REVIEW: Odin’s Wolves by Giles Kristian

Odin’s Wolves is superb and Giles Kristian has crafted one of the best historical fiction trilogies of … well, ever. I know I rave about them, but it is totally...
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REVIEW: Odin’s Wolves by Giles Kristian

REVIEW: Steel, Blood, and Fire by Allan Bachelder

I like my fantasy pitch black and unapologetically adult. It's a subgenre that has favored stalwart artists like Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, and Richard K. Morgan. It has also provided...
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REVIEW: Steel, Blood, and Fire by Allan Bachelder

EXCERPT: Violya by Rosalyn Kelly

After enjoying Melokai (review | excerpt) by Rosalyn Kelly so much, we were keen as mustard to get a hold of book 2 in the In the Heart of the...
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EXCERPT: Violya by Rosalyn Kelly

The magnificent grimdark fantasy art of Dejan Delic

It's no secret that the Grimdark Magazine team are huge fans of amazing fan art, and Serbian artist Dejan Delic is absolutely killing it. He's hitting all the right points for dark...
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The magnificent grimdark fantasy art of Dejan Delic

REVIEW: Sin Eater by Mike Shel

Sin Eater, book two of Mike Shel’s Iconoclasts series, begins with an empire in decay. When a beloved monarch falls ill and priestly magic and the best physicians fail to...
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REVIEW: Sin Eater by Mike Shel

REVIEW: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

If Sons of Anarchy and Lord of the Rings had a bastard child who fought and scrapped in the muck to survive, it’d be The Grey Bastards. This brilliant mash-up...
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REVIEW: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

REVIEW: Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

In Michael R. Fletcher’s Smoke and Stone, the entirety of mankind dwells within the city of Bastion. Surrounded by crimson sands and sculpted from a single, seamless piece of rock...
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REVIEW: Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher

REVIEW: The Killing Light by Myke Cole

The Killing Light is the last book of an immense trilogy that is both satisfying and haunting. I will be thinking about this book long after having finished it. "The...
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REVIEW: The Killing Light by Myke Cole

REVIEW: The House of Night and Chain by David Annandale

Horrific influences and elements permeate every facet of the Warhammer Universe--from the old World of Warhammer Fantasy, to the Realms of Age of Sigmar, and on to the grimdark future...
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REVIEW: The House of Night and Chain by David Annandale

REVIEW: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel, Gideon the Ninth is a dark, irreverent, bonkers and beautiful story featuring competing necromancers, duelling cavaliers, and a protagonist with a genuinely unique point of view....
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Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

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 deliver a satisfying ending...

The Witcher III

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 grimdark series of their...

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) where the protagonists were...

REVIEW: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

In Assassin’s Quest, Fitz, the presumed dead assassin’s apprentice, whose tales have now become the stuff of legend in the Six Duchies is a beaten and battered remnant of his former self. He survived...

REVIEW: Damoren by Seth Skorkowsky

What if the Dresden Files were about a ruthless gunslinger? That’s sort of what I think about Damoren. This is unfair to the author as the character of Matt Hollis isn’t all that similar...

REVIEW: Honourbound by Rachel Harrison

Around a year or so ago, Rachel Harrison, then the author of a few prior 40K shorts, began churning out short stories focused on Severina Raine, a commissar attached to an Astra Militarum regiment...

REVIEW: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Minor spoilers may follow. After being poisoned in the Mountain Kingdom towards the end of Assassin’s Apprentice, Fitz is a broken and crippled shell of his former self. In Royal Assassin he swears to...

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 is rare for fantasy...

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 the Shadow Reborn (Oyru)....

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 just bloody magnificent. Without...