Urban Fantasy With Male Lead Characters
This is a list for the urban fantasy fan who likes to read books where the lead character is a male.
1 Storm Front (The Dresden Fi...
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2 Hounded (The Iron Druid Chr...
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3 Changes (The Dresden Files,...
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4 Summer Knight (The Dresden ...
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5 Dead Beat (The Dresden File...
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6 Turn Coat (The Dresden File...
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7 Grave Peril (The Dresden Fi...
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8 Death Masks (The Dresden Fi...
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9 Small Favor (The Dresden Fi...
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10 Fool Moon (The Dresden File...
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11 Proven Guilty (The Dresden ...
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12 Hammered (The Iron Druid Ch...
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13 White Night (The Dresden Fi...
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14 Sandman Slim (Sandman Slim,...
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15 Hexed (The Iron Druid Chron...
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16 Something from the Nightsid...
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17 American Gods (American God...
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18 Blood Rites (The Dresden Fi...
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19 Nightlife (Cal Leandros #1)
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20 Ghost Story (The Dresden Fi...
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21 Midnight Riot (Peter Grant,...
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22 Neverwhere
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23 Cold Days (The Dresden File...
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24 Tricked (The Iron Druid Chr...
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25 Monster Hunter Internationa...
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26 Zero Sight (Zero Sight, #1)
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27 Side Jobs: Stories From the...
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28 The Devil You Know (Felix C...
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29 The Man With the Golden Tor...
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30 Infinity (Chronicles of Nic...
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31 Child of Fire (Twenty Palac...
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32 Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chroni...
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33 Madhouse (Cal Leandros #3)
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34 Moonshine (Cal Leandros #2)
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35 Agents of Light and Darknes...
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36 Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)
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37 Crimes Against Magic (Helle...
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38 Fated (Alex Verus, #1)
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39 Unshapely Things (Connor Gr...
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40 Deathwish (Cal Leandros #4)
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41 Trapped (The Iron Druid Chr...
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42 Zero Sum (Zero Sight, #2)
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43 Monster Hunter Vendetta (MH...
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44 Roadkill (Cal Leandros #5)
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45 Nightingale's Lament (Night...
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46 The Warded Man (Demon Cycle...
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47 Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim...
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48 Sorrow's Point
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49 His Majesty's Dragon (Temer...
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50 Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant...
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51 Hex and the City (Nightside...
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51 Fire Light
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53 WebMage (Webmage, #1)
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54 Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade,...
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55 Paths Not Taken (Nightside,...
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56 A Madness of Angels (Matthe...
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57 A Kiss Before the Apocalyps...
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58 Already Dead (Joe Pitt, #1)
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59 God Touched (Demon Accords,...
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60 Blackout (Cal Leandros #6)
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61 Monster Hunter Alpha (MHI, #3)
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62 Daemons Are Forever (Secret...
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63 Whispers Under Ground (Pete...
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64 The Unnatural Inquirer (Nig...
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65 Backup (The Dresden Files, ...
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66 Hell to Pay (Nightside, #7)
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67 Chimera (The Korsak Brother...
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68 Smoke and Shadows (Tony Fos...
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69 Sweet Silver Blues (Garrett...
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70 Gil's All Fright Diner
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71 Death Most Definite (Death ...
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72 Welcome to the Jungle (The ...
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73 Spellbound (Grimnoir Chroni...
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74 Circle of Enemies (Twenty P...
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75 Hard Spell (Occult Crimes U...
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76 Unquiet Dreams (Connor Grey...
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77 The Tomb (The Adversary Cyc...
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78 Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libr...
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79 Chance in Hell
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80 Born of Hatred (Hellequin C...
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81 Cursed (Alex Verus, #2)
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82 Caged (Holloway Pack #3)
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83 Dog Days (Dog Days, #1)
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84 Hold Me Closer, Necromancer...
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85 A Devil in the Details (Jes...
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86 Skin Game (The Dresden File...
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87 On a Pale Horse (Incarnatio...
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88 I Am Number Four (Lorien Le...
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89 Demon Jack
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90 Unfallen Dead (Connor Grey,...
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91 Just Another Judgement Day ...
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91 Ex-Heroes (Ex-Heroes, #1)
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93 Ghost of a Chance (Ghost Fi...
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94 Dead To Me (Simon Canderous...
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94 Men of the Otherworld
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96 Aloha from Hell (Sandman Sl...
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97 Clean (Mindspace Investigat...
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98 The Good, the Bad, and the ...
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98 Practical Demonkeeping
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100 Texas Hold 'Em (Chance Lee,...
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message 1: by Mick (new)

