The Grimdark Magazine team pick their favourites for 2017

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

It’s been a fantastic year for grimdark fiction across books and television, with plenty of new gritty action and unseen betrayals coming before us from a long list of our favourite authors and a host of new voices. As we have done each year for the last few years, I asked the Grimdark Magazine team to name their favourite read for the year. While not all the books are grimdark *shakes fist at group of wonderful volunteers* they all have that dark flavour and are all exceptional books.

Shawn Mansouri | The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

After back-to-back Hugo wins for her Broken Earth series, N.K. Jemisin destroys the world again… and again, and again, until those pesky little creatures called people return the Moon to its rightful place: in the arms of a vengeful planet called “The Stillness”. In her final installment, The Stone Sky, Jemisin brings the series to an earth-quaking end – or beginning, if you’re apt to believe in happy endings, which you’re probably not since you’re reading this off the grimdark page. Her characters are gray and complex, her world an antagonist unto itself, and when a mother and daughter finally reunite, an end to end all ends explodes.

Some series hook you in, sag in the middle, and leave you wondering why you wasted your time in the first place. Not this one. Marked by masterful storytelling, a voice that you’ll never forget, perspectives that change (she hits them all) and shift like tectonic plates, The Stone Sky was my favorite read from the grimdark stacks this year – Grimdark? Yes, don’t argue with me – and one of the best endings to a series I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. I predict a three-peat this coming year.


Mike Myers | Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng