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REVIEW: Lost Souls by Ryan Skeffington

Lost Souls, the debut novel from indie author Ryan Skeffington, is a dark science fiction thrill ride that leaves plenty of emotional devastation in its wake. The novel opens in the year 2070 with...

REVIEW: Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick

Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick is desert fantasy par excellence, a grimdark tale of two half-brothers, Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman, on the run after they are implicated in an accidental death. Kandri and...

REVIEW: Gates of Sorrow by J.E. Hannaford

Gates of Sorrow, the second volume in J.E. Hannaford’s epic fantasy series, Aulirean Gates, picks up immediately following the dramatic conclusion of Gates of Hope. Since I don’t want to ruin the fun for...

REVIEW: Riven Earth by Zammar Ahmer

Nature and humanity clash in Zammar Ahmer’s Riven Earth, a breathtakingly epic yet intimately character-driven grimdark fantasy that will sink its roots into the hearts of everyone who loves a good dose of heavy...

REVIEW: A Memory of Song by Scott Palmer

Pitched as Braveheart meets A Song of Ice and Fire, Scott Palmer’s A Memory of Song is a sweepingly epic yet intimately character-driven Norse-flavoured fantasy that will make any dark fantasy lover’s heart sing...

REVIEW: Hills of Heather and Bone by K.E. Andrews

Hills of Heather and Bone is the dark yet delicate fantasy by K.E. Andrews, which finished a (very) close second place in Mark Lawrence’s ninth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO9). The story revolves around a...

REVIEW: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

I stumbled upon a signed, limited-edition copy of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman during lunch at a café/used bookstore a few months ago. I wish I could say I found the book, but I...

REVIEW: The Fall Is All There Is by C.M. Caplan

C.M. Caplan’s frenetic grimdark novel, The Fall Is All There Is, blends fantasy and science fiction in a brutal post-apocalyptic world dripping with familial drama. The first-person protagonist, Petre, is the youngest among quadruplets,...

REVIEW: Soul Cage by L.R. Schulz

Soul Cage imagines a world where magic is powered by souls and transmitted through death. This new dark fantasy by Australian indie author L.R. Schulz is equal parts exciting and thought-provoking. Soul Cage is...

REVIEW: Night’s Reign by Daan Katz

Night’s Reign is the elegantly written dark fantasy by Dutch author Daan Katz dealing with themes of trauma, disability, and mental health. The novel hinges on the relationship between its two lead protagonists. Niels...

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