The Promised Land of Urban Fantasy for Me This May| Plus Some Books I’ve Read in the Subgenre | #WyrdandWonder

As some of you may know I have been struggling mental health wise. And at the start of May, as I was preparing to jump on my intended high fantasy TBR, my reading mood took a left turn and I acquired a bunch of Urban Fantasy to satisfy my need.

But what was that need? You can’t always account for the reading mood. It is a bit of a different desire that can just change at the top of a hat. For me this pull towards Urban Fantasy is interesting.

Quickness of Reading

One of the ups of Urban Fantasy for me is that I read urban fantasy rather quickly. This isn’t a dig at the subgenre. But for me the urban setting is just very familiar from consumed media when I was younger. I don’t need much explanations about vampires, werewolves and the whole gang. While some things do get changed, the core is still very much the same and it makes it easy for me to step into.

We also often follow one character as our mc and so I don’t have to keep a lot of storylines seperate. It creates a quicker read for me, and sometimes that is what I need.


Adding onto that is the romance. Now I am not much of a romance person but I do like some to be present every now and then. With urban fantasy I know what I step into romance wise. It is very sexual, flirty, dominance fighting, but it also often takes a few books to go somewhere. I dig that. I mean I like romance that takes longer than a book to get to the I love you and all that.

What I’ve Read

The Others by Anne Bishop
Read the 7 published books. 

The Others is set in an alternate urban setting in our world where The Others, as they are called, have control over the world. The Others are creatures of nature. The ones we see are shapeshifters that can go from an animal to a human counterpart. Like wolves, crows etc. But there are also elementals and those close to vampires. Enter a runaway woman, Meg, who can see flashes of the future when she is cut. She gets taken into the world of The Others.

Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost
Read 2 of the 7 published books. 

Cat is a half-vampire, killing the undead to get to her father who ruined her mothers life. When she gets caught by a vampire bounty hunter she ends up agreeing to an exchange. For help to find her father, she will be training with him. Cue sexual tension.

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
Read 6 out of 10 published books. 

In this world we settle into Atlanta. The world has suffered a magical apocalypse and it pushes at our technological advances. Kate leaves nearby Atlanta where she tries to hide those that wish to seek out the magic running through her veins. But when her mentor gets killed in Atlanta, she has to find out who did it.

Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Read 3 out of 13 published books. 

Mercy is a very talented mechanic in the Tri-Cities Area of Washington. She also happens to be raised by werewoves, can shift into a coyoto, has a gremlin as mentor, a vampire as friend and a werewolf as neighbor. You know as one does.

Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson
Read 7 out of 9 published book.

Katie thought all the weird things she had been seeing in New York were just normal New York things. Until she gets offered a job that tells her that what she has been seeing has been the New York hidden magical community and that she is immune. Oh and she gets to work with that hot, shy wizard. Sign here?

Slave to Sensation  by Nalini Singh
Read book 1 of 19 Psy-Changeling books 

As a psy Sascha has had to hide her feelings who are considered undesirable to the psy. She feels flawed, damaged. Until she meets Lucas, a changeling, she has to work with. He opens her eyes to the rest of the world.

Fever by Karen Marie Moning
Read 7 of 11 published Books 

Mac travels to Dublin from America to find out who killed her sister there. Instead she uncovers a big underlying community of the magical with Fae and Changelings. And she isn’t quite as untainted in all this either…

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Read book 1 of the October Daye series of 18 published works. 

Toby is a changeling (half human and half fae). She has turned her back on the fae world until a murder comes knocking on her door…

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9 thoughts on “The Promised Land of Urban Fantasy for Me This May| Plus Some Books I’ve Read in the Subgenre | #WyrdandWonder

  1. I rarely (if ever) read any urban fantasy myself, so thank you for all the recommendations! Personally epic fantasy is more my jam, but sometimes you’re just in the mindspace for other things 🙂

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  2. Check, check, check, … van deze lijst kan ik alle boeken die je vermeld afvinken. Ok, van sommige series heb ik minder delen gelezen dan jij (Shanna Swendson, al wil ik daar eigenlijk wel nog een keer in verderlezen) en van andere wat meer maar ik hou dan ook van dit ontspannende genre. Vooral wanneer het niet om een instant-love verhaal gaat maar het geleidelijk aan groeit.

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  3. I do love the slow burn romance part of urban fantasy! It can be hard sometimes to separate urban fantasy from paranormal romance, though. (For example, I would put the Psy-Changeling books in paranormal romance, not urban fantasy.) I’m glad you found a genre that you feel like reading right now!

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