Kagen the Damned (Kagen the Damned, Book 1)

Book Reviews, Grimdark Fantasy

By: Jonathan Maberry Genre: Grimdark Fantasy Publisher: St. Marten’s Press Kagen the Damned is a gripping, no-holds-barred grimdark fantasy by Jonathan Maberry. Filled with well-developed and some morally gray characters, battles, magic, and violence that are the earmark of this genre, it is an excellent entry into the dark side of fantasy. The story follows […]

June 1, 2022

GRAVITAS, A Tale of the Constella

Grimdark Fantasy

By: Christopher RussellPublisher: Divinity’s Twilight Fantasy Novels, 2021Genre: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy Content Warning: Fantasy violence, mild gore, slavery, racism, death of children, genocide, chronic illness In his a 58-page novella, Gravitas, Christopher Russell, packs in all the ingredients for an epic, grim dark fantasy. There is character development, a unique magic system, well-developed characters, […]

November 9, 2021

The Pariah, Book One of The Covenant of Steel

Book Reviews

By: Anthony Ryan Genre: Epic Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Books Content Warning: Gore, violence, torture Pariah: one that is despised or rejected; an outcast When writing a review, I often struggle with comparing the book to other authors within the genre. I do not wish to diminish the work of the book and the author I […]

August 8, 2021

A Time of Ashes (Fate and the Wheel, Book 1)

Book Reviews

By: Ru PringleGenre: Epic Fantasy; Grimdark; Science FictionPublisher: Fractal Symmetry Content Warning: Abuse (prisoner, emotional, sexual), Animal cruelty, Hate crime, Body horror, Gore, Bullying, Degenerative Illness, Genocide, Violence (brief graphic), Racial bigotry/Racism, Torture “Afterwards, Dana found that she could not even recall the stranger’s name.If he had provided one. So much for the gift of hindsight.” […]

June 28, 2021

The Empire’s Ruin (Ashes of the Unhewn Thrown #1)

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By: Brian StaveleyGenre: Grimdark FantasyPublisher: TOR Books With excellent world building, brilliant complex characters, and excellent plot pacing, The Empire’s Ruin is certainly among the finest in grimdark fantasy.  If you are a fan of Joe Abercrombie’s work, you will most certainly love The Empire’s Ruin. In summary, the story follows the arc of several […]

May 23, 2021