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P. Djèlí Clark Ring Shout

REVIEW: Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

P. Djèlí Clark’s Ring Shout is the answer to the question of what if the Ku Klux Klan was not merely a human terror. A spell has allowed the Klan to summon Ku Kluxes...

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...

REVIEW: The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski

I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Tower of Fools in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Andrzej Sapkowski and Gollancz. In The Tower of Fools, we are introduced to the...

REVIEW: Black City by Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin’s Black City is a 2012 Russian thriller, translated by Andrew Bromfield in 2018 for Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. It sits towards the end of the Erast Fandorin series; these are, variously, detective stories,...

REVIEW: Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

Warriors of the Storm is the 9th entry in The Saxon Stories series that follows Uhtred of Bebbanburg and it is my favourite of the books so far. It has a brilliant opening and...

REVIEW: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

The Devil All the Time is a harrowing southern gothic-like novel that borders on straight-up horror. Written in 2011 by Donald Ray Pollock, this novel came to my attention due to the impending Netflix...

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REVIEW: Stoker’s Wilde West by Steven Hopstaken & Melissa Prusi

I received an advance reading copy of Stoker’s Wilde West in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Steven Hopstaken, Melissa Prusi, and Flame Tree Press. It was great to rejoin...

REVIEW: The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

The Burning Chambers is a refreshingly accessible and compulsively readable piece of historical fiction that marks the beginning of the Burning Chambers trilogy. Kate Mosse, of Labyrinth fame, has crafted a wonderful tale that...

Grimdark Historicals’ Rising Stars

It’s no news to any Grimdark fans that George R.R. Martin is often credited with the rise of grimdark fantasy, a modern form of ‘anti-Tolkien’ fantasy writing. Despite this, it’s often heard that Martin’s...