Top 10 Standalone Grimdark Novels

We all love fantasy trilogies and other series where we can immerse ourselves in new worlds and develop long-lasting relationships with characters over the course of multiple books. The majority of fantasy novels—grimdark fantasies included—are published as series.

However, sometimes I am not ready for the commitment of starting a new series and am left craving standalone fantasies. Here I am defining “standalone” as books that are not part of a series and do not require knowledge of other works by the same authors to enjoy fully.

It is surprisingly difficult to find standalone grimdark fantasies. Here I’ve compiled a list of ten excellent standalone novels we think grimdark fans will love, presented in no particular order. These standalone novels also represent a good cross-section of authors who are creating some of the most exciting new work in grimdark.

Before proceeding, I’d like to express my thanks to the Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers Facebook group for several great suggestions of books to include on this list. Without further ado, here are ten excellent standalone grimdark novels for your reading pleasure.

Norylska Groans by Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder