Like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London?
Here are a few more urban fantasy series recommended by those who do.
* Benedict Jacka – Alex Verus series
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future–allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.
- Fated (2012) ★★★★
- Cursed (2012) ★★★
- Taken (2012) ★★★★
- Chosen (2013) ★★★★
- Hidden (2014) ★★★★
* Richard Kadrey – Sandman Slim
Life sucks and then you die. Or, if you’re James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.
Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.
Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.
- Sandman Slim (2009) ★★★★
- Kill the Dead (2010) ★★★★.★
- Aloha from Hell (2011) ★★★★ // 3.5 Devil in the Dollhouse ★★★
- Devil Said Bang (2012) ★★★★
- Kill City Blues (2013) ★★★★
- The Getaway God (2014) ★★★★
❝… In another writer’s hands, this might be just another of those gonzo-funny books about demons and magic and so forth, an over-the-top, ironic novel that eschews horror for yuks.
But Kadrey’s Stark is hard-boiled — not just self-conscious and wise-cracking, but bereft of hope, burning with anger, without any of that self-reflexive, cutesy stuff that writers put in when they’re worried about sounding like a poseur. Kadrey’s not worried. In the way that Lovecraft’s best work is totally unapologetic about the horrors of hell, in the way that Chandler is totally unapologetic about his antiheroes who inhabit a world without redemption or light, Kadrey’s Stark is in a living hell, and he hurts, and he will make other people hurt, and he will not stop. …❞
— Cory Doctorow
Oh magic 8-ball, what does my future hold? Apocalyptic Old Gods you say?! My goodness, what a treat... Let me get my good hat for this...!—
Sandman Slim (@James_Stark1113) April 18, 2014
* Kevin Hearne – Iron Druid Chronicles
The Iron Druid Chronicles is a series of urban fantasy novels, written by Kevin Hearne and published by Del Rey Books. All the books including short stories have recorded Audiobooks narrated by Luke Daniels (for the US) and Christopher Ragland (for the UK market).
The series is set in our world (the first couple of books are set in Tempe, Arizona) where supernatural creatures exist, such as witches, vampires, werewolves, as well as various gods and goddesses from various mythologies. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Atticus O’Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O Suileabhain), a Druid who owns and runs an occult bookshop, Third Eye Books and Herbs, as he gets embroiled in the day-to-day struggle of Gods and Goddesses and other supernatural creatures.
- Hounded (2011) ★★★★
- Hexed (2011) ★★★★
- Hammered (2011) ★★★★
- Tricked (2012) ★★★★ // 4.5. Two Ravens and One Crow (2012) ★★★
- Trapped (2012) ★★★★
- Hunted (2013) ★★★★
- Shattered (2014) ★★★★
- Staked (20??)
Today I’m haunted by that fecking awful potato salad. Yesterday's food is a poltergeist in me bowels. Siodhachan says this is an overshare.—
Owen Kennedy (@ArchdruidOwen) July 05, 2014
I have been trying to convince Atticus that a chicken apple sausage a day keeps the veterinarian away. So far he’s not buying it.—
Oberon (@IrishOberon) August 02, 2014