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Weekly musing: urban fantasy romances

12 July 2018

This week’s discussion is urban fantasy.

Urban fantasy is usually set in a contempary setting with supernatural and/or magical elements. The core conflict revolves around something else rather than the romance; think a paranormal story with strong romantic elements. The world will also be more likely set in the real world rather than a fantasy/imaginary setting. They also have the same heroine and/or hero throughout the series.

The majority of the urban fantasy novels I’ve read are in the first-person narrative. They will also feature many supernatural characters such as vampires, shapeshifters, demons, Fae and witches. Do you have any favourite urban fantasy romances?

Common elements found in urban fantasy are high levels of suspense, action, mystery or humour. My favourite tropes for this genre are: mistaken identity, revenge and forbidden love. What are your favourite urban fantasy tropes?

I have quite a lot of must-reads this week, but that is because they are all fantastic and I unable to cull any of them!

  • Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander (Eddie Spense)
  • Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires)
  • First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson)
  • Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk (Allie Beckstrom)
  • Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches)
  • Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis (Diamond City Magic)
  • Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Kara Gillian)
  • Skinwalker by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock)
  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels)
  • On the Edge by Ilona Andrews (The Edge)
  • Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett (Arcadia Bell)
  • Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin)
  • Grave Witch by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft)
  • Touch the Dark by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer)
  • Midnight’s Daughter by Karen Chance (Dorina Basarab)
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (The Hollows)
  • Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin (Raine Benares)
  • The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin (SPI Files)
  • Crimson City by Liz Maverick (Crimson City)
  • The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M Liu (Hunters Kiss)
  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson)
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros)

Who are your favourite urban fantasy authors? What are your must-read urban fantasy recommendations?

And as usual here are my favourite covers for the genre:

Happy reading!

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