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Dark Lords {Tough Traveling}

 Dark Lords!

Tough Traveling is a meme hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Barn where we tour the countryside of Fantasyland with The Tough Guide to Fantasyland :D

Today I’m joining Nathan’s exploration of all fun tropes in fantasy with the Dark Lords edition. If you love fantasy, you should join in on our adventures too! Dark lords are of course a great villain for our heroes to fight against, but I have a special place in my heart for dark lords (and ladies) that go farther than just a scary villain in the background. I like dark lords with intriguing pasts and painfully good reasons for being a bit crazy >.>. Oh and I’ll be skipping Harry Potter since it’s just too easy :-P.

Note: There are some minor spoilers for these books since I’m outing which are the main villains.

Shadow and Bone Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews grave mercy In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

  1. The Darkling (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo) – I feel like I have to start this list with The Darkling since he has “dark” right there in his name ;-). The Darkling definitely fancies himself a dark lord as well, though he’d like everyone to think he’s benevolent, ha.
  2. King Tohon (Touch of Power by Marie V. Snyder) – King Tohon is the main villain of the Healer series and definitely ended up feeling like a dark lord to me. He succeeds at being extremely creepy and unpleasant to poor Avry, plus there is the whole controlling dead armies thing.
  3. Roland (Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews) – Roland is the main lurking villain of this series and every time we face off against someone scary, they don’t fail to point out that Roland is even badder and scarier D: This makes me of course adore this series though, since the tension is building with every book!
  4. St. Mortain (Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers) – St. Mortain is the god/saint of death and Ismae is logically an assassin nun. This is an exception to the list where St. Mortain isn’t the villain, but I feel like the former pagan god of death and now saint of death counts right? ;-)
  5. Creepy cult (In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo) – I’m so cheating now, but there is a group of creepy villains in In the Shadows and they definitely give off the dark lords and ladies vibe. Since In the Shadows has graphic novel pages along with text, you quickly get visuals on just how creepy they are D:

I have a strangely difficult time remembering the villains of stories, so I’m sure I’ve missed many dark lords. Fortunately for me, you lovely people can help me remember more! And be sure to check out the other lists to find more tourists from Fantasyland :D.

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Great meme! I haven’t read any of these books, but they all sound like appropriately dark, creepy dark lord characters. I’m curious, what did you think of the “dark lord” in Grave Mercy’s sequel, Dark Triumph?
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    • I haven’t read Dark Triumph yet D: I have it on audiobook and I think it’ll be the next one once I finish the two I have going currently ;-)

  2. The Darkling is definitely a cool dark lord!
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  3. I think I had Darkling on my original list too, but somehow he got bumped out! And it just made me realize there are actually lot of dark lords/dark ladies in YA…
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  4. I now kind of want to have a themed reading month where I only read books with dark lords…and saint of death would definitely count!
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  5. I completly forgot about the Darkling. How did I do that?

    Would I like Shadows? I do like nasty cults, but I know nothing about that book.
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    • The same way I forgot about Mistborn? ;-)

      Do you like graphic novels? In the Shadows is half graphic novel pages and half text story that weaves together by the end :)

  6. Ahh, the Darkling! What a great villain!
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  7. Whoa …. I have to admit, I have not read a single one of your choices! But have eyed Shadow and Bone before. I like the description that the Darkling fancies himself a dark lord :D I had a really hard time remember the villains too. Mistborn was one that kept nagging at me, but I just couldn’t remember (until I looked at Mogsy’s and Nathan’s lists!) :)
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    • When trying to come up with lists I typically just start browsing through my Goodreads read list, but that means I typically forget to include books I read before starting blogging D:

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