Mick There's got to be more than this! I am desperate for some Urban Fantasy that's not mired in romance. (I'm not downing PNR, but lately it's getting pretty hard to find anything without the R!)

I'm going to have to go old-school on this and add some favorites from the past.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) Mick, I'm keeping my eyes open.


message 3: by JK (last edited Oct 01, 2010 10:59AM) (new)

JK I've added another five titles... I'll see what else I can think of.


message 5: by JK (new)

JK Yep, no problem. I'm always looking for an urban fantasy with a male lead so this list is awesome. If I can help other people with the same thing by adding titles, I'll gladly do so.


message 6: by Tasula (new)

Tasula Great list! I added Mick Farren, Naomi Novik, Christopher Moore, George R R Martin, Wm Mark Simmons, Jaida Jones, Mario Acevedo, Kim Newman


message 7: by Xenophon (last edited Dec 12, 2010 12:19PM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix The Jhereg / Vlad Taltos novels by Steven Brust are fantasy in an urban setting, but that setting is on an imaginary world. Whether you consider them "urban fantasy" or not is a judgment/semantic call. The same can be said for the Garrett books by Glen Cook. I'm going to add them, but if anyone objects, let's open it up to discussion to nail down what people mean.

Edit: or what about the Alchemist trilogy by Dave Duncan? The setting is sixteenth-century (?) Venice.

In other words, what is most important: that it be fantasy in an urban setting or fantasy in a modern American setting?


message 8: by JK (new)

JK Added Hard Day's Knight to the list and highly recommend it!


message 9: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Olivo Added Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch.


message 10: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Xenophon wrote: "The Jhereg / Vlad Taltos novels by Steven Brust are fantasy in an urban setting, but that setting is on an imaginary world. Whether you consider them "urban fantasy" or not is a judgment/semantic ..."

Doesn't have to american, does have to be this world, even if it is an alternate history version.


message 11: by JK (new)

JK Added Imperium by Nicholas Olivo. Check it out folks.


message 12: by Dan (last edited Aug 21, 2011 10:41AM) (new)

Dan Added "The Marked Son" by Shea Berkley and Hard Spell (Occult Crimes Unit Investigation #1) by Justin Gustainis


message 13: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Mick wrote: "There's got to be more than this! I am desperate for some Urban Fantasy that's not mired in romance. (I'm not downing PNR, but lately it's getting pretty hard to find anything without the R!)

I..."


Try the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin. One of the reasons I like it is because it's not based on romance.


message 14: by Xiri (new)

Xiri Sorry, but what on earth does "Snowcrash" do there? It's cyberpunk, a kind of SF, not UF :-s

Good book, but still...

P.S. Added Lukyanenko's "Night Watch" books.


message 15: by Josh (new)

Josh Mick wrote: "There's got to be more than this! I am desperate for some Urban Fantasy that's not mired in romance. (I'm not downing PNR, but lately it's getting pretty hard to find anything without the R!)


Totally agreed! I found some more interesting stuff on this list, hopefully the list will continue to grow.


message 16: by J. (last edited Dec 09, 2012 12:36PM) (new)

J. Barneck Mick wrote: "There's got to be more than this! I am desperate for some Urban Fantasy that's not mired in romance.

I am working on a book now in this genre--Urban fantasy with a male protagonist.
http://jabrambarneck.com/writing/trin...

I spoke with B. Justin Shier (author of Zero Sight) and got his opinion on self publishing and unless a major publisher comes knocking, I'm likely self publishing through Amazon.

