The Best Grimdark of 2016

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Best Novels

1. Dancer’s Lament by Ian C. Esslemont

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Dancer’s Lament was easily my favorite read of 2016. Esslemont really steps out of Erikson’s shadow and the newest trilogy in the Malazan world demonstrates the very best of Esslemont’s contribution to the Malazan universe.

2. Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards

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The Bloodsounder’s Arc is one of the most unsung fantasy trilogies I know of. Chains of the Heretic captured everything I could have wanted in an ending. This series remains one of my favorite trilogies in all of fantasy fiction and Jeff Salyards, though unsung now, is one of the masters of the genre.

3. The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher

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The Mirror’s Truth is the sequel to Beyond Redemption, one of the grittiest fantasy stories I’d read. I enjoyed getting my hands on an early copy of The Mirror’s Truth  and was thrilled with the ever dark…

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