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Offline Shooter84

Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« on: January 23, 2019, 09:35:29 AM »
Hi all.

just curious if anybody has some good recommendations for some gritty books/series that are predominantly set in large cities with lower and upper class areas etc. it is fine if some POV’s are not set in said cities and if this is only part of a bigger story. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 10:55:57 AM »
Welcome to the forum -

Are you looking for modern day fantasies, trad quasi-medieval fantasies, or both?
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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2019, 01:01:55 PM »
Sounds like you are looking for Perdido Street Station.
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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 03:27:44 PM »
Hi all.

just curious if anybody has some good recommendations for some gritty books/series that are predominantly set in large cities with lower and upper class areas etc. it is fine if some POV’s are not set in said cities and if this is only part of a bigger story. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes. The entire book is set inside a single city with multiple districts, and the book itself is great. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2019, 03:53:28 PM »
The Straight Razor Cure (Or Low Town outwith the UK) by Daniel Polansky is set predominantly in Low Town, a section of the city Rigus. If you want something a bit more all-encompassing, then it might not tick the right box, but you get a flavour for the different factions and hierarchies of the people that live there.
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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2019, 02:29:41 AM »
Yeah, my first thought was Daniel Polanksy's work. Very gritty, very urban, the first one looks at class issues (from memory) though the latter two are more set down in the slums.

Perhaps also consider Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves, which is very urban thieves-in-the-alleyways sort of fantasy.

The king of the rogue-shenanigans-afoot-in-the-city is of course Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I can never recommend highly enough.

For more always-recommends, and if you're looking for urban settings with a modern slant but fantasy sense of wonder, try Max Gladstone; start with Three Parts Dead.

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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2019, 04:30:50 AM »
Yeah, my first thought was Daniel Polanksy's work. Very gritty, very urban, the first one looks at class issues (from memory) though the latter two are more set down in the slums.

Perhaps also consider Douglas Hulick's Among Thieves, which is very urban thieves-in-the-alleyways sort of fantasy.

The king of the rogue-shenanigans-afoot-in-the-city is of course Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I can never recommend highly enough.

For more always-recommends, and if you're looking for urban settings with a modern slant but fantasy sense of wonder, try Max Gladstone; start with Three Parts Dead.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2019, 02:26:09 PM »
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan, The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston all fit the bill.

Enjoy!

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Re: Gritty fantasy set in large city??
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2019, 04:39:11 AM »
Parts of Joe Abercrombie's First Law series and of course George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fit into that category.
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