REVIEW: Dark Forge by Miles Cameron

Miles Cameron continues to go from strength to strength in his fantastic novel Dark Forge. Immense world-building, unique characters and bloody action that has a realism and authentic grit that...
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REVIEW: Dark Forge by Miles Cameron

Master of Sorrows: The Lost Chapters – Devils Bargains

Chapter 24.5 is an interesting one, not just because it didn't make it into the final book, but also because it reveals so much more about the wood-witch (Kelga) and...
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Master of Sorrows: The Lost Chapters – Devils Bargains

EXCERPT: Lifeblood by Lee Murray

I'm very excited to bring you an excerpt from Lifeblood, a story I love written by an author from across the dutch, Lee Murray. Her depiction of colonial New Zealand is...
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EXCERPT: Lifeblood by Lee Murray

Grimdark top 15: James picks his favourites

This isn’t a post for people to say, "Well, that isn’t Grimdark in my opinion". Everything here, I think a Grimdark fan could enjoy. Unlike a lot of these sort...
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Grimdark top 15: James picks his favourites

REVIEW: The God King’s Legacy by Richard Nell

Not so much a novel as a collection of two novellas that are only distantly related, The God King’s Legacy serves as an excellent introduction into the as yet unreleased...
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REVIEW: The God King’s Legacy by Richard Nell

EXCERPT: Chains of Blood By ML Spencer

Chains of Blood by ML Spencer is the first book in The Chaos Cycle, a standalone series set in the same world as The Rhenwars Saga. Chains of Blood features...
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EXCERPT: Chains of Blood By ML Spencer

REVIEW: Wraith Knight by CT Phipps

Wraith Knight, by C.T. Phipps, asks a Tolkien-inspired what-if: After Sauron fell, what would an out-of-work Nazgul do with the rest of its eternal lifespan? In this book, readers follow...
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REVIEW: Wraith Knight by CT Phipps

REVIEW: The Buried Dagger by James Swallow

After well over a hundred novels, novellas, short stories, and audio installments, The Buried Dagger brings the Black Library’s flagship series, The Horus Heresy, to a close…of sorts. Yes, there...
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REVIEW: The Buried Dagger by James Swallow

REVIEW: The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark

Anna Smith Spark's The House of Sacrifice is one of the most emotionally tolling pieces of fiction I've ever read. It completes Empires of Dust, one of the best fantasy trilogies...
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REVIEW: The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark

4 Grimdark Shows to Watch After Game of Thrones

“The night is dark and full of terrors,” especially now that HBO’s long running show, Game of Thrones, has come to a conclusion. The series finale premiered on May 19th...
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4 Grimdark Shows to Watch After Game of Thrones
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EXCERPT: Chains of Blood By ML Spencer EXCERPT: Chains of Blood By ML...
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An Interview with Leigh Bardugo

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS is a beautiful collection of dark fairy tales by Leigh Bardugo, author of one of my favourite series, Six of Crows. It presents like you’re sitting around a campfire in...

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Review: The Court of Broken Knives

Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives is by far one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time. The world is rich and gorgeous and brutal and harsh and only eclipsed...

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Review: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer

Grimdark comes in a variety of shapes and sizes but tends to be viewed as epic trilogies or doorstopper series. Rarely do we get to see what I term to be “pocket-sized fantasy” where...

Short Reviews for Short Fiction

Every now and then I feel a bit bogged down with reading doorstopper after doorstopper and reviewing at a rate of about one book every two months. I get an intense need to get...

Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

Review: Necrotech by K.C. Alexander

While Necrotech is ostensibly cyberpunk, its darkness and violence are enough to earn it a place in the grimdark sci-fi category. The protagonist, Riko, is a violent, vulgarity spewing “splatter specialist” in a dystopian...

The Marketing Genius of Kickstarter

Kickstarter is likely the current best pound for pound marketing platform for creatives on the planet. It presents cleanly, is easy to set up and use no matter which country you’re in, and it...

Dragon Age: Origins

Classic VG Review: Dragon Age: Origins

There are a lot of questions about what the best grimdark video game would be. My pick is The Witcher 3 and, to a lesser extent, its predecessor, Assassins of Kings. This isn’t a...

Game of Thrones: The Show vs the Books

Game of Thrones: The Show vs the Books

Warning: spoiler alert. With the seventh season of Game of Thrones nearly finished, and now well beyond the source material, the show is a distinctly different beast from the books. For the first couple...

The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

Review: The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan

THE WAKING FIRE is Book One of the Draconis Memoria, a new fantasy series from the author of the acclaimed Raven’s Shadow series. The setting owes a debt to steampunk but, unlike traditional steampunk,...

Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Review: Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Lucifer’s Star is a quick read filled with space battles, futuristic technology, cyborgs, clones and sexy biroids. It has a thrilling opening battle, morally gray characters and a well-done, subtle sci-fi setting. But it...