Books Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels

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List of famous dark fantasy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular dark fantasy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best dark fantasy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Examples include The Thief of Always and Shadow Kiss.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best dark fantasy books?" and "What are the most famous dark fantasy books?"

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A Knight of the Word is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Brooks A Knight of the Word is the second novel in the Word & Void series by Terry Brooks, written as a prequel to his Shannara series. It was first published in 1998 by Ballantine's Del Rey ...more

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Bleak Seasons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook Bleak Seasons is the sixth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black ...more

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Blood Promise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Blood Promise is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Previously in the series, the main character, Rose, and her true love Dimitri made a pact that if either of them ...more

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Bloodlines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Bloodlines is the first book in the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It follows the story of narrator Sydney Sage, the alchemist who helped Rose in Blood Promise, ...more

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Daughter of Hounds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Caitlín R. Kiernan

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Dreams of Steel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook Dreams of Steel is the fifth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The ...more

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Frostbite is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Frostbite is a vampire novel written by Richelle Mead. It is the second novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Vampire Academy. Frostbite continues the story of the main character, ...more

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Jatta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Jatta is a fantasy novel by Australian author and illustrator Jenny Hale. Set in an alternate world, its heroine Jatta discovers in the days before her fourteenth birthday that she is a ...more

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Last Sacrifice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Last Sacrifice is the sixth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It is the last book in the original storyline, but Mead will continue writing more ...more

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Running with the Demon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Terry Brooks Running with the Demon is the first book in the Word & Void fantasy series, written by Terry Brooks as a prequel to his Shannara series. It was first published in 1997 by Ballantine's Del ...more

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Shadow Games is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook Shadow Games is the fourth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black ...more

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Shadow Kiss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Shadow Kiss is a vampire novel written by Richelle Mead. It is the third novel in the Vampire Academy series, and was preceded by Frostbite. The release of the book pushed the Vampire Academy ...more

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Shadows Linger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook Shadows Linger is the second novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The ...more

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She Is the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook She Is The Darkness is the seventh novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, ...more

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Soldiers Live is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook Soldiers Live is the ninth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black ...more

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Spirit Bound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead × Spirit Bound is the fifth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. In its opening week, Spirit Bound debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal's hardcover fiction list and #1 ...more

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Succubus Blues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Succubus (n) - An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) - A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid. When it comes to ...more

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Succubus Dreams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Some days, a girl just can't catch a break... …especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there’s her ...more

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Succubus Heat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus... …which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, she’s been so wicked ...more

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Succubus on Top is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Georgina Kincaid's job sucks. Literally. Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses her new boyfriend, she’ll drain his life force. Georgina is a ...more

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The Black Company is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook The Black Company released May 1984, is the first novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The book combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it describes the dealings ...more

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The Last Ringbearer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Kirill Eskov The Last Ringbearer is a 1999 fantasy book by Russian author Kirill Eskov. It is an alternative account of, and an informal sequel to, the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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The Silver Spike is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook The Silver Spike is a spin-off from Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The story combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows two former members of The Black ...more

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The Thief of Always is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Clive Barker The Thief of Always is a novel by Clive Barker that was published in 1992. The book is a fable written for children, but intended to be read by adults as well. The book's cover was created by ...more

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The White Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook The White Rose is the third novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black ...more

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Vampire Academy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead Vampire Academy is the first out of six books in the worldwide bestselling series Vampire Academy by the American author Richelle Mead. This book chronicles the life of 17-year-old Rosemarie ...more

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Water Sleeps is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Glen Cook Water Sleeps is the eighth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black ...more

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Weaveworld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Dark Fantasy Books and Novels
Clive Barker Weaveworld is a novel by Clive Barker. It was published in 1987 and could be categorised as dark fantasy. It deals with a parallel world, like many of Barker's novels, and contains many horror ...more