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Subject: Dark Fantasy
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 1:30 PM ET
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Can anyone suggest some good dark fantasy?

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 3:18 PM ET
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Althought I haven't read it yet, Melusine and its sequels, The Virtu and The Mirador are supposed to be good. Also check out Maledicte by Lane Robins.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 10:27 PM ET
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While I thought Maledicte was okay if a bit predictable, I didn't like Melusine at all. I don't mind some swearing in a book but the author seriously used it as overkill. It started to feel like a distraction. A Eta - I did like George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Have you read any of the Dark Jewels books by Anne Bishop?

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 10:41 PM ET
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No. I haven't read much at all in this area. It seemed interesting to me, so I wanted to get some reccomendations before I started requesting books.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:01 PM ET
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War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.

Five stars in my book :-)

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Tim Powers The Drawing of the Dark

Joan D. Vinge's Snow Queen series

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:56 AM ET
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The Ravenloft series, some of the best dark fantasy I've ever read!

The books are:

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 12:42 PM ET
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I'd have to say the Wit'ch books by James Clemens.  The series starts with Wit'ch Fire (then Wit'ch Storm, Wit'ch War, Wit'ch Gate, Wit'ch Star).  They're probably the darkest books I've ever read.  I found them to have a very different feel to them.  They could be too graphic for some people though.  (He also writes Action-Adventure books under the name James Rollins.)

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Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I've read a couple of the Ravenloft books. They're the reason I like this particular portion of fantasy books. As to the rest, I plan on looking them over to see which ones appeal to me. Thanks to everyone who responded!

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 1:49 AM ET
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The Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson, the first of which is Lord Foul's Bane.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 9:47 AM ET
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Maybe try The Diplomacy of Wolves by Holly Lisle (start of a 3 part series) or the Kushiel Series by Jacqueline Carey. The first book is Kushiel's Dart I also second the Dark Jewels series by Ann Bishop, one of the better series I have come across in years (and no elves or dwarves in sight ;) )
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 12:53 AM ET
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Dark Jewels is a good one. George R. R. Martin's series "A Song of Fire & Ice" is probably the best series I've ever read.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 12:59 PM ET
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I agree with the "song of fire and ice" comments.  Fantastic series.  I'm currently finishing book two of a new series by Joe Abercrombie that I consider the best fantasy I've ever read... definately on the dark side.  "The blade itself" is the first book in the series.

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 11:19 PM ET
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Nightside series by Simon R. Green.

His Deathstalker series is dark, too, but leans more towards sci-fi

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 12:50 AM ET
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I'll second Joe Abercrombie.