Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Novellas and Short Stories

Haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday list in a while, but I’m actually really excited by this one.  It’s now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

In no particular order:

The Jonathan Healy and Francis Brown stories by Seanan McGuire

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Image: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Historical Fantasy

Length: vary in length from 15-60 pages each

Available: Here (most are available for free, but some are collected into anthologies)

I could have filled the entire list with this series of short stories–there are over a dozen of them. In a world where cryptids (folkloric animals) are real and in hiding from the rest of the world, the Healys are a family of battle cryptozoologists who both protect humans from dangerous cryptids and cryptids from extremist humans. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Novellas and Short Stories”

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Sweep of the Blade: Badass Single Mother Integrates into Space Vampire Society

 

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Image: Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban fantasy/sci-fi/romance

Synopsis: Maud was born into an Innkeeper family, and taught the customs of the varied alien races who used the inn as a waystation—or a safe house. But she left her family to marry a vampire, entering a society that viewed her as weak due to her humanity, despite her martial prowess. She had a daughter. And then her husband got all three of them exiled onto a dangerous planet where they had to fight to survive. Continue reading “Sweep of the Blade: Badass Single Mother Integrates into Space Vampire Society”

Urban Fantasy Follows

Most of my urban fantasy mainstays, the series that I’m still following loyally, are ones that I picked up before I began blogging. Which means whenever a new book comes out, I’m left thinking about whether to address the series or the book, or how to talk about a book further along in a series. So to put some of this out of the way, I’m throwing together a master post of the urban fantasy series I follow, along with their initial premises and my favorite aspects about them. Continue reading “Urban Fantasy Follows”

The Kate Daniels Series: Smartass Mercenaries with Complex Family Ties

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Image: Ace via Ilona Andrews

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Kate Daniels starts out as a mercenary with a secret heritage, trained with the purpose of killing one man. She’s supposed to keep to herself, keep hidden, until she’s ready. To avoid any ties that might make her task harder. But when her guardian is killed, she launches into an investigation that will test her ability to hold herself apart from people. And as her attachment to others grows, so her willingness to give away what she is to protect them–risking that the man she’s meant to kill will find her before she’s strong enough to defeat him. Continue reading “The Kate Daniels Series: Smartass Mercenaries with Complex Family Ties”

Innkeeper Chronicles, and Fun, Genre-Bending Adventures

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Image: Ilona Andrews, Artist: Doris M.

Genre: Urban fantasy/sci-fi

Synopsis: 

Clean Sweep: Dina is an Innkeeper. On the grounds of her inn, she’s incredibly powerful, able to bend reality to her will. But only on the grounds of her inn. It is her job to provide lodging to otherworldly visitors to Earth, protect her guests at all costs, and remain neutral in outside conflicts. But when animals begin dying around her neighborhood, Dina oversteps her bounds to get involved. (Preview.) Continue reading “Innkeeper Chronicles, and Fun, Genre-Bending Adventures”