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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...

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REVIEW: Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire

Entertaining, and full of snark, Shadow of a Dead God perfectly combines fantasy and mystery to create a book that’s nearly impossible to put down. It has all the ingredients for a great fantasy:...

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 Well of the Unicorn by Fletcher Pratt

The Well of the Unicorn is a novel by Fletcher Pratt, first published in 1948 by William Sloane Associates under the name of George U. Fletcher. Fletcher Pratt (1897-1956) was, variously, a librarian, translator,...

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...

REVIEW: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Please note: I don’t believe my review includes any spoilers for Rhythm of War, but to be safe: minor spoilers may follow. Rhythm of War picks up events approximately a year after the finale...

REVIEW: Betrayal’s Shadow by Dave-Brendon de Burgh

Betrayal’s Shadow drops you straight into the middle of a gritty world, full of intrigue and quite a bit of violence. Mixing high fantasy with elements of horror, this book will stick with you...

REVIEW: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Nearly impossible to put down, Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is engrossing and irresistible from cover to cover. The author deftly weaves a sweeping tale of vengeance, power, and loneliness in a fascinating fantasy...

REVIEW: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Dalinar Kholin and his armies escaped the battle with the Parshendi on the Shattered Plains and now find themselves at the mythical city of Urithiru. Although Dalinar’s forces were arguably the victors, the Everstorm...

REVIEW: Darkmage by M.L. Spencer

Grimdark can come in many forms. For most readers, they have a sense of dark and gritty fiction with plenty of swearing as well as violence. A strong sense of moral ambiguity is a...