REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

The Razor is the new science fiction novel by J. Barton Mitchell, author of the acclaimed YA sci-fi series The Conquered Earth. This one’s not YA, but it won’t cause...
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REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron

"Superb," the man in the black cloak said, and slammed his dagger into the young man's temple, killing him instantly. The blade emerged from the other temple with admirable precision,...
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REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron

REVIEW: Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

After the Industrial Age adventures of The Draconis Memoria series, Anthony Ryan has returned to the fantasy world of Raven’s Shadow with the novella Many Are the Dead. The book...
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REVIEW: Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

REVIEW: Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Blood of Heirs is the ambitious debut epic fantasy novel and the first book of The Coraidic Saga by Alicia Wanstall-Burke. And while I wouldn't place it in the grimdark...
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REVIEW: Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy

Sweet literary gods, I've just been in the mind of a genius--and I'm not just talking about Seth Dickinson's imagination. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of the best books I've...
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The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy

The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

In today’s social-media-saturated world, a lot of what we see are the highlights of people’s lives, and it’s easy to feel inadequate when confronted with the reality of one’s own...
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The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

REVIEW: Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

Suppose you have darkness/shadows (depending on what you call it) living inside of you. Suppose you can release it time to time in one way or another. How would you...
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REVIEW: Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

REVIEW: The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee is a fantastic new addition to the grimdark fantasy landscape, and is the beginning to the Five Warrior Angels series, which promises to...
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REVIEW: The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

When We Ride the Storm by Devin Madison opened with the line, “It’s harder to sever a head than people think. Perhaps if one were skilled with an axe it...
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REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

Fucking hell, Myke Cole! Why do you hurt me so?!? What a roller coaster of emotions The Queen of Crows presented. The Queen of Crows is the follow-up to The...
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REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

War Cry is the new novella by Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage Trilogy), continuing the Tor.com series of shorter-than-novel-length fiction that has also included familiar names like Martha Wells and...
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REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Over on his blog, Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War, Red Sister) is making an effort to “nail down grimdark.” In doing so he offers two camps of people...
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REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Blood. Mutilation. Sex. Politicking. And all of it coalesces into one meaty tale of love, betrayal, and death in Melokai, the first novel in Rosalyn Kelly’s In the Heart of...
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REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Nicholas Eames’s second novel, Bloody Rose, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut, Kings of the Wyld, was released with a fair bit of hype last week, some folks even...
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REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire is a short (124 “pages”, e-book only) short story collection by Mark Lawrence. It contains ten short stories,...
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Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

The Tower of Living and Dying both builds upon and eclipses the world and story Smith-Spark started with The Court of Broken Knives. It’s bigger, wider, more sprawling than its...
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REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

Darksoul is Anna Stephens’s taut follow-up to Godblind and the second volume in the Godblind Trilogy. With a desperate siege and angry gods, this installment shrinks the geography and increases...
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REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind is the hard-hitting debut by Anna Stephens and the first volume in the Godblind Trilogy. The novel is a medieval epic fantasy set in the small land-locked kingdom of...
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REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Reviewers wanted!

Grimdark Magazine is looking for reviewers to join the meatshields front line troops of its reviewer ranks! What does GdM review? As the premier grimdark niche ezine (well, the only...
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Reviewers wanted!

REVIEW: Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

Lost Gods is the debut novel by Micah Yongo. It features a Brotherhood of assassins caught in an ancient and escalating battle between the Sovereignty and the Fellowship of Truths....
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Dead Man's Steel by Luke Scull

Review: Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull

Dead Man’s Steel concludes Luke Scull’s thoroughly enjoyable The Grim Company Trilogy in the gritty, hard-as-nails, barnstorming fashion which we’ve come to expect from him. On a grander scale, Dead Man’s Steel is the story...

Review: A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Before diving into this review, let me stress that I am writing it for Grimdark Magazine. Consequently, I read the book from an adult “grimdark” perspective, which includes certain degrees of grittiness, unforgiving and...

Red Tide by Marc Turner

Review: Red Tide by Marc Turner

Red Tide is Marc Turner’s third entry in his debut series The Chronicles of the Exile, and it’s an absolute masterpiece. The plots and characters of the first two stand-alone novels, When the Heavens...

Centica Primer by Grimdark Games

Review: Centica Primer by Grimdark Games

As a Game Master for tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, I’ve always adopted quite a free-form style for my players. For me, it’s always been far more fun to make up my...

Announcement: GrimGear is Here!

Feeling like nobody knows which side of the SFF fence you sit on? Let GdM sort you out with that – join the GdM army! Grimdark Magazine has partnered with Design by Humans to...

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Interview: A Beer or Three with Jesse Bullington

This quarter we sat down for a beer or three with Jesse Bullington to discuss Alex Marshall and The Crimson Empire, drugs, inspiration, world-building, and (of course) beer. We even slipped in a question about Jesse’s...

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Review: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Skullsworn is Brian Staveley’s new novel set in the world of his popular and highly acclaimed The Emperor’s Blades and Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy. When Skullsworn became available for review, I was reluctant...

The Dragon's Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

Review: The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf

The Dragon’s Legacy will be released in April this year and is a must-buy for anyone seeking a deep relationship with a group of interesting characters and a compelling world. It’s a fantastic, complex...

Review: The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stars are Legion is the new space opera from critically acclaimed, two-time Hugo Award winner, author Kameron Hurley. It is the story of two enemy lovers, Zan and Jayd – the story’s two...

The Godless by Ben Peek

Review: The Godless by Ben Peek

The grimdark fantasy market is spoiled for multi-book epics. Abercrombie, Martin, and Bakker all have well-established series battling it out on the shelves. Fighting for a space between them would be a daunting prospect...