I've been reading Monarch of Evernight recently and I really liked it despite of its flaws. I would like to find something similar to it if it exists. The main points I liked about it were: The main character grows, this takes a while but he broadens his world view through his experiences which changes his behavior towards different factions and people. He is someone who isn't without reason that only knows how to kill. The interactions between the major side characters is good. It feels like you are watching a group of friends/relatives getting together and having fun, they also share their own troubles and happiness. They aren't just there to prop up the mc's awesomeness or act as his sidekicks. They also have their own plans and goals. The scheming and plots going around. Clans and powerful people are actually weighing the pros and cons of their actions. People backing off when they see that the general situation is unfavorable. Or take even more drastic action when seeing a big chance. Even defeated enemies can be made use of if needed. Dumb people who only know how to abuse their power will inevitably fall. The combat; there are guns but also melee weapons. Each weapon has their own use and excel in their area. For example, sniper rifles are good for ambushing from afar, but revolvers, shotguns and melee weapons are good for close combat. There is also usage of traps with explosives, airships, vehicles ect. When we combine this with war tactics then it makes up for some entertaining fights. The story had a surprising amount of depth to it, and I would like to find some more novel like it. The story being a fantasy novel isn't a must. I've already read Lord of the Mysteries and The First Order.