If you’re like me, you enjoy a little drama and murder mixed into your fantasy novels. Fortunately for us, many authors share the same thirst for fantasy stories that aren’t just dungeons, dragons, and happily-ever-after. Nope. We like our fantasies with some real dark consequences and reminders of the shadier parts of society, and the world at large, even in a fictitious setting.
Dark fantasy is not like other fantasy subgenres. These books tackle the darker side of the fantastical while also pointing out problems of the human condition or society. Sometimes there isn’t a horrific monster or antagonist, but an inherent evil of people or aspect of humanity that becomes the primary adversary.
If you have yet to embark on the fascinatingly sinister and downright dastardly side in this significant portion of fantasy literature, I would like to give you some recent grimdark exhibits from the last decade that readers rave about.
Here are some of the top dark fantasy novels of the past decade that may pique your interest.