What are the best dark fantasy books?

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    #1Mage's Burden (Fire of the Jidaan)

    Mage's Burden (Fire of the Jidaan)
    Mage's Burden is a science fiction fantasy fiction and the first book in Fire of the Jidaan series by Whit McClendon. This fantasy book is self-published in 2014. 
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    Kelly Bowman
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This was a thoroughly entertaining read. I will say for the subject of dark fantasy, which is a very saturated genre, this book might not be one of the 'best,' but the plot is very enjoyable."
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    #2The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)

    The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)
    The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the first book in Xian Li-lin series written by M. H. Boroson. It is a historical paranormal fantasy novel published by Talos in 2015. 
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    Richard Sanchez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book is full of fantasy and illusion, and is part of a series. It is a historical theme with paranormal parts as well."
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    #3Fury of Ice (Dragonfury)

    Fury of Ice (Dragonfury)

    Fury of Ice, the 2nd book in Coreene Callahan's adult-themed fantasy series Dragonfury, is about Angela Keen, a woman sought after by the dragon-shifters because of her beauty and her high-energy status.

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    Diana Duncan
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "If you are not a fan of shape shifting,then this book may not be for you. If you're interested in the possibility you will love it. The sexual content, though hidden somewhat by the desire to survive, is steamy so not for young teens."
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    #4Harvest Hunting

    Harvest Hunting

    Harvest Hunting is a novel written by Yasmine Galenorn. It is the eight book in the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series. This book about paranormal creatures is published in 2010.

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    Teresa Reid
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This is a great book if you love anything paranormal. Great detail in the story makes for a very vivid picture."
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    #5Dead West

    Dead West

    Dead West: West of Pale is a horror fantasy fiction novel written by J. Patrick Allen. This Western fiction book is first published in 2016 by 18thWall Productions.

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    Philip Young
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "My son recommend this book and passed it on to me. I liked it so much, after returning it, I went out and bought it. A great addition to my personal library. "
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    #6The Demon Cycle

    The Demon Cycle
    The Demon Cycle by Peter V Brett, tells the story of a world with demons that terrorize the night, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Three young survivors will dare the impossible in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past to stand against the encroaching night.
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    Willie Jacobs
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "If you like the idea of fighting against the demon terrorizing the night, then the Demon Cycle book series is a good choice for you. The writing is solid, the plot is well constructed for a fantasy book, and the flow is smooth and doesn't get bogged down like some fiction writings."
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    #7The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)

    The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)

    The Dragon Who Loved Me, the fifth book in G. A. Aiken's romance fantasy series Dragon Kin, is about Rhona the Fearless, a woman dragon warrior out to prove that women are not to be underestimated.

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    Pranav Sengupta
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is alright, however there are many that would be darker and more entertaining."
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    #8Anno Dracula

    Anno Dracula

    Anno Dracula is a horror fantasy fiction book written by Kim Newman. This historical fiction novel is the first book in the series and first published in 1992. 

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    Joan Pierce
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book needs a grammar check. It is incomprehensible. I'm no "Grammar Nazi," but if you're going to write a period novel as a follow-up to one of the most beloved English-language horror stories ever written, then your English grammar had better be spot on. Not to mention the story is, of course, SET in England and is written by an English author"
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    #9Night Huntress

    Night Huntress

    Night Huntress is a novel written by the New York Times Bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn. This demon fantasy novel is the fifth book in the Sisters of the Moon Series. It is published in 2009.

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    Jeffrey Gordon
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "As far as churned out cruft novels brought on from the popularity of Twilight and the like go, this isn't half bad. I got this for my daughter, but when she left it in the bathroom, I ended up spending a good bit of time scrutinizing the cover."
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    #10The Malazan Book of the Fallen

    The Malazan Book of the Fallen
    The Malazan Book of the Fallen is a 10-book saga by Steven Erikson and is one of the best Game of Thrones-like epic and dark fantasy books from recent times. In this saga, you'll read about how the Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations.
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    Vibhore Bhatnagar
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "seems like a good fit for the topic."
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    #11River of Stars

    River of Stars

    River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay is a historical fiction and fantasy novel originally published in April 2013. This book was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy category.

