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Rob is a Circulation Attendant II at Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center. He has many hobbies that include sword fighting, cooking and baking, all things science fiction/fantasy related and trying to keep up with his wife.  

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What is Urban Fantasy? Author Joanna Penn defines this subgenre of fantasy as "The way I conceptualize urban fantasy is magic and weird stuff creeping in at the edges of a world in which magic is not the norm. Everything appears normal until you walk down a particular alleyway after midnight on the third Tuesday of the month. The person sitting opposite you on the underground train looks normal but is in fact looking for a particular flavor of grief to steal and bottle up to take back to his master. The majority of the people who live there will have normal lives, oblivious to the magical all around them, hidden in plain sight."

Here is a list of eighteen of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Each book listed is the first one in the series.

Storm frontStorm Front

by Jim Butcher

The only wizard listed in the Chicago yellow pages. What could go wrong?


by Kevin Hearne

The last Druid left in the world and over 2,000 years old. Make sure you have lots of sausage for his dog Oberon.

Guilty pleasuresGuilty Pleasures

by Laurell K. Hamilton

Vampire executioner, Federal Marshall and a necromancer. Now that will keep anybody busy.

Moon called​Moon Called

by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

Magic bites​Magic Bites

by Ilona Andrews

A down on your luck merc that tries to make a living cleaning up after magical problems. There is more than the humidity in Atlanta that makes it hot.

Dead witch walkingDead Witch Walking

by Kim Harrison

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.

Dead until darkDead Until Dark

by Charlaine Harris

HBO's True Blood is based off of this series. Need I say any more?

Discount ArmageddonDiscount Armageddon

by Seanan McGuire

Let's see how you do trying to be a secret cryptozoologist and make it to dance competions. Man, those high heels are a killer.

Some girls biteSome Girls Bite

by Chloe Neill

And you thought Chicago was bad when the gangsters were around. Now there are vampires. And some of them like the Cubs.


by Yasmine Galenorm

How strange is your family? Well, I have a sister that is a vampire, another sister that shapeshifts into a house cat and I am a moon witch. Oh, yeah, and my dad works with elves.

Full moon risingFull Moon Rising

by Keri Arthur

A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races and protect humans from their depredations. 

​DDark currentsark Currents

by Jacqueline Carey

Not much fun being a liaison between a goddess and a small town in the Midwest. But somebody has to it.

Halfway to the grave : a night huntress novelHalfway to the Grave

by Jeaniene Frost

What happens when a sexy vampire hunter falls is love with her prey? Nothing but trouble, is what.

The Alchemyst : the secrets of the immortal Nicholas FlamelThe Alchemyst

by Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel, creator of the Sorceror's Stone, has been tasked with finding the Twins of Destiny. Good thing one of them works for him.

Trolls in the Hamptons a Willow Tate novelTrolls in the Hamptons

by Celia Jerome

Willow Tate is a graphic novelist who earns enough at her craft to keep her rent-controlled Manhattan apartment and still put food in the fridge. But when she decides to write about a ten-foot-tall troll who's a superhero, one suddenly appears, causing mayhem in Manhattan.

Something Secret this way comesSomething Secret This Way Comes

by Sierra Dean

Some Secrets are deadly. Abandoned by her werewolf mother, Secret now hunts rogue vampires. Of course, what happens when you fall in love with the King of the East Coast Wolves? Deadmen tell no tales.

The Grendel affairThe Grendel Affair

by Lisa Shearin

Vampires, ghouls, and CIA agents? Just another day at the office. We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. 

Kitty and the midnight hourKitty and the Midnight Hour

by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?

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