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.
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.