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    Esperanza Villegas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The 'dramatic' changes get tedious. I like the cover."
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    #12Sirensong (Faeriewalker)

    Sirensong (Faeriewalker)

    Sirensong by Jenna Black is a young adult fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2011. This is the third book in Black's Faeriewalker series. It is preceded by Shadowspell. 

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    Aaron Jones
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Unsure if it meats the "dark" part of "dark fantasy", but it seems that this series would be a great fit for the topic at hand. The only issue here is that the solution is the third book in a series, and one would be best off starting with the beginning of the series."
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    #13The Magic of Krynn (Dragonlance Tales)

    The Magic of Krynn (Dragonlance Tales)
    The Magic of Krynn by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1987. This is the first book in the authors' Dragonlance Tales series. It is followed by Kender, Gully Dwarves, and Gnomes.
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    Christopher Moreno
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I came to know the works of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman through The War of Souls trilogy. This is the first book of the Dragonlance Tales series and it is great. If you have never heard of either of these two amazing authors, do yourself a favor and get the series now. You will love it! Guaranteed!"
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    #14The Death of the Necromancer

    The Death of the Necromancer

    The Death of the Necromancer is a dark fantasy book for young adults written by best-selling author Martha Wells. It was first published by Avon Eos in 1998, and was shortlisted for the 1998 Nebula Award. 

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    James Allen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book dives deep into fantasy lore. I read a chapter a day after I get home from work."
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    #15The Kingkiller Chronicles

    The Kingkiller Chronicles
    The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss is comprised of the books The Name of The Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. This epic fantasy saga is one of the best recent books of the genre. The story begins in the rural town of Newarre, introducing the innkeeper Kote and his assistant Bast, revealing that Kote is the renowned Kvothe: an unequaled sword fighter, magician, and musician, rumored to have killed a king and caused the present war. 
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    Roger Washington
    Written on February 25, 2018
    "The Kingkiller Chronicles is a wonderful new entry by Patrick Rothfuss into fantasy novels. This is one of the better recent series and is a must read for anyone that likes dark fantasy."
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    #16Dragons Of Summer Flame (Dragonlance Saga Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Summer Flame (Dragonlance Saga Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1995. This book belongs to the authors' Dragonlance Saga Chronicles series. It is preceded by The Second Generation.

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    Alan Gray
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Dragonlance series of books capture a wonderful fantasy world and has helped to bring my imagination to life. Reading these books always transports me to wonderful new places that I need to explore. If you're looking for a dark fantasy to sink your teeth into, give this series a chance."
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    #17Brothers in Arms (The Raistlin Chronicles)

    Brothers in Arms (The Raistlin Chronicles)
    Brothers in Arms by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1999. This is the second book in the authors' The Raistlin Chronicles. It is preceded by The Soulforge which was released in 1998.
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    Philip Grant
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Good story and well written. Very much a page turner and will keep you interested."
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    #18The Book of Lost Things

    The Book of Lost Things
    The Book of Lost Things is a standalone novel written by John Connolly which is a story filled with deepest, darkest nightmares involving live, flesh-eating monsters and blood.
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    Johnny Johnson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a terrifying and often disturbing novel. It was an entertaining read if you enjoy dark, suspenseful literature like I do. Looking forward to seeing more from this author, and I'll be checking out some of his other series."
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    #19Captive (Beautiful Monsters)

    Captive (Beautiful Monsters)

    Captive is a dark fantasy novel by Jex Lane. It is the first book in the Beautiful Monsters series. It tells the story of Matthew Callahan, a vampire who lives in self-exile to avoid harming others, as he gets seduced by an incubus.


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    Ryan Tran
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Captive (Beautiful Monsters) is easily one of the best dark fantasy books out there! The author did an excellent job with the writing. I really liked the twist on the standard vampire story and found the story to be quite memorable. This one will stay in my collection."
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    #20Best Served Cold

    Best Served Cold

    Best Served Cold is a fantasy novel by Joe Abercrombie. Set in the fictional land of Styria, it tells the story of Monza Murcatto, an infamous mercenary known as the Snake of Talins, as she seeks revenge from those who want her dead.

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    #21His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire)

    His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire)

    His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik is a fantasy fiction novel and is the first of the Temeraire series. This book follows the story of Will Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire, as they train to fight against Napoleon's aerial fleet.

