Reviews

Review: A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall’s A War in Crimson Embers is the barnstorming end to one of my favourite trilogies of the last few years. Brilliantly structured, full of laughs and groans and twists all delivered in the...
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

The Grimdark Magazine team pick their favourites for 2017

It’s been a fantastic year for grimdark fiction across books and television, with plenty of new gritty action and unseen betrayals coming before us from a long list of our favourite authors and a...
Bound by Alan Baxter

Review: Bound by Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter’s Bound (Alex Caine Book One) is a brutal story that moves at a break-neck pace. It’s ripe with dark, conflicted characters in a turbulent, urban setting that has a mixture of martial...
Helsreach

Reviews: Three Books to Get You Stuck into Warhammer 40,000

The Warhammer 40,000 universe is grim, dark, and brutally picturesque – the perfect sprawling sci-fi playground for those who prefer their fiction with a heavy dose of grit. The future of the galaxy forty...
Final Fantasy XV: Kingslaive

Anime Review: Kingslaive – Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix’s Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV is a CG feature film which serves as a backstory to the video game Final Fantasy XV, released in late 2016. As expected from Final Fantasy, the production...

Review: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The a Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is a collection of short stories set in the Grishaverse, where two books I loved last year — Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom — are set. To...
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Review: The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives is by far one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time. The world is rich and gorgeous and brutal and harsh and only eclipsed...
Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Review: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Grimdark comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but tends to be viewed as epic trilogies or doorstopper series. Rarely do we get to see what I term to be “pocket-sized fantasy” where...

Short Reviews for Short Fiction

Every now and then I feel a bit bogged down with reading doorstopper after doorstopper and reviewing at a rate of about one book every two months. I get an intense need to get...
Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

Review: Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

While Necrotech is ostensibly cyberpunk, its darkness and violence are enough to earn it a place in the grimdark sci-fi category. The protagonist, Riko, is a violent, vulgarity spewing “splatter specialist” in a dystopian...