If you’re a fantasy fan looking to explore something a little darker, or just want a moody read that doesn’t quite step into thriller or horror, dark fantasy is the perfect subgenre to explore! The definition of this type of fantasy read is a little tricky to pin down, but whether they feature humans wrestling with supernatural forces, an anti-hero as the main character, or a heaping dose of moral ambiguity in your characters, there’s something for everyone on this list.
SO... this upcoming release isn't out until February, but it 100% deserves a spot on your 2024 TBR so we couldn't leave it off this list! When Liska makes a risky bargain with a demon called The Leszy to be free of her monstrous power, the consequences take her on a journey beyond her wildest imaginings.
This moody, atmospheric read deserves a top spot on your TBR this season! A magical school, dangerous ocean caves, and a little romance make this dark fantasy debut a must read!
This eerie historical mystery is absolutely perfect for cozying up with and chilly evening! If you're a fan of creepy, atmospheric ghost stories you'll want to meet Wilhelmina Price, a working-class girl in 1920s England who must work with a lord's son to solve mysterious deaths in a local manor.
This new release is PERFECT for dark fantasy fans! After all, what could be more perfect than a book about a disgraced ghost-fighting warrior who must journey into a haunted wasteland to rescue a kidnapped prince? (The answer: nothing.)
Pulse pounding action and a deadly magical world collide in A Door in the Dark as Ren fights to survive in the punishing wilderness after a portal spell malfunctions and lands her and her classmates in the dark woods. This thrilling fantasy thriller is a must-read (especially before the sequel hits shelves in 2024)!
Does anything scream dark fantasy more than a blood-witch? Ranka's dark powers put her at the center of a brewing war that she wants no part of, right in between the only family she’s ever known and the enemy who makes her question everything.
Warrior nuns + evil spirits + Margaret Rogerson goodness = the PERFECT entry point into the world of dark fantasy! Vespertine will fully immerse you in a world of sinister magic, secrets, and ancient spirits and will leave you wanting more.
The Hollow Star Saga (which kicks off with A Dark and Hollow Star) is chock full with dark magic, an amazing queer cast of characters, and... a serial killer? This fantasy series combines moody vibes with an urban setting and is a must-read for any fan of the genre!
Winterwood is the perfect read for you if you want dark, witchy vibes! Some say the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven are magical. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. One night, her special connection to the woods leads her to Oliver Huntsman, who disappeared over a month ago. But Oliver is hiding secrets of his own…