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I was just wondering, does anybody have any recommendations for fantasy books in which darker races are prominently featured (can be either a race as a whole or a few major characters)? I'm talking about orcs/half-orcs, undead, demons, etc... with the exception of dark elves/drow (I've read many books about them already and I don't particularly care for them all that much tbh).
I tend to like these races quite a bit and am kind of sick of them being portrayed as one-dimensional "lolbadguyz."
Thanks a lot!
Read Michael Moorcock's Elric novels. Elric himself is sort of morally ambiguous, but the race/society he belongs to is extremely evil. You could also try Jacqueline Carey's Sundering duology (Banewreaker/Godslayer). It's kind of like a retelling of the Lord of the Rings, from the point of view of Sauron and his servants, who are much more tragic and sympathetic than you might expect.
The Goblin Corps, by Ari Marmell. Think of a traditional Lord of the Rings style adventure where a party of heros has to run around doing impossible !@#$ to save the world. The twist is that these 'people' are an orc, a hobgoblin, a troll, a kobold, etc. Oh, and they work for the Dark Lord Sauron expy.
It's a bit light hearted for its evil-as-%^-* protagonists, but it's funny and it works.
You should try ''Rise of the Horde''...
The first WoW book in chronological order, it's all about the orcs, mainly, and how they got corrupted, and ...I won't tell you too much about it in case you want to read it, but I'm currently reading it right now, approaching the end, and it is A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
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