I’ve noticed it seems fantasy books are moving to the dark side lately. Obviously fantasies always have an element of evil and dark within them but I’m intrigued to see more and more books where the main characters are more morally grey or darker.
Am I complaining? NO WAY!
I’d say my first fantasy book that delightfully surprised me with it’s dark element was The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I totally assumed it was the standard fantasy, good vs evil only to find out it wasn’t quite the case.
Here are a list of some darker fantasy books I’ve seen or read lately and new ones that are yet to release!
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- Vicious by Victoria Schwab
- A Court of Thorns and Roses/A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (I see this series progressively getting darker.)
- The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
3 Upcoming releases: (I’ve included links to their Pinterest boards if they have one)
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Releases Sept. 20) – This is about three Queen triplets who have to kill each other so only one of them is standing to claim the throne. There is no Pinterest board (yet) but I made a book trailer.
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (Releases Sept. 20) – This is a dark Victorian Era/fantasy book. This Pinterest board is fabulous!
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Releases Feb. 7, 2017) – This is a dark and sexy Labyrinth retelling. I am SO intrigued by all these intense and amazing pins.
Recommendations from Twitter!
Below are a few tweet responses from my question on Twitter about dark fantasy recs! Click my tweet to see ALL suggestions! 🙂
@thebooktraveler Hush hush.
— Jeshea (@hrhjeshea) May 26, 2016
@thebooktraveler The Silmarillion, in a way
— Natalia Wiki (@NattysTales) May 26, 2016
@thebooktraveler does Cruel Beauty count?
— Krutula Nair (@Ruthsic) May 26, 2016
@thebooktraveler Definitely ALICE by Christina Henry, a retelling of AiW
— Fiction Jungle (@FictionJungle) May 26, 2016
— Alexandra P. (@alexperc92) May 26, 2016
@thebooktraveler Yes it is lol. Also you can add GoT and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.
— Bitchtastic Reviews (@CreatyveBooks) May 26, 2016
— La La in the Library (@LaLaT0adst0ne) May 26, 2016
— Vivien (@deadtossedwaves) May 26, 2016