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    Paul Curtis
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This a great book for anyone who loves fantasy and loves dragons. The hero of our story, Will, is a great guy, and you'll be interested in how he is able to train his dragon, Temeraire and get ready for battle. The book is fun and you get hooked and can't really put the book down because you want to know what happens next."
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    #22The Face In The Frost

    The Face In The Frost
    Face in the Frost is a fantasy classic written by John Bellairs. Originally published in 1969, Face in the Frost follows the adventures of Prospero and Roger Bacon.
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    Joshua Valdez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a classic fantasy book about the adventures of Prospero. It is aimed at younger readers and probably isn't as dark as someone would want if they are looking for dark fantasy but it might be a good option for younger readers who are new to the genre. "
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    #23War of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends)

    War of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends)
    Brothers in Arms by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1986. This is the second book in the authors' Dragonlance Legends series. It is followed by Test of the Twins.
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    Harry Ramirez
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I received War of the Twins (Dragonlance Legends) from a relative of mines and could not put it down after I began reading it. The story is very dark and mysterious and the characters are extremely interesting. It is good for those that love length read's that go into great detail regarding explaining each characters back story. "
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    #24Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin)

    Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin)
    Dark Triumph is a young adult fantasy historical romance fiction and the second book in His Fair Assassin series written by Robin LaFevers. It is published in 2013. 
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    Crystal Hudson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is super dark and twisty. I loved reading it. I really enjoyed how historically accurate it was!"
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    #25Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter)

    Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter)

    Dragonbane is a paranormal fantasy romance and the twenty-fourth book in Dark-Hunter series written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is published in 2015 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Abhinav Subramanium
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The focus of this book was a little too broad for me. I wanted the book to focus more on the characters Max and Seraphina, as they had the most interesting storyline, but the author had other plans. I had concerns that this series had outlived its relevance after the last release, and Dragonbane did nothing to assuage to concerns."
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    #26War Storm (Red Queen)

    War Storm (Red Queen)

    War Storm is a young adult fantasy fiction and the fourth book in Red Queen series written by Victoria Aveyard. It is published in May 2018 by HarperTeen.

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    Janice Patel
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I am a dark fantasy fan but I know ithe genre is not for everyone. If you are a sure fan and haven't yet read Victoria Aveyard's books you should read the Red Queem series. War Storm is the fourth book and I just finished it. I love Aveyard's imaginative and sassy writing. "
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    #27The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

    The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

    The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron is a crime fiction and dark fantasy novel originally published in 2013. This book won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award.

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    Maria Fox
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I've heard a lot about Laird Barron in various book groups to which I belong. Most especially I hear from fans of Lovecraft that Barron is even better. I have to agree. Ever since I read "The Light is the Darkness" , (to see my review of it, just scroll down the book's page, it's the first one), I knew that I would be reading more of Barron's work. Last week I finally got the opportunity to do so, and I jumped on it. I couldn't be more pleased with that decision. I submit this quote: "The canopy of the trees across the street shushed in the breeze, and fields littered with pockets of light swept into the deeper gloom like the crown of a moonlit sea. The starry night was vast and chill, and Lancaster imagined entities concealed within its folds gazing hungrily upon the lights of the city, the warmth of its inhabitants." I won't go into a long winded soliloquy about each story, but I will briefly speak about the theme of this collection-cosmic horror- (see the quote above). Robert Chambers (The King in Yellow), Lovecraft and other authors created and loved this theme. I think it's exciting to see how Laird Barron makes it his own. The idea of ancient, alien invader Gods that live under the earth, under the sea, or somewhere in outer space is spooky by itself. To think that there are humans that live to serve them makes the whole idea even scarier. The cracks in the world mentioned above often serve as gateways...but for what is the question?"
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    #28Dark Promises (Dark Series)

    Dark Promises (Dark Series)

    Dark Promises by Christine Feehan is a paranormal romance and dark fantasy novel originally published in March 2016. This is the 29th book in Feehan's Dark series. It was followed by Dark Carousel later that year.

