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

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 predecessor, and yet also...

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 the tension. The characters...

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 Rilpor and its antagonistic...

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 one, but let’s not...

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. It is an action...

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

Having picked The Court of Broken Knives as my favourite grimdark book of 2017, I’ve been absolutely itching to share this excerpt with you. The Tower of Living and Dying looks to showcase yet more of...

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Five female authors smashing grimdark fantasy right now

Back in the late nineties, author J.V. Jones released A Cavern of Black Ice, book one of the Sword of Shadows series. She is said to be one of the early writers of gritty...

UPDATE: Knee-Deep in Grit print publication delay

In short, I’ve been working with our printer to make sure you’ll get a good product in your hands, and I’m not confident that’s going to happen, so I’ve pushed back the publication date...

REVIEW: Ravencry by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was a hell of a lot of grimdark fun, so it’s an understatement to say I was keen to get my hands on Ravencry, the second instalment in the Raven’s Mark series. Ravencry...

REVIEW: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing was one of the best grimdark debuts of last year. With the sequel Ravencry on the horizon, there is no better time to look back at the first book in Ed McDonald’s Raven’s...