Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Dark Fantasy. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Angel Dust: Feathers and Fire Book 11


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

A tree’s branches cannot reach Heaven unless its roots also touch Hell… The Four Horsemen are hunting the most deadly and elusive of fugitives—the White Rose. Despite being wanted and on the run, Callie has no intention of hiding from the angelic fallout that now plagues Kansas City. Never . Master Dracula will stand as a nightmarish specter against the forces of Heaven, Hell, the nephilim, and the Vatican Conclave. But nothing is as simple as it seems in this war. Because betrayal hides behind every ally’s smile, and compassion stands behind every execution. Virtue and compassion, monsters and sheep, victors and victims—all two sides of the same coin. As they say, it is a mother bear’s compassion that gets you eaten. Callie must cross lines she never wanted to cross, and heed the darkest whispers in her mind if she wants to survive what is to come. If she wants her people to survive what is to come. She must evolve and adapt into something darker, something scarier, something nobly cruel. A symbol to be revered with fearful adoration. The Horsewoman of Despair is about to flick the first domino of the Omega War. Thunder and Terror will herald the End, and a true monster will wield the infamous fiery blades with a smile of silver fangs and a pair of glowing white eyes. Some monsters are born … Others are made . Non Serviam is the battlecry of the damned…and the exalted. If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Steve McHugh, Michael Anderle, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Shannon Mayer, or K.F. Breene, you won't be able to put down the worldwide bestselling Feathers and Fire Series, or anything else in the Temple Verse. “Shayne Silvers, Jim Butcher, and Kevin Hearne are easily my favorite Urban Fantasy Authors. In that order.” — Michael Anderle, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling Author More than 1m copies downloaded and thousands of five-star reviews. Available in digital, print, and audiobook formats. What Amazon readers are saying: ★★★★★ ‘His foul-mouthed unicorn murders rainbows!’ ★★★★★ ‘Move over Dresden!’ ★★★★★ ‘The Temple Verse HAS to be picked up by Netflix soon.’ ★★★★★ ‘Silvers could write a grocery list on a dirty napkin and make it an international bestseller.’ ★★★★★ ‘I went from crying my eyes out to laughing uncontrollably, repeatedly.’ ★★★★★ ‘It’s like the characters walked off the page, joined me at the bar, and bought me a drink.’ ★★★★★ ‘I am astounded as to how the author keeps the story fresh and exciting.’ ★★★★★ ‘I usually see plot twists a mile away. Shayne has proven me wrong. Every time.’ ★★★★★ ‘Best books I’ve read in thirty years.’ ★★★★★ ‘His intense actions scenes let you see the fangs and claws, hear the gunshots, feel the magic, and smell the fear.’ ★★★★★ ‘Everything you thought you knew about vampires, shifters, dragons, wizards, fairies and gods is flat wrong.’ ★★★★★ ‘Publishers who didn’t snap up this series are missing out on a gold mine.’ Silvers has pleasured over one million readers with the Temple Universe. Now it's your turn for a little pleasuring...

  • Author: Shayne Silvers
  • Publisher: Argento Publishing (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

2. The Rotten Witch (The Coven: Fae Magic Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

Sometimes magic just isn't enough... Sometimes you have to start a war, and that’s just what I’m going to do. They took my soulmate. I will get him back, even if I have to destroy everything to do so. Don't miss the penultimate book in The Coven: Fae Magic Series! **Trigger Warning: This book contains a scene with minor sexual violence that some may find triggering. If you feel this may bother you then please skip the scene labaled "Amelia" - if you read Rogue Witch, then you know.*

  • Author: Chandelle LaVaun
  • Publisher: Wanderlost Publishing (July 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Teen & Young Adult

                 

3. Those Who Came Before (Fiction Without Frontiers)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

"Moncrieff’s novel is a lightning-fast read, which is not a bad thing. She paints a vivid picture of the lost tribe and weaves her story arcs together brilliantly. She also sheds light on Native peoples’ treatment in both past and present, smoothly integrating the issue into the novel. Readers won’t want to put it down." — Booklist People are dying at Strong Lake, and the worst is yet to come. An idyllic weekend camping trip is cut short when Reese Wallace s friends are brutally murdered. As the group s only survivor, Reese is the prime suspect, and his story doesn t make much sense. A disembodied voice warning him to leave the campground the night before? A strange, blackened tree that gave him an electric shock when he cut it down for firewood? Detective Greyeyes isn t having any of it until she hears the voice herself and finds an arrowhead at the crime scene an arrowhead she can t get rid of. Troubling visions of a doomed Native American tribe who once called the campground home, and rumors of cursed land and a mythical beast plague the strangest murder case she s ever been a part of. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

  • Author: J.H. Moncrieff
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Press (October 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

4. The Duelist 6


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

The island of Terr is on the brink of civil war and destruction, so Alex will need to use every one of his “Ambassador” skills to keep that from happening. But Terr has dwelled in darkness for too long, and monsters threaten to destroy the Terran people from within and without.

