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I've been writing in the Urban Fantasy genre for a while, now, and have most of two novels completed. I've also been reading heavily in the genre to see what else is out there, to get an idea of what is and is not selling, etc.

One thing I've noticed is that the genre is rather heavily . . . shall we say, estro-centric. :)

It seems that most of the main characters are kick-ass females. Which is fine; I enjoy reading female main characters as much as I do male ones, as long as they're well-developed1 characters and have something unique going for them. Female private eye with magical powers investigates odd occurrences in her city. Yaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnn. Vary the formula a bit, please!2

But it makes me wonder why there aren't more male-centric urban fantasies. There's The Dresden Files, which I guess is the crown prince of Urban Fantasy. The other notable ones I've read include The Webmage series by Kelly McCullough and the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman. There may be others, but I've read bits and pieces of probably eight or nine series, and all of the rest I've seen but have not read have female main protagonists.

My series (as yet unnamed) seems to be different from all of the others in that 1) I have more than one point-of-view character (one main one, Nick Damon, and two minor ones, Javier Ellis and Chuck Norris (a female cop)) and 2) I'm writing in tight third-person POV instead of first-person. I also give POV scenes from other characters if necessary to tell the story.

I've been told that it has a "noir flavor" by more than one person who has read samples, which is good because that's kind of what I was going for.

But I'd like to read some more testosto-centric Urban Fantasy. Got any suggestions?

It needs to be Urban Fantasy, not High Fantasy or Paranormal Romance Fantasy or like that. I like High Fantasy, but I don't want to read it right now.


  1. Minds out of the gutter.
  2. For instance, Kat Richardson's female private eye can see the Grey, which is the world of the supernatural that exists alongside our real world. Ilona Andrews' female private eye is something of a mercenary. Katharine Kerr's female private eye is actually a government agent from an agency so secret, even the CIA doesn't know it exists. Lyda Morehouse's female private eye stands apart in that she is the only one who can't jack in to the universal computer network, so must rely on her other abilities. My main characters are a male government agent, his male partner (both the magical abilities), and a female detective in the Atlanta PD (with no magical abilities). Together, they fight crime!


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