Vampires and werewolves and elves, oh my!
As a longtime fan of contemporary urban fantasy I’m thrilled with the recent surge in the genre. In tone and content the new entries fall somewhere between Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and an old favorite of mine, War for the Oaks by Emma Bull. Though Anita Blake is the toughest of the tough gal protagonists, lately she’s got some worthy successors. In Moon Called by Patricia Briggs a shape-shifting mechanic finds herself pulled into the dangerous realm of werewolf politics. A young werewolf has turned up on her doorstep and Mercy Thompson tries to hand him off to the local pack. An impossible effort complicated by power plays and murder. In Wen Spencer's very imaginative book, Tinker is the title character. She is a young genius who lives in a Pittsburg that shifts dimensions to another world once a month. When Tinker saves the life of an elf she is forced out of her safe haven and into Elf/human politics. Mercy and Tinker are smart and resourceful. Check them out (pun intended!).