Best Fantasy and Dark Romance Fiction
Best Fantasy fiction that I've read lately
First of all, before you read further, I would just like to say, that my favourite fantasy books are with strong female lead characters and a mix of romance, adventure and humour. So in my selection, you won’t find intellectually and philosophically challenging books with complicated story lines and confusing plots. When I come home from work I want to relax and forget about the rest of the world, and I have chosen these authors, because they have managed to capture me in their gripping fantastical adventures, and their writing style is so fluent and smooth that without even realizing it, I read through their books in extraordinary speed. And most importantly these authors have impressed me so much that I want to read anything and everything they muster up in the future.
1. Ilona Andrews, (Kate Daniels Novels)
Book 1 Magic Bites
Book 2 Magic Burns
Book 3 Magic Strikes
Book 4 Magic Bleeds
Engrossing and superbly written fantasy series, action packed with myth and legend, flawless characterizations and biting humour. The main heroine, Kate Daniels is a sassy, butt kicking mercenary, whose career is to clean up other people’s magical problems. And in the world where Magic and Tech fight for co-existence, it’s a cracking job, with a lousy pay. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But when technology returns, the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose. A new and refreshing take on the worn-out vampire theme, rather than sentient beings they are driven by appetite and are controlled by necromancers. As for the romance part there are few formidable male characters like the Beast Lord and demigod, who most of the time cannot decide whether to kill the heroine or to kiss her. Kate Daniels adventures were my favourite series last year, so if you are looking for that new exiting book, then this should be your first choice, and I just wish I could be in your shoes, when you read it for the first time, because it’s so addictive and engrossing and absolutely mind blowing.
2. Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson novels)
Book 1 Moon Called
Book 2 Blood Bound
Book 3 Iron Kissed
Book 4 Bone Crossed
A fantastic and gripping read with just the right amount of action, mystery and well placed romance. The story is set in the world where minor “fae” have revealed themselves to humans, while the more powerful fae supernaturals, werewolves and vampires choose to keep themselves hidden from human eyes. The unusual and very likeable protagonist Mercy Thompson is a damn good car mechanic who spends her spare time karate training and tinkering with a VW bus that happens to belong to a vampire. Her next-door neighbour is an alpha werewolf - the leader of the pack. And Mercy herself is a shape shifter, sister to coyotes. As such, she's tolerated by the 'wolves but definitely down the pecking order. As long as she keeps her eyes down and remembers her place, the pack will leave her in peace. However, her life is turned upside down, when a young werewolf enters her garage and asks for work, these unlikely circumstances generate the chain of events that bring Mercy’s past and future together and have repercussions for all those around her. Patricia Briggs presents masterful storytelling, superb and friendly characters and a spark that makes these series really stand out in a congested genre.
3. Karen Chance (Cassie Palmer novels)
Book 1 Touch the Dark
Book 2 Claimed by Shadow
Book 3 Embrace the Night
Book 4 Curse the Dawn
A fast-paced fantasy series with a wry sense of humour and masterful characterization. The unlikely heroine Cassie Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk ... a lot. The undead are another matter. Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire. The first book mainly introduces the lead characters and might seem a bit confusing to start off, but don’t put it down because it builds up to a gripping story that will keep you glued to your seat.
I introduced just three of my favourite urban fantasy series, and I am sure that by the time you will get through these ones I will have new recommendations for you, to make your everyday life a little bit more excitingJ