REVIEW: Beyond the Shadows Volume One – A Grimdark Anthology

It's always an exciting thing to see a new anthology of grimdark stories when it's released. Great artwork typically pulls me in along with a list of stories promising lots...
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REVIEW: Beyond the Shadows Volume One – A Grimdark Anthology

REVIEW: The Ruthless by Peter Newman

I received an advanced copy of The Ruthless in an exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Peter Newman and Harper Voyager for this opportunity. Spoilers for...
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REVIEW: The Ruthless by Peter Newman

COMPETITION: Win a signed hardcover of PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean

Our most difficult to please reviewer, malrubius, said this about Priest of Bones by Peter McLean in his review, "Fans of the Black Company, Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, and the like will...
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COMPETITION: Win a signed hardcover of PRIEST OF BONES by Peter McLean

REVIEW: Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

“Before you embark on a journey of vengeance,” the old adage goes, “dig two graves.” Sal the Cacophony, the protagonist of Sam Sykes’ new Seven Blades in Black, didn’t get...
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REVIEW: Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

REVIEW: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms is a collection of three novellas that are set a generation or two before the events of A Song and Ice and Fire. In...
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REVIEW: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

Review: Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

I first came across Larry Correia while I was doing what most failed writers do—browsing the internet to find out how I can become a better writer instead of actually...
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Review: Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

REVIEW: A Collection of Obsessions by Michael R. Fletcher

Rarely do I find myself drawn to fiction without knowing much about the person behind the words. Perhaps it's a part of my training as a researcher, or just me...
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REVIEW: A Collection of Obsessions by Michael R. Fletcher

COVER REVEAL: A Collection of Obsessions by Michael R. Fletcher

Michael R. Fletcher's A Collection of Obsessions is described in our review as, "A deep dive into the psyche of a fiction writer, someone that has faced hundreds of rejections, gone...
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COVER REVEAL: A Collection of Obsessions by Michael R. Fletcher

REVIEW: From The Wreck by Jane Rawson

I received an uncorrected proof and a finished version of From The Wreck in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Jane Rawson and Picador. This review...
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REVIEW: From The Wreck by Jane Rawson

Enter the Dragons: Richard A Knaak’s fiery fiends

To me, dragons are the epitome of magic and fantasy. They are epic in both proportion and power. With fifty novels in the fantasy genre, I’ve created my share. I’ve...
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Enter the Dragons: Richard A Knaak’s fiery fiends

REVIEW: Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

I received an uncorrected proof copy of Priest of Lies in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Peter McLean and Ace Books for the opportunity. We...
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REVIEW: Priest of Lies by Peter McLean

Review: God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston

Ah, it is refreshing to read a fun gritty story. Sword-swinging action, virulent and explosive magic, and a host of quirky and entertaining characters, Cameron Johnston amps the grimdark to...
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Review: God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston

REVIEW: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I received a review copy of Children of Time in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Adrian Tchaikovsky and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity. Children of Time is...
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REVIEW: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners of the Mark Lawrence Holy Sister giveaway competition

Five of you lucky devils will be taking home a UK hardcover of Mark Lawrence's Holy Sister thanks to Harper Voyager UK! I'm very jealous of all of you. Winner Winner...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners of the Mark Lawrence Holy Sister giveaway competition

REVIEW: Corax Lord of Shadows by Guy Haley

Corax Lord of Shadows is another entry in the sprawling, action-packed military sci-fi universe of Warhammer 30,000 brought to us by Black Library. With a focus on actual freedom versus...
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REVIEW: Corax Lord of Shadows by Guy Haley

REVIEW: We Lie with Death by Devin Madson

We Lie with Death follows four characters. Princess Miko, an empress with no empire who must protect her people, and survive the many trials that follow. Rah e’Torin finds himself...
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REVIEW: We Lie with Death by Devin Madson

REVIEW: Berserk by Kentaro Miura

When asked to recommend fantasy texts (especially of the grimdark variety), there is always one franchise that comes to mind, and that is Kentaro Miura’s manga series, Berserk. Set in...
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REVIEW: Berserk by Kentaro Miura

REVIEW: Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

Vilhjálmsson's debut is a masterfully crafted dark tale that fuses elements of alternative history, steampunk, science fiction, urban fantasy, and grimdark. It is a strikingly original and often complex narrative...
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REVIEW: Shadows of the Short Days by Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson

COMPETITION: Win a signed hardcover of HOLY SISTER by Mark Lawrence

The GdM team and I love Mark Lawrence's books, so we're really excited to be able to partner with HarperVoyager UK to give away five copies of Holy Sister, book...
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REVIEW: Thin Air by Richard Morgan

Richard K. Morgan is best known in the grimdark community for his seminal SF work Altered Carbon, a genre-defying blend of noir detective fiction and high-concept SF. While Altered Carbon...
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Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I have just been inside the imagination of a literary genius. Robin Hobb’s debut novel, Assassin’s Apprentice, is a thoroughly enjoyable story about a royal bastard named Fitz put to use by his family, and trying...

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Grimdark Magazine Issue 3 Released Early!

Grimdark Magazine is out NOW! That’s right, you heard it here first. Grimdark Magazine Issue 3 is out early! No pre-order, no nuthin’, just straight into the guts of it. In this issue, you’ll...

Logen Ninefinger by RedHeretic

Top 5 Actors to Play Logen “The Bloody-Nine” Ninefingers

Above: Logen Ninefinger by RedHeretic Logen Ninefingers is “grimdark personified”. He’s a man whose duality is not just philosophical. Whether you sympathize with the quiet and loveable lug, Logan, or the blood-lusting counterpart known...

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In Defence of Grimdark

Grimdark is dead. – Justin Landon (Nerds of a Feather blog) Across the ages, when women and men were under attack by forces that would see their heads on spikes, they would take up...

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Review: The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Hachette Australia provided Grimdark Magazine with The Slow Regard of Silent Things as an advanced-reader copy. I consider Rothfuss to be a bit of a borderline grimdarker and one of the finest purveyors of prose...

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Review: The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

Hachette Australia provided Grimdark Magazine with The Broken Eye as an advanced-reader copy. Warning: I really tried hard to keep spoilers out but there are a few slightly spoiler-y comments here. In the third...

Dirge by Tim Marquitz

Let There Be Darkness

Guest Post by Tim Marquitz While there’s been an upswing in popularity of darker stories of late, Warhammer 40k having coined the term grimdark back in the early 2000s, the concept has been around...

The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Review: The Grim Company by Luke Scull

Warning: spoilers below. I destroyed this book like one of Jerek’s axes splitting a head open. It’s been a little while since I’ve done that. Luke Scull has rocketed into my list of favourite...

Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

Classics Review: Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie

If you’re arriving this late at Before They are Hanged, you might be like me – just digging in to the blood and muck that is grimdark fantasy. Before They are Hanged is the...

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What does Grimdark Magazine want?

We’ve all been there as writers. You knock out a short story, crack yourself a celebratory beer and know – just know – that you are getting this piece published in that e-zine you’ve been...