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Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your Attention

Here is a list of the best Gritty Fantasy books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Water Sleeps: A Novel of the Black Company (Chronicles of The Black Company) (2000)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionRegrouping in Taglios, the surviving members of the Black Company are determined to free their fellow warriors held in stasis beneath the glittering plain. Journeying there under terrible conditions, they arrive just in time for a magical conflagration in which the bones of the world will be revealed, the history of the Company unveiled, and new world gained and lost…all at a terrible price. One of the greatest fantasy epics of our age continues in this ninth installment of Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company….
Author(s): Glen Cook

2. A Vampire’s Bane: A Gritty Urban Fantasy Novel (Rouen Chronicles) (2019)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your Attention“The monster isn’t under my bed. It’s screaming inside my head.”  Cursed by the Kiss of Eternal Night, Samira lives her life as an ancient and powerful vampire, guarding her emotions carefully. One slip up and the darkness inside her could send her on a rage-filled, bloodlust path of death and destruction. It’s happened once before, and it could easily happen again. For over a century, she’s managed to keep the beast inside her at bay, but when someone from her past shows up unexpectedly, her emotions hang by a thread. Especially when she finds out they are working with…
Author(s): Raven Steele, Ava Mason

3. The fantasy fiction formula (2016)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionThere’s more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing a new type of magic. From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the creation of dynamic, multi-dimensional characters, fantasy author Deborah Chester guides novices and intermediate writers through a step-by-step process of story construction. Whether offering tips on how to test a plot premise or survive what she calls the dark dismal middle, Chester shares the techniques she uses in writing her own novels. Examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy illustrate her…
Author(s): Deborah Chester

4. A Shifter’s Curse: A Gritty Urban Fantasy Novel (Rouen Chronicles) (2018)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your Attention“Karma takes too long. I’d rather beat the shit out of you right now.”With a dagger in her boot and blades in her bra, Briar, a powerful shifter, arrives in Rouen with one goal: find and kill Dominic, the man responsible for the destruction of her entire family and wolf pack. When she discovers he is an Alpha surrounded by muscle-ripped shifters and equally as strong witches, she knows the only way she will get close enough to kill him is if she joins his dangerous and shady pack.But infiltrating them proves more challenging than she expects, especially when her new roommates turn out to be supernaturals…
Author(s): Raven Steele, Ava Mason

5. A Vampire’s Fury: A Gritty Urban Fantasy Novel (Rouen Chronicles) (2019)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your Attention“The beast inside me is awake, and it is hungry.”  Her heart gutted by Korin’s betrayal, Samira turns her focus on not just killing him but destroying everything he holds dear. Only tearing apart the ones he loves will give her the revenge she requires. To do so, she must reawaken the beast inside her, the Kiss off Eternal Night. It is both a gift and a curse. If she’s not careful, tapping into those dark powers may destroy a lot more than Korin. The people she loves will also be at risk. But maybe that’s the cost of achieving ultimate revenge….
Author(s): Raven Steele, Ava Mason

6. A Shifter’s Rage: A Gritty Urban Fantasy Novel (Rouen Chronicles) (2018)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your Attention“I never go to bed angry. I stay awake and plot my revenge.”Imprisoned for killing Silas, Briar’s only chance of surviving is to rely on her roommates and Luke, the sexy shifter she loves to hate. But getting free won’t solve her problems. She still has to kill Dominic, the pack Alpha who murdered her entire family. To do that, she has to make Dominic believe she’s still team bad guys so she can get close to him and find out whom he’s working with. Especially when she learns just about everyone and their evil dog is looking for the…
Author(s): Raven Steele, Ava Mason

7. The Invisible City (The Stolen Future) (2018)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionWhen the woman he loves is kidnapped by one of Earth’s alien overlords, he becomes the enemy of one of the most powerful men in the world.But his quest to rescue her is complicated when he learns that a working time machine may still exist with which he could return to his own era and save his troops from certain annihilation.Now, torn between love and his duty to the men who served under him a million years past, pursued by the merciless assassins of the Time Police, Clee fights against war, slavery, and fantastic beasts in a race against time itself–knowing that whatever the…
Author(s): Brian K. Lowe, Digital Fiction

