BOOK REVIEW: Blood Rite, by Rachel Harrison

A Standalone Novella Focuses on the Blood Angels Published by Black Library in 2019 A Grimdark war story 152 pages The Blood Angels. Masterful warriors, and heroes of the Imperium. But these legendary soldiers are beset by an enemy they cannot overcome. A darkness within their own blood, passed down through generations, and rearing itsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Blood Rite, by Rachel Harrison”

AUDIO REVIEW: Terminal Overkill, by Justin D Hill

Narrated by Emma Noakes A Standalone Novel Focuses on Necromunda Published by Black Library in 2019 A Grimdark Coming-of-Age 9hrs 5mins When her mother is murdered during a brutal gang war, young Brielle finds herself lost in the Underhive. But if there’s one thing her mother taught her, it’s how to survive. And if there’sContinue reading “AUDIO REVIEW: Terminal Overkill, by Justin D Hill”

BOOK REVIEW: The Triumph of Saint Katherine, by Danie Ware

A Standalone Novel Focuses on the Sisters of Battle Published by Black Library in 2022 A Grimdark war story 181 pages In a galaxy aflame with war, faith is more powerful than any weapon. The blessed Saint Katherine knew this, but now she is fallen. Yet through the power of faith, Katherine may be reborn.Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Triumph of Saint Katherine, by Danie Ware”

GRIMDARK: What Is It, And Who Does It Belong To?

Ask the average person on the street ‘What is Grimdark?’ and you’re likely to get a blank stare. Why? Because genre labels rarely escape the confines of their hardcore fanbase. Ask the same person the difference between Science Fantasy and Space Opera, and that blank stare will continue. Or they’ll awkwardly shuffle off. One ofContinue reading “GRIMDARK: What Is It, And Who Does It Belong To?”

BOOK REVIEW: Ghazghkull Thraka: Prophet of the Waaagh!, by Nate Crowley

A standalone novel Focuses on the Orks Published by Black Library in 2021 A grimdark comedy 263 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ghazghkull Thraka is a name feared throughout the galaxy. This ork warlord, the self-proclaimed prophet of his xenos gods, has his mind set only on slaughter. But where did this ork come from? And will theContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ghazghkull Thraka: Prophet of the Waaagh!, by Nate Crowley”

BOOK REVIEW: Day of Ascension, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A standalone novel Focuses on the Genestealer Cults and the Adeptus Mechanicus Published by Black Library in 2022 Grimdark SF 196 pages ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ascension Day nears, and the Adeptus Mechanicus are ready to enjoy their moment of triumph. But their control over the forge world of Morod is not as secure as they believe. InContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Day of Ascension, by Adrian Tchaikovsky”

BOOK REVIEW: Cadian Blood, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

A standalone novel Focuses on the Imperial Guard Published by Black Library in 2009 Military SF 347 pages ⭐⭐⭐ Cadians are the finest soldiers in the Imperium, and when a holy world is beset by trouble, it is they who answer the call. But this no ordinary war, for the forces of Chaos are afoot,Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Cadian Blood, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden”

BOOK REVIEW: Reign, by Nate Crowley

Book Two of The Twice-Dead King Focuses on the Necrons Published by Black Library in 2022 Grimdark SF 306 pages ⭐⭐⭐ Oltyx has survived his trials and now stands at the head of his dynasty. But it is a dynasty on the run, and the crusading forces of the Imperium are closing in on whatContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Reign, by Nate Crowley”

Warhammer 40,000 Is Every Genre, And That Is Why It Works

Genre is a funny thing. It’s essentially a way of breaking media down into different characters. It’s something I could spend hours talking about. But it also doesn’t really exist. The obsession with categorising everything we read feels like a very modern concern. After all, back in the day the pulp magazines published Horror, Fantasy,Continue reading “Warhammer 40,000 Is Every Genre, And That Is Why It Works”

BOOK REVIEW: The Magister and the Martyr, by Matthew Farrer

Book Two of the Urdesh duology Set in the Sabbat Worlds Focuses on the Iron Snakes Published by Black Library in 2021 Grimdark SF 311 pages ⭐⭐⭐ On the battlefields of Urdesh, Damocles Squad and their allies face the massed hordes of the Sons of Sek. A miracle has galvanised the defenders, but can evenContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Magister and the Martyr, by Matthew Farrer”