Recommended Urban Fantasy Books

The first couple of series are my favorites, but after that it goes in no particular order. If you like one series on this list, chances are you’ll probably like the others. Similar: Recommended Fantasy Books and Series

Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files series)
A slightly down-on-his-luck wizard in downtown Chicago with a snarky sense of humor and a well fleshed-out world and group of supporting characters. Excellent read.

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Ghost Story
  14. Cold Days (forthcoming)

Kim Harrison (The Hollows series)
Badass, clumsy and hilarious bounty hunter in Cincinnati in a world of witches, vampires, demons and pixies.

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
  3. Every Which Way but Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood

Karen Marie Moning (Fever Series)
A unique concept in Ireland consisting of a world of fae/sidhe that most cannot see and a solitary sidhe-seer far away from her Georgia home town.

  1. Darkfever
  2. Bloodfever
  3. Faefever
  4. Dreamfever
  5. Shadowfever

Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles series)
An ancient druid with herbal longevity takes on mythological creatures and witches in his home in Arizona alongside his wolfhound with a great sense of humor.

  1. Hounded
  2. Hexed
  3. Hammered
  4. Tricked
  5. Trapped (forthcoming)
  6. Hunted (forthcoming)

Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires series)
Becoming a vampire changes one woman’s outlook on everything except appetite and a snarky attitude. Fighting, politics, magic, shifters and a little love. Rarely considered paranormal romance.

  1. Some Girls Bite
  2. Friday Night Bites
  3. Twice Bitten
  4. Hard Bitten
  5. Drink Deep
  6. Biting Cold
  7. House Rules (forthcoming)
  8. Biting Bad (forthcoming)
  9. Untitled (forthcoming)
  10. Untitled (forthcoming)

Richelle Mead (Dark Swan series)
A woman who works as a shamanic bounty hunter gets pulled into the world of the fae. War, love, alliances, magic and awesomeness. Totally recommended. Also considered paranormal romance.

  1. Storm Born
  2. Thorn Queen
  3. Iron Crowned
  4. Shadow Heir

Charlaine Harris (Southern Vampire Mysteries)
A telepathic woman in a small Louisiana town full of Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Faeries. Also considered paranormal romance.

  1. Dead Until Dark
  2. Living Dead in Dallas
  3. Club Dead
  4. Dead to the World
  5. Dead as a Doornail
  6. Definitely Dead
  7. All Together Dead
  8. From Dead to Worse
  9. Dead and Gone
  10. Dead in the Family
  11. Dead Reckoning
  12. Deadlocked

J.K. Rowling (The Harry Potter books)
A young boy becomes a wizard in the hidden world behind modern London, fighting the world’s most notorious evil wizard. Also considered young adult fiction.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson series)
A series about a woman who’s fated to be the grim reaper. She sees and talks to the dead, helps them move on, and solves mysteries and crimes. Excellent concept.

  1. First Grave on the Right
  2. Second Grave on the Left
  3. Third Grave Dead Ahead
  4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (forthcoming)

 Deborah Harkness (The All Souls trilogy)
A very rich world full of culture, knowledge, literature, history, science, ivy league schools, wine, food, vampires, witches and daemons. Occasionally considered paranormal romance.

  1. A Discovery of Witches
  2. Shadow of Night
  3. (forthcoming)

Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series)
One witch with a magic sword in the post-magical-apocalyptic world full of weres, vampires and necromancers.

  1. Magic Bites
  2. Magic Burns
  3. Magic Strikes
  4. Magic Bleeds
  5. Magic Slays

Jennifer Rardin (Jaz Parks series)
A human woman who works with her Vampire boss for the CIA to eradicate the threat of the paranormal against national security. Also considered paranormal romance.

  1. Once Bitten, Twice Shy
  2. Another One Bites the Dust
  3. Biting the Bullet
  4. Bitten to Death
  5. One More Bite
  6. Bite Marks
  7. Bitten in Two
  8. The Deadliest Bite

Jeanienne Frost (Night Huntress series)
A half-vampire vampire-hunter woman and the vampire she meets that turns her world upside-down. Also considered paranormal romance.

  1. Halfway to the Grave
  2. One Foot in the Grave
  3. At Grave’s End
  4. Destined for an Early Grave
  5. This Side of the Grave
  6. One Grave at a Time
  7. Up from the Grave

Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials series)
A young girl in a world with witches, armored bears, physics, theology and philosophy. Also considered young adult fiction.

  1. The Golden Compass
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

Katie MacAlister (The Light Dragons series)
A relatively new series about a group of people who are dragons in human form. Often considered paranormal romance.

  1. Love in the Time of Dragons
  2. The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons
  3. Sparks Fly
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