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Urban Fantasy for the Adult Reader

Sonia the Reader
The list author says: "As someone who shudders at the idea of reading Twilight, I'm an unlikely candidate to be swept into the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre, yet True Blood's combination of mouth-watering men, compelling storylines, wit and social commentary dragged me in and I soon found myself staying up all night to finish Sookie Stackhouse novels. I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised since Buffy and Angel won me over as well with its self-depreciating humor and genre-defying originality.

Through trial and error, I've discovered a few series which stand up to the scrutiny of an adult reader whose bookshelf includes War & Peace, Nietsche, and Dostoevsky. There's so much vampire fiction out there, and it's hard to discern the wheat from the chaff when looking for a new series. If I can save even one person the trouble of reading bad fiction, I'll be delighted."
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)
"This is the first book of the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is my favorite urban fantasy protagonist. Don't let the covers fool you-Mercy isn't a sex symbol, damsel in distress-she's a tomboy with dirt under her fingernails who saves the man in distress. I was hesitant to read a book about werewolves, but this is a real winner."
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson)
Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson)
"The second book of the Mercy Thompson Novels. I particularly enjoy Briggs' mysteries as I can actively guess what is going on yet find myself surprised by the ending-but not blindsided."
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3)
Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3)
"The third book of the Mercy Thompson Novels."
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4)
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4)
"The fourth book of the Mercy Thompson Novels."
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5)
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5)
"The fifth book of the Mercy Thompson Novels."
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)
River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)
"The sixth book of the Mercy Thompson Novels."
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)
"For all those romantics out there who believe romance doesn't end when you find someone, this is a fantastic series. Seeing a couple fight the world together (with the help of their friends), rather than a female protagonist being wooed by every supernatural creature out there is very refreshing. This book shows how the couple gets together. Bones is my favorite urban fantasy love interest!"
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)
"The second book of the Night Huntress series. This series leapfrogs over the typical (seemingly mandatory) obstacles of this genre to get to more interesting plots."
At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3)
"The third book of the Night Huntress series. My only critique of this series is I end up feeling like I'm just watching the action rather than being able to be actively involved in guessing at the mysteries. But, that's a small problem in an overall wonderful series. It's worth noting that this series also has my favorite urban fantasy supporting character of all time: Vlad!"
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)
"The fourth book of the Night Huntress series."
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
"The fifth book of the Night Huntress series."
Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire)
Sookie Stackhouse 8-copy Boxed Set (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire)
"And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include the series that sucked me in with its original take on what the world would look like if the supernatural were really real."
Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
Dead and Gone: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
"A surprisingly dark twist in the ninth book of this series."
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 10)
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 10)
"The latest edition to the Sookie Stackhouse series."