Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in Urban Fantasy

I’ve decided to try out a new meme for a while: Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish:


The way it works: The lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish post a list of topics, bloggers do their own posts, and then link back. They even created this lovely button, which I’ve borrowed (with full credit).

I’m just joining in now, with a fun and challenging:

Top Ten All Time Favourite Books in Urban Fantasy

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews1. MAGIC STRIKES by Ilona Andrews. This is my favourite UF series and there are so many good books in it but MAGIC STRIKES was standout for me. That might change with this year’s release since we’re getting the Kate vs. Roland moment we’ve been building to but, for now, this one is my favourite. [my thoughts]

Spider's Revenge by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #5)2. SPIDER’S REVENGE by Jennifer Estep. The epic battle between Gin and Mab Monroe was truly that. Even though you know she’s going to win because there are books after SPIDER’S REVENGE but the stakes are still incredibly high. Estep has created a very real sense of danger for her determined assassin. [my thoughts]

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire (InCryptid #1)3. DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON by Seanan McGuire. I love McGuire’s writing in all of her different series but there’s just something about Verity that really works for me. I love her humour and chutpah. [my thoughts]

Hammered by Kevin Hearne 4. HAMMERED by Kevin Hearne. Love this man, love his characters, love the risks he takes with his work. HAMMERED was when I knew that this was a series that was going to be filled with game changing moments on a regular basis. Plus, I love Oberon. Best sidekick ever. [my thoughts]

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels (Kit Colbana #1)5. BLADE SONG by J.C. Daniels. There’s just something about Daniels/Walker’s writing that grabs you by the throat and won’t let go. Amazing stuff. [my thoughts]

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong6. BITTEN by Kelley Armstrong. One of the first urban fantasy novels I ever read, and still one of my favourites. I adore Elena and the rest of the Pack. Plus, we need some Canadian content on this list. 🙂

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #3)7. IRON KISSED by Patricia Briggs. A painful chapter in Mercy’s life but beautifully written. I love this whole series so it wasn’t easy to choose just one but I thought Briggs did a particularly admirable job of some challenging material.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #1)8. STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher. The first UF with a male lead that I read and adored. The books just keep getting better and better but STORM FRONT remains one of my favourites in the series.

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay9. THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS by Kelly Gay. This is a woman who writes. I adore her Charlie Madigan books and think Gay is just one of the most talented and under-respected authors in the genre. If I had to single out one author as one who deserves more love, it would be Kelly Gay.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop10. Rounding out the list is WRITTEN IN RED by Anne Bishop. I never got around to writing it up but it is absolutely stunning. I’m a fan of Bishop’s other (fantasy) books and I was thrilled to see her dive into this genre. So good. And I’m about to jump into the second book, which will hopefully be just as amazing. 

What would make your Top Ten list?


2 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in Urban Fantasy”

  1. xaurianx says :

    Very nice choices, although I am not a fan of Discount Armageddon. Some others I still have on my TBR. I would like to add Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Sierra Dean.

  2. Melissa (My words and pages) says :

    I have read a few of these and several are on my shelves waiting for me. There are two I think I need to get, maybe three. 🙂 Great list!

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