We know y’all love the discussion posts. And, honestly, so do we. So, today we’re soliciting your advice.
We often get emails saying “I just found this genre through Book A. Tell me where to go now!” And with us reading so many good novels it’s easy to just suggest the latest and greatest. (My go-to recommendation this week is A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang. Really excellent dark fantasy.) But, really, sometimes you need a starter kit. The tried-and-true must haves of the genre.
So today we’re going to try to assemble the must-haves for an urban fantasy starter kit. (If you guys like this feature, we’ll try again next week with paranormal romance. Promise.) We’ll get things going with our first five suggestions for must-include books.
OUR FIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR MUST-READ URBAN FANTASY
1. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Love her or hate her, there’s no question that the first Anita Blake novel needs to be in the starter kit.
2. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. Life-or-death action. Complete character transformations (over the course of the series) as a result of the city around them. The Fever series is dark and visceral, and like Mac once you’ve headed to Ireland, you’re staying put.
3. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. The Southern Vampire Mysteries (or as they’re better known these days, the Sookie Stackhouse books) have such a vivid backdrop. Bon Temps, La., is a strong character and that’s essential to good urban fantasy.
4. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. Harrison always injects the right amount of humor to balance The Hollows’ darkness.
5. Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Take to the dark streets alongside Harry Dresden, a P.I. with a paranormal twist.
We know we’ve left off great must-reads. Hell, we left off some of our favorite books. Fix it in the comments, folks. Tell us what YOU think should be in the Urban Fantasy Starter Kit. Convince us and we just might put one together and give it away. (hint hint)