Publishers Weekly reviews STEEL VICTORY!

I am honored to receive a review from Publishers Weekly for my debut novel, STEEL VICTORY!

I know writers are supposed to adore every inch of their babies and think they are absolutely amazing, but I’m enough of an editor and I’ve taken enough literary criticism courses in my life to 99% agree with the review as a whole. STEEL VICTORY isn’t perfect, but it’s a good, fun read, and I’m glad PW seems to agree with me on that point.

“The innovative combination of genres is appealing, and Gribble’s multiple story lines—invasion, anti-creature bias, and intercity politics—mesh very well together….This is a solid first effort that sets the stage for more installments in an intriguing world with complex characters.”

Honestly, if they’re this happy with STEEL VICTORY, then they are going to love book 2, STEEL MAGIC!

The full review is here.

(By the way, the 1% of the review I don’t agree with is the year mentioned. There’s actually no year mentioned in the book whatsoever, but I’ll take 2094 CE as a pretty good guess.)

(I’m going to go dance around with my cats some more about the fact that I got a review from PW.)

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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  1. Nicely done! Independent reviews are a huge boon, especially a positive one such as this.

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