Thursday, 24 February 2011

Urban Fantasy Book Releases, Part Two!

Here are some more February releases from the world of Urban Fantasy. Again, let's hear your thoughts and recommendations!

Siren’s Surrender, by Devyn Quinn (Signet)
Never embracing her mermaid heritage, Gwen Lonike lives in the human world as the owner of a Maine B&B. But when the gateway to a lost mermaid kingdom is opened, freeing its dangerous queen, Gwen can no longer hide, nor keep her secret from covert agent Blake Whittaker. How long can Gwen and her sisters remain safe from a destructive queen, and from Blake’s superiors, whose ultimate mission could prove the greatest threat of all?

The Curse-Maker, by Kelli Stanley (Minotaur)
When Roman physician Arcturus and his stunning wife Gwyna arrive at Bath for a holiday, a dead body is floating in the sacred spring. It turns out that the murdered man is a curse maker whose curses actually come true, and as murder follows murder, it looks like there’s now a curse on Arcturus. An exotic look at the sideshow world of fake healers, ghost-raisers and medicine men, The Curse-Maker is the story of a spa town where people go to heal—only to wind up dead.

Angel’s Verdict, by Mary Stanton (Berkley)
Celestial advocate Brianna Winston-Beaufort is eager to set aside handling appeals for condemned souls and get back to practicing law in the land of the living. Three months after taking over the family practice Bree jumps at the opportunity to work for an earthly client. But when elderly actress Justine Coville walks into Beaufort & Company’s office to make changes to her will, she drags Bree into a whole otherworld of troubles.

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah E. Harkness (Viking)
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of demons, witches and vampires descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries—and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages, by Tom Holt (Orbit)
Polly is a real estate solicitor. She is also losing her mind. Someone keeps drinking her coffee. And talking to her clients. And doing her job. And when she goes to the dry cleaner’s to pick up her dress for the party, it’s not there. Not the dress—the dry cleaner’s. And then there are the chickens who think they are people. Something strange is definitely going on, and it’s going to take more than a magical ring to sort it out.

Serpent’s Storm, by Amber Benson (Ace)
Calliope just wants to make it big in the Big Apple like any other working girl. But Callie is also Death’s daughter, no matter how much she tries to stay out of the family business. And now her older sister has made a deal with the Devil himself to engage in a hostile takeover of both Death Inc. and Heaven—once they get Callie out of the way.

King’s Justice, by Maurice Broaddus (Angry Robot)
From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis, the one true king will arise. Guided by the crazed visions of his advisor Merle, King knows that he must unite the opposing factions before the streets erupt in all-out war. But how can he preach peace when even his own warriors are plotting against him? Second in the Knights of Breton Court series.

Pale Demon, by Kim Harrison (Eos)
Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after—forever after. But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixie in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination. For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight—freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her. Ninth in the Hallows series.

Dead Waters, by Anton Strout (Ace)
Simon Canderous, of the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, is used to fighting vampires and zombies. But the strange murder of a professor has everyone stumped. And it’s making some people crazy. Literally.

Dead Streets, by Tim Waggoner (Angry Robot)
You’ve got to keep your head to survive in the teeming undead city known as Nekropolis. It’s a pity crazed genius Victor Baron couldn’t manage that. Now everyone wants a piece of him. Zombie detective Matt Richter and his glamorous she-vampire companion Devona are back on the case.

Green-Eyed Demon, by Jaye Wells (Orbit)
Things to do: 1.) Rescue sister. 2.) Murder grandmother. 3.) Don’t upset the voodoo priestess. The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes. Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicks—a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demon—head to New Orleans to begin the hunt.

And, of course, Rogue Oracle, by Tuesday's guest of honour at the party, Alayna Williams (Pocket); and American Vampire by today's guest of honour, Jennifer Armintrout (Mira). 

Hope the lists have given you some ideas - I certainly discovered a few that I hadn't heard of that sound great fun!



  1. Yeah, great selection of books there....more for the list!!!! Hehe!!

    I LOVE Devyn Quinn, she's another one of my author goddesses!!!

    in Germany

  2. Hi Valerie,

    I know I found several I hadn't heard of before! I haven't read Devyn Quinn yet, but this sounds fun...