The GdM Team Pick Their Grimdark Favourites for 2015

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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 downtime, though, we still love to read and review works by those authors we idolise. In the team’s view, these are the authors who’ve really hit it out of the park this year.

Sean Grigsby | Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher
Beyond Redemption is the grimdarkest book of 2015, and arguably, the decade. The characters are selfish, bloodthirsty, and fun as hell to read.
You can find our review of Beyond Redemption on our blog.

Purchase links: Kindle | Galaxy Bookstore

Tom Smith | The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
The new grimdark book of the year for me was The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence. Lawrence’s writing just keeps getting better and better – clever wordsmithing, use of Norse mythology in what was already a unique setting and somehow making you enjoy a character as snarky and cowardly as Prince Jalan after coming off of ruthless Jorg. How can you top that? And then there is Snorri who is a total badass and probably the closest in toughness to Abercrombie’s Logen Ninefingers I’ve see yet. Anyone who loves grimdark and hasn’t read this series yet is doing themselves a disservice.

You can find our review for The Liar’s Key in GdM #5.

Purchase links: Kindle | Galaxy Bookstore

Mike Myers | The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis

The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis
The Mechanical is a grimdark orgy of sci-fi, steampunk, fantasy, and historical fiction. The year is 1926, and the Dutch control Europe with alchemically powered, sentient robot soldiers. The French have moved their government into exile in the New World and hope to uncover a secret that can help even the odds in the battle for Empire. Psychologically complex, sympathetic, fucked up characters fuck and kill each other, and only the robots seem sane in this tour de force SFF novel.

You can find our review for The Mechanical in GdM #5.

Purchase links: Kindle | Galaxy Bookstore

Matthew Cropley | Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie