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REVIEW: The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

I have to be honest. When I first began The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson, I almost immediately had a disconnect with it. Couldn’t get into it. Didn’t care about the setting, the...

REVIEW: Old Moon Quarterly: Issue 3, Winter 2023

An intriguing newcomer to the small press dark fantasy fiction scene, Old Moon Quarterly has recently released its third volume. The magazine bills itself as a showcase for weird fantasy fiction and sword &...

REVIEW: A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon

A Day of Fallen Night is Samantha Shannon’s standalone prequel to her acclaimed feminist fantasy, The Priory of the Orange Tree. Shannon introduces us to an entirely new cast of characters in A Day...

REVIEW: Cold West by Clayton Snyder

Cold West begins as a story of loss and resolve. A weird west story set within a dying wasteland, full of the ruthless and the uncanny. A world where magic births chaos. Clayton Snyder’s...

REVIEW: Barrow of Winter by H.M. Long

Barrow of Winter is the third book set in H.M. Long’s Hall of Smoke world. Although Barrow of Winter could be viewed chronologically as the third book in the series, it feels more like...

REVIEW: Son of the Poison Rose by Jonathan Maberry

Son of the Poison Rose is the second instalment of Maberry’s epic dark fantasy series Kagen the Damned. However, Maberry is a prolific writer, with accolades such as numerous Bram Stoker Awards and being...

REVIEW: Obsidian: Awakening by Sienna Frost

Obsidian: Awakening is a grimdark fantasy inspired by the desert cultures of the Mongolian nomads and the Bedouins. As the first book in an intended series, it explores the world of two warring cultures...

REVIEW: Death Rider by Zamil Akhtar

Death Rider is a prequel novella for the Gunmetal Gods series by Zamil Akhtar, which is a Middle Eastern inspired grimdark fantasy with heavy eldritch overtones. We see the world from Darya’s point of...

REVIEW: New Edge Sword and Sorcery Magazine

Genre labels are funny, aren’t they? Grimdark. Cyberpunk. Hopepunk? ‘Swords-and-sorcery’ has been bandied about for almost a century, and still the average consumer doesn’t know what the hell it is. Does it have swords?...

REVIEW: Frolic on the Amaranthyn by Chase A. Folmar

After an act of brigandry goes awry, the seductive thief Emrasarie and the hulking swordsman Uralant the Untamable find themselves at the mercy of the masked sorcerer Zelaeus. Their lives at his disposal, he...

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