Some of you might have noticed that I like urban fantasy, like a lot. My list 25 Urban Fantasy Books that I recommend is one of my most visited posts, so I thought I would expand on it with the books I read since 2013, that I really liked. I have also read some of the authors that I was revommened in the comments of the other list – thank you for those. And if anyone want to recommend me some more, please feel free to leave a comment.
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.
Edit: I have added City of Stairs
It was an idyllic summer evening in Pemkowet the night Vanderhei died.
I have read Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy novels and quite liked them, so when Felicia Day and Veronica Belmont recommended Dark Currents I was not hard to convince. The awesome cover didn’t hurt either. Lets start by pointing out that this book and Kushiel’s Dart are two very different books! For one thing there is no sex in Dark Current. For another this is very much straight up urban fantasy.
As a teenager I adored epic fantasy, it was pretty much all I was reading and it is the genre that turned me on to genre fiction in general. As an adult I get a bit bored with some of the clichés and tropes of the genre. A trope that really annoys me is “the chosen one”, so that is included in a story it has to be otherwise freaking amazing. I enjoy stories with strong female protagonists, as you have probably figured out by now, so expect a predominance of those. But I still love a good epic fantasy story, so thought I would share the ones that I recommend with you.
I have divided the books into the adult books first and the young adult and children’s book afterward. If I have already reviewed a book I will link to my review, but most have not been mentioned on the site yet. As always I do not summarise plots, I link to Goodreads so go read the blurb if a book sounds like something you would like.
I was inspired by Gail Carriger to do a post about what I enjoyed in 2013. This will be a mix of short stories, books and comics I enjoyed last year. Since I didn’t start this blog til September last year, I will draw on my goodreads reviews as well as the posts here.
As I said in an earlier post I read 87 books last year and GoodReads says I read 151 things all together, so I had plenty to choose from. I have decided that if I only read the newest book in the series this year, I might still recommend the series because I love long series. The reads are in no particular order.