Questions tagged [urban-fantasy]

Urban fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy where a plot including fantastic and/or supernatural elements has an urban setting, generally a contemporary city.

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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

Modern fiction about fairies often describes them as being divided into Summer and Winter Courts, sometimes Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Courts. A lot of people seem to believe that this is an ...
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urban fantasy short with imps set in London

I remember reading this in an anthology around 2000. Setting was London, and the main character was an older gentleman with a sword cane who was a magician. He could see imps darting around electrical ...
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Scholastic anthology book with a yellow cover; includes a story where a town gets together and sings, creating some sort of magic

If this helps, I went to school in the Dominican Republic during the 1990s. As part of our school supplies for 6th-8th grade, we had to purchase a collection of Scholastic books containing short ...
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Trying to find urban fantasy book from a Facebook ad 2019/20

I am looking for a book that popped up in an Amazon Facebook ad that I wanted to read but once the ad passed I never was able to find it again. Urban fantasy and it was a immortal wizard that was ...
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Book series about a woman (possibly a jinn) cast down to Earth, and people with elemental powers

This book series, I remember being a trilogy. There was this woman who I believe was a jinn, or something. She was cast down to Earth and she had to 'connect' with this man, who had earth powers or ...
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Animated film about giants abducting/eating children, and a girl being rescued by a benevolent older giant

I'm not sure if the giants were eating children, or just their dreams. I can't remember any more of the plot. Some other random vague details I remembered: One older giant (somehow) ended up taking ...
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Is the story of Henry Sugar written by Roald Dahl actually real?

In the book: "The wonderful tale of Henry Sugar and six more" Dahl claims the story to be true, further the name of the man isn't revealed, and the name "Henry Sugar" is used. I ...
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Fantasy (Novel/Novelette?) ... witches, a witch-hunter, a roller coaster, and a potted plant

Just fragments, I'm afraid; I think this is from the '70s. One of those "witches in modern times" things, in a world where ordinary people don't know there are witches. I recall they worked ...
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Novel series about half-vampire

Novel I had from the library. I think it was part of a series, perhaps quite a long one. I've done a few web searches, but haven't succeeded in identifying it. The protagonist is in some way half a ...
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Story about a school for people with superpowers that requires a ticket to enter that costs 1 million dollars

I'm looking for a story about someone who goes to a school. You need a ticket to enter, but they cost 1 million dollars and the main character couldn't buy it. Then a guy named Fusion came along and ...
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People with a magical sword killing cops

I heard this story on some podcast in the last ten years, I think even in the last five years. I thought it was on PodCastle, but I can't find it in their archive. Anyway, the story is about a man and ...
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Shaman (?) / Wizard (?) in US Military Academy

About 6 - 10 years ago, I read two books in a series about a Shaman or Wizard attending a US Military Academy. I would like to re-read them and see if any new books have been written in the series. ...
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Fantasy series involving possession

I'm looking for a fantasy series that I read ~5 years ago. I don't know when it was released though. It starts with the protagonist learning that her uncle has died, and she's been given something(?) ...
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Urban fantasy novel set in alt NYC where one half is wild, protagonist looking for a white glove

Started flipping through this novel in a B&N maybe 6 months ago, read a chapter or two. The protagonist is a young female detective (?) and half of New York City is overrun with magic and/or ...
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Looking for the title &/or author of an urban fantasy book series

I read the first book in an urban fantasy series in the early 2000's not long after it was published. I've wanted to finish it for a while but I cant find the book don't remember the title or author, ...
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Book series about vampires, shape shifters

I remember reading a book series where the books were set in the same universe. There was some kind of threat coming and there were some people with special powers who would be able to stop it. They ...
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Fantasy short story collection, including a fire salamander girl, a were-cougar, an anxious girl turned into a rat, and maybe a half-bigfoot girl

So, I'm looking for the title of a short story collection. I'm going to briefly describe a couple of the stories: A fire salamander girl getting stolen and taken to hell, where her creator had to ...
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Urban fantasy book about magic appearing in the modern world [duplicate]

This is an urban fantasy book in which magic suddenly returns to the modern world. The setting is in a large city (maybe New York) and has a very disaster-genre feel. The protagonist's boss is slowly ...
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Urban Fantasy book featuring 'The Prefects': two entities from a dark dimension

I read this approx 5 years ago but I couldn't say if it was newly published back then; it was a hardback from a UK library. I can't recall too much of the story, the only thing that sticks in my mind ...
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Story about a trucker who picks up a female hitchhiker named Griffin

I think Griffin's mother has something to do with alchemy and she sent Griffin, her daughter, to find the truck driver.
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What metal (or alloy) is Abraham Setrakian's sword made from?

I've been binge watching the FX show "The Strain". In the show, there is a character, Abraham Setrakian, that has a sword-cane made to kill the vampires. I was sitting here wondering how this was ...
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Book about family with wings, and the protagonist has to learn how to fly(?)

