As Requested: UF Recommendations List

During last night’s extremely fun Live AMA to celebrate Boundary Born (which you can still watch, by the way), I was asked about my book recommendations in the urban fantasy genre. I listed a few favorites off the top of my head, but I also promised to share a larger list here on the blog. This is me, sharing. What I would really love is for you to comment on this post with YOUR recommendations — I’ve definitely never pretended to know all the great UF books!

Here are the urban fantasy series that I personally have read and recommend to others (at some point I may do another post with my To-Read pile).  In the interest of time, I am NOT going to include descriptions and links to each book, since that would take forever, and I trust all of you to Google successfully on your own. (Pro tip: when you’re trying to figure out the right books to read in what order, the fastest way is often Wikipedia, which can be simpler to navigate than most author sites or going through Amazon.) I’m just going to list the author name, the series name, and the first book, and allow you to explore them on your own. You’ll notice that although these books are wildly different in many ways, the urban fantasy plotline always comes before any romance plotline, and if there’s sex, it’s written in because it’s important to the characterization. In other words, these books are urban fantasy, as opposed to paranormal romance, just because that’s my personal preference. In movie ratings, in terms of just sexual content, these would all be PG-13 except for Kelley Armstrong.

One other caveat: with a few of these, I have not read all the way through the book series because of time constraints, or because the books got a little repetitious at the end. But if the series is appearing here, at least the first few books are worthy of your time. Starred titles are the ones mentioned during the video.

 Series I Read, in no particular order:

*Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files — the first book is Storm Front, but I suggest starting with book 2, Fool Moon.

*Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson — Moon Called

*Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville — Kitty and the Midnight Hour

Annie Bellet’s 20-Sided Sorceress — Justice Calling

Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant — Midnight Riot (US Title)/ Rivers of London (UK Title)

Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim — Sandman Slim

*Rob Thurman’s Leandros Bros — Nightlife

*Mike Carey’s Felix Castor — The Devil You Know

Seanan McGuire’s October Daye — Rosemary and Rue is the first book; the series doesn’t hit its stride until Late Eclipses or One Salt Sea

Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid — Discount Armageddon

Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock — Skinwalker

Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International —Monster Hunter International 

Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles — Hounded

Matt Wallace’s Sin du Jour (novellas) — Envy of Angels

Chris Farnsworth’s Nathanial Cade — Blood Oath

Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld — Bitten is book one, I suggest starting with book two, Stolen

Jennifer Rardin’s Jaz Parks — Once Bitten Twice Shy

Paul Cornell’s Shadow Police — London Falling

Stephen Blackmoore’s Eric Carter —Dead Things

Charlie Holmberg’s Paper Magician — The Paper Magician (Probably the only historical novel on this list, but fantastic)


Don’t forget to add your urban fantasy recommendations in the comments!

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  1. I love Craig Schaeffer’s Harmony Black book series. Really great reads!

  2. I Love Karen Chance, Cassie Palmer Series , And Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse!

  3. Hmmm, I see most of my top 20 list, Here’s the ones I do not see:
    John Conroe’s Demon Accords – God Touched
    Mark Henwick’s Bite Back – Sleight of Hand
    Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires – Some Girls Bite
    Jaye Wells’s Prospero’s War – Dirty Magic

  4. Kim Harrison – Rachel Morgan / The Hollows series
    Jennifer Estep – Elemental Assassin series
    Jaye Wells – Sabina Kane series
    Kalayna Price – Alex Craft series

  5. I really enjoy Karen Moning’s “Fever” series.

  6. Helen Harper is great!! I love all of her books but these three series are my favorite from her!!
    -Blood Destiny
    -Bo Blackman
    -Highland Magic
    Also love Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series

  7. What about Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels – that series is right up top with Harry Dresden and Mercy surely? Is Ilona not UF – have I missed something?

    • You’re right, Sally, Ilona Andrews is definitely UF–but I haven’t read that series, so it can’t go on this list. This is only books I’m recommending personally. 🙂

  8. Ryan Ramkelawawn

    Ryogo Narita – Durarara!!
    Kouhei Kadono – Boogiepop
    NisiOisiN (Author) (Ko Ransom) – KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale

  9. Let’s see if I can cut and paste this list…

    No links, but not bad. If you’d like to see a list with links, you can find it here:

    Aaronovitch, Ben. PC Peter Grant, particularly in audio.
    Anthony, Piers. Incarnations of Immortality. Older series, but the first five books are great.
    Armstrong, Kelley. Women of the Otherworld.
    Bishop, Anne. The Others, particularly in audio.
    Braun, Amy. The Cursed Series.
    Briggs, Patricia. Mercy Thompson | Alpha & Omega.
    Butcher, Jim. The Dresden Files.
    Caine, Rachel. Weather Warden.
    Carey, Mike. Felix Castor.
    Carr, Viola. The Electric Empire series.
    Carriger, Gail. The Parasol Protectorate, particularly in audio.
    Charish, Kristi. The Adventures of Owl | Kincade Strange.
    Chastain, Rebecca. Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer | Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles.
    Drake, Jocelynn. Dark Days | Asylum Tales.
    Estep, Jennifer. Elemental Assassin.
    Del Franco, Mark. Connor Grey.
    Harris, Charlaine. Sookie Stackhouse, particularly in audio.
    Harrison, Kim. The Hollows.
    Hearne, Kevin. The Iron Druid Chronicles, particularly in audio.
    Huff, Tanya. Victoria Nelson | Tony Foster.
    Hunter, Faith. Jane Yellowrock.
    Hunter, James A. Yancy Lazarus.
    Jacka, Benedict. Alex Verus.
    Jones, Darynda. Charley Davidson, particularly in audio.
    Kenner, Julie. Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom.
    Kurtz, Katherine and Harris, Deborah Turner. Adept series. Older. Probably my first intro to urban fantasy.
    McGuire, Seanan. October Daye.
    Monk, Devon. Allie Beckstrom | Broken Magic | House Immortal | Ordinary Magic.
    Olson, Melissa F. Scarlet Bernard | Boundary Magic.
    Priest, Cherie. The Borden Dispatches.
    Rice, Anne. Vampire Chronicles (first three) | The Witching Hour | The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned.
    Rowland, Diana. White Trash Zombie, particularly in audio.
    Sniegoski, Thomas E. Remy Chandler.
    Stark, Jenn. Immortal Vegas.
    Stein, Jeanne. Anna Strong Chronicles.
    Tuck, James R. Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter, particularly in audio.
    Vaughn, Carrie. Kitty Norville.
    Vincent, Rachel. Shifters.

  10. Ryan Ramkelawan

    Ryogo Narita- Durarara!!
    Daniel Jose Older- Shadowshaper and Kia And Gio ( A work)

  11. Ryan Ramkelawan

    Ryogo Narita – Durarara!!

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