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Browsing all articles tagged with dark fantasy.

A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall

A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall
3.5

A War in Crimson Embers is the third and final book in Marshall’s Crimson Empire trilogy that began with A Crown for Cold Silver. What started as a revenge tale grew into a world war and now finishes with an existential fight against a Lovecraftian army of devils. Concluding a trilogy is always a risky […]

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
4.5

“A girl like you has no place in this sort of business.” “Believe me, Captain,” Mia replied. “You’ve never met a girl like me.” Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave, the second book in the Nevernight Chronicles, is not an easy book to review. This isn’t because the book isn’t outstanding – it is. You should buy it. […]

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COVEN QUEEN by Jeramy Goble – Cover Reveal

COVEN QUEEN by Jeramy Goble – Cover Reveal 

I was so thrilled to finish my “family-friendly,” metaphysical, space-fantasy trilogy, The Akallian Tales, last year. But, towards the end, I struggled to focus a bit. A new idea kept poking at my brain, trying to steal my attention. I’d read books one and two of A Song of Ice and Fire previously, and had just […]

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Fallen Gods by James A. Moore – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Fallen Gods by James A. Moore – Cover Reveal & Giveaway 

At the beginning of 2017, Angry Robot released the first in a new series by James A. Moore: The Tides of War. The first book, The Last Sacrifice, came out to much acclaim with people like Seanan McGuire calling it, “Gripping, horrific, and unique…well worth your time.” If this dark gem of sword and sorcery […]

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing by Ed McDonald
5

Ed McDonald’s debut is an impressive tour-de-force of imaginative worldbuilding, gritty characterisation and absorbing writing. Ryhalt Galharrow’s story comes with the intimacy of a first-person point of view. McDonald gives his protagonist a voice as distinctive and world weary as Daniel Polansky’s Warden from The Low Town trilogy. Like the Warden, Galharrow is a soldier […]

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The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark

The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark
4.5

As I recall, the first rumours I heard of the book that became The Court of Broken Knives was seeing the author’s lament on social media that an agent had found it too brutal, too gory, too grimdark to contemplate representing it. Nonetheless – as has happened to so many authors – one agent’s poison […]

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Anna Stephens Interview

Anna Stephens Interview 

Today we are talking with Anna Stephens, a UK-based writer of epic-y, gritty, grimdark-y fantasy. Her debut novel, Godblind, was released by Harper Voyager on June 15, 2017, with the sequels penciled in for 2018 and 2019. Hello Anna, thanks for joining me here today. I always start my interviews differently, sometimes with easy questions, […]

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Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb
4.5

Robin Hobb’s genius isn’t flashy. The world she has created is fully articulated, complete with complex characters and histories, detailed magical systems, and fully realized political intricacies, yet she rarely is mentioned alongside Brandon Sanderson and others recognized as fantasy’s greatest world-builders. Her prose isn’t particularly flashy in the same way as writers such as […]

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald – UK Cover Reveal

Blackwing by Ed McDonald – UK Cover Reveal 

I first heard that Ed McDonald had written a book through our Facebook Group. He happened to be a member and commented about having recently won a book contract. I followed Ed’s posts for a while and they all proved he was someone passionate about the genre and who obviously had real knowledge on the […]

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Mark Lawrence Interview – Red Sister

Mark Lawrence Interview – Red Sister 

One could argue that the phrase, “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself,” perfectly suits Mark Lawrence. I’m pretty sure no one in this community can say they haven’t heard of him. I would say let’s just skip the introductions and head to the interview, which is more about Red Sister than Mark […]

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The Black Guard by A. J. Smith

The Black Guard by A. J. Smith
3.5

The Black Guard has been described as “Martin meets Lovecraft,” and doesn’t disappoint on either count. With bleak personal stories of loss and hardship, wars between rival nations and a plot to resurrect a dead god, the novel is packed with action and intrigue. The book is not without its flaws, there are moments where […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares

Monthly Short Story Winner: Nightmares 

Everybody knows about nightmares, so I felt that in this case an introduction wasn’t necessary. Rules: 1. This must be prose or poetry. 2. A nightmare or nightmares must be a central part of the story 3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. 4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long. 5. You will be disqualified […]

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