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Best Urban Fantasy Books

Recommendations from 19 articles, Tim Ferriss, Saeed Jones, Arvind Subramanian and 4 others.
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Magic Bites
A Special Edition of the First Kate Daniels Novel
Ilona Andrews - 2012-12-31 (first published in 2007)
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When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical p...
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Storm Front
Jim Butcher - 2000-04-01
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HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARDLost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come t...
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Moon Called
Patricia Briggs - 2006-01-31
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Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson...
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American Gods
A Novel
Neil Gaiman - 2017-03-28 (first published in 2001)
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Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an a...
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War for the Oaks
A Novel
Emma Bull - 2001-07-06 (first published in 1987)
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Acclaimed by critics and readers on its first publication in 1987, winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel, Emma Bull's War for the Oaks is one of the novels that has defined modern urban fantasy.Eddi McCandry sings rock and roll. But she's breaking up with her boyfriend, her band just broke up, and life could hardly be worse. Then, walking ...
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Kevin Hearne - 2011-05-03
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Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his ...
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City of Bones
Cassandra Clare - 2015-09-01
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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone e...
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Dead Witch Walking
Kim Harrison - 2004-01-01
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All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party... and to feed.Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining - and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'e...
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Guilty Pleasures Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Book 1)
Laurell K. Hamilton - 2002-09-24 (first published in 1993)
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Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of t...
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Neverwhere Illustrated Edition
Neil Gaiman - 2017-09-26 (first published in 1996)
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Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London...
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Angels' Blood
Nalini Singh - 2009-03-03
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Keystone by Dannika Dark
Infernal Magic by C. N. Crawford
Shades of Magic Boxed Set by V. E. Schwab
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Moonheart by Charles de Lint
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Fated by Benedict Jacka
Borderline by Mishell Baker
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Broken Elements by Mia Marshall
London Falling by Paul Cornell
Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Child of Fire by
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City of Bones/City of Ashes/City of Glass/City of Fallen Angels/City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
Small Favor by Jim Butcher
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Archangel's Sun by Nalini Singh
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
White Night by Jim Butcher
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston
The Dresden Files by Mark Powers
Deathtrap by Dannika Dark
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Gaslight by Dannika Dark
Ravenheart by Dannika Dark
Blackout by Dannika Dark
Nevermore by Dannika Dark
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Changes by Jim Butcher
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
Ashes of Honor by Howard Hughes
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
Yield the Night by Annette Marie
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Bind the Soul by Annette Marie