The Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty cover

The Shambling Guide to New York City was one of my favourite new series of 2013, and as a result I had high expectations for this second book, The Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty. After the success of their coterie travel guide to New York City, human editor Zoë Norris is back with her writing team of coterie to investigate the hidden pleasures of New Orleans. The book opens with her hiring a new addition to the team, Norse healing goddess, Eir, who comes at the recommendation…

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler UK cover

NOVEMBER’S BOOK CLUB READ Not conforming to any of the usual fantasy stereotypes is Nicole Peeler’s Jane True series, which kicks off with Tempest Rising. An exciting (and slightly crazy!) delve into a fantasy world that lives alongside human society. The story is set in Rockabill, a small American tourist town where the locals all know each other and where the streets are only bustling during tourist season. Jane True has lived here her entire life with her father, whom she now looks after as he has gotten less able…

Charming by Elliott James cover

Beginning a new urban fantasy series is never easy, and I feel that Charming by Elliot James doesn’t quite have the spark of a great read. On the surface, the book has a good premise relating to the supernatural world which exists alongside the human one. This world is shielded from humans by the Pax Arcana, a kind of magical veil that will make humans doubt themselves if they witness any supernatural phenomena, or just forget that they saw anything. The book mentions a whole host of beings which exist…

Storm Front by Jim Butcher UK cover

Having been recommended to read The Dresden Files, I picked up a copy of Storm Front by Jim Butcher and had high expectations for this popular urban fantasy series. Set in Chicago, Harry Dresden is a wizard P.I., working as a police consultant and private investigator for those who need his specialist services – he is even listed in the phone book under ‘wizard’! At the opening of the book, he is a little down on his luck and in need of cash to pay his overdue rent. Luckily for…

The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty cover

Marking the beginning of a new urban fantasy series, The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty mixes the exotic world of travel writing with the hidden world of the supernatural who live in New York. Kicking off with an introduction to our heroine, Zoë Norris, the book immediately hooked me with how down to earth and relatable she was. She is currently unemployed, having swiftly left her last job in travel writing after her relationship with the boss, Godfrey, was discovered. When the affair began, she had…

The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke cover

The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke (The Immortal Empire #2)  Orbit Books (Feb 2013) Paperback, 333 pages Urban Fantasy *Warning: Contains spoilers for book one* After the action and upheaval of book one, feisty heroine Xandra Vardan is back in The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke, the second book in The Immortal Empire series. The disappearance and death of her sister Dede in book one paved way for the knowledge that Xandra Vardan is not a half-blood vampire, but a half-blood goblin. Not only that, but she is…

Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain #1) Orbit (Sept 2012) Paperback, 322 pages Urban Fantasy Full Blooded is Carlson’s debut urban fantasy, and I really enjoyed it. Jessica McClain is the only female born into a pack of werewolves, and with the help of the Cain Myth, which declares she is evil, Jessica is feared among her kind, even those of her Pack. But Jessica has never been full blooded, until now. One night she wakes up in agony and goes through the change unexpectedly, kicking off a chain of…

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