I remember the book because I really liked it while I was in elementary school (19 now). But the premise was that the girl's family all had wings on their backs that they kept tucked tightly so they ...
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Urban Fantasy about female half-elves being hunted for their dormant powers

I remember the following points about the story: It's an urban fantasy It was a book with vampires and elves The main character was some kind of elf People would get ear transplants to look like ...
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Children/Teen mystery novel about a detective

I read a book when I was young about a male main character (I vaguely remember his name to be something similar to Maria, or starts with M, might be wrong) who arrives at some sort of hotel at a ...
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Story identification: fantasy series about Castle Inverness

Back in the late 80's to early 90's I read a strange book about a family from Castle Inverness; they have defended the earth from demons invading for centuries (I'm 99% sure "Inverness" is in the ...
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Futuristic novel where cats are telepathic and can detect liars and criminals

I'm looking for a novel set in the future (2036? date is mentioned on cover) and there's a picture of a cat on the cover. It is about cats who are telepathic and can detect liars and criminals. The ...
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I can't find the title to this book in my huge Amazon library

HELP, I an looking for the title about a girl that witnessed the modern world end and now she works odd jobs and trades fish to help feed her 2 brothers and hateful mother. She is at the town ...
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Boy on airplane suddenly wakes up tiny and under a hedge

I read these YA (or older children's) books between 2005 and 2007, and I think they had been published fairly recently at that time. The protagonist is a young teen boy who is flying on an airplane ...
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Fantasy young adult novel with a girl who lived in a city surrounded by walls

The girl lived in a magic city where the wall protecting them was filled with magic. Only kids had magic, it was drained from adults, and this girl goes to gets drained, but they inject magic into her ...
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Short story called "ten for one" or similar?

This has been really hard to track down, so any help appreciated. I found a story in an anthology of fantasy or science fiction about a shop that advertises an odd exchange program: for ten (?) of any ...
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ID Sci Fi short story: Earth soon to burn in Sun, apartment setting, juice cans, she sleeps, wakes to reality of Earth freezing

I could have sworn this was Bradbury. Definitely published pre-1980. I feel like I should know this. The female (?) protagonist is in an apartment suffering in the heat. Earth is moving toward the ...
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Book about a professor who summons a female demon

Book is about a professor that summons a female demon. The demon and the professor fall in love and she helps him overcome issues including alcoholism. Not really horror but more slice of life.
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Looking for Book About Druids in San Francisco

I'm looking for a book about a druid (I think) or a wizard who has to stop the apocalypse or some end-of-the-world getup. I believe it takes place in San Francisco (or LA). To save the world, he needs ...
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Romance book about a shapeshifting unicorn and a shapeshifting dragon

I remember reading a book where fantasy creatures were very common and most could shapehift to a human form and to some other form, though they were in human form most of the time. The protagonist is ...
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YA Urban Fantasy about a teenage male who becomes a wizard, cover may have had a raven, and title was like a Shakespeare saying

An average teenage guy is working at some fast food place, somehow gets magic, and ends up in a cage with this werewolf girl and they get intimate. They get out and he eventually becomes pretty ...
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Urban Fantasy series - Curiosity Shop owner seeking ivory wand. Second book involved a countryside manor

I recently reread Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch and it made me remember reading another book in the same time period (somewhere around 2010-2016) that had a similar feel to it. I know I checked ...
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Help me identify an urban fantasy web comic whose main character was named "Resonator"

I used to read a web comic and I've forgotten it's name and URL. It was "urban fantasy" where some fantastic things happened in a world that looked like the real world in the present time. The main ...
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Movie with an amulet and a princess who asked three questions from her suitors

Saw this movie more than 20 years ago, I can't remember much more about it than this: it was in color, but it's at least 30 years old, maybe even 40 it was about a princess people wanting to marry ...
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Medieval alternative London with abductions

I only had the chance to start reading this urban fantasy book and memories are hazy but it was promising… it was set in London, medieval or so definitely pre-modern. There were abductions by a set of ...
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Late 50's movie episode about a man who finds a pair of old glasses that enable him to read others thoughts

I'm trying to identify a movie episode I watched in the around the late '50s, about a man who finds a pair of old glasses which enable him to read the thoughts of other people. Reading others ...
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Fantasy story circa 60s about a sheltered vegetarian boy who visits a slaughter house with dire results

The boy's parents die when he is a baby and he is raised by his vegetarian grandmother in an isolated rural setting. She teaches him to cook, but dies without teaching him about the dangers of life ...
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YA Novel published before 1994 where characters are all cockroaches living in suburbia

I remember reading this novel way back in high school in the early 1990s. All the characters are cockroaches and are living in a backyard in the suburbs. I don't know any of the names of the ...
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Can anyone identify a recent Supernatural-style TV or cable show?

A recent show was on cable or Netflix about a girl whose family started a cult. They were subsequently killed and she became possessed by a demon. She was trying to learn of her past and at the end ...
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I'm looking for the title of a book about a magical bookstore and its owner

The book is fairly new, at most 4 years and it's the start of a series. I know vampires were involved and that the bookstore was open at night but that's about it.
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Looking for fantasy book about a boy who meets a tribal girl who turns out to be a shifter

It was a young adult fantasy read that came out around the same time as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I was told by the bookstore owner at the time that it was recommended for people who ...
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A dark French movie about a little girl, a big guy, and a mad scientist

After idly combing through this site's questions and answers, my mind is being triggered into recalling fragments of things I can't place names on. There's this French movie (dubbed in English) I saw ...
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Short Story Girl Has Out-Of-Body Experience, Flies Around, Gets Stuck in Body of Doll

The story starts with a little girl in bed at night being told a story by her mother. The mother tells her it is possible to leave your body and fly. Somehow the girl pops out of her body and flies ...
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Help ID Australian novel. Sci Fi (soft) / Magical Realist / Slipstream. Published 1976 – circa late 1980s [duplicate]

Asking for a friend. Length; Novel (possibly novella or novelette) Publication Notes; Australian/Melbourne author (likely but not certain. It shows a lot of familiarity with Melbourne). Australian ...
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Does anyone know the name of this novel with 3 anthology stories?

I believe it had 3 anthology stories that were loosely connected. I know one of them was about a male vampire and female human who fall in love. The vampire needs permission before it can enter her ...
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Book about a boy who travels to a parallel universe to get a book

I can't remember the gender of the main character. I remember bits and pieces from different books, but I think they're all part of the same series. The pieces may not be in order or from multiple ...
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