Dark Fantasy suggestions, please?
As the title says, I want a story that's serious and gritty that takes place in a fantastical world, but not something so melodramatic to the point of being overly edgy and cringe-inducing.
Think Bloodborne and Attack on Titan in terms of depth of worldbuilding and characterization. That's what I need.
Thanks in advance!
This is what you’re looking for. Links in signature. Or check out my new LitRPG styled Dark fantasy story called Shinobi (also in sig).
Both are inspired by videogames like Nioh, Sekiro, Bloodborne, and similar. Requiem isn’t a LitRPG though.
The Valkyrie System
Lilith dies after giving birth and reincarnates as a Valkyrie. Thanks to a glitch in the System, her memories of Earth remain intact. Now she must make sense of her new world and her newfound powers as a death maiden. She has no intention of staying in Asgard, but for there to be any hope of going home, she must first survive Ragnarok, the apocalypse of the gods.
Meanwhile on Earth, a mysterious portal is discovered...
Frostfall is a short story. Epic Fantasy, some swording. Female viking-esque protag.
Songs of the Second Apocalypse is Post-Apoc and new. It's only 5k words atm, but I'm going to release at least two chapters a week! It's also dark! Hooray! Links are in the signature if you're interested.
Children of Nemeah is a Fantasy Fiction that focuses on medieval swordplay as much as mutations that conclude in abilities which are fantastic but all still logical and I put a lot of effort into keeping everything explainable - there is nothing happening just because "magic". Same as in attack of titans, the world building is a bit dark and nebulous at the start, but secrets will be revealed (although it will get even darker later on).
If you are for action, amazing abilities and want characters that feel alive in that dark environment, I believe I can provide!
Children of Nemeah | Royal Road
There was one by a guy named Hugo Huesca that I thought was good, "Dungeon Lord."
There's another one which has great worldbuilding but isn't so dark as it is economical, "CIVCEO" by Andrew Karevik.
Good luck in your research!
Where The Dragons Went by ImSoAwesome
Extremely well-written, it's to the level that you'd expect for a professionally published book! Even better is that the author has already completed the first 2 books and almost completed the third. So that means regular releases as they build their following
"King's Dark Tidings" by Kade, Kel.
The first couple chapters of book one is a mixed bag - you'll like or dislike it. But I strongly recommend pushing through book one regardless. The meat of it is book three. Reading that one was pure bliss.
My first part is basically character building; the depressed MC being bullied and pushed to a limit. But the second part would be more grimdark, the journey of the supernatural beings and how they came about, how they born their saviour to the world.
I myself want to rewatch Claymore for inspiration, reread The Prophecy of Lucifer and even some Inu Yasha.