An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 4

It’s been a while since I posted, reason being my poor health. Now I’ve gotten some snarky remarks about how I handle my blog and the way I write, I’d rather keep it as simple as possible and let the books do the talking. Besides we all know people will go TLDR if lengthy posts are written. So without further ado here are 5 guys you must check out.

Disclaimer: No cats were killed during the writing of this post


Starting off with Ben Galley when he isn’t trying to give his dad a heart attack dressed up as a golem he writes books and helps other authors with self publishing. Having written the Emaneska trilogy his next book, Heart of Stone is out in just 10 days! Be sure to keep an eye on his Facebook page

Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.



Next up Ulff Lehmann born in Germany but so stubborn he writes in English because well German only sounds good when it’s Rammstein. His first book Shattered Dreams was released in june 2016. Think of Gemmel’s hero Druss the Legend, Ulff’s main character is called Drangar and is way cooler. Shattered Hopes the second installment will be out soon

For two years the mercenary Drangar Ralgon has kept his back to his dark past. Afraid to live, afraid to die, Drangar tries to ignore the abyss that lies behind him. Now, faced with a war he wants nothing to do with, he finally turns around and gazes back.



Martin Owton is a scientific researcher for a major pharmaceutical company but also a very talented fantasy and science fiction writer. His book Exile part 1 in the Nandor tales came out last year book 2 Nandor came out recently
Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.



Dave De Burgh is a South-African is a jack of all trades, writing, editing, bookseller and even a paranormal investigator pretty awesome! Dave’s first novel Betrayal’s Shadow ( Mahaelian Chronicle ) came out in 2015

Betrayal casts long shadows – none know this better than Brice Serholm.
As a decorated general in the kingdom’s elite Blade Knights, Brice had to overcome the taint of treason and betrayal to attain his rank. When Brice and a force of Knights are sent on a mission to investigate claims of rebellion in one of Avidar’s provinces, their ship is magically attacked, and the resulting investigation tests every oath Brice swore before his king.
Meanwhile, an inhuman infant escapes the capital’s Slave-Hold, the king’s mistress comes into possession of a unique dagger, and Del’Ahrid, the king’s most trusted First Advisor, begins to question everything he built his honour and life upon.
Events are in motion that will test every man, woman and child – and a conflict is coming that will shake the kingdom to its very foundations.




Next up is Scott Oden! Scott is probably best know for his historical novels set in ancient Greece and Egypt. His next novel A Gathering of Ravens got me well excited! The main character is an orc! A Gathering of Ravens will be released on june 20th of 2017

To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind–the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that’s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.

Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.

But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning–the Old Ways versus the New–and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?



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3 thoughts on “An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 4

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  1. Yay! I have four out of five. So that was Ben Galley all dressed up! Thanks for revealing the secret, Femke, before curiosity killed this cat.

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