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Best Dark Fantasy Books

Recommendations from 8 articles, Elon Musk, Neil Gaiman, Ezra Klein and 9 others.
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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin - May 28, 2002 (first published in 1996)
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Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a worl...
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Elon Musk
Before They Are Hanged
Book Two (The First Law)
Joe Abercrombie - Nov 01, 2017
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Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick.Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fir...
Never Die
Rob J Hayes - Jan 29, 2019
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Ein is on a mission from God. A God of Death.Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can't do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story book...
A Storm of Swords
A Song of Ice and Fire
George R. R. Martin - May 28, 2002 (first published in 2000)
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Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a worl...
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Elon Musk
A Little Hatred
Joe Abercrombie - Sep 17, 2019
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The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is...
The Crippled God
Book Ten of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Steven Erikson - Apr 24, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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The Bonehunters march for Kolanse, led by Adjunct Tavore. This woman with no gifts of magic, deemed plain, unprepossessing, displaying nothing to instill loyalty or confidence, will challenge the gods - if her own mutinous troops don't kill her first.Her enemy, the Forkrul Assail, seek to cleanse the world, to annihilate everything. In the realm of...
The Bonehunters
Book Six of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Steven Erikson - Jul 01, 2008 (first published in 2006)
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The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha'ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y'Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to this ancient fortress makes the battle-weary Malaz 14th Army uneasy. For it was here that the Empire's greatest champion Dassem Ultor was...
Memories of Ice
Steven Erikson - Aug 01, 2006 (first published in 2001)
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The ravaged continent of Genabackis is a terrifying new empire, the Pannion Domin, that devours all. An uneasy allliance resists: Onearm's army, Whiskeyjack's Bridgeburners and former enemies - forces of Warlord Caladan Brood, Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii mages, and the Rhivi people of the plains. And the Crippled God intends revenge....
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1
Sui Ishida - Jun 16, 2015 (first published in 2012)
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Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own....
The Autumn Republic
Brian McClellan - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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IN A RICH, DISTINCTIVE WORLD THAT MIXES MAGIC WITH TECHNOLOGY, WHO COULD STAND AGAINST MAGES THAT CONTROL GUNPOWDER AND BULLETS?The capital has fallen...Field Marshal Tamas returns to his beloved country to find that for the first time in history, the capital city of Adro lies in the hands of a foreign invader. His son is missing, his allies are in...
Reaper's Gale
Book Seven of The Malazan Book of the Fallen
Steven Erikson - Feb 03, 2009
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All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor, while the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against its own people. The Errant, once a farseeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seet...
Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
Midnight Tides - A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson
The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
House of Chains by Steven Erikson
Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
Miecz przeznaczenia by Andrzej Sapkowski
Chrzest ognia by Andrzej Sapkowski
Lirael by Garth Nix
Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks
Wieża jaskółki by Andrzej Sapkowski
Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
The Dark Tower IV by Stephen King
Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
The Dark Tower II by Stephen King
The Demonata by Darren Shan
The Dark Tower III by Stephen King
Demonata 10 Hells Heroes by Darren Shan
The Demonata by Darren Shan
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
Spooks I Am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney
Abhorsen by Garth Nix
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
Czas pogardy by Andrzej Sapkowski
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Spook's Sacrifice by Joseph Delaney
Lost Boy by Christina Henry
Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney
Soldiers Live by Glen Cook
Spooks Blood by Joseph Delaney
The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang
The Demonata by Darren Shan
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Pani jeziora by Andrzej Sapkowski
Shadows Linger by Glen Cook
The Demonata by Darren Shan
The Demonata by Darren Shan
Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
Spooks Revenge by Joseph Delaney
She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky
Blood Beast by Darren Shan
The Last Watch by
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
Night Winds by Karl Edward Wagner
The Mirror's Truth by Michael R. Fletcher
Death Angel's Shadow by Karl Edward Wagner
Return of a Witch by Suza Kates
Child of the Flames by D.W. Hawkins
Gods in Darkness by Karl Edward Wagner
Child of the Night Guild by Andy Peloquin
Dark Crusade by karl Edward Wagner
The Core by Leigh A. Bortins
The Ruthless by Peter Newman
The Book of Kane by Karl E. Wagner
Shattered Dreams by Ulff Lehmann
Neon Leviathan by T.R. Napper
A Change of Rules by L L Thomsen
Smoke and Stone by Michael R. Fletcher
Smoke and Rain Blood of Titans by V. S. Holmes
Wolf Island by Celia Godkin
When Stars Die by Amber Skye Forbes
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton
Vultures by Luke Tarzian
The Scrying by Jaci Miller
Shadow of Death by Anne Nichols Reynolds
Dreams of Steel by Glen Cook
Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko
A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole
Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover
Water Sleeps by Glen Cook
Seraphina's Lament by Sarah Chorn
Claymore, Vol. 1 by Norihiro Yagi
Elric by Michael Moorcock
A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall
Darkness Weaves by Karl E. Wagner
Caine Black Knife by Matthew Stover
Blade of Tyshalle by Matthew Woodring Stover
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Book Blogging Hacks by Sarah S. Davis