Now we’re onto the top ten of my favorite urban fantasy books of 2013. Remember – these are books that I discovered and/or read this year, not necessarily ones that were released in 2013 (although most are). I’m starting from ten and working my way down to one, giving you an insight into the book and a link to the author’s website. Enjoy 🙂
10. Burned (Void City #4) – J.F. Lewis
IMMORTAL. INGENIOUS. AND DOWNRIGHT INFURIATING. Void City’s resident badass vampire has a secret to keep, everything to lose, and a plan to win it all. Eric has taken control of the city’s supernatural hierarchy, putting all the deals and contracts that allow Void City to function up for renegotiation. When he installs his insane vampire daughter, Greta, as Void City’s sheriff of the supernatural, bloody mayhem ensues. To further complicate things, the love of Eric’s life is back from the dead, immortally young, at a cost that has put Eric under the thumb of a very powerful demon. The mysterious mouser Talbot, morose mage Magbidion, and all of Eric’s thralls are trying to help him keep things under control . . . But with early onset Alzheimer’s, vampire hunters, demons, a band of chupacabra, a cursed cousin with a serious grudge, and Rachel as his new “handler” . . . there’s just not an app for that.
This series started me off right. Male narrator, sexy females, lots of supernatural action in both literal and in the bedroom. I love the humor and build-up of the stories and characters. Burned is exciting and gripping as it pulls you into the world of vampires and demons.
J.F. Lewis is found here and his Void City novels can be found here – http://authoratlarge.com/
9. Affliction (Anita Blake #22)
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop? Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
Zombies and Micah. Two of my favorite combinations. We join our legendary vampire huntress and animator Anita Blake for the twenty-second installment in the addicting series. This book is emotionally heart-wrenching and filled with all kinds of surprises that’ll leave you craving for more.
Laurel K. Hamilton also writes paranormal romance on the sidhe and her site is here : http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/
8. Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts #4) – Stacia Kane
READING, WRITING, AND RAISING THE DEAD. When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess. Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks. As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice.
I like my heroes/heroines to have flaws. And Chess’s addiction is just one of my favorite ones. Fantastic series set in an apocalyptic world full of magic and menace. This last book just satisfied all my desires.
Stacia Kane and her Downside Ghosts can be found here: http://www.staciakane.com/
7. The Lost (Celestial Blues #2) – Vicki Pettersson
Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death… if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost. Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will. But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate… before it’s chosen for them.
Angels and intrigue, romance and history. This is a wonderful new series from best-selling author Vicki Pettersson. I love the setting and the new take on everything angels and history. Kept me up all night reading.
Vicki Pettersson also writes the Sign Of The Zodiac urban fantasy series. Check her out here: http://www.vickipettersson.com/home.html
6. Ever After (The Hollows #11) – Kim Harrison
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse. While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die. But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan..
The Hollows has always been one of my favorite urban fantasy series and Ever After is not a disappointment. Rachel’s powers are growing and so is her confidence. As she shapes up for another epic battle, readers are in for a thrilling ride. Excellent magic, details, and plot.
Kim Harrison’s site – http://www.kimharrison.net/
5. The Darwin Elevator (Dire Cycle #1) – Jason M. Hough
In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura. Syler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.
I admit it. I’m not a huge science-fiction, alien girl. But this trilogy has blown my mind. Filled with danger and adventure, secrets and wonderful heroes, I became a fan of the series almost instantly. It’s an amazing concept that I enjoyed every page by debut author Jason M. Hough. And even though the first one is only listed, the sequels are just as good.
Jason M. Hough can be found here – http://www.jasonhough.com/
4. Clean (Mindspace Investigations #1) – Alex Hughes
A RUTHLESS KILLER—OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND. I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
Telepaths and technology come hand in hand in this detective series. Like I mentioned, I have a craving for wounded, addicted heroes and Adam is no exception. An interesting story that will have you looking at computers and people in a whole new way.
Alexandra Hughes is one of my writing influences and her website is here: http://www.ahugheswriter.com/
3. Trapped (Iron Druid #5) – Kevin Hearne
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.
One of my favorite urban fantasy narrators. Humorous, action-packed, and full of myths, legends, and supernatural creatures. This is also one of my favorite series of all time. I love Atticus and I loved this book in particular; readers will love this comical hero.
Kevin Hearne can be found here: http://kevinhearne.com/
2. Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8) – Jennifer Estep
Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot. Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me— Gin Blanco, aka the Spider—it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place. Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
Another epic installment of Gin Blanco’s saga. An assassin full of revenge, bloodlust, and love for BBQ, this series is addicting and one of my favorites. Although Gin may have the power and guts and glory, she’s also got a dark side that will leave readers understanding why it is she does what she does.
Jennifer Estep also writes young adult paranormal and superhero romance. She’s one of my writing idols. Her website can be found here: http://www.jenniferestep.com/
1. Thieftaker – D.B. Jackson
Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson’s Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family. Suddenly, he faces another conjurer of enormous power, someone unknown, who is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed—and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power. Ethan is in way over his head, and he knows it. Already a man with a dark past, he can ill afford to fail, lest his livelihood be forfeit. But he can’t stop now, for his magic has marked him, so he must fight the odds, even though he seems hopelessly overmatched, his doom seeming certain at the spectral hands of one he cannot even see.
I don’t think there’s anything I could say that could reveal how much I love this. American Revolution? Yes. Male hero? Yes. Magic? Yes. Originality? YES. This book is such a great start to a series I’ve already fallen madly in love with. New take on magic and the underground of old America. I highly recommend this to anyone with a hankering for history and fantasy combined, sealing it as number one in 2013 in my heart.
D.B. Jackson can be found here with his Thieftaker sequels: http://www.dbjackson-author.com/
And that wraps up my favorites for 2013. I’m ready for another year of good books, how about you?