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

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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REVIEW: Thin Air by Richard Morgan
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Jason Deem moving on | GdM looking for new cover artist

It’s been an unbelievable four years working with Jason Deem, but unfortunately for GdM and our fans our wonderful cover artist has decided it’s time to move on. He’s produced a tall stack of...

REVIEW: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan

“He moves through the familiar graveyard. The ancient willow trees know him, and bend aside for him. He scales the cliff-side rather than take the longer, guarded path. The worm-men are looking for him;...

Review: Endsville by Clay Sanger

I read this book in just shy of two days and it may as well have been stapled to my hand for how little I let it go. I have no reservation when I...

Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Review: Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

Here be dragons. Need I say more? Dragon Hunters is the second book in Marc Turner’s debut fantasy series The Chronicles of the Exile, but features new characters and a different setting within the...

Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks

Reading community: I have a bone to pick with some of you. For the love of the literary gods can you stop flipping out about the cost of ebooks. Let’s forget the years of...

GdM’s most anticipated SFF books of 2019

2019 is shaping up to be an absolute cracker for dark and grimdark SFF. These are the books the GdM team are most looking forward to reading (and hopefully reviewing) next year. (Click here...

2018 best SFF books picked by the GdM team

2018 was an amazing year from grimdark and dark SFF, with more and more books coming out that tick our boxes. As per every year for the last four years, the GdM team have...

REVIEW: Song by Jesse Teller

Book One of the Manhunters series starts off with a hook, with our “hero” Rayph playing a game in a bathhouse and a serving boy approaches. “I’m afraid we are about to be interrupted,”...

The Grimdark Villain

The Grimdark Villain

Many fans of grimdark literature, film, and games might argue that the term villain is an inappropriate one for the genre. It conjures an image of the mustache twirling evil-doer whom the square-jawed hero...

Who is the Grimdark Hero?

Who is the Grimdark Hero?

Grimdark is a relatively new subgenre in the world of fantasy and science fiction, having emerged as the grittier, morally ambiguous side of fantasy in the 1970s and ‘80s with the likes of Karl...