Top 7 Dark Academia Books to Read: Know More

If We Were Villains

Written by American author M.L. Rio, the novel surrounds around a murder mystery of Oliver Marks, a former actor at the fictional Dellecher Shakespeare conservatory and takes place during his fourth and final year at the conservatory

The Starless Sea

This novel by Erin Morgenstern is a story within a story, and involves an underground library, a secret world and some intending to destroy it and lots of stories and that's all you need to know about the book.

Ninth House

This novel by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the “Alex Stern” series is Set in the world of secret societies and occult mysteries, the story revolves around a young woman, Galaxy “Alex” Stern, who possesses a unique ability to see ghosts.


Set in the colonial times, where Britain's supremacy are fueled by the use of magical silver bars and their power comes from words in different languages that have similar, but not identical, meanings. The story revolves around young adults brought from different colonised countries.

The Secret History

Written by Donna Tartt, The Secret History is an inverted detective story narrated by one of the six students, Richard Papen, who reflects years later upon the situation that led to the murder of their friend Edmund "Bunny" Corcoran.

The Atlas Six

The Atlas Six is a fantasy novel by author Olivie Blake. It is the first of a trilogy and follows six powerful young magic users who have the chance to join the secretive Alexandrian Society.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The story revolves around a portrait of Dorian Gray painted by Basil Hallward, a friend of Dorian's and an artist infatuated with Dorian's beauty. This classic novel by Oscar Wilde is considered to be the Bible of Dark Academia