Hopefully you'll see it before Christmas, if not, a month or two later.


message 17: by JK (new)

JK The number of books with female leads on this list is kind of sad. I thought this site was for people who can read?


message 18: by Deborah (new)

Deborah JK wrote: "The number of books with female leads on this list is kind of sad. I thought this site was for people who can read?"

Goodreads librarians can delete any books that don't fit the criteria of the list.


message 19: by Xenophon (last edited Dec 07, 2012 04:21AM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix If you folks want a librarian to edit the list, it helps a lot if you name titles. List numbers help, too.


message 20: by Garrett (last edited Mar 18, 2013 03:05PM) (new)

Garrett I'm not sure how much the "male" part matters here, so I shan't add these books, but Seanan Mcguire's October Daye series is great,too. Any romance is extremely slow-moving, and doesn't play much of a role at all until the sixth book. The protagonist is female, but I read these just after Tom Clancy and Larry Bond, and didn't feel the least bit emasculated.


message 21: by Bk (new)

Bk I'm looking for some good urban fantasy too..It seems t be harder and harder to find these days, especially with male leads that don't ave some kind of minor ability. I mean i like a good story, but i also like a capable and strong magic user, Like Dresden,Jake Sullivan,the Iron Druid..etc.


message 22: by W. (new)

W. Diego I feel the same way. I really dig good urban fantasy i.e. Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series, Larry Correia's "Hard Magic", "Spellbound" and the M.H.I's series, or Richard Kadrey's "Sand Man Slim" books.
I really, really got into Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" books until after book #9, then it was all "chick Flick/porn/soap opera/crap"!!
Having some sexual tension/attraction and even the occasional sex scene is fine, but I really wish the Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Thriller authors would take a hint from the above listed authors.
If there are any other authors turning out good books or series of good books like the authors I've listed here, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Give me some names of books and authors, please! I'll return the favor if you have not been turned on to some other great books and writers I've gotten into.
Fair trade,right?
Thanks,
Diego
roughcreator@aol.com


Ezinwanyi~the Troublemaker   (Oh My Shelves) Hmmm, I just realized that I don't like any books with male leads.


message 24: by Matt (new)

Matt W. wrote: "I feel the same way. I really dig good urban fantasy i.e. Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series, Larry Correia's "Hard Magic", "Spellbound" and the M.H.I's series, or Richard Kadrey's "Sand Man Slim..."

If those are some of your favorites, as they are some of mine, check out the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne, the Alex Versus series by Benedict Jacka, the Connor Grey series by Mark del Franco, or the Zero Sight series by B. Justin Shier.

Hope one of those series may interest you, happy reading.


message 25: by Bane of Kings (new)

Bane of Kings Why is Peter V. Brett on here? I'm sorry, but even though his series is awesome, it's not Urban Fantasy.


message 26: by J. (last edited Oct 13, 2013 07:52PM) (new)

J. Barneck J. wrote: "Mick wrote: "There's got to be more than this! I am desperate for some Urban Fantasy that's not mired in romance.

I am working on a book now in this genre--Urban fantasy with a male protagonist.
..."


Wow! I can't believe it was over a year ago that I posted this. I totally underestimated the time it would take to get my book out. My official ebook release is tomorrow, October 14th, 2013. The paperback is coming later.


message 27: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Hey! Go check out Alex Hughes' Clean. Totally getting a Dresden vibe off of it, but it looks like it's getting even less recognition than Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces. Bummer.


message 28: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Amanda wrote: "Hey! Go check out Alex Hughes' Clean. Totally getting a Dresden vibe off of it, but it looks like it's getting even less recognition than Harry Connolly's Twenty Palaces. Bummer."

I do like this series, but I thought it was science fiction, not urban fantasy. What makes it urban fantasy for you?


message 29: by Amanda (new)

Amanda A telepath who works with the police? It's classic urban fantasy a la detective story.


message 30: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Amanda wrote: "A telepath who works with the police? It's classic urban fantasy a la detective story."

OK, you're right. I guess the world just feels different to me.


message 31: by Amanda (new)

Amanda It feels like Harry Dresden minus some snark and some wizard, plus some mind-reading to me. ;)


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