Despite my love of doomed princesses, dark fantasy has never really grabbed me—at the end of the day, I do want hope. (In my favorite doomed princess scenario, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, she only thinks she killed her hero or erased him from existence entirely by accident! She remains doomed nonetheless.) But that’s no reason to ignore the genre (subgenre?), so here are the two main dark fantasy entries on my reading list.