reviews

     Conn Iggulden is one of the greatest Historical Fiction authors of our times. Apparently he's damn good at Fantasy as well. 

     I consider myself a professional reviewer. Definitely not the best (Jamie Tivendale might as well take this title), and most certainly not the most experienced (eg Robin Carter), but a good reviewer nonetheless. And yet, for the first time in my life, I can't review a book I've read. 

     The book in question, as the title and the cover would suggest, is Blackwing by Ed McDonald. Why, would you ask, can't I review it? Because even if I tried, I couldn't possibly do it justice. Blackwing is one of the greatest fantasy books I've read in my life. Perfect in every possible way. Ed McDonald is on a par with Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson. Cast aside whatever you're reading and start Blackwing instead. That's all I have to say. 

Pre-order Blackwing here.

 

 

     Brimstone is a literary fantasy novel unlike any other fantasy books I have read so far, since it mostly reminds me a good horror story narrated in a cinematic way. No knights and mage in this one.

Five months and fifteen reads after Kings of the Wyld, I finally found another book that I wanted to savour every single page, reading it as slow as my schedule permitted. 

     Give me a romance and I would say no thank you, no matter how well-written it is or how imaginative the setting is. Romances are not my thing. This one was good and I was lucky this time though, for two reasons. Firstly for reading it because had I got sense of the romantic element before getting it into my hands, I wouldn't have given it a chance and secondly because it totally deserved my time as it is one of the most refreshing science fiction novels I have read recently. 

There's this term we are using in the Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers fb group, called "Grimdark AF". A term to identify the grimdarkest of grimdarks. As grimdark as it gets. GRIMDARK AS FUCK. I believe it deserves to be a sub-genre of Grimdark Fantasy, and Godblind may as well be the very first novel classified as such. 

Rhyming Rings
31, May

David Gemmell was one of the greatest fantasy authors of the last century. Apparently he excelled in thrillers as well.