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    Roy Owens
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I love dark fantasy and this novel is pretty awesome. Dark Promises is set in the Carpathian Mountains, which I found to be a nice change of place that I'm typically used to. The overall story kept me engaged for the most part but the greatest strength is the way that the characters are written. "
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    #29Dracula: The Un-Dead

    Dracula: The Un-Dead

    Dracula: The Un-Dead is a paranormal fantasy book written by Dacre Stoker. This horror fiction book is the sequel from Bram Stoker's notes and is first published in 2009 by Dutton. 

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    Sandra Gibson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    " It seems interesting that this book was supposedly written by a descendant of Bram Stoker. One would hope it would be a respectful, thoughtful sequel that would be true to the spirit of the original source. Sadly no such luck.This book was so awful, so terribly written and had such a naive and uninteresting plot. Not true to the author's descendant at all."
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    #30Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices)

    Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices)

    Queen of Air and Darkness is a young adult fantasy fiction and the third book in The Dark Artifices series written by Cassandra Clare. It will be published in December 2018. 

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    Bobby Aguilar
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices) is a wonderfully fantastic and immersive story. I thoroughly enjoyed the world created by Cassandra Clare and the experiences."
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    #31The Light is the Darkness

    The Light is the Darkness

    The Light is the Darkness by Laird Barron is a fantasy fiction and adventure novel originally published in 2012. This book follows the story of Conrad Navarro and the modern-day version gladiatorial battles across the globe.

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    Marcela Peralta
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This book is full of adventure . I love to read it. "
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    #32The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction)

    The Scarlet Thread (Fated Destruction)
    The Scarlet Thread by D.S Murphy is the first book in the Fated Destruction series published in 2016. This book is a dark fantasy novel that follows the story of forgotten gods and angels.
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    Aaron Graham
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "If you're a fan of Percy Jackson this book is just for you. Split over the course of two books, this allows the reader to take their time and learn to get into the character development. See who they enjoy what characters really connect with them. A blend of mystery, fantasy, and magic it hits all the right notes for those looking to get into this genre. Or those already into this genre, it sets the right course and is well written enough for you to enjoy. "
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    #33Don't Be a Hero

    Don't Be a Hero
    Now that metahumans are treated like second-class human beings, superheroes are having a really bad time with their lives. But one of these former superheroes is humanity's last hope: Spook will have to protect the world from a supercriminal before it's too late. 



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    William Hopkins
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Don't be a hero is a book about racisim in a fantasy setting, involving superheroes. It sounds like a weird setup, but it's actually pretty well written and thought provoking and applicable to our current lives. I would recommend this book to anyone."
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    #34Destined (Wings)

    Destined (Wings)

    Destined by Aprilynne Pike is a young adult fantasy and romance fiction novel originally published in 2012. This is the fourth and final book in Pike's Wings series. It is preceded by Wings, Spells, and Illusions.

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    Ronald Herrera
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This is a good solution because it is a popular book. It has a lot of good reviews and it is part of a series."
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    #35The Faerie Ring

    The Faerie Ring
    The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton is a young adult fantasy fiction novel that was originally published in September 2011. This is the first book in Hamilton's The Faerie Ring series. It is followed by The Torn Wing book published in 2012.
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    Brittany Curtis
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is one of those books that you think is not going to grab your attention but when you start reading it you can't find reasons for to stop being so involved with the drama and characters."
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    #36Ash Princess

    Ash Princess

    Ash Princess is a young adult fantasy fiction and the first book in the trilogy written by Laura Sebastian. It will be published in April 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 

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    Adam Welch
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #37The Croning

    The Croning

    The Croning by Laird Barron is a paranormal fiction and occult novel originally published in May 2012. This book was nominated for Goodreads Chouce Awards in Best Horror.

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    Michael Franklin
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "For a paranormal fiction book this is actually really, really original and good. It's very much a marathon book and it takes a long time for the plots and twists to unravel, but when they do they are quite intricate and well made. As eight connected stories, it does well in its horror genre and it will delight you. I spent a good amount of time just reading this on my porch."
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    #38A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
    A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. The HBO cable network turned this series in one of he most successful TV shows ever.
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    Divya Verma
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "Absolute classic! This is a must read if you at all enjoy the TV show or are a sci-fi fan. There are a lot of details that didn't make the show and I found something new every time I read this. I read the whole series about once a year, and I can't recommend it highly enough."
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    #39Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1985. This is the third book in the authors' Dragonlance Chronicles series. It is followed by Night of the Dragons.

