9 City Fantasy books that I recommend

9 City Fantasy books that I recommend
by peterconcept @peterconcept.deviantart.com

I adore urban fantasy. Cities are so interesting places they drive innovation, they are diverse in a way small towns can never be, they hold the unknown as an integral part of their makeup, they have options of entertainment and nightlife that smaller rural areas just can’t have. They also contain so many contrasts and contradictions. The poor and the super rich exist in the same space, walk the same streets. Cities can hold secrets and hidden places that in the rural areas are only secrets to outsiders. But I do not only like the urban setting in fantasy set in our world – in modern times – I also really like cities as a setting in straight up fantasy. This is a list of the fantasy stories that I can recommend that is not urban fantasy as such, but is fantasy set in cities, where the city is quite important for the story. These are not books were the protagonist travel all over the place on a long quest. These stories primarily take place within the confound of a single city.

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The Winter Long

The Winter LongTitle: The Winter Long
Author: Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye, book 8
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Genre: urban fantasy, fay

I preordered the ebook a few weeks back and I was very excited when The Winter Long showed up in my Kindle app the other day. However I had not read more than about a page, when I realised that something was wrong and I realised that normally I read this series as audiobooks. I was missing Kowal’s narration enough to go buy more credits on audible.com and grab the audiobook version. The book was just wrong without the voices. Especially Tybalt just isn’t the same without it. So after getting the audiobook, this was a great read!

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Weather

Clarkesworld issue 96Title: Weather
Author: Susan Palwick
Genre: Science fiction

This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge.

I listened to this as the podcast and I think part of the impact of the story had to do with Kate’s introduction and comments at the end. So I can recommend this format. As always Kate does a great job reading these stories – which she apparently do cold.

Because this is a short story it is hard to talk about it without spoiling it. So be warned.

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