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Best Urban Fantasy Books

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The Last Olympian
Rick Riordan - Jan 25, 2011
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, whe...
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Jim Butcher - Mar 01, 2011
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Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it. Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has disc...
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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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Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews - Jul 30, 2013
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Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost. Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that c...
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Magic Shifts
Ilona Andrews - Feb 23, 2016
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In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake… After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’r...
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Magic Bleeds
Ilona Andrews - May 25, 2010
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Kate Daniels works for the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle—especially if they involve Atlanta’s shapeshifting community.When she’s called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar midway between the terri...
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Ever After
Kim Harrison - Oct 29, 2013
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The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing... for the worse.While saving the world is important, it isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact t...
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Pale Demon
Kim Harrison - Jan 01, 2011
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Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after . . . forever after.But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets f...
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Lover Awakened
J. R. Ward - Sep 05, 2006
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still b...
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Magic Strikes
Ilona Andrews - Mar 31, 2009
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Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investi...
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The Undead Pool
Kim Harrison - Jul 29, 2014
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Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop the occurrences before th...
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
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Keystone by Dannika Dark
City of Bones/City of Ashes/City of Glass/City of Fallen Angels/City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Small Favor by Jim Butcher
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
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
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
Gaslight by Dannika Dark
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Ravenheart by Dannika Dark
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
Shades of Magic Boxed Set by V. E. Schwab
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
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Moon Cursed by McKenzie Hunter
The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Paperback Gift Set by Laini Taylor
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust