Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Grimdark Fantasy books.
How we picked these:
1. Search for "best Grimdark Fantasy books" and study the top 9 articles.
2. Add only the top books (mentioned 2+ times).
3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
(This process takes a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)
Stephen R. Donaldson
Brian Lee Durfee
A dark fantasy subgenre of speculative fiction that is characterized by its focus on violence, death, and the darker aspects of human nature. These often explore the gray areas between good and evil, and the stories often feature anti-heroes or characters with a morally ambiguous view.
Books from this genre are usually set in a dark, gritty science fiction world where corruption is rampant and hope is hard to find.
(You can read our criteria in the description, but we'll summarize it here) We searched for the most popular lists of grimdark fantasy book recommendations on the internet, read, and averaged what they recommend. It's simple, but takes really long time (though we believe it's worth it because it's better than just one writer's recommendations... And gives a bunch of great new stories to add to your library!)
22 total. But many of these are part of much bigger series, so the number is larger.
We're working on a cool feature to make this easier. But for now, just know that wherever you see ", book 1", then it's probably part of a series (and maybe we have it on our site!)
Our first rule is "don't try to out-Bezos Bezos", so we don't do anything that Amazon already does a good job with (no to read list, no comments, no direct purchase, no stars to show avg rating, etc...). Here we'll list the best novels and recommendations for you, and then you can buy on Amazon. Instead of a war (that we'd lose) we work well together :)
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