I have been a fan of urban fantasy ever since watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, back in the late 90’s/early 2000s. The range of urban fantasy series we have now are largely thanks to those series which started it off. I’ve sampled a lot of them over the years, but the ones which stand out for me are the following series, which I still read and collect.
Women of the Otherworld
Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series is one of my favourites, and I have read her YA (a genre I largely avoid, to be honest) series too which is set in that world. I have to re-read these at some point for the blog, because it’s a while since I read them last. (And sometimes I need to refresh my memory when I’ve not read a series for a while because I forget things!) I don’t tend to buy a lot of novels these days, not like I used to. I don’t have room for the ones I have and, unless I really dislike a book, author or series, I tend not to get rid of them.
Mercy Thompson Series
I picked these up when I was going through my werewolf book stage years ago, and enjoyed it. I think these are among the best of the author’s work, and I read and collect her Alpha and Omega series too, which is a spin-off of this series. I must point out though, that the main character in this is a coyote shifter, not a werewolf, which adds some originality to the series. I also like the comics for this series.
Kitty Norville Series
I was presently surprised with this series, as I thought it was going to be one of those which focused on sex, which sadly happens a lot with urban fantasy. (Most of the books I’ve got rid of over the years have been Mills and Boon type books which have been marketed as Urban Fantasy because they have werewolves or vampires in them.) It currently has nearly twenty books now, and the books are short and easy to get through (300 pages, approx). The author must be doing something right, because I keep getting them.
The Dresden Files
Of all the Urban Fantasy series I read, this one is by far my favourite. It’s the most imaginative series I’ve read, full of adventure and mythology. Jim Butcher creates a rich world and lots of characters with depth. I suppose that one of the main reasons I enjoy reading them is because I find the characters relateable, and he never plays favourites in regards to religion. (Some Urban Fantasy series do.)
Vicki Nelson Series
This series is wonderful because it was written before the current fashion of female authors writing UF books full of sex and though dated (New Kids on the Block is mentioned!) I found the book a good read. Could you say is it cliched because of the ex-cop turned PI? I don’t think so, because it’s one of the first proper Urban Fantasy series out there and even predates Buffy and Angel. The books are probably a bit predictable as each one deals with a different classic ‘Hammer Horror movie’ monster but I can live with that. The author did a second series featuring the same characters, but I couldn’t get into it, sadly. (I almost forgot about this series, to be honest!)
This is one of the more original and imaginative series which I’ve read (though I do need to read them, and collect the ones I’ve not got – I’ve lost track of the ones I’ve bought and the ones which have been published! Since leaving Uni, I’ve had to deal with a lot of problems with my health and my partner and it’s only too easy for me to lose track of things, and having moved around a lot doesn’t help.) I do enjoy reading Simon R. Green’s books and I started reading them with the Deathstalker series. He two more UF series which I need to read/catch up on, so you can see why I’ve had problems keeping track of this series.