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
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

VG Review: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher series by Andrjez Sapkowski is one of the seminal works of grimdark literature in Europe. The video game adaptations of the series have since gone on to popularize the series globally. The...

REVIEW: We are the Dead by Mike Shackle

I received a review copy of We Are The Dead in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to Mike Shackle and Gollancz for the opportunity. Tinnstra is the daughter of the legion’s and...

The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence

Review: The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

Reading The Broken Empire trilogy really changed the way I view fantasy. It was after reading this trilogy that I discovered and began to define for myself what grimdark is. As a kid I...

REVIEW: Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell

Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand #1) by Richard Nell is probably my favorite grimdark novel of 2018, so if you expect this review to be anything other than gushing then you have come...

EXCLUSIVE: Excerpt of Dyrk Ashton’s War of Gods

Good greetings, Grimdarklings! I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to have been selected for a feature in Grimdark Magazine. Many thanks to Lord Adrian Collins and Sir James Tivendale for allowing this excerpt of War...

Casting the characters of Ed McDonald’s Blackwing

Ed McDonald’s Blackwing threw itself into the fray in 2017. With its gritty mixture of frontier brutality, despair and dread it solidified itself as one of the best releases of the past few years....

The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

Review: The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

There I was, looking for a break from the usual sword-and-slashery that we all love so much, when I took to Amazon to find my next read. I had just finished reading Sebastien de...

REVIEW: Smoke in the Glass by Chris Humphreys

Who wants to live forever? Smoke in the Glass, historical fiction writer Chris Humphreys’ first foray into adult fantasy, is a tale of four worlds where a lucky few are blessed with immortality. While...

Grimdark and Nihilism

‘Bleak’, ‘savage’, ‘nihilistic’, are words that tend to get flung around when discussing grimdark. It’s kind of in the name, really. A grimdark book ended ‘and they all lived happily ever after’ would quite...

EXCERPT: The God King’s Legacy by Richard Nell

Richard Nell is a hugely popular self-published dark fantasy author. His Ash and Sand series, which begins with the critically acclaimed Kings of Paradise, has been a huge hit and is currently approaching 700...