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    Julie Chapman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Dragons of Spring Dawning (Dragonlance Chronicles) is a book that in the dark fantasy fiction genre. It is authored by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It was first published in 1985. This book is the third book in the Dragonlance Chronicles series. "
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    #40Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul)

    Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul)

    Covenant with the Vampire is a paranormal historical fiction and the first book in The Diaries of the Family Dracul written by Jeanne Kalogridis. It is first published in 1994. 

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    Olivia Ferguson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I've always been keen on vampires and their stories, so I had to check this book out when I heard of it. I'm really glad I did! This is the start of a series, I am pretty impressed with the story and the writing, and I'm definitely awaiting the next book eagerly!"
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    #41The Lone Drow (The Hunter's Blades Trilogy)

    The Lone Drow (The Hunter's Blades Trilogy)

    The Lone Drow by R.A. Salvatore is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2003. This is the second book that belongs in Salvatore's The Hunter's Blades trilogy. It was followed by The Two Swords in 2004.

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    Rosario Alonso
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "R.A. Salvatore is someone my college roommate used to read obsessively. Finally she got me to read one, and while it was OK, the characters fell a little flat for me."
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    #42The Veil (Devil's Isle)

    The Veil (Devil's Isle)

    The Veil is an urban fantasy paranormal romance book and the first book in Devil's Isle series written by Chloe Neill. It is published in 2015 by NAL Trade. 

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    Deborah Carpenter
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "There has been such a trend lately with young adult fantasy books. I've read most of them and loved them, but I found it refreshing when I discovered this series with actual adults. The characters are compelling and I enjoyed the story. It was a bit dark, but that's exactly how I like my fantasy!"
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    #43Knight Of The Black Rose (Ravenloft)

    Knight Of The Black Rose (Ravenloft)
    Knight Of The Black Rose by James Lowder is a dark fantasy fiction novel originally published in 1991. This is the second book in the Ravenloft series. It follows the story of Lord Soth as evil powers take over him.
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    Kenneth Ray
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I bought the book Knight Of The Black Rose (Ravenloft) for myself, and I really enjoyed reading it so far. It's a nice, dark fantasy novel that will teleport you in an adventurous world, where Lord Soth will be overwhelmed by evil powers.. Very nice one, I recommend to everyone!"
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    #44Playing with Fire (Silver Dragons)

    Playing with Fire (Silver Dragons)
    Playing with Fire. the first book in Katie Macalister's young adult fantasy romance series entitled Silver Dragons, is about the complex but budding love between Gabriel, leader of the Silver Dragons, and May.

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    Beverly Cox
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I love dark fantasy books. They are incredible. After reading all the well known ones, I was looking for something else. Playing with Fire is one I came across on, and couldn't put it down. It is the first book in Katie Macalister's young adult fantasy series, and it sure did not disappoint. It's about the budding love between Gabriel and May. Five stars all the way. "
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    #45The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)

    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower)
    Stephen King's The Gunslinger tells the story of the Roland Deschain of Gilead, the last gunslinger, as he traverses the desert in pursuit of the evil Man in Black. This is the first book of The Dark Tower series.
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    David Hernandez
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Add: Written by world famous award winning author Stephen King. “An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series. It was a number 1 national bestseller "
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    #46The Smoke Thief (The Drakon)

    The Smoke Thief (The Drakon)

    The Smoke Thief, the first book in Shana Abe's fantasy adventure series Drakon, is about the thief that threatens to reveal the secrets of the Dra'Kon, the hidden mystic creatures living in the high hills of England.

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    Samuel Richards
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "seems pretty interesting but probably not the best but looks pretty good"
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    #47Empire of Blood (Dragonlance: The Minotaur Wars)

    Empire of Blood (Dragonlance: The Minotaur Wars)

    Empire of Blood by Richard Knaak is an epic fantasy fiction novel originally published in 20041. This is the third book in Knaak's Dragonlance: The Minotaur Wars series. It was preceded by the Tides of Blood in 2003.

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    Jane Arnold
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I loved this book! I couldn't put it down!"
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    #48Beyond the Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy)

    Beyond the Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy)

    Beyond the Shadows is the last book in The Night Angel trilogy written by New York Times best-selling author Brent Weeks. It is about Kylar who has to kill a goddess to save his friends. 

