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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for October

October 15th, 2021 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Villains come in many different iterations, but the most iconic are definitely the Dark Lords and Ladies. These evil rulers go the extra mile for their role in storytelling, offering an antagonist for your favorite protagonist and major influence over other aspects of the story. Their lofty position doesn’t often allow for much characterization, often leading to a portrayal of moral absolutes: light against dark.

You’ll find some traditional Dark Lords and Ladies in this list, but also quite a few divergent takes on this traditional storytelling trope. For example, the comedic portrayal in Dark Lord of Derkholm; likable rulers that do terrible things, like in A Game of Thrones; and rulers of traditionally dark settings, but ultimately are a force of good, like in White Night.

 

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