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REVIEW: Odin’s Game by Tim Hodkinson

I received a review copy of Odin’s Game in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Tim Hodkinson, Aria Fiction, and Head of Zeus. Odin’s Game begins the tale of Einar, a young...

REVIEW: The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas

The Wicked is the second instalment in the late Douglas Nicholas’ Something Red series. I picked up this novel since I greatly enjoyed the language and originality of the first instalment in the series...

REVIEW: A Time for Swords by Matthew Harffy

A Time for Swords is a fresh story from Matthew Harffy, author of The Bernicia Chronicles. Stepping away from the popular character of Beobrand, Harffy delivers more gripping historical fiction following Hunlaf, a monk...

REVIEW: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, is a masterfully-executed slow-burn horror novel. Noemí Taboada is a young, sly socialite. Though she appears flighty, she has a solid backbone and is cleverer than people often take...

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,...