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List of famous urban fantasy books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular urban fantasy books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best urban fantasy novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

List is made up of books like Moon Called and Shadow Kiss.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best urban fantasy books?" and "What are the most famous urban fantasy books?"

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A Fistful of Charms is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Kim Harrison

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Amazon Ink is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Lori Devoti

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Amazon Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Lori Devoti

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Beastly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Alex Flinn
Beastly is a 2007 novel by Alex Flinn. It is a retelling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast set in modern-day New York City from the view of the beast. Flinn researched many versions of the ...more

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Blood Lines is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Eileen Wilks
Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks is the 5th novel in the World of the Lupi series. It was released on January 2, 2007. It hit the #8 place on Barnes & Noble's Bestselling Books in Contemporary ...more

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Blood Promise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead
Blood Promise is the fourth book in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Previously in the series, the main character, Rose, and her true love Dimitri made a pact that if either of them ...more

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Bloodlines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead
Bloodlines is the first book in the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It follows the story of narrator Sydney Sage, the alchemist who helped Rose in Blood Promise, ...more

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Bone Crossed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Patricia Briggs

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Brown Girl in the Ring is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Nalo Hopkinson
Brown Girl in the Ring is a novel by writer Nalo Hopkinson. The novel contains Afro-Caribbean culture with themes of folklore and magical realism. It was the winning entry in the Warner Aspect ...more

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Carnival of Souls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Melissa Marr
Untamed City: Carnival of Secrets, formerly published as Carnival of Souls is a young adult fantasy novel by author Melissa Marr. It was published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, in ...more

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Dead and Gone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone is the ninth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. This title was released on May 5, 2009.

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Darkest Mercy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Melissa Marr
Darkest Mercy is an Urban fantasy novel by Melissa Marr. It is set in the same universe as Marr's previous YA novels, but is not a sequel to Radiant Shadows; rather, it is a companion novel like ...more

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Dead Witch Walking is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Kim Harrison

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Enchanted, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Shanna Swendson
Enchanted, Inc. is the first book in the "Katie Chandler" series of romantic urban fantasy novels by Shanna Swendson published in 2005.

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Every Last Drop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Charlie Huston
Every Last Drop is a 2008 pulp-noir/horror novel by American writer Charlie Huston. It is the fourth novel in the Joe Pitt Casebooks, following Half the Blood of Brooklyn. The series follows the ...more

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Every which way but dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels

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Finder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Emma Bull
Finder is a fantasy fiction novel written by Emma Bull and published in 1994.

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For a Few Demons More is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Kim Harrison

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Fragile Eternity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Melissa Marr
Fragile Eternity is the sequel to the novel Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. It is also a companion novel to Ink Exchange, another novel by Marr which is set in the same universe but focuses on ...more

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Frostbite is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Richelle Mead
Frostbite is a vampire novel written by Richelle Mead. It is the second novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Vampire Academy. Frostbite continues the story of the main character, ...more

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Gunmetal Magic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Ilona Andrews
Gunmetal Magic is a book written by Ilona Andrews.

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Half the Blood of Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Charlie Huston
Half the Blood of Brooklyn is a 2007 pulp-noir / horror novel by American writer Charlie Huston. It is the third novel in the Joe Pitt Casebooks, following No Dominion. The series follows the ...more

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Ink Exchange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange is an urban fantasy novel written by Melissa Marr. It is set in the same universe as Marr's previous novel, Wicked Lovely, but is not a sequel; rather, it is a companion novel that ...more

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Iron Kissed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Patricia Briggs

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Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tal... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Urban Fantasy Books and Novels
Holly Black
Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale is a young-adult urban fantasy by Holly Black. It was published in 2007 by the Margaret K. McElderry imprint of Simon & Schuster, who recommended it for ...more