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REVIEW: The Fort by Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy’s The Fort has the sort of plot readers have been familiar with since the first act of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth. A Roman fort must hold out against a siege...

REVIEW: Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg

I received a review copy of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to T.A. Willberg and Trapeze Books for the opportunity and for inviting us to...

REVIEW: Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin needs no introduction to fans of grimdark. After all, the subgenre as we know it today may not have been invented by A Song of Ice and Fire, but it certainly...

REVIEW: Kin of Cain by Matthew Harffy

I don’t think I would be doing this little gem of a novella much justice if I described it as follows: a band of five warriors are ordered by their king to hunt down...

REVIEW: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

The Wolf Den tells the story of Amara, a slave owned by the brothel keeper in Pompeii. Born the daughter of a doctor in Greece, she is highly educated, beautiful and determined to fight...

REVIEW: Lent by Jo Walton

Lent is a chimera of a novel, a combination of historical fiction and fantasy with bits of religious and philosophical arguments peppered throughout a thoroughly interesting Groundhog’s Day-esque story. Jo Walton juggles each of...

REVIEW: All The Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

What happens when you renege on a deal with a monster? Miren O’Malley is the last daughter of true O’Malley lineage. The family used to be mighty and successful, but that luck (is it...

6 Historical Fiction Books for Grimdark Fans

As 2020 and all of its dystopic qualities slowly turn into a distant memory, it’s probably time to counterbalance the increasing promise of a vaccine-enabled, normal life by recommending a few historical fiction books...

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...