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REVIEW: The Last Phi Hunter by Salinee Goldenberg

Wildly entertaining, The Last Phi Hunter is Salinee Goldenberg’s Thai-inspired debut fantasy. The story follows Ex, the youngest member of the Phi Hunters Order, who is set out on the road to glory in...

REVIEW: The Way of Unity by Sarah K. Balstrup

Religion and politics collide in The Way of Unity, the dark fantasy debut from Sarah K. Balstrup and a semi-finalist in Mark Lawrence’s ninth Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO9). A psychic priesthood known as the...

REVIEW: Candle Children by M.J. Baker

Gangs of orphaned children provide flickers of light amidst the dark world of Candle Children, M.J. Baker’s bleak paranormal fantasy. The largest of these gangs, the Candle Children, is led by Beth Lansdown, a...

REVIEW: The Poisons We Drink by Bethany Baptiste

It is brilliant to see grimdark main characters in places you don’t expect them. Bethany Baptiste’s debut novel, The Poisons We Drink is one of those stories. The cover is bright pink and shows...

REVIEW: Tonight, I Burn by Katharine J. Adams

Katharine J Adams’ debut novel Tonight, I Burn has much to recommend it to a grimdark audience. You would think burning at the stake is horrible enough that no one wants to repeat the...

Review: The Traitors We Are by Michael Roberti

Misfortunate is the one that calls Aroegin Reach home. When the only guarantees in life are taxes and hard times, only the strong survive here. They pay their dues with blood. For a better...

REVIEW: Blight by Tom Carlisle

Blight is the debut novel from author Tom Carlisle. A traditional gothic novel, it has elements of horror, the arcane, and furtive goings-on. Blight is the perfect read for this time of year and would appeal to...

REVIEW: Schrader’s Chord by Scott Leeds

Murder. Suicide. Accident. Natural. These are the four facets of death according to Ivan Schrader. Anyone who performs the ritual correctly and plays the four records Schrader left behind is marked for death –...

REVIEW: No Place for Heroes by Justin Harnick

In the Known lands, god has become a mere reference point for legality and royalty. Desirables, those few who wield magic, are considered blessed. Those born without this ability are considered less than and...

REVIEW: Thralls of a Tyrant God by Mars G. Everson

Thralls of a Tyrant God is book one of The God Engine series – a dark fantasy epic from Mars G. Everson. Blending elements of sci-fi and fantasy, this debut novel introduces a world...