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Old 10-15-2014, 06:13 AM   #1
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Dark Epic Fantasy

Can anyone recommend me some dark fantasy, that isn't paranormal romance. Benjamin Tate/Joshua Palmatier writes dark epic fantasy, and his books looks good. Any more in that darker vein?
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Old 10-15-2014, 09:37 AM   #2
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The canonical exemplars would be:

- R.E. Howard --- Conan, Solomon Kane, Almüric, et. al.
- Poul Anderson --- The Broken Sword and The Merman's Children
- Michael Moorcock --- The Eternal Champion Cycle, esp. Elric

You might also enjoy Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:04 AM   #3
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I would say that Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy is a pretty dark and grim epic fantasy. It starts with "The Blade Itself".


I am also on book 5 (of 10) of Steven Erikson's 'Malazan, Book of the Fallen'. It is also dark and grim and definitely qualifies as epic fantasy. The first book is "Gardens of the Moon"
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I would say that Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy is a pretty dark and grim epic fantasy. It starts with "The Blade Itself".


I am also on book 5 (of 10) of Steven Erikson's 'Malazan, Book of the Fallen'. It is also dark and grim and definitely qualifies as epic fantasy. The first book is "Gardens of the Moon"
I second the Abercrombie First Law series.. also, I am reading a new author (new for me) on my kobo now, The Barrow by Mark Smylie. . Not sure if it qualifies as epic or not but it sure as hell is dark...
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:50 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions. In Waterstones, they have a section for dark fantasy, and most of it seems to be fantasy romance, which I'm not into. The only other dark fantasy that I saw from my brief browse through was stuff by Clive Barker, but I don't know how good he is. Any other suggestions?
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:19 AM   #7
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I'd second Joe Abercrombie. I'd also throw in Daniel Abraham's 'Long Price Quartet' into the category. George Martin's Song of Fire & Ice series is also dark, though perhaps not quite as gritty (and incomplete!).
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Definitely Joe Abercrombie. VERY dark and grim.
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The Prince of Nothing series by R. Scott Baker
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The Coldfire Trilogy by C. S. Friedman
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The "Broken Empire" series by Mark Lawrence. First book "Prince of Thorns"
So much that. These books tickled a newly discovered pleasure nerve of mine. Highly recommended if you want to read about a bastard who is stubbornly on his way to rule everything.
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