8. Rise of a Necromancer (2019)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionRise of a Necromancer is a standalone character-driven origin story in the Six Elements universe. Reading the completed Six Elements series is recommended but not required. While the beginning of the novel features a juvenile protagonist, like all of Rosie Scott’s works it contains extreme mature content. Rise of a Necromancer explores adult themes (tragedy, psychological trauma, emotional and substance abuse) and contains graphic violence, gore, and cursing….
Author(s): Rosie Scott

9. On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume I (2019)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionWriting advice tends to be full of 'rules' and 'tips' which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire. ON WRITING Part I: Prologues Part II: The First Chapter Part III: The Exposition Problem Part IV: Foreshadowing Part V: Villain Motivation Part VI: Hero-Villain Relationships Part VII: Final Battles Part…
Author(s): Timothy Hickson , Jordon Jones, et al.

10. Son of Perdition (2018)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionSet in the gutted, devastated remains of the American South in the aftermath of the Civil War, Son of Perdition follows a Union solder named Samuel Glazer as he tracks down the Confederate guerillas that brutally murdered his family. Glazer, however, is no ordinary man, and his unholy quest for vengeance is as insatiable as it is destructive.Former sheriff and Confederate soldier Lee Sinclair wants nothing more than to live a quiet life as a blacksmith. When he returned from the war unharmed, he promised his wife Kate that he would never again put himself in harm’s…
Author(s): William Harms, Tim Bradstreet

11. Witch’s Bite: The Complete Series (2019)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionWe all have our secrets. Mine involves a felony record, illegal potions, and magi–well…the last one could get me killed.I’ve been living in a small town working for the vampires for the last six months. All I want is to save up enough to open an apothecary, so I don’t have to heal the neckers anymore.Of course, nothing in my life can be that simple.Two detectives show up at my door asking questions about a dead girl and trying to pin the murder on my employer. Next thing I know, I’m dodging fireballs in parking lots.The police and the witches want me to roll over on the vampires. The only problem is, I’m almost…
Author(s): Stephanie Foxe

12. Water (The Six Elements) (Volume 3) (2017)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionThe War of Necromancers has begun.After her first victory in battle against her former home, Kai Sera and the Seran Renegades are now a force to be reckoned with. They plan to garner support from far away lands, and set off across the ocean in search of more allies.Word of Kai’s identity and her actions in Nahara have spread across the world, however. The gods are on her trail and angry with her transgressions, and their powers equal hers in strength. The Seran Renegades are thrown vastly off course, and must quickly rethink their plans. A chance encounter with an audacious man with his own desire for…
Author(s): Rosie Scott

13. Eve of Snows: Sundering the Gods Book One (2018)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionFive hundred years ago the world shattered, banishing the gods from the Sister Continents and stealing the memories of the mortal peoples in an event known as the Great Forgetting. In seventeen days the stars will align, and a religious cabal will summon the gods back to the realms of men. In the northern tundra priests search the Steaming Lakes, a place tormented by the Wakened Dead. Deep in the mountains, demonic shadows assail priests at a holy shrine. In the south, the clans know something foul is afoot, and dispatch warriors to seek answers, but instead they find horrors.A young priestess named Eliles stands in…
Author(s): L. James Rice

14. Nightwise (2018)

Best Gritty Fantasy Books Worth Your AttentionR.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today’s seedy occult underworld in Nightwise.In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It’s said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he’s also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a…
Author(s): R. S. Belcher

Books shelved as gritty-fantasy: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombi Check out our list of the best fantasy books of all-time below. Good fantasy books have been transporting people to other places and times for hundreds of years. There’s something about quest Out of his two stand alone books I’d recommend Best Served Cold which is a Fantasy revenge story in the vain of Kill Bill. One really good book I read recently is Daniel Polansky’s Low Town which is a really cool gritty noir fantasy novel. Where the main character is a former detective for a Fantasy city, but at the beginning of the book he’s a Books shelved as urban-gritty-fantasy: The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, A Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, The Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn

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Devil's Night Dawning: A Gritty Dark Fantasy Epic

Author(s): Damien Black, Red Raven
Publisher: Damien Black, Year: 2016, Size: 911 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2186231

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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