10 Favorite Series Featuring the Fae


I recently finished a Netflix rewatch of Lost Girl, which got me thinking that maybe I should revisit some favorite books about the fae as well. But where to start? This took me back to when I was just discovering urban fantasy almost a decade ago. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels old now.)

Here are some of my favorites. For my fellow binge readers, most of these are completed series.

A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton // VBC

The Meredith Gentry series by Laurel K. Hamilton

In my mind, this is the original reverse harem series. The Merry Gentry series was certainly years ahead of the trend. It’s also the first time I remember seeing traditional elements like the fairy mound incorporated into urban fantasy.

The Shadow Reader series by Sandy Williams

This one’s for all the fans of love triangles. They’re not usually my thing, but I still liked this world. The trilogy was recently re-released with new covers.

The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams // VBC

The Abby Sinclair series by Allison Pang

I spent a year hunting for purple Converse after finishing this series. In case that’s not a bonus for anyone but me, it’s also got the cutest little perverted miniature unicorn sidekick ever. (Start with A Brush of Darkness.)

The Jane True series by Nicole Peeler

Maybe all the familiar supernatural creatures—vampires and shifters included—are just different types of fae? Jane’s world blends quirky small-town elements with trips to the fae court. There might be another love triangle too. The fae seem to be fans. (Start with Tempest Rising.)

The Messenger series by Pippa DaCosta

Fae in Space! What more do you need to know? The fae also seem to lend themselves to reverse harem and this is another one that’s done well.

Storm Born by Richelle Mead (Dark Swan #1) // VBC

The Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead

It’s possible that I was initially drawn to heroine Eugenie Markham by our shared love of Milky Ways, but what I really love about this series is the fae men and the lush world they inhabit. (Start with Storm Born.)

The Black Dog series by Hailey Edwards

In Edwards’ Black Dog world—the original series has spawned a few spinoffs—the fae have their own branch of the Marshal’s Service that deals with fae crimes. Rookie Marshal Thierry is also the daughter of the legendary Black Dog, which gives her a unique power.

Dog with a Bone by Hailey Edwards (Black Dog #1) // VBC

The Nora Jacobs series by Jackie May

A newer series with an old-school urban fantasy feel I’m really enjoying. This is another reverse harem (I told you the fae love those!), but with the slowest burn ever. It’s three books in and no one’s actually getting it on yet.

The Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price

The fae are out to the public, but still like to keep things in house in this series. P.I. Alex Craft just keeps running into FIB (Fae Investigative Bureau) Agent Falin Andrews on cases. Price also does some interesting things with reapers in the series, but that’s another list. (Start with Grave Witch.)

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #1) // VBC

The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

Toby Daye proves that the fae are a lot like the mob. Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. In early books she lives mostly in the human world, which is woven with the fae world in such an interesting way. (Start with Rosemary and Rue.)

Honorable Mention:

The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Okay, I know it’s primarily a series about shifters, but the fae play a huge role in the story and Briggs does them so well. (Start with Moon Called.)

5 Responses to “10 Favorite Series Featuring the Fae”

  1. I was so delighted to see that you included the Dark Swan books on this list. I was hooked on these books when they originally came out, and now I want to do a re-read.

    • Margaret says:

      I wanted to re-read a lot of these by the time I finished the list. But it’s also getting me more excited about a few upcoming series about the Fae. Cecy Robson has one debuting next month, for example.

  2. TaibhseRose says:

    Love this list! Got a few new series to check out now! 😀

    Fae series? I loved the Cecelia dart-thornton books, 2 different series but both are beautiful. Not urban fantasy though…

    Also off the top of my head, adding the Changeling blood series by Glynn Stewart!

  3. Great list, I loved The Shadow Reader and the Dark Swan series! I hadn’t heard of The Messenger series before but it definitely sounds like something I’d be into. I always find fae books so interesting so I’m glad I now have more books to check out.

  4. Nice picks. I’ve got a few on my TBR and just add some others you listed. I do like Edwards. That was a fun series the whole Black Dog World was fun.

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