Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative uses supernatural elements in a 19th-century to 21st-century (or equivalent) urban society. It usually takes place in the present day (or the equivalent of the "present day").

Works of urban fantasy may be set in an approximation of our world in which fantastic exists secretly or in a world (such as an alternative history) in which it occurs openly, or some combination of the above. Elements such as magic, paranormal beings, other worlds and so on, may exist here. Common themes include coexistence or conflict between humans and other
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Thistlefoot
The Golden Enclaves (The Scholomance, #3)
House of Hunger
Eternally Yours
Bindle Punk Bruja
The Viper (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp, #3)
Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, #6)
How to Succeed in Witchcraft
Rust in the Root
In the Shadow Garden
Shades of Rust and Ruin (Shades of Rust and Ruin, #1)
Direwood
The Last Dreamwalker
Ravenfall (Ravenfall, #1)
The Sacrifice
When Gracie Met the Grump
Desperation in Death (In Death, #55)
Healthy Progress (Artemis University, #17)
This Potion is da Bomb (The Case Files of Henri Davenforth #8)
The Ex Hex (The Ex Hex, #1)
The Viper (Black Dagger Brotherhood: Prison Camp, #3)
Crush (Crave, #2)
Final Heir (Jane Yellowrock, #15)
Covet (Crave, #3)
Midlife Magic Hunter (Forty Proof, #7)
Cackle
The Librarian of Crooked Lane (Glass Library, #1)
Travel by Bullet (The Dispatcher, #3)
He Who Fights with Monsters 6 (He Who Fights with Monsters, #6)
The Unbreakable Bladesong Druid (The Guild Codex: Unveiled #4)
City of Bones by Cassandra ClareMoon Called by Patricia BriggsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingMagic Bites by Ilona AndrewsVampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Best Urban Fantasy
4,189 books — 12,839 voters
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Best "Strong Female" Fantasy Novels
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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)

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