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REVIEW: The Last Kingdom S1 from Netflix

The Last Kingdom S1 is based on Bernard Cornwell’s series of historical novels which have all been reviewed favourably on this site. It was introduced to me as a show that would fill the...

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...

REVIEW: Sons of Rome by Doherty and Turney

I received an advanced review copy of Sons of Rome in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Simon Turney, Gordon Doherty, and Head of Zeus. I’ve been getting into more historical fiction...

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 Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Devil and the Dark Water is a mystery thriller novel set in 1634. The majority of the story is set on a merchant ship called the Saardam as it travels from Batavia to...

REVIEW: Not Saying Goodbye by Boris Akunin

Not Saying Goodbye is the last of the Erast Fandorin books by Boris Akunin. It must operate thus both as a farewell and a fitting capstone for a long running series (the first book,...

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: This is My Blood by David Niall Wilson

This is My Blood is a book that I was hesitant to pick up despite my love of vampire fiction. Religious horror is something that can be done very well (The Omen, The Exorcist,...

REVIEW: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London is a rollicking urban fantasy by the prolific Garth Nix, taking place in a slightly-alternate version of the titular city, in the year 1983. Shortly after her 18th birthday,...

REVIEW: Fortress of Fury by Matthew Harffy

Fortress of Fury is a well-researched, enjoyable historical fiction set in the familiar world of dark ages Britain. There are bloody battles, intriguing characters and plenty of oaths that need fulfilling. “To lead men...