I took a bit of a T5W hiatus during February as the topics were centred around romance and fictional pairings — not that there was anything wrong with that! I’m not much of a romance reader, but I loved hearing about the books that other T5W bloggers wrote about during the past few weeks. This week’s topic I can absolutely participate in since it’s a genre that covers a few books that I have read. I’m really excited about seeing other T5W lists this week because, while I enjoy urban fantasy, I feel like I’ve only scraped the service in terms of what’s available. Especially since a few of my picks aren’t exactly ‘pure’ urban fantasy… if that’s a thing.
So what is Urban Fantasy? Its one of those peculiar sub-genres that (like the wider genre of ‘fantasy’) can be applied to so many different types of narratives. As defined on the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group: ” subgenre of fantasy in which the narrative has an urban setting. Works of urban fantasy are set primarily in the real world and contain aspects of fantasy, such as the discovery of earthbound mythological creatures, coexistence or conflict between humans and paranormal beings, and other changes to city life. A contemporary setting is not strictly necessary for a work of urban fantasy: works of the genre may also take place in futuristic and historical settings, real or imagined.” While the books I’ve listed below contain elements of other genres (horror, steampunk, etc.) they contain dominating elements that can allow them to be considered as their own forms of urban fantasy. That’s kind of what I love so much about this sub-genre. Anything is possible!
A friendly reminder as it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these: This post is a part of the Top 5 Wednesday series from the Goodreads group of the same name. Check it out for weekly #T5W post prompts and to see how other book bloggers have answered this week’s theme!
Without further ado, here are my picks for Top 5 Favourite Urban Fantasy Books: