Authors have the ability to produce content that would never, ever, ever be allowed in movies or television.
While the fantasy genre appeals to readers of all ages, some works (due to their complexity or extremely graphic nature) are probably best for adult eyes only. Whether these are novels you want to pursue, or works you’ll be sure to avoid, here is our list of Top Fantasy Books for Adults Only. To be clear, these are all top quality works of Fantasy literature, but some of the elements used in their crafting may be too intense for the more sensitive readers.
The Top 3:
The Blade Itself (First Law Book 1), Joe Abercrombie
The best and most accurate description of this series remains as follows: the characters include a narcissistic royal, a sadistic torturer, and a schizophrenic, murderous barbarian….and those are the good guys. So true!
Never before has such an amazing pack of anti-heroes been assembled, and you will, without question, be cheering for them by the end. First Law is graphic, brutal, and in an unexpected twist, surprisingly thought-provoking. There are so many pearls of wisdom and insight amidst the carnage that they shine through despite the intensity of their surroundings. Did I mention the dark humor? Some of the lines are so great you’ll try to remember them for later use, but ultimately find they are just too dark to actually say aloud. If you can handle the heat, these books (as well as the follow-ups) are amazing. Challenge yourself by trying to spot the psychopath (finding the torturer is too easy).
Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire Book 1), Mark Lawrence
Psychopathy (noun) definition: personality disorder characterized by diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behavior. See also: Jorg Ancrath
Jorg, the Prince of Thorns, is debatably the most psychopathic main character in all of Fantasy, and will stop at absolutely nothing to get the revenge he seeks for the brutal murder of his mother. His actions will literally make you cringe, and yet somehow you will love him for it.
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1), George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin probably deserves credit for popularizing the dark, gritty, complex fantasy we have enjoyed in recent years.
Many people are shocked by the content in HBO’s book-to-TV translation of a Game of Thrones, and while HBO does manage to get a surprising amount of content on the air, did you know that these intense acts are happening to children in the books?
Visualize everything you’ve seen the Stark progeny put through, now imagine it happening to kids ages 5 to 14.
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|SERIES NAME||FIRST BOOK||AUTHOR|
|The First Law||The Blade Itself||Joe Abercrombie|
|The Broken Empire||Prince of Thorns||Mark Lawrence|
|A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)||A Game of Thrones||George R.R. Martin|
|The Malazan Book of the Fallen||Gardens of the Moon||Steven Erikson|
|Night Angel||The Way of Shadows||Brent Weeks|
|Dark Tower||The Gunslinger||Stephen King|
|Chronicles of the Black Company||The Black Company||Glenn Cook|