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…

Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan

If you like sword and sorcery similar to Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion sequence, then you might consider giving Marie Brennan’s Cold-Forged Flame a shot. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this short novella. Cold-Forged Flame on the surface was marketed as an epic fantasy offering, which had me a little confused considering the story…

The God in the Bowl by Robert E. Howard

The second written work of Conan the Barbarian takes a big step in a different direction. Instead of the problems of the story coming to a resolution at the point of Conan’s sword, the tale was more of a crime scene drama. The tale begins with a guard on patrol outside a temple. When he…

Grimdark Magazine (Issue #2)

The second issue of Grimdark Magazine features some stellar short fiction, reviews and compelling interviews. My favorite pieces of short fiction were The Knife of Many Hands by R. Scott Bakker and The Line by T.R. Napper. The Knife of Many Hands is a Second Apocalypse story set in Carythusal, the stronghold of the feared…

The Best Grimdark of 2016

Best Novels 1. Dancer’s Lament by Ian C. Esslemont Dancer’s Lament was easily my favorite read of 2016. Esslemont really steps out of Erikson’s shadow and the newest trilogy in the Malazan world demonstrates the very best of Esslemont’s contribution to the Malazan universe. 2. Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards The Bloodsounder’s Arc is one…