  • Author: Eric Vall
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

5. Revealing the Monster: Playing with Monsters


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

I ended my life to protect Lucian from his enemies. It should have been the hardest decision to make, but it wasn’t. Now I find that Lucian kept even more secrets, deadly ones that threaten to destroy me. I thought I won the game that he and Katarina played, but he’s never stopped shuffling the pieces on the board. Even so, I’ve found peace in his violence and learned to accept my fate within his embrace. As our enemies are revealed, and worlds crashed down into ours, everything is on the line again. Could we survive his latest betrayal, or would it destroy us all? Lena wasn’t supposed to pay for my sins, but she did. I hadn’t intended for her to suffer the consequences of my actions. I’d put pieces into motion to give her back the things that mattered most to her. She may never forgive me when she learns the cost I paid or the decisions I made. The thing is, there’s no world where Magdalena isn’t mine. I’d do whatever it took to keep her, and I’d destroy worlds to ensure she stays with me.

  • Author: Amelia Hutchins
  • Publisher: Amelia Hutchins (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 



6. Mortimer: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Vol.6


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

Armageddon Day. That is how history will remember the date when two Overlords clashed amidst the war-torn streets of New Whitehall. The disastrous duel its explosive conclusion wreaked heavy casualties on the two armies present, rendering both the Ishigar Republic and the Lodrak Empire unable to continue to fight. And yet, it was no stalemate. With one Hero defeated and another revealed, the balance of power is sure to shift in the elvish nation’s favor. The Republic’s leaders will surely not hesitate to seize this opportunity, as they had already paid for it in blood and gold. Meanwhile the Lodrak Empire is gripped by unease overnight as their Goddess mysteriously falls silent.  Boxxy doesn’t care about any of that at the moment. Mostly because the confrontation with Teresa has left it in a comatose state at a most inopportune time. With the Hero status of its public persona revealed, it will be forced to rapidly adapt and escalate its plans. Whereas before it only had to worry about keeping its true identity a secret, it will now have to worry about its alter ego being targeted. Each chosen of the divines is a controversial figure, and the suddenly revealed Hero of Chaos will surely attract a lot of attention.  And, as the shapeshifter’s primal instincts are well aware, too much attention can and will lead to a surprise meeting with Death itself.  Content Warning: Profanity, gore, violence, explicit adult content.

  • Author: Neven Iliev
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy

                 

7. Werebear Barbarian King


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

I was just a bison rancher from Montana when a bear attack almost killed me. Now, I’ve awoken into a brutal world where everyone is part beast, and their animal instincts are taking over. Something sinister is in the air, and werecreatures of every species are colliding with teeth and claws. But I’m the rarest and deadliest of all: the werebear. Surviving in these savage lands will mean fighting off the predators and protecting the innocent prey, and to do that, I need to become the true apex predator. And the one rightful king of this world.

  • Author: Eric Vall
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

8. The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba! In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves listeners eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy

                 

9. Stonecutter's Shadow


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

A coup has thrown the kingdom of Farshores into turmoil, and one of the Pretender’s first moves was to order mercenaries to invade the Mage District and put all its inhabitants, men, women, and children, to the sword. There is one survivor, Horace Stonecutter, the youngest son of the Stonecutter family. Though a member of a stone cutting mage family, his stone cutting gift had yet to manifest itself. Instead, he had a talent he first used playing hide and seek with other children. He discovered could hide “inside” shadows, and the other kids nicknamed him “Hyder”, because no one could spot him once he hid. Embarrassed to tell his family about this seemingly useless talent, he kept it to himself. But his ability to hide saved his life when the soldiers came to kill his family. Though there was no love lost between him and his five elder brothers, he dearly loved his mother and the mercs killed her. That night vengeance — in the form of an enraged Horace — moved from shadow to shadow killing the attackers without mercy. After all, it takes no arms training to bury an axe in the back of an enemy’s head when attacking from deep shadow. Consumed with anger and a hunger for retribution, he journeys out to find who ordered the murder of his family. He owes someone a blood debt, and he wants to collect. Along his bloody journey, he meets kings, princes, princesses, noblemen — and not so noble men. He learns that in troubled times few are to be trusted. Join him as he becomes a fully developed Shadow Mage and follow as his abilities and powers grow while he seeks to collect the blood debt he is owed. May God have mercy on his enemies — because he won’t.

  • Author: James Haddock
  • Publisher: Matron Publishing (July 10, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

10. Scholomance 11: The Devil's Academy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dark Fantasy - August 2021

It’s time for all the realms to know the dark lord has returned. Cole has bonded every witch in Scholomance to him, but he’s not done. He’ll get every unholy kingdom to bow to him or die trying to refuse him. And once Cole has amassed his army and expanded his empire, he’ll deal with the Elder Lord.

  • Author: Logan Jacobs
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction