Reviews

When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Review: When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Can traditional high-fantasy be grimdark? Apparently, yes. Marc Turner’s debut novel When the Heavens Fall showed me that fantasy can be saturated with magic without losing any of the grit. It manages to deliver...
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The GdM Team Pick Their Grimdark Favourites for 2015

The year 2015 has been a pretty damned epic year for grimdark fiction. Our team has spent the last year reading about hundreds of gritty anti-heroes fighting their way through plenty of dark worlds. In our...
Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

Classics Review: Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark: A Tale of Delightful Despair Going by the shock and outrage routinely expressed by Games of Thrones fandom, one might be tempted to believe that George R.R. Martin invented gruesomeness,...
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Review: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Review by Jeremy Szal An advanced-reader copy of The Water Knife was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. According to William Gibson, the future is already here. It’s just not...
Blackguards

Review: Blackguards

This book should be one of the introductory bibles to grimdark. There, I said it. It’s got a wide range of awesome authors writing for a very specific audience. And boy, do they do...
The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

Review: The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

Reading The Whitefire Crossing is a bit like climbing a mountain. There is the anticipation of the climb, planning, some struggles, renewed energy and even joy. Then, after the last exciting push, you reach...
Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley

Review: Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley

When it comes to second installments, especially in the realm of sci-fi and fantasy, The Empire Strikes Back is an oft-compared milestone. Some might even regard it as the best film in the original...
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Review: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

It’s pretty rare that I get the first 50 pages into a book and decide on the spot to go purchase the rest of a series, but there are times when you just know...
The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

Audio Review: The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

John Hornor Jacobs provided Grimdark Magazine with an audio book of The Incorruptibles for an honest review. Part alternate history, part western, but all fantasy, The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs is something different...
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

Review: Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

Beyond Redemption was provided to Grimdark Magazine as an advanced-reader copy by Harper Collins. The cornerstone philosophy of self-help literature is something I’m very familiar with – your beliefs create your reality. This idea...