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

REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Over on his blog, Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire, Red Queen’s War, Red Sister) is making an effort to “nail down grimdark.” In doing so he offers two camps of people...
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REVIEW: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

Blood. Mutilation. Sex. Politicking. And all of it coalesces into one meaty tale of love, betrayal, and death in Melokai, the first novel in Rosalyn Kelly’s In the Heart of...
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REVIEW: Melokai by Rosalyn Kelly

REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Nicholas Eames’s second novel, Bloody Rose, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut, Kings of the Wyld, was released with a fair bit of hype last week, some folks even...
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REVIEW: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire is a short (124 “pages”, e-book only) short story collection by Mark Lawrence. It contains ten short stories,...
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Review: Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

The Tower of Living and Dying both builds upon and eclipses the world and story Smith-Spark started with The Court of Broken Knives. It’s bigger, wider, more sprawling than its...
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REVIEW: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith-Spark

REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

Darksoul is Anna Stephens’s taut follow-up to Godblind and the second volume in the Godblind Trilogy. With a desperate siege and angry gods, this installment shrinks the geography and increases...
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REVIEW: Darksoul by Anna Stephens

REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Godblind is the hard-hitting debut by Anna Stephens and the first volume in the Godblind Trilogy. The novel is a medieval epic fantasy set in the small land-locked kingdom of...
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REVIEW: Godblind by Anna Stephens

Reviewers wanted!

Grimdark Magazine is looking for reviewers to join the meatshields front line troops of its reviewer ranks! What does GdM review? As the premier grimdark niche ezine (well, the only...
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Reviewers wanted!

REVIEW: Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

Lost Gods is the debut novel by Micah Yongo. It features a Brotherhood of assassins caught in an ancient and escalating battle between the Sovereignty and the Fellowship of Truths....
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The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

Excerpt: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker – Chapter One

Excerpt from The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker. Copyright © 2017 by R. Scott Bakker. On sale from The Overlook Press July 25, 2017. Reproduced with permission from The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer...

The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker

Excerpt: The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker – What Has Come Before … [Introduction]

Excerpt from The Unholy Consult by R. Scott Bakker. Copyright © 2017 by R. Scott Bakker. On sale from The Overlook Press July 25, 2017. Reproduced with permission from The Overlook Press, Peter Mayer...

5 Grimdark Fantasy Covers We Love

“Never judge a book by it’s cover” is perhaps the least-heeded advice to have ever been given. Of course we judge books by their covers. It is, after all, the first impression we get...

Paternus by Dyrk Ashton

Review: Paternus by Dyrk Ashton

Grimdark is an attempt to push the envelope of traditional genre expectations as well as to subvert them. It’s also about making sure you get into the meaty gristle of humanity as well as...

Prepare to (roll a) Die – Dark Souls: The Board Game

When the Kickstarter for Dark Souls: The Board Game (known as DS:TBG to its friends) ended last year, it was the most successful miniature-based board game Kickstarter ever, raking in over £3.5m from over...

Top 10 Grimdark Must Reads

With TV shows like A Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom, and Vikings popular as all hell at the moment, we’re seeing plenty of people asking about where to start to get into books with that same gritty...

Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher

Review: Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher

Michael R. Fletcher is one of the new voices of grimdark fiction. Beyond Redemption and The Mirror’s Truth are two of the best books which have been released in the past few years. However,...

Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Excerpt: Lucifer’s Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus

Chapter One The sight of the burning starships around me was like a galaxy of new stars lighting up the emptiness of space. Their fuel and energy cells burned without oxygen long after the...

Janny Wurts Remarque Revealed!

Back when our Evil is a Matter of Perspective Kickstarter funding period was wrapping up, we ran a pretty epic competition, giving away a bunch of signed and personalised hardcovers and paperbacks alongside a stack...

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

Excerpt: The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark

Smith-Spark’s writing style moves at a million miles an hour, sweeping you up in its intensity. Quint von Canon has captured the sense of movement and violence quite well in this artwork Anna supplied...