Are you looking just for epic or action/adventure fantasy? I know of a fair amount of deep dark fiction -- the Kane stories and novels by Karl Edward
I've read Mark Lawrence's books (initially what got me started on darker books, and post-apocalyptic books but I can never seem to find one that blends
You might try Mark Lawrence or Carol Berg's Rai-Kirah series.
It's Goblin Corps, I apologize. Dragon must've been in my head from searching for The Dragon's Path.
No. That style was introduced only for the hardcover of Book 2 and Book 1 was later upgraded to look the same. Book 1's hardcover (and first paperback