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...
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Review: Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner

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...
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Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks

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)...
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GdM’s most anticipated SFF books of 2019

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,...
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2018 best SFF books picked by the GdM team

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...
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REVIEW: Song by Jesse Teller

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...
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The Grimdark Villain

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...
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Who is the Grimdark Hero?

REVIEW: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

When Graham Austin-King first approached me about an ARC of The Lore of Prometheus he described it as sort of Dean Koontz / Stephen King / Clive Barker style. Now,...
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REVIEW: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

REVIEW: Blackest Knights edited by C.T. Phipps

What happens when good knights go bad? When shining armor cracks, morals are cast aside, and sacred oaths are broken? Blackest Knights, edited by C.T. Phipps, is a collection of...
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REVIEW: Blackest Knights edited by C.T. Phipps

REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

The Razor is the new science fiction novel by J. Barton Mitchell, author of the acclaimed YA sci-fi series The Conquered Earth. This one’s not YA, but it won’t cause...
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REVIEW: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell

REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron

"Superb," the man in the black cloak said, and slammed his dagger into the young man's temple, killing him instantly. The blade emerged from the other temple with admirable precision,...
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REVIEW: Cold Iron by MIles Cameron

REVIEW: Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

After the Industrial Age adventures of The Draconis Memoria series, Anthony Ryan has returned to the fantasy world of Raven’s Shadow with the novella Many Are the Dead. The book...
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REVIEW: Many are the Dead by Anthony Ryan

REVIEW: Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Blood of Heirs is the ambitious debut epic fantasy novel and the first book of The Coraidic Saga by Alicia Wanstall-Burke. And while I wouldn't place it in the grimdark...
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REVIEW: Blood of Heirs by Alicia Wanstall-Burke

The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy

Sweet literary gods, I've just been in the mind of a genius--and I'm not just talking about Seth Dickinson's imagination. The Traitor Baru Cormorant is one of the best books I've...
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The Traitor Baru Cormorant has one of the best protagonists in fantasy

The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

In today’s social-media-saturated world, a lot of what we see are the highlights of people’s lives, and it’s easy to feel inadequate when confronted with the reality of one’s own...
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The Odd Hopefulness of Grimdark

REVIEW: Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

Suppose you have darkness/shadows (depending on what you call it) living inside of you. Suppose you can release it time to time in one way or another. How would you...
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REVIEW: Devouring Dark by Alan Baxter

REVIEW: The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee is a fantastic new addition to the grimdark fantasy landscape, and is the beginning to the Five Warrior Angels series, which promises to...
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REVIEW: The Forgetting Moon by Brian Lee Durfee

REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

When We Ride the Storm by Devin Madison opened with the line, “It’s harder to sever a head than people think. Perhaps if one were skilled with an axe it...
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REVIEW: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

Fucking hell, Myke Cole! Why do you hurt me so?!? What a roller coaster of emotions The Queen of Crows presented. The Queen of Crows is the follow-up to The...
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REVIEW: Queen of Crows by Myke Cole

REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan

War Cry is the new novella by Brian McClellan (The Powder Mage Trilogy), continuing the Tor.com series of shorter-than-novel-length fiction that has also included familiar names like Martha Wells and...
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REVIEW: War Cry by Brian McClellan
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Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Review: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby

Dragons, fire-fighters, post-collapse America, powered mech suits, robots, ghosts: Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby is a heady mash-up of tropes and genres. The novel could loosely be described as a mix of cop drama,...

Barbarians or Philosophers? What Psychology Has to Say about Grimdark Fans and Their Dark Obsession

We grimdark readers and writers are often written-off as the dark creatures hiding in the caves of fantasyland, eager to feast upon depictions of horrible gore, morally reprehensible characters, and pointless violence.  Why would...

Darkrise by M.L. Spencer

Excerpt: Darkrise – Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga by M.L. Spencer

Bestselling Author M.L. Spencer has released Darkrise, Book Four of The Rhenwars Saga and as a nice little sneak peek for those who haven’t grabbed the book yet, we’ve got an excerpt for you....

REVIEW: Urban Enemies edited by Joseph Nassise

Urban fantasy is not my thing, but then, I’ve never really given it a fair go. So I picked up Joseph Nassise’s Urban Enemies and had a crack. The book contains 17 antagonists from a...

Darklands by M.L. Spencer

Interview: M.L. Spencer

Recently, C.T. Phipps had a chance to chat with M.L. Spencer about her novel series, The Rhenwars Saga. You can also read a review of Darkstorm, the first book of The Rhenwars Saga. [CTP]...

Age of Conan

The Mud, the Blood and the Years: Why “Grimdark” is the New “Sword and Sorcery”

“Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer…” –Robert E. Howard It was born in 1929, named in 1961, and died sometime in the early 80s....

Excerpt: Beasts of the Burnished Chain by Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall’s Crimson Empire is one of the best grimdark fantasy series to hit stands over the last few years. Deeply imaginative, gritty, and darkly funny, we were excited as all hells to be able...

Acts of Caine by Matthew Stover

Review: Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover

For me, reading Heroes Die, the first book in the Acts of Caine series by Matthew Stover, was like being an archaeologist and discovering that Ancient Romans had flat-screen televisions. It’s one of the...

Review: Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

In Grey Sister, the Second Book of the Ancestor, Mark Lawrence continues his explosive trilogy as Nona Grey goes in search of the magical shipheart and revenge against Yisht—tool of the emperor’s sister Sherzal—who...

A Mocktail or Three with Anna Smith Spark

I’ve said it a stack of times, but The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark was my favourite book of 2017. Having bought a short story from her and chatted a bit online,...