Gritty and Gray: 12 of the Greatest Grimdark Fantasy Books Ever

These books would turn any idealist into a cynic.

Grimdark Books The Iron Dragon's Daughter
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Buy The Iron Dragon's Daughter at Amazon

The Iron Dragon's Daughter

By Michael Swanwick

Buy A Place Among the Fallen at Amazon

A Place Among the Fallen

By Adrian Cole

Buy Thieves' World® at Amazon

Thieves' World®

By Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey

Buy Sister Light, Sister Dark at Amazon

Sister Light, Sister Dark

By Jane Yolen

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley Grimdark Books

The Mere Wife

By Maria Dahvana Headley

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie Grimdark Books

The Blade Itself

By Joe Abercrombie

The Poppy War by  R.F. Kuang Grimdark Books

The Poppy War

By R.F. Kuang

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The Lies of Locke Lamora

By Scott Lynch

Godblind by Anna Stephens Grimdark Books

Godblind

By Anna Stephens

The Steel Remains A Land Fit for Heroes Series by Richard K. Morgan Grimdark Books

The Steel Remains

By Richard K. Morgan

A Crown for Cold Silver All Roads Lead to War Series by Alex Marshall

A Crown for Cold Silver

By Alex Marshall

The Chronicles of the Black Company Glen Cook

The Black Company

By Glen Cook