Top Ten Urban Fantasy Writers

I haven’t read Urban Fantasy long (maybe only a year or so), but I began with Kim Harrison, and she hooked me. Urban Fantasy is fantasy in a city-setting. Many are contemporaries (though they can be historical or futuristic), and the ones I like all contain supernatural elements. Most of them include a strong female protagonist that kicks serious supernatural butt! Here are some of my favorite authors in this category.

Ilona Andrews
“Ilona Andrews” is actually married couple Ilona and Andrew Gordon. They have two series that would qualify in this category, the Kate Daniels series and the Edge series (which I have not read). The Kate Daniels series is described on the authors’s website with The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail. It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrappers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds. In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back. The books are

  • Magic Bites
  • Magic Burns
  • Magic Strikes
  • Magic Bleeds
  • Magic Slays (coming out this year)

Patricia Briggs
This author’s Mercy Thompson Series is described with Mercedes is Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her native american heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She’s surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fey. The books are

  • Moon Called
  • Blood Bound
  • Iron Kissed
  • Bone Crossed
  • Silver Borne
  • River Marked (this month)

Rachel Caine
Caine has several series in this category, but the one I have read is the Weather Warden series. The author’s website describes it with Only the Wardens stand between the wrath of Mother Earth and the clueless masses of humanity around the world … and Joanne Baldwin is one of the best. Pity she’s on the run for her life … The series has nine books:

  • Ill Wind
  • Heat Stroke
  • Chill Factor
  • Windfall
  • Firestorm
  • Thin Air
  • Gale Force
  • Cape Storm
  • Total Eclipse

Suzanne Collins
Collins was mentioned on my YA list, but to reiterate she is the author of the Hunger Games trilogy.

  • Book 1:Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love. WINNING WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
  • Book 2: After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen returns to her district, hoping for a peaceful future. But Katniss starts to hear rumours of a deadly rebellion against the Capitol. A rebellion that she and Peeta have helped to create. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless Katniss and Peeta can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying…  The terrifying sequel to The Hunger Games.
  • Book 3: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12…

Jeaniene Frost
Frost is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Night Huntress series (among other things). I haven’t read them all, but what I have read is interesting.

  • Half-Way to the Grave
  • One Foot in the Grave
  • At Grave’s End
  • Destined for an Early Grave
  • This Side of the Grave (recently released)

Kelly Gay
Gay writes the Charlie Madigan series. There are two books so far. And, evidently, Gray is now publishing a YA series as Kelly Keaton. Charlie Madigan is a divorced mother of one, and a kick-ass cop trained to take down the toughest human and off-world criminals. She’s recently returned from the dead after a brutal attack, an unexplained revival that has left her plagued by nightmares and random outbursts of strength…

Kim Harrison
Rachel Morgan’s world in The Hollows, a fictional version of Cincinnati, is what Harrison writes about. I have blogged about each book in this series, beginning on May 12 of last year with Dead Witch Walking. As I blogged, I didn’t expect to like this book or series, and it hooked me so much so that I now look for new Urban Fantasy to read (as long as the focus is not solely vampires). I have not read the newest one, but it has been purchased, downloaded, and added to my eReader so that it is in line TBR (to be read) soon, very soon. Harrison also has a YA series and some traditional fantasy that I have not read. The Rachel Morgan books are

  • Dead Witch Walking
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
  • Every Which Way but Dead
  • A Fistful of Charms
  • For a Few Demons More
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails
  • White Witch, Black Curse
  • Black Magic Sanction
  • Pale Demon

Devon Monk
Monk writes the Allie Beckstrom series. I blogged the first in this series here, and I blogged the others when Book 5 came out here. Books 3 and 4 are my favorites. I have not read the short story in this series.

  • Magic to the Bone
  • Magic in the Blood
  • Magic in the Shadows 
  • Short story – The Sweet Smell of Cherries in CRIME SPELLS
  • Magic on the Storm
  • Magic at the Gate
  • Magic on the Hunt (Coming Next Month!)

Kat Richardson
Richardson is the bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. I added them to this category instead of the paranormal one because the setting for Private Investigator Harper Blaine’s work is Seattle even though she moves between worlds (the “normal” world and the “grey” world) as she investigates paranormal threats against the grey world.

  • Greywalker
  • Poltergeist
  • Underground
  • Vanished
  • Labyrinth

Nalini Singh
Singh has two series that might count in this genre, though the second one more so.

Psy/Changeling Series

  • Slave To Sensation
  • Visions of Heat
  • Caressed By Ice
  • Mine to Possess
  • Hostage to Pleasure
  • Branded By Fire
  • Blaze of Memory
  • Bonds of Justice
  • Play of Passion
  • Kiss of Snow

Guild Hunter Series

  • Angels’ Blood
  • Archangel’s Kiss
  • Archangel’s Consort

I was reaching with this last one. I haven’t read it, but I didn’t want to not have 10! <SMILES> If you know of great authors in this genre, please let me know. Happy Reading!

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3 responses to “Top Ten Urban Fantasy Writers

  1. Another great list with several authors I haven’t tried yet. So glad to see Patricia Braggs and Jeanine Frost show up on the list. The series you mentioned are two of my favorites.

  2. Here are some other series you might enjoy-
    Sookie Stackhouse series – Charlaine Harris
    Elemental Assassins – Jennifer Estep
    Sisters of the Moon series- Yasmine Galenorn
    Chicagoland Vampires- Chole Neill
    Accidental Series – Dakota Cassidy
    And the list goes on and on!!! ENJOY

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