[Recommend] High/dark fantasy fiction

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  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm going to throw my hat into The Black Company series by Glen Cook. Going from the Game of Thrones series to it was very refreshing and surprisingly dense as the author doesn't fuck around. When he gives you a paragraph, he doesn't waste words but somehow makes sentences bare weight.

    Kinda gives you a very epic feel even if you only read a few pages at a time.

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  • Shark_MegaByteShark_MegaByte Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks.

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  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I guess I prefer my fantasy tropes remain constructed!

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun is sci-fi, but it's the kind of sci-fi that is very nearly fantasy and it throws around ideas and concepts both dark and enthralling like candy at Halloween.

    I just finished Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen yesterday - the first book is great. Really, it is! Except for the first time you read it, it throws you into the setting with all these characters, never bothering to introduce anything, and then it just goes. It shows you all these cool things, but you have no connection to them and have no idea why you should care (so you probably won't). Gardens of the Moon isn't very effective, so I have to recommend that if you start this series, you pick up the second book, too - Deadhouse Gates is flat-out one of the bestest fantasy novels there is, and the series just keeps ramping up from there. Get through Gardens and you are golden.

    Stephen King and Peter Straub wrote a book called The Talisman which is dark fantasy in a contemporary setting and it is excellent all the way through, in pretty much every way. King's Eyes of the Dragon is similarly great.

    Every story about Conan written by Robert E. Howard is worth reading, especially because he forms the modern backbone of the entire "dark fantasy" genre.

    When it comes to Moorcock's Elric stories, stick to his short stories and novellas - I love his work but Moorcock has a tendency to get unconscionably silly in his novels.

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    Also Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana and the Sarantine Mosaic books are just about as good as it gets.

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  • EchoEcho Moderator mod
    edited April 2011
    Shit, how could I forget one of my favorites?

    Peter Morwood's The Book of Years.

    Very low-key fantasy. Magic is rare and lethal - and that's just to the user! It's not all that dark, but I recommend it with enthusiasm.

    It's four novels total - I have them collected in two books.

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  • WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    The best way to determine if Malazan is for you is to take the paperback of Deadhouse Gates, open to page 23, and read through page 38. Those fifteen pages communicate more about the series in both tone and subject matter than the entirety of the first book. if you like those fifteen pages, you need to read these books.

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  • mare_imbriummare_imbrium Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I am a couple days late with this but if you want dark The Book of Words trilogy by J.V. Jones is soul-crushingly dark at times. The first book is called The Baker's Boy.

    I second the Black Jewels by Anne Bishop. For some reason those books have become something I will read over and over again. The possibly last one - at least the last one for a while - just came out last month. Whatever you do, don't read it until you've read everything else.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent The World on This SideRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Okay, took a list and went to the NW regional library and began hunting.

    Anything that was a series, I pretty much couldn't find the early books of; namely Black Jewels, Malazan, and Farseer. Coudln't find either of the G.G. Kay recommendations either.

    I did manage to special order a Black Company book, so we'll see how that goes.


    Two I picked up that really seem to my liking:

    -Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman(couldn't find Coldfire)
    -Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

    I like the latter's writing style. Also found the Stephen King one, I need no introduction to his works, I'm sure it'll be good.

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  • EtheaEthea Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    cj iwakura wrote: »
    Okay, took a list and went to the NW regional library and began hunting.

    Anything that was a series, I pretty much couldn't find the early books of; namely Black Jewels, Malazan, and Farseer. Coudln't find either of the G.G. Kay recommendations either.

    I did manage to special order a Black Company book, so we'll see how that goes.


    Two I picked up that really seem to my liking:

    -Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman(couldn't find Coldfire)
    -Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

    I like the latter's writing style. Also found the Stephen King one, I need no introduction to his works, I'm sure it'll be good.

    I find at my library that all the good fantasy books have several holds on them. So I generally have to go in place my name in the queue at wait for some time. Generally if my library doesn't have a book it can be requested from a sister / associated library.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent The World on This SideRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    The oldest Malazan books weren't in the system at all, and I couldn't even find anyone named Gene Wolfe.

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