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September 9: Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X genre.

I picked Urban Fantasy books, and defined underrated as 10,000 ratings or less on Goodreads. Go check out an under-appreciated book!

better part darkness

1. The Better Part of Darkness; Kelly Gay. (3,700) Charlie Madigan polices humans, and people from Elysia and Charbydon, a kind of alien heaven and hell–and the addition of a new and dangerous drug isn’t making her job any easier. A fascinating world, with not quite angels and demons.

emperor edge

2. The Emperor’s Edge; Lindsay Buroker. (4,700) Enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is trying to figure out who’s killing people and plotting to murder the emperor, and then her boss decides to add bringing down Sicarius, an infamous assassin to her problems. Amaranthe is the kind of seat-of-the-pants planner that makes you laugh with her madcap schemes.

enchanted inc

3. Enchanted, Inc.; Shanna Swendson. (7,000) Katie Chandler is average–so average she can see through magic, making her an invaluable employee at the new firm that’s offered her a job. But how can someone so normal work with magic everywhere? A start to a light, fun series, with plenty of magic and spells gone awry.

frost moon

4. Frost Moon; Anthony Francis. (1,300) Dakota Frost, magical tattooist, might be the target of the serial killer murdering the magically tattoo’d–or one of her clients might be the killer. A dark fantasy, a dangerous heroine, and some fascinating tattoos.


5. Grimspace; Ann Aguirre. (7,700) Navigator Sirantha Jax is imprisoned for crashing her ship and killing everyone aboard, but she has no memory of the event, and so can’t prove her innocence. So when someone offers to break her out, and a extremely dangerous job, she might as well take it. There’s a sci fi edge to this one, but there’s magical weirdness too–and some kick-butt aliens.

heart of stone

6. Heart of Stone; C.E. Murphy. (3,000) Magrit Knight runs risks she shouldn’t to feel alive–and one such risky behavior has her meeting Alban, a gargoyle, who is soon accused of a murder he didn’t commit. They’ll have to protect each other while they hunt for the killer. Some interesting twists on gargoyles, vampires, and dragons, and a complex interweaving of the races.

hold me closer necromancer

7. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Lish McBride. (7,800) Sam tries to stay away from Necromancer Douglas, who gives him the creeps–but when it turns out Sam is a necromancer, too, it’s going to be harder than he thinks to stay out of Douglas’ clutches. A funny story, about a sometimes hapless hero.

staying dead

8. Staying Dead; Laura Anne Gilman. (2,400) Wren Valere is a retriever, with a magical skill at finding lost things,without asking any inconvenient questions–which doesn’t serve her well when her latest case develops… complications. Wren isn’t quite a criminal, but she has some flexible morals–though she always takes a stand on what’s important.

summon keeper

9. Summon the Keeper; Tanya Huff (3,100) Claire Hansen, Keeper, is summoned to an inn to seal the hole to Hell in the basement, and is left to deal with an assortment of strange beings staying at the hotel while she keeps all Hell from breaking lose. Balances serious action with plenty of humor, and there’s a talking cat–what more could you want?


10. Tinker; Wen Spencer (2,600) Sometimes Pittsburgh is on Earth, sometimes it’s with the elves–and has a host of strange magical creatures and issues to go with it. Tinker, a mechanic, calls the city home, trying to stay unnoticed, until an Elven noble is chased by monsters into her junkyard. Easily one of my favorite series, a mix of magic and technology, and some fascinating elves.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

3 responses »

  1. Liza Barrett says:

    You have a few that I was going to put on my list until I got tired of typing (I mean, the rough outline I had put together the day before actually had Heart of Stone, Staying Dead, and Summon the Keeper on it. Nice to know you and I have some decent overlap 😉 I really wanted Murphy to write more of that series—it’s been a while, but I recall feeling that a fourth book was necessary. And the Keeper trilogy was one of my favorites! I particularly liked Austin (and the fact that he gets introduced in the description on the back of the book before Claire) 🙂

    I’m really curious about The Emperor’s Edge and Enchanted, Inc. They sound really good, but I haven’t seen them before. Thanks!


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