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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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,...

Short reviews for short fiction March 2018

Feeling a bit nostalgic and listening to A Change of Pace I thought to myself, “yeah, I need a change of reading pace. It’s time to do more short reviews of short fiction.” This time...

ANNOUNCEMENT: Grimdark Magazine to end its relationship with Small Press United

Last year was a year of learning how not to run a tiny press like Grimdark Magazine. One of the many valuable business lessons I did learn is recognising when I’ve overreached my small business’ and...

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson

How Thomas Covenant Changed Fantasy

Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever is an epic fantasy trilogy first published in 1977. Its titular main character, Thomas Covenant, is from a 20th century town in our world. He’s...

EXCLUSIVE: Cover reveal for THE TOWER OF LIVING AND DYING by Anna Smith-Spark

Man, oh man, am I going off like a frog in a sock to be the one lucky enough to give you the first look at the UK cover for Anna Smith-Spark’s upcoming The Tower...

Exclusive: Audio Prologue of Ghosts of Tomorrow

When I finally got off my butt and started looking for a narrator for Ghosts of Tomorrow, I knew exactly what I wanted: Male. American. Gritty voice. I posted the book on ACX and...

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Review: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames is the sort of book that sets out to make you laugh, and then accidentally makes you care along the way. In a world similar to D&D’s...

Review: The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson

For a good while now, friends have been telling me Stephen Donaldson is an author I need to read. When The Seventh Decimate came up for review, I jumped at the opportunity even though I...