Reviews

Snakewood by Adrian Selby

Review: Snakewood by Adrian Selby

Make no mistake: Snakewood is grimdark. It’s grimdark and then some. Moral ambiguity infuses all the major characters, and no clear line is ever drawn between right and wrong, good and evil. Snakewood is...
Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

Review: Nightwise by R.S. Belcher

Urban fantasy is a mixed-breed animal. Horror, dark fantasy, romance, hard-boiled detective fiction, police procedural – urban fantasy pairs them off, lets them get comfy, and then births its own unique lineages of weird...
Black Tea and Other Tales by Samuel Marolla

Review: Black Tea and Other Tales by Samuel Marolla

Black Tea and Other Tales by Samuel Marolla is compared to ‘A box of lovely dark chocolates’ in a foreword by Gene O’Neill. Gene’s recommendation had me ready to devour the three dark and...
The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

Review: The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence

In The Wheel of Osheim, the final instalment of Mark Lawrence’s The Red Queen’s War Trilogy, Jalan Kendeth, lover of wine, women and slacking off somehow finds himself lost the bowels of Hell itself,...
The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

Review: The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

Having not had the chance to read as many books as I wanted to in 2015, I feel like it’s been ages since an author really grabbed me by the collar and dragged me...
A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Review: A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

A Crown for Cold Silver is a fantastic first dip of the toe into grimdark fantasy for for the author hidden behind the pseudonym Alex Marshall (best online theory I could find on who that is...
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...
GdM

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...