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    Patrick Brewer
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Beyond the Shadows is the third and final book in The Night Angel Trilogy series. If you are into dark fantasy then you must read the first two before this one. It's a very good book and series written by best selling author, Brent Weeks."
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    #49The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)

    The Way of Shadows (Night Angel)

    The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel trilogy written by New York Times best-selling author Brent Weeks. It is about Azoth who became an assassin under the name of Kylar Stern. 

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    #50Before They Are Hanged (First Law Trilogy)

    Before They Are Hanged (First Law Trilogy)
    Before They Are Hanged, the 2nd book in Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy, is about the journey of three men: Glokta needs to save his helpless city, Ladisla is to lead disorganized men into battle, and Bayaz must save mankind.
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    Brandon Contreras
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "The First Law trilogy is a fantastic fantasy series that I couldn't put down when I read it. Before They Are Hanged is the second book in the trilogy and continues developing the story on a grand scale. If you love epic fantasy stories like Game of Thrones, then you will love this series as well."
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    #51Dragonswan

    Dragonswan

    Dragonswan is a young adult, fantasy romance novel written by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is about Channon MacRea and her fateful meeting with a handsome and mystic Sebastian, who claims he knows of dragons and adventure.

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    Frances Pierce
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "I was looking for a fantasy romance with a dark twist. Dragonswan fits the bill."
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    #52The Blade Itself (The First Law)

    The Blade Itself (The First Law)

    The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is an epic fantasy novel published in 2006. This book follows the story of four men and how their lives will intertwine with each other. The Blade Itself is the first book in the First Law series.

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    Zachary Moreno
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This was an interesting dark fantasy book. It could have been darker, but it was still enjoyable. I look forward to reading more in the series."
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    #53Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire)

    Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire)

    Prince of Thorns is the first volume of an epic fantasy trilogy. When he was nine, his mother and brother were killed in front of his eyes, starting the fight to be king. It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on

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    Aadhya Jhadav
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Prince of Thorns is a great book! I read it when it came out in 2011, and it is one of my favorite dark fantasy books to date...and I've read a lot of them! It's extremely dark. It's also very violent and cruel, but not in a way that's graphically violent. The character development throughout the book is phenomenal. "
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    #54Imajica

    Imajica

    Imajica by Clive Barker is a fantasy novel published in 1991. This book tells the story of the reconciliation of Earth known as the Fifth Dominion with other parallel worlds. It also discusses other topics such as gods, death, and life.

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    Magdalena Garduño
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "This is one of my most favorite books of all time. There are characters in this book unlike any other. They had to wait and wait to make it into a movie due to not having the technology that would be needed to depict this story line in a movie. It will bring any old fuddy duddy imagination back to life and traveling worlds beyond this one. Exploring realms that you have never imagined, and characters, that will stay with you forever!!!"
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    #55Dragons of a Fallen Sun (Dragonlance: The War of Souls)

    Dragons of a Fallen Sun (Dragonlance: The War of Souls)

    Dragons of a Fallen Sun by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2000. This is the second book in the authors' The War of Souls trilogy. It is followed by Wizards of the Coast.

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    Philip Smith
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This would definitely count as a fantasy book.  it has a lot of themes from similar series of fantasy books.  if you are a fan of fantasy type books with a kind of dark theme this looks like it would be a good read."
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    #56The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry)

    The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry)

    The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay is a speculative fiction and fantasy novel originally published in 1986. This is the third book from Kay's Fiovanar Tapestry series. It was preceded by The Wandering Fire published in the same year.

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    Navya Malik
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Amazing series...this is my third reading!"
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    #57The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry)

    The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry)
    The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay is a speculative fiction and fantasy novel originally published in 1986. This is the second book from Kay's Fiovanar Tapestry series. It was followed by The Darkest Road published in that same year.
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    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I read the first book of the series when I was looking for dark fantasy books. Kay writes very good fiction, in my opinion, judging from the first book. The second book did not disappoint, and I will keep reading his books."
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    #58Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons Of Winter Night is a graphic novel written by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Andrew Dabb. This comic book was illustrated by Steve Kurth and it was published in 2015.

