbye to the titular character Alex. It is all done. Finito. Endings can be difficult; it is hard...

REVIEW: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

TJ Klune’s books have become a place where my heart can get a zap like a defibrillator pedal. Both Under a Whispering Door and Under the Cerulean Sea tread the line between sentimental and...