Hello book lovers and welcome to my first in a series on my favorite fantasy books! Today’s topic at hand will be my favorite fantasy series that are classified as urban fantasy; contemporary set fantasy books usually focused on vampires, werewolves, and some witches!
The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews
This series by Ilona Andrews is truly phenomenal! It’s a blend of Sci-Fi and Urban Fantasy, taking place part on Earth and part in space. Vampires, werewolves, and other creatures are all alien species and Earth is something of a stopover on their travels, where innkeepers act as ambassadors at Earth, as well as protectors of their guests.
If you need more convincing, I reviewed the fourth book in the series Sweep of the Blade in January this year!
The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Best known for inspiring the television show True Blood, this series is a pretty prominent one in the urban fantasy genre. It engages in a lot of the common tropes, from vampire-werewolf love triangles to slow world building from the protagonist’s perspective. Sookie Stackhouse is a surprising and entertaining protagonist, and you find yourself genuinely wanting her happiness above all else through the series. I reviewed the entire series here, so if you’re on the fence go ahead and check out that review!
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
The Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber is an adorable YA appropriate urban fantasy series. Focused solely on vampires, the series also features a lot of the mundane concerns in main protagonist Raven Madison’s life. A goth in a small, conservative town, Raven gets her dream guy in the first book and spends the rest of the series in adorable romantic bliss while also dealing with school, bullies, and parents. I reviewed the series here but don’t just take my word for it! Joanna at The Geekish Brunette has also posted about various installments in the series!
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
Not everything I read is about vampires! I would say that most of Rick Riordan’s series fall into the category of Urban Fantasy. When I think of the genre, the image of the Greek gods housed in New York City always comes to mind. Unfortunately, I am limiting myself to only one series by Riordan and have thus selected the series closest to my heart. Magnus Chase is my favorite protagonist from Riordan’s universe yet, and his companions are my favorite supporting cast of characters. There is so much to love about this series, and I will undoubtedly do an archive review of the books I read before being a blogger.
Fellow fantasy readers, please show up in the comments and leave recommendations, or if you have something to add to my thoughts on these series leave that as well!