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    Debra Watson
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles) is a great book/series of books illustrated by Steve Kurth. These are dark fantasy books perfect for anyone who is a fan of Dungeons & Dragons. "
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    #59Renegade (The Lost Books)

    Renegade (The Lost Books)

    Renegade by Ted Dekker is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2010. This is the third book in Dekker's The Lost Books series. It tells the story of one of the chosen who went rogue.

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    Jeremy Bryant
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The TimeSpace Superman Cowboy enters stage! Despite the roller-coaster action this thriller provides (as it is becoming a standard in the Lost Books franchise), its general spirit feels feet-dragging and mournful , an ominous dirge to those who ruthlessly hit back at their fellow companions but lacking the power (and maybe the courage) of challenging the driving force that separates the chosen from the doomed. On a lighter side, you are reminded page by page that the best and wildest edition, visual and sound effects conceivable can only happen inside our minds. A fractal novel you cannot detach from even after the back cover."
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    #60Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire)

    Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire)

    Kiss of Fire, the first book in Deborah Cooke's young adult fantasy series titled Dragonfire, is about Sara Keegan, a cynic woman who wants nothing to do with the paranormal, and Quinn, a dragon warrior who saved her from an attack.

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    Sandra Gibson
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "Seems an average beginning to a story. May get interesting later on."
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    #61Rage of a Demon King (Serpentwar Saga)

    Rage of a Demon King (Serpentwar Saga)

    Rage of a Demon King by Raymond E. Feist is a fantasy novel originally published in April 1997. This is the third book in Feist's Serpentwar Saga series. It was preceded by Rise of a Merchant Prince and followed by Shards of a Broken Crown.

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    Roy Barnes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Great book. Not too long and the story is very addicting. Some of the best characters in a book I've read in a long time."
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    #62The Two Swords (The Hunter's Blades)

    The Two Swords (The Hunter's Blades)

    The Two Swords by R.A. Salvatore is a fantasy fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the third book in Salvatore's The Hunter's Blades series. It was preceded by The Lone Drow in 2003.

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    Sharon Hudson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "ithral Hall is under siege, Nesmé is overrun, and even powerful Silverymoon braces for war. Through it all, Drizzt has fought alone, but as the conflict draws to a bloody conclusion, the Hunter will have to find allies both new and old–or die along with the rest of the civilized North. The conclusion of the New York Times best-selling trilogy decides the fate of Drizzt Do’Urden."
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    #63Wild Wastes

    Wild Wastes

    Wild Wastes is an adult urban fantasy fiction written by Randi Darren. This fantasy novel is first self-published in 2017 and about an apocalypse before World War II. 

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    #64Elemental Ninjas 2

    Elemental Ninjas 2

    Elemental Ninjas 2: Lineage is a fantasy fiction novel written by Mon. D. Rea. It is about the three ninjas' mission to find the Belshazzar's Scroll and it is self-published in 2017. 

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    Samantha Patel
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Fair price for book. Part of a series that would benefit young adults and preteens."
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    #65Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga)

    Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga)
    This is the first book of The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, where the orphan Pug has arrived to learn with the master magician Kulgan. Yet Pug is a strange kind of magic, one day he'll change the fate of the two worlds. 
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    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I am not really into animals or magic. This book has both but for some reason, I wanted to learn more. Interesting concept."
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    #66A Season in Carcosa

    A Season in Carcosa

    A Season in Carcosa by Laird Barron and Simon Strantzas is a fantasy fiction and horror novel originally published in 2012. This book contains all new tales to tribute Robert W. Chambers and his works.

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    Juan Hudson
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The writing style of this author was so weird but in a great way. If you love dark fantasy this book will keep you glued well into the night hours. "

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Best What are the best dark fantasy books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mage's Burden (Fire of the Jidaan)Books 1 Paid
2The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)Books 1 Paid
3Fury of Ice (Dragonfury)Books 0 Paid
4Harvest HuntingBooks 0 Paid
5Dead WestBooks 0 Paid
6The Demon CycleBooks 0 Paid
7The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin)Books 0 Paid
8Anno DraculaBooks 0 Paid
9Night HuntressBooks 0 Paid
10The Malazan Book of the FallenBooks 0 Paid
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