LAURA’S TOP 10 URBAN FANTASY SERIES
Anita Blake – Laurell K Hamilton
Anita has to be one of the first and ultimate heroines of urban fantasy. The early books are just awesome. I love the fact she is as tough as nails and the books combine horror with gritty action.
Mercy Thompson – Patricia Briggs
Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote and VW mechanic, who has the uncanny ability to get herself into trouble. The first few books are compulsive reading, gritty and at the centre have a fantastic love story.
Women of the Otherworld – Kelley Armstrong
‘Bitten’ is the first urban fantasy novel I ever read and opened my eyes to fantastic new worlds. I read it in a day and rushed out to buy the sequel ‘Stolen’ straight away. My favourite novels of this series has to be the ones on Elena and the werewolf pack, followed closely by Paige the witch.
Night Huntress – Jeaniene Frost
There isn’t very much I can say here other than Kat and Bones! It’s the relationship between these two characters that makes these books, as full of humour as it is with sizzling chemistry and bloody battle scenes.
Kate Daniels – Ilona Andrews
First of all Kate has a wicked sword! Second, welcome to Atlanta, a place that is at one time dominated by magic and the next by technology, giving us an absorbing new world to suck our imaginations into. Then there’s the very sexy Beast Lord, Curran. But perhaps the best part of these novels is Kate herself, a gutsy, tough heroine – just the way I like them!
Fever – Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning has created a vivid and unique world in her Fever series. With unbearable cliffhangers at the end of each book. It will take you to the depths of despair until you miss hours of sleep in your desperation to reach its conclusion.
Sookie Stackhouse – Charlaine Harris
The books that gave us the TV series ‘True Blood’. I adore the innocence and wholesomeness of Sookie combined with the darkness of the vampire world she gets sucked into. Small town America has never been so fascinatingly macabre.
Shifters – Rachel Vincent
Faythe is a character that goes on an immense journey throughout this series. A werecat surviving in a world where women are scarce are expected to marry and bear children she is fighting for independence. And I defy you not to at least sniffle at the unbearable love triangle.
Downside Ghosts – Stacia Kane
Chess is an incredibly different character, a drug addict that borders two worlds the respectable world of the church, and the underground world of violence, drug dealers and prostitutes of the downside. This series also has the most unusual hero, there are very few writers brave enough who write an ugly one and make it work.
The Hollows – Kim Harrison
Meet Rachel Morgan, witch and runner for the Inderland Services until she finds herself unscrupulously fired. Starting up her own business with living vampire Ivy, Rachel is slightly calamitous. She also must have the best sidekick in urban fantasy in the shape of Jenks the pixie, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.
Some other series that did not quite make my top ten, but are still worthy of a special mention:
Kitty Norville – Carrie Vaughn
Meredith Gentry – Laurell K Hamilton
Weather Warden – Rachel Caine
Dark Swan – Richelle Mead
Dante Valentine – Lilith Saintcrow
Signs of the Zodiac – Vicki Pettersson