Dark fantasy.... Any suggestions?

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  1. NOTADWALF

    NOTADWALF New Member

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    Hi everyone

    i'm really into dark fantasy (no not twilight), but i'm struggling to find anything good.

    I've mostly been keeping to free kindle book/low cost newbies, but want to branch out.

    I've just read gozeul's toybox (was cool!), and about to start stephen kings dark tower series, but after that i'm hitting a brick wall. I don't want to spend loads and be disapointed.

    Has anyone any suggestions?

    I like adult themes whether it be fantasy or science fiction, with lots of violence, sex, swearing, supernatural elements or magic. Most fantasy is aimed young. I guess i'm looking for the next game of thones.

    Thanks for any help!
     
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    Overread Wolfing it up! Staff Member

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    I would suggest:

    A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin - first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. It's a gritty, dark take on the fantasy medieval world. It's certainly got a lot of the elements you appear to be after, all wrapped up with some fantastic story telling and an epic saga! It also uses multiple character viewpoints, but unlike many fantasy books, in this story if a character finds that they are before a sword there is every chance that they will wind out impaled upon it and quite dead! It makes for a very exciting reading experience

    Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop - first book in the Black Jewels trilogy (note that that first 3 books and one short story are also in a completion book under the Black Jewels trilogy title). Another dark fantasy story which plays upon Satanic names and characters to present them in a different light and social structure within their own world. I'd also recommend Anne Bishops other series of The Pillars of the World (first book of the Tir Alainn trilogy) for another very different but similarly darker fantasy world.
     
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    After you're done with dark tower, also read "The talisman" and "Black house", they are a bit connected to DT and also great.

    Black company series by Glen Cook are kinda dark fantasy...

    some of Clive Barker's books

    Peter Strab's Shadowland

    Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
     
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    and in Sword of truth series you'll find lots of rape, slaughter and mutilation :)
     
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    and bad writing, dull plot and boring eternal love story.

    Stephen king is the guy you want for Dark fantasy.
     
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    Emelie Queen of darkness

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    I'd say you're looking for a series called twilight, there's sex, violence and.. no im just kidding.


    On a serious note I might say Steven Erikson - Malazan book of the fallen

    I'd say Sword of truth could fit you as well. It's not too dark though, but it has really interesting bad guys. And Anon is just a hater that hasnt read the entire thing ;)
     
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    7/gazillion is good enough. and thats a good marker, that I have not FINISHED THE series speak as a fact by it self... it just went big bad guy - bigger bad guy - even bigger bad guy...etc.
     
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    Wow, so many good suggestions already....
     
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    The Sovereign Stone series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
     
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    Without a doubt - The Secret Books of Paradys by Tanith Lee! Anything by Tanith Lee, really. But definitely The Secret Books of Paradys series.
     
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    Now I'm reading Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire trilogy) and it's as dark as it goes!
     
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    If you're willing to branch out a bit from the mainstream, check out "Tribesman" by Paul Freeman. It's a fantastic adventure that contains a fair portion of adult/dark elements. His main character, Culainn, is about as gritty as a sword-wielding character could be imagined.

    He and I are cut from the same cloth, I'm quite sure, as I've "Of War and Consequence" to offer ( more SciFan than Fan ). OWaC is on a larger scale, with many an epic-sized battle sequence, but dark enough for any taste. Both fit what you're looking for and are readily available atop Google searches.
     
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    Thank God you made it clear that you didn't mean Twilight. Whenever anyone on this forum hears "Dark Fantasy" we all automatically think of Twilight! Naturally.

    Also what are your thoughts on urban/supernatural type fantasy? There's a series called "The Hollows" which I quite like. Lesbian vampires, witches, pixies, weres and loads of sex and violence to boot.
     
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    Women of the Otherworld - Kelley Armstrong ... a lot of female bias, but I only found one of the books annoyingly 'girl power'.

    Some of Neil Gaiman's stuff is fairly dark too (not Stardust! lol)
     
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    GO WITH (oops caps) Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake. It's fantasy in the league of Tolkien but placed in a castle full of nutbar characters ( some that want to kill each other).

    Neil Gaiman is always dark.

    And i have to agree partially with the reviews of the sword of truth series. Well written until about 90% of the way through then the hero has to win and the nextbook has to be set up.
     
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    Dusk, Dawn, and Fallen, by Tim Lebbon. Pretty dark.
     
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    The Ravenloft series of novels....considered Fantasy Horror. I loved Vampire of the Mists and Knight of the Black Rose the most.
     
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    I haven't gotten to read it yet, but my best friend recently strongly recommended I read The Lies of Locke Lamora, book one in the Gentleman Bastard series. She said it is dark/gritty and very cleverly written.
     
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