Posts Tagged ‘Dark Fantasy’

Abduction of Two Rulers (Thrones of Blood Book 3) by Nancy Kilpatrick

August 17, 2018 - 5:53 pm No Comments

Abduction of Two Rulers (Thrones of Blood Book 3) by Nancy Kilpatrick
Published by Crossroad Press on 14th June 2018
309 pages

Serene is still imprisoned in her grandfather’s land and Sapien Queen, Blanka and the Vampir King, Thanatos have been captured by parties unknown. But when information is uncovered that one of the Vampire and Sapien kingdoms are working together to takeover the country, the others have to work together to stop it happening.
Queen Blanka was a likeable character and whilst naïve with the ways of the other kingdoms, she was quick to find an ally in Thanatos who ruled his Kingdom fairly. With King Moarte, still trying to reinforce his defences against his Sapien father in law, he has not got much time to help rescue the others. Although it was good seeing the Belladonna, Valada and Serene all working together ready to kick ass
This series just got better. I was able to get back into the story quickly as it continued where the second book finished. Whilst there were sex scenes, there were not as many due to the story concentration on the upcoming war. The story was full of action and the torture scenes were dark and graphic, there were times that even though he was a vampire, you wander how Thanatos could survive.
A great read and hope to read more

Beyond Night by Eric S Brown and Steven L Shrewsbury

February 4, 2018 - 10:31 pm No Comments

Beyond Night by Eric S Brown and Steven L Shrewsbury
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 26th January 2018
272 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

We all know that the Romans invaded Britain. Not without trying the Pictdom fight back. With Greyman and ancient magic, have the Romans got a chance.
With Armies of thousands, there were quite a few characters that had their story to tell. August in charge of a troop, a German born who had moved up the ranks of the Legion, Rufus, August’s slave who whilst admire August hated the situation. Porcius, a spartan that loved to fight, General Malitus, whilst he liked a good drink, he still knew how to wield a sword. Fighting against the Romans were Drust, an aging wizard that could control the Greyman and Gonar his apprentice, the Weaver another powerful wizard who resurrected Queen Tancorix back to help the Pict defeat the Romans.
Whilst I knew how violent the Romans were (yes, I did watch Gladiators), the way these authors told this story was dark and gruesome. The graphic vivid description of the battles will please any horror fan. I have not read any of these authors work before and I found that the story flowed seamlessly. The story was told from both perspectives, the Romans and the Picts and whilst I am British I did find a few of the Romans fascinating and one of my favourite characters was Porcius, a soldier who took no nonsence.
Looking at all the categories that this book falls into, I can honestly say it ticks all the boxes. Reading this has made me curious in reading more of the authors work. A gore filled read

New Release: The Aching Darkness

December 2, 2017 - 8:18 pm No Comments

The Aching Darkness:A Dark Fantasy Anthology by Parker Sinclair ~ Alexia Purdy ~ Jessica Ozment~ Robert Stock
Sensuality, Madness, Tortured Souls, & Dangerous Beings


These pages contain thrilling short stories for the dark fantasy lover. Fight grotesque, body and soul consuming creatures, hacking off their limbs with sharp pointy weapons, as Dark Angel, Ilese, defends humanity, in A Darker Fall. Find your true power as the head witch in your ancient coven, while hiding a terrible secret costing you everyone you love in White Matron. Mind meld with killer, lover, and immortal, Joe Smith, in Lord of Blood. Travel to Sin City for a Post-Apocalyptic Vampire of Vegas story stocked with vampires and zombies in Brevity.

Depravity, Lies, Blood, Sex, & Magic
Will Set Your Pulse Pounding
Your Spine Tingling & Your Mind Reeling

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Blackwing: The Raven’s Mark 1 Ed McDonald

July 30, 2017 - 6:38 pm No Comments

Blackwing
Author: Ed McDonald
Publisher: Gollancz
Page count: 435pp
Release Date: 27th July 2017
Online: @EdMcDonaldTFK, @Gollancz, @StevieFinegan, #Blackwing

Captain Ryhalt Galharrow has brought a crew of mercenaries/soldiers into the ‘Misery’ where sympathisers have fled. And it’s his job to get them back. On his arm, he has a tattoo of a raven, which materialises in an incredibly painful way into real life and allows him to talk to Crowfoot; one of the Nameless and his boss of sorts. Stuck in the Misery, Crowfoot suddenly Orders the Captain and his crew to head for Station Twelve to find a woman.
There are plenty of twists and turns on our journey and it is a blend of Grimdark fantasy, magic and a kind of post apocalyptic setting.
“Everything in the Misery is broken. Everything is wrong”.
Ah, the Misery. Difficult to explain without too many spoilers but I’ll give it my best shot.
If you’re into genre TV, for me it felt like a mix between the underside in Stranger Things with a blend of Purgatory from S7/8 of Supernatural.
It’s a dark, unforgiving place that feels ‘other’. And the creatures tha live there are deadly, weird as hell and dangerous.
Captain Galharrow, the narrator, has that rugged, worn, anti-hero vibe going on, tarnished by life. A perfect example is how he describes his band of followers;
“How I’d managed to pick up such worthless gutter rats I couldn’t recall. Out of brandy, twenty miles into the Misery and a troop of vermin at my heels.” Brilliant tone of voice full of sarcasm and nonchalance with a good dose of pessimism here.
One of my favourite of the Gang is Nenn; a female cutthroat with her nose torn off, a wooden one in its place. She chews black sap, swears, fights and is the right hand woman for the captain. I love the fact that McDonald points out quite early, she is not ‘with’ Galharrow in a romantic or sexual sense. In fact, he uses humour to effect as Galharrow tells the reader he’s not exactly handsome, his jaw had “certainly taken enough of a pounding” and though Nenn claims to get a ‘hellcat in the sack’ their relationship remains platonic. We have a strong, unique female character who is judged by her skills and qualities not her skill in the bedroom. Fabulous.
The banter and ribaldry between the crew is really entertaining and humorous, the dialogue sharp and witty. There is a penetrating darkness to the environment and the action that happens in the book, making this a gritty and sometimes cruel read. There’s plenty of bloodshed and a fair old body count to be had here! This is not for the faint hearted.

Just an additional note yo add is it’s a beautiful looking book to hold in your hands, the paper edges dyed black and a gloriously grim and mysterious cover.
A brilliant gripping debut that I suspect will garner awards in 2018.

Light Dawning by Ty Arthur

July 1, 2017 - 6:15 am 1 Comment

Light Dawning by Ty Arthur

Published on 26th May 2017

228 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Cestia was once an affluent land, now under Southern rule. With battles breaking out all over the city, the population were not enjoying living in squalor and fear. With this story concentrating on 4 individuals Myrr a petty thief, Casterley a resident of Cestia caught up in the conflict, Tala a young woman with mystic powers abandoned by her protectors and Father Erret a religious fanatic.

Each of the main characters had major flaws and at the start had their own agenda. Whilst they worked better together cracks began to show in the group the longer they spent in each other company. The longer Myrr and Tala spent together the closer they got and with each having an uncontrollable power the used each other as an anchor.

From the start of this story you can feel the oppression and despair. The descriptive way the author writes gives you the feeling that you are there trudging in their footsteps getting soaked through to the bone. Throughout this book, there is no definitive hero, each of the main characters had a different part to play in this adventure. Whilst I found the story to be a slow start it soon picked up pace and with graphic fight scenes made this an exciting read. For me the highlight of the book was the short story at the end and author’s note. A dystopian read with a difference.