Confessions of an Urban Fantasy-aholic
August 02, 2012
Six years ago, you wouldn’t have been able to force or bribe me to read anything that involved vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. Friends tried desperately to convert me, offering me all kinds of reading suggestions, none of which broke my resolve. Then, I gave in and read Twilight (I know, I know), and my interest in the paranormal was officially piqued. I started out with paranormal romances, but wanting a little more than just romance, I quickly moved to urban fantasy.
If you’re not familiar, urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction that is set more or less in a contemporary city area (though some have historical or futuristic settings.) One of my favorites is the Jim Butcher Dresden Files series. The first book is Storm Front, and it centers on Private Detective Harry Dresden, who just happens to be a wizard. If you’re a fan of audiobooks, I’d definitely suggest this one. James Marsters is the reader, and he does a fabulous job. If you don’t know who he is, ask a Buffy the Vampire Slayer aficionado, and they will tell you why you should be appropriately impressed!
Another series I have discovered recently is the Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne. This series focuses on a 1,000 year old druid named Atticus O’Sullivan, who lives in Phoenix, AZ and his dealings with different gods and goddesses, as well as the witches, vampires, werewolves, and others mythical beings on earth. His lawyers also just happen to be a werewolf and a vampire. I think my favorite character though is the dog Oberon and his hilarious "talks" with Atticus. The first book in the series is Hounded. This is another audiobook with a reader who does an excellent job bringing the characters to life.
If any of this sounds like it might be up your alley, here’s a list of titles and authors that I think you might enjoy:
Ilona Andrews: Magic Bites, Kate Daniels series
Patricia Briggs: Moon Called, Mercy Thompson series
Mike Carey: The Devil You Know, Felix Castor series
Harry Connolly: Child of Fire, Twenty Palaces series
Mark Del Franco: Unshapely Things, Connor Grey series
Jennifer Estep: Spider's Bite, Elemental Assassin series
Simon R. Green: Something from the Nightside, Nightside series
Laurell K. Hamilton: Guilty Pleasures, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series
Kim Harrison: Dead Witch Walking, The Hollows series
Darynda Jones: First Grave on the Right, Charley Davidson series
Richard Kadrey: Sandman Slim, Sandman Slim series
Chloe Neill: Some Girls Bite, Chicagoland Vampire series
Kat Richardson: Greywalker, Greywalker series
I’m always on the hunt for new authors and series, so if you have one you think I should be reading (or listening to), please comment below so I can add them to my growing list of must-reads.
Amy J. Fisher
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