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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...

REVIEW: The Last Benediction in Steel by Kevin Wright

The Last Benediction in Steel is the follow up to last year’s Lords of Asylum which was one of the bleakest books I’d read that year yet also one of the funniest. Kevin Wright successfully managed...

REVIEW: A Fool’s Hope by Mike Shackle

I received a review copy of A Fool’s Hope in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Mike Shackle and Gollancz. A Fool’s Hope picks up events about a minute after the conclusion...

REVIEW: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume One ed. Paula Guran

It’s just past spooky season and there’s no better time for an anthology of The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. Paula Guran has been editing The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror anthologies...

REVIEW: Seraphina’s Lament by Sarah Chorn

Seraphina’s Lament is a grimdark novel written by longtime book reviewer and blogger Sarah Chorn (Bookworm Blues). I’ve always been a fan of her reviews and was interested in what she might have created...

Plight of Madness

REVIEW: Plight of Madness by Jesse Teller

Plight of Madness is Book Three of The Madness Wars, the penultimate volume of this epic sprawl covering a massive military conquest of the warrior nation Drine over its refined and cultured neighbor, Tienne....

7 Books About Badarse Assassins

Are your favorite protagonists prone to sneaking, stabbing, and killing folk for coin? Are you keen on cloaks, shadows, and artful murder-for-hire? If you answered yes to any of the above and you’re looking...

The Ikessar Falcon

REVIEW: The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso

The Ikessar Falcon, the follow up to by K.S. Villoso’s The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a book that avoids many of the pitfalls common to the middle book in the trilogy, and instead offers...

Robert E. Howard: Godfather of Grimdark?

Grimdark is a relatively new label for speculative fiction. Maybe the term first rolled around on your tongue while painting Warhammer miniatures back in the 90s, or perhaps it took Joe Abercrombie’s Twitter handle...

Five Tor.com novellas to help you fall in love with shorter books

When the incredibly popular review, article, and free short story site Tor.com announced they would be publishing novellas, I honestly had a bit of a publishing-business-gasm. What an absolute masterstroke of strategy to use...