Three Things I Wish I’d Known

Next/this month marks an occasion both amazing and terrifying: my Orbit debut, Legacy of Ash, is unleashed upon the world. While I’ve been writing for decades now, accumulating a small...
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Three Things I Wish I’d Known

EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

The release of Michael R. Fletcher's Smoke and Stone is something we have been absolutely frothing over for a while now. Fletcher's ability to invent such magnificent worlds, characters, and stories...
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EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand is set 15-years after the finale of Assassin's Quest (spoilers included in this review). Once again we follow FitzChivalry Farseer -- the assumed dead royal bastard. In song,...
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REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward

Roots is an enjoyable Coldharbour novella story by Matthew Ward, who you'll likely know from Grimdark Magazine #4, Evil is a Matter of Perspective, and the hotly anticipated Legacy of Ash. In Roots,...
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REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward

REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

Fun, dark, witty, brutal. Knight’s Shadow is a masterpiece in fantasy writing that will put Sebastien de Castell on your favourite writers shelf. Knight’s Shadow, book two of The Greatcoats...
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REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson

I received an advanced review copy of The Bard's Blade in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Brian D. Anderson and TOR for the opportunity. Vylari...
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REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson

Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos

Having recently posted about the magnificent Astartes series being the pinnacle of animation for the Warhammer 40K universe, a few people pointed out other fan efforts have been right up...
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Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos

Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs is the recent follow-up to his 2014 novel The Incorruptibles. It is a beautifully written, ambitious, and refreshing work even if it fails to...
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Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

How to Make a Grimdark Setting

I'm a huge fan of Andrjez Sapkowski's The Witcher novels. While most fans are familiar with the series through CD Projekt Red's video game trilogy, the novels are an excellent...
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How to Make a Grimdark Setting

REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

In the Nineties, I loved my weekend sessions of Vampire: The Masquerade. Before A Song of Ice and Fire, it was a fascinating world of moral ambiguity (even moral decay)...
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REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
Three Things I Wish I’d Known Three Things I Wish I’d Known
EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Smoke and Stone...
REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb REVIEW: Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward REVIEW: Roots by Matthew Ward
REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell REVIEW: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de...
REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian D Anderson REVIEW: The Bard’s Blade by Brian...
Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos Top five Warhammer 40K fan videos
Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs Review: Foreign Devils by John Hornor...
How to Make a Grimdark Setting How to Make a Grimdark Setting
REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition REVIEW: Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

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 life in comparison to...

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 use it? And if...

The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

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 be an epic adventure....

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 could be done in...

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 Armored Saint, which was...

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 Myke Cole. It’s a...

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

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 with differing views of...

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 the Mountains series. Although...

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 claiming it was better...

Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

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, five of which have...