5 Reasons To Start Reading #UrbanFantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

What do you know about urban fantasy?

This is a genre that I’m currently enjoying, but admit that until I started reading it, I wasn’t quite sure what it meant!

Like most categories, fantasy has its share of sub-genres, such as alternate history, dark, fairytale, historical, mythical, magical realism, sword and sorcery, romantic…. and urban.

So what is urban fantasy?  Here’s a definition:

Often set in the real world, with aspects of fantasy such as mythical or paranormal beings co-existing with humans – usually with a metropolitan setting.

Let’s expand on that…

  1. Normality is SO yesterday!

Fictional characters of this genre are often nonconformist.  In urban fantasy, the underdog theme is popular, especially if they can rise up against seemingly unbeatable odds. It’s not just the hero, either; fantasy allows the antagonist to be different too, but he or she usually has an arsenal of ‘magical’ weapons or abilities, often with a support team of nasty minions.

2…. but, often, ‘normality’ is what the hero is seeking

Lots of main characters that I’ve read about in urban fantasy just want to live a ‘normal life’. It might mean the security of a family, or having a relationship where no one dies in a moment of passion, or maybe they want a quiet night in with pizza and beer without a demon/angel/ troll or twenty dropping by.

  1.  It’s not who you are, it’s what you do that counts.

Be it a person who is just adjusting to their new magical skills, or someone who has lived with their special ability all their life, not everything the main character does will be good. They may kill off some of the good guys as well as a whole load of bad ones. In the end it’s about ‘doing the right thing’.

  1. Fighting skills

I don’t think I’ve read any urban fantasy that hasn’t involved fight scenes, but the balance has to work.  Few readers want endless battles where the hero hardly gets more than a bloodied knee, nor should the hero have an insta-healing ability, a bit of pain and suffering makes the story more compelling. The opportunity for creative fighting is vast in this genre, with elements of magic and paranormal. Magic protective shields, Goblin weapons enhanced with mysterious durability, and telekinesis all add aspects to a fight scene.

  1. Keeping one foot in reality

So how does ‘urban’ differ from other forms of fantasy? It often links to a town or city with elements of ‘real life’ as opposed to a fantasy which is set in a completely ‘new world’.  For instance cars, aeroplanes, television. Eating in a café, diner or restaurant. Perhaps holding down a recognisable day job; the main character might be a private investigator or a librarian.  The point is that this keeps part of the story tangible, because it’s not all inside a total fantasy world.

If you want to try this genre, here are a few that I can recommend:

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(Grave Witch is Book #1)

The Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price

 

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(A Demon Bound is Book #1)

The Imp series by Debra Dunbar

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Gnosis by Rick Hall

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Don’t Touch and One Way Fare by Barb Taub

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The Heretic by Joseph Nassise

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(Azimuth is book #1)

The Rahki Chronicles by Rennie St. James

Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #UrbanFantasy Satan’s Sword (Imp series book #2) by @debra_dunbar

Satan's Sword (Imp Series Book 2) by [Dunbar, Debra]Satan’s Sword by Debra Dunbar

5 stars

Satan’s Sword is book two of the urban fantasy Imp series. (See my review for Book #1 A Demon Bound here)

Samantha Martin (Sam) lived undetected in the human world for forty years, until she was asked to kill a rogue angel. Since then, several rumours have spread about her, which to Sam’s innocent surprise, seem to have raised her profile among the paranormal societies.

In this book, Sam’s foster brother Dar asks her to pick up a demon artefact from a group of vampires, leading to more ups and downs and quandaries for Sam. In a brilliantly comic scenario, Sam tries to make money out of squatters at her new canal side property; I loved this part.

These books are filled with humour as Sam leaves a trail of death and destruction in her path. Her demon powers and lust for blood are counteracted by her passion, loyalty and crazy nature. At one point I had tears of laughter rolling down my face and I chuckled through several other incidents while reading this. I like this series, the author has put a fresh twist on paranormal beings and it works well for me. I can’t wait to see what adventures there are in book three.

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Book description

Samantha Martin is an imp, bound by an angel who allows her to live among the humans . . . as long as she follows his rules. It’s not easy for an imp to follow the rules, especially when Sam’s brother, Dar, finds himself in hot water. He needs her help to retrieve an artifact from the vampires, or the powerful demon he owes a favor to will enslave and torture him for centuries.

It should be a simple courier job, but with demons nothing is simple. Sam reluctantly attempts to help her brother, trying not antagonize the vampires or the demon gunning for him, all while chafing to comply with the restrictions her angel has placed on her as a bound demon.

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Satan's Sword (Imp Series Book 2) by [Dunbar, Debra]

 

Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #UrbanFantasy A Demon Bound (Imp series #1) by @debra_dunbar #TuesdayBookBlo

A Demon Bound (Imp, #1)A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar

5 stars

A Demon Bound is book one of the urban fantasy Imp series. I discovered this author via a recommendation from Eline at Lovely Audio Books.

Samantha Martin (Sam) is an imp, a low level demon who has lived undetected in the human world for forty years. She loves to have fun, trick humans and spend time with her neighbour, to whom she is attracted. She’s learnt to keep her demon energy signals under control; if she’s caught out by an angel, it will mean instant death.

When her hellhound is badly wounded, an investigation leads Sam to battle a madman. However, his death brings the leader of the local werewolf pack to Sam’s door with a demand for a revenge payment.

What a brilliant book! It takes popular demon and angel tropes and turns them around. I was cheering for Sam from the start, she can be tough and uncompromising but is also naive and sensitive to others.  She is happiest when causing shock and chaos for humans or paranormal beings. I liked how the story evolved; there was plenty of sexual tension, humour and outrageous behaviour which kept the fast paced narrative flowing smoothly. I need to know where Sam’s bad behaviour will take her next. I’m off to download book two of the series.

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Book description

Samantha Martin is an imp, enjoying an extended vacation from Hel. All she wants to do is drink beer by the pool, play mischievous pranks on the humans, and get her hot neighbor in the sack. It’s a relaxing break from her infernal home, as long as she manages to avoid the angels, who won’t hesitate to execute her on sight.

But when her naughty hellhound lands her in trouble with the local werewolf pack, Sam is blackmailed into helping track and catch a killer. The steps she must take to appease the werewolves will put her right in the crosshairs of the angels. And with angels, there is no second chance.

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