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malrubius

malrubius is a mysterious and grumpy lover of grimdark fiction.

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 you any adult discomfort...

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 Myke Cole. It’s a...

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

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 with differing views of...

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 claiming it was better...

Road Brothers: Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

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, five of which have...

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. It is an action...

REVIEW: Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx is the new collection of novelettes from multi-award-winning author Kameron Hurley (The Stars are Legion, the Worldbreaker Saga, and the God’s War Trilogy), and make no mistake: it’s grimdark AF. Set in...

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...

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...

Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Review: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

Skullsworn is Brian Staveley’s new novel set in the world of his popular and highly acclaimed The Emperor’s Blades and Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Trilogy. When Skullsworn became available for review, I was reluctant...