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Best Urban Fantasy Books

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War for the Oaks
A Novel
Emma Bull - Jul 06, 2001 (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 ...
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - Oct 01, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Dannika Dark - Jan 31, 2017
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When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and ...
Shades of Magic Boxed Set
A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light
V. E. Schwab - Oct 16, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once, Black. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences.A Darker Shade of Magic — Kell s...
City of Bones/City of Ashes/City of Glass/City of Fallen Angels/City of Lost Souls
5 (The Mortal Instruments)
Cassandra Clare - Mar 04, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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The first five books in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, now available in a collectible paperback boxed set.Enter the secret world of the Shadowhunters with this handsomely packaged boxed set that includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. The Mortal Instruments s...
Skin Game
Jim Butcher - Mar 03, 2015
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day…Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.He doesn’t know the half of it…Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help ...
Cold Days
Jim Butcher - Sep 03, 2013
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You can't keep a good wizard down - even when he wants to stay that way.For years, Harry Dresden has been Chicago's only professional wizard, but a bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.Mab, the mother of wicked faeries, has restored the mostly-dead wizard to health, and di...
Small Favor
Jim Butcher - Mar 03, 2009
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THE New York Times BestsellerHarry Dresden's life finally seems to be calming down -- until a shadow from the past returns. Mab, monarch of the Sidhe Winter Court, calls in an old favor from Harry -- one small favor that will trap him between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and that will strain his skills -- and loyalties -- to their ...
Turn Coat
Jim Butcher - Mar 02, 2010
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Accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council, Warden Morgan goes in search of Harry Dresden in a desperate attempt to clear his name and stop the deadly punishment from taking place in this latest thrilling addition to the Dresden Files series....
Dead Beat
Jim Butcher - May 01, 2011 (first published in 2005)
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Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world isfull of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.Luckily, however, he's not alone. Although most people don't believe in magic, the Chicago P.D. has a Special Investigations department, headed by ...
Proven Guilty
Jim Butcher - Feb 06, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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There's no love lost between Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. But war with the vampires has thinned their ranks, so the Council has drafted Harry as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in the Windy City.As Harry adjusts to his n...
White Night by Jim Butcher
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
The Dresden Files by Mark Powers
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Deathtrap by Dannika Dark
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Gaslight by Dannika Dark
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Ravenheart by Dannika Dark
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere by Mike Carey
Blackout by Dannika Dark
Nevermore by Dannika Dark
House of Royale by Jaymin Eve
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
House of Leights by Jaymin Eve
Court of Shadows by C. N. Crawford
Monster Hunter Memoirs by Larry Correia
Darkness Unleashed by McKenzie Hunter
The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon R. Green
Moon Cursed by McKenzie Hunter
The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Paperback Gift Set by Laini Taylor
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Changes by Jim Butcher
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Ever After by Kim Harrison
Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
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
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
Yield the Night by Annette Marie
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Bind the Soul by Annette Marie
At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
Hunted by Kevin Hearne
Reap the Shadows by Annette Marie
Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison
Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost