Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy, consisting of novels and stories with supernatural and/or magical elements set in contemporary, real-world, urban settings--as opposed to 'traditional' fantasy set in imaginary locations.

Many urban fantasy novels are told via a first-person narrative, and feature supernatural beings such as vampires, shapeshifters, fairies, witches, sorcerers, and demons. Urban fantasy stories tend to have a high amount of suspense and action, and sometimes include mystery, romance, humor and/or horror in the plotline.

Grim Lovelies (Grim Lovelies, #1)
Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)
Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel, #1)
An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)
The Light Between Worlds
Archangel's Prophecy (Guild Hunter, #11)
Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)
Fury (Menagerie #3)
The Labyrinth Index (Laundry, Files #9)
Lionheart (Moonshadow, #3)
The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy #2)
The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2
Mating the Huntress
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters, #13)
The Guardian (Immortal Dealers, #2)
Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy, #3.5)
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
Through Blood, Through Fire (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #8)
Sin & Chocolate (Demigod of San Francisco, #1)
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)
A Thunder of War (The Avalon Chronicles #3)
Fallen Academy: Year One
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1)
The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)
City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)
A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)
The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5)
The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Eye of the World by Robert JordanAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman
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New Series (2015)
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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
Darkfever (Fever, #1)

Neil Gaiman
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