Reviews

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

Review: Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

I’ve read a bit of criticism out there about this being a pretty simple troped recreation of so many previous fantasy novels. To that, I say, yes, it’s a well-known set of ingredients: a group...
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I have just been inside the imagination of a literary genius. Robin Hobb’s debut novel, Assassin’s Apprentice, is a thoroughly enjoyable story about a royal bastard named Fitz put to use by his family, and trying...
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Hachette Australia provided Grimdark Magazine with The Slow Regard of Silent Things as an advanced-reader copy. I consider Rothfuss to be a bit of a borderline grimdarker and one of the finest purveyors of prose...
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Review: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Hachette Australia provided Grimdark Magazine with The Broken Eye as an advanced-reader copy. In the third installment of Lightbringer series, Brent Weeks‘s The Broken Eye tells the story of the wars and political turmoils assailing the...
The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Review: The Grim Company by Luke Scull

I destroyed The Grim Company by Luke Scull like one of Jerek’s axes splitting a head open. It’s been a little while since I’ve done that. Scull has rocketed into my list of favourite...
Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Classics Review: Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

If you’re arriving this late at Before They are Hanged, you might be like me – just digging in to the blood and muck that is grimdark fantasy. Before They are Hanged is the...
Wentworth Season 1

Review: Wentworth Season 1

Brutal. Bloody. Deep. Sad. Grey. All of these things make Wentworth an unbelievably addictive piece of Australian television (and I’ll tell you right now they are few and far between). Set within the violent...
Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

Review: Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

The title, Riding the Unicorn, sounds about as far from grimdark as you can get. I’m pretty sure I wrote a short story called Riding the Unicorn for my mom when I was six...
The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Review: The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

Where The Black Prism was a bit slow to kick off and sometimes got bogged down in explaining the magic system, The Blinding Knife floors the accelerator from the starting line. Before you get...
Shatterwing: Dragon Wine 1 by Donna Maree Hanson

Review: Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson

From the outside, Shatterwing seems to be an appealing dark-fantasy story. Atypical fantasy world? Check. Intriguing plot? Check. Strong heroine? Sign me up. Unfortunately, appearances often differ from reality and despite a unique setting,...