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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Five NeoStock covers to blow you away

As a SFF cover designer, publishing house, or self-published author, if you haven’t heard of NeoStock, then you’ve been living under a rock. We all know the struggle of the search for (a) good,...

REVIEW: Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Priest of Bones is the new fantasy novel by Peter McLean, author of the Burned Man urban fantasy series.  It is a decidedly grim and dark, not-for-the-kiddies-thank-god, story that essentially recounts a turf war...

"The First Law Trilogy", artwork by Darya Kuznetsova

Is the First Law Trilogy the Anti-Lord of the Rings?

A question that often comes up in the various fantasy forums I frequent is, ‘What is the anti-Lord of the Rings?’ This is an odd query because it implies there’s automatically an antithesis the...

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...