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REVIEW: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine is an expertly crafted science fiction fantasy novel that incorporates real-world cultures into the intricate Aztec Empire influenced mythos. It is shining, and immersive and should be...

REVIEW: The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston

I’ve been excited about this book at least since the day it received its offer of publication, and now it’s about to come out and I finally got to read it. So to say...

REVIEW: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, is a masterfully-executed slow-burn horror novel. Noemí Taboada is a young, sly socialite. Though she appears flighty, she has a solid backbone and is cleverer than people often take...

REVIEW: The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Christopher Buehlman’s fantasy debut The Blacktongue Thief is set to become the next big thing, worthy of enough superlatives that I’m not quite sure where to begin. The titular thief, Kinch Na Shannack, is...

REVIEW: The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Library of the Dead in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to T.L. Huchu and Tor Books. The Library of the Dead is the first...

REVIEW: Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I received a review copy of Good Morning, Midnight in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Lily Brooks-Dalton and Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Good Morning, Midnight follows two characters. Astronomer Augustine who resides...

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REVIEW: Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Walking to Aldebaran, Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s deeply disturbing novella that hearkens back to Phillip K. Dick’s mind-bending science fiction, Lovecraftian cosmic horror, and the comedy of Andy Weir’s The Martian. While each of these genre...

REVIEW: Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long

Out in January 2021 from Titan Books, Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long is an exciting debut set in a Viking-inspired world of gods and warrior priestesses. Many thanks to Titan for sending me...

REVIEW: Sistersong by Lucy Holland

Lucy Holland’s Sistersong is an epic historical fantasy that needs to be on your radar. Released in April 2021, this story based on the ‘Twa Sisters’ folk ballad is set in a late Antique...

Best SFF books of 2020

Well, it’s been a hell of a year. Pretty much everything has been a little bit rubbish except for 2020’s book releases–so it’s time for Grimdark Magazine’s best SFF books of 2020. We have a...