Swarm and Steel by Michael R. Fletcher – Cover Reveal

Michael R. Fletcher has quickly become a house favorite in grimdark circles. Back in 2015, I was fortunate enough to have received an ARC of Michael’s first book Beyond Redemption, an excellent read with solid writing and a heavy grimdark flavor. It was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Last year, Beyond Redemption‘s sequel, The Mirror’s Truth was rated…

The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney

Blurb: Tough, gritty fantasy to compete with George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, and David Gemmell. By a critically acclaimed and highly praised author. The start of a brand new epic series. Retelling of the classic Greek history from Xenophon. Supported by targeted marketing, including ARCs, advertising in the genre press and online support. On the world…

Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull

At last, I have completed the Grim Company trilogy. What a journey it has been. When I first read The Grim Company, the first novel in the series, I enjoyed it despite the distracting similarities between the novel and one of my favorite series, The Black Company, and some of the minor other issues. Yet,…

Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon

Pieces of Hate collects two novelettes about a man named Gabriel. Gabriel’s family was murdered by a demonic creature named Temple. When Gabriel encounters a snake eyed man who offers him the chance at a life long enough to kill the creature and avenge his family, Gabriel greedily accepts, unaware of the challenges the curse will…

Grimdark Magazine(Issue #4)

We continue our ongoing review retrospective of Grimdark Magazine with Issue #4 published in the summer of 2015. Like previous issues, this one has four short stories, two novel excerpts, two interviews, one book review, and one short article.  The standout non-fiction piece is the article by John R. Fultz. Its main thesis is that…

Interview with Luke Scull

Welcome Luke Scull to Grimdark Alliance! Luke Scull is the author of the Grim Company trilogy (The Grim Company, Sword of the North, and Dead Man’s Steel). The final book in the trilogy, Dead Man’s Steel, was released last month for UK & Commonwealth readers and on January 3rd for North American readers. Thanks for joining…

Grimdark Magazine (Issue #3)

I’m a big fan of short fiction. I enjoy reading short stories on my lunch break.  Short stories make perfect reading material when I have a few minutes to spare but not enough time to really get immersed in a novel. So I was exceptionally happy when I came across the first issue of Grimdark Magazine. Finally,…

Our Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

1. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (April 4th, 2017) I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin. At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy…

The Battle of the Round by Peter Orullian

The Battle of the Round is a short story set in Peter Orullian’s Vault of Heaven universe. I stumbled upon this story without any prior knowledge or familiarity with Orullian’s work so I will be reviewing this story plainly for what it was and not how it connects with the series. This is the tale of…

Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

Reviewers who said Beyond Redemption is the grimdarkest of grimdark haven’t been exaggerating. Don’t let the irrelevant cover fool you: Beyond Redemption has nothing to do with cowboys or Western settings. It is the epitome of grimdark, featuring an incredibly original magic system and a pre-modern setting. Beyond Redemption is extremely dark and gritty, but…

The Black Company by Glen Cook

This review was originally posted on Booknest.eu. The Black Company by Glen Cook is the tale of the elite mercenary company’s trials during its contracted service with The Lady, a powerful sorceress and empress. The tale is conveyed in first person through the eyes of Croaker, a medic and higher up within the ranks of…

Your favourite fantasy reads this year – A GiveAway

Originally posted on that thorn guy:
? Comment under this post naming five of your favourite fantasy reads this year, regardless of when they were published, to win a signed (and/or dedicated) US (or UK) hardback of The Wheel of Osheim randomly selected by Mark from the entries. You may add a few lines telling…