Not sure this is entirely the right thread - but what I have been writing would probably fall quite comfortably into grimdark fantasy. At the least in a morally grey, at best, character sense. To some extent it can be seen as an origin story for what will later in that world be dark and shadowy figures. As simply as I can mange in one sentence. Grimdark is a relatively new term that I've just discovered as I've begun to browse fantasy blogs and articles recently. I was just surprised when reading an article that Mark Lawrence wrote concerning controversy around the genre. I've always thought 'fantasy' was to a large extent too vague a description to be of much use, so I understand the increase in subgenre descriptions, though I view them myself somewhat skeptically. Anyways, if any one had any strong opinions about what they absolutely dislike/like I would love to hear them and see if any of those relate to what I'm writing. I guess for myself it comes down to the settings and probability. There are fantasy books that I absolutely love that could be only be possibly made less grimdark by being turned into cotton candy, but there are a few fantasy books that while I also loved, because they were a raucous good fun, nonetheless had me itching a little at times. Choices or outcomes that just seemed impossibly unlikely or far too convenient in the actual world they were trying to convince me of. The intensity of the wording in Mark Lawrence's article did make me somewhat nervous/curious, so if you have any thoughts, good or bad, I'd love to hear what any of you think!