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Best Dark Fantasy Books

Recommendations from 18 articles, Elon Musk, Joel McHale, Veronica Belmont and 11 others.
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The Blade Itself
Joe Abercrombie - 2015-09-08 (first published in 2006)
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The first novel in the First Law Trilogy and debut novel from New York Times bestseller, Joe Abercrombie.Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he's on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian -- leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. Nobleman, dash...
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Joel McHale
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The Warded Man
Book One of The Demon Cycle
Peter V. Brett - 2010-03-23 (first published in 2008)
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As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly frag...
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The Way of Shadows
The Night Angel Trilogy
Brent Weeks - 2008-10-01
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From New York Times Bestselling author Brent Weeks... For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to...
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Neil Gaiman - 2012-04-24 (first published in 2002)
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When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save ...
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Simon Smith
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The Black Company
Glen Cook - 1992-01-01 (first published in 1984)
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Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.Until the prophecy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more.There must be a way for...
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A Little Hatred
Joe Abercrombie - 2019-09-17
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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...
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The Final Empire (Mistborn (1))
Brandon Sanderson - 2014-05-13 (first published in 2006)
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Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier's thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour ...
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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin - 2002-05-28 (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
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Before They Are Hanged
Book Two (The First Law)
Joe Abercrombie - 2017-11-01
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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...
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Jay Kristoff - 2017-06-20 (first published in 2016)
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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hu...
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Garth Nix - 2014-06-03
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie Liu
Never Die by Rob J Hayes
Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
Elric by Michael Moorcock
The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
The Crippled God by Steven Erikson
The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida
Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
Blood Song by Anthony Ryan
Midnight Tides - A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson
Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon
Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson
The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
House of Chains by Steven Erikson
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson
Miecz przeznaczenia by Andrzej Sapkowski
Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Lirael by Garth Nix
Last Argument Of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks
Wieża jaskółki by Andrzej Sapkowski
Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks
The Dark Tower 8-Book Boxed Set by Stephen King
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Free the Darkness by Kel Kade
Wizard and Glass 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
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Demonata 10 Hells Heroes by Darren Shan
The Demonata by Darren Shan
Spooks I Am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney
The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett
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 Raven Spell by Luanne G. Smith
The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang
The Demonata by Darren Shan
The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Imajica by Clive Barker
Shadows Linger by Glen Cook
The Demonata by Darren Shan
The Demonata by Darren Shan
Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
Spooks Revenge by Joseph Delaney
Blood Beast by Darren Shan
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The Black Song by Anthony Ryan
Dreams of Steel by Glen Cook