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Slow Burn – Marlene Leach

It’s 2048 and the USA is not a pleasant place to be unless you are rich. The economy collapsed in 2028, broken by the greed of the corporates. The government imploded and has been replaced by an Orwellian dictatorship controlled by the very corporates whose insatiability caused the collapse. Inside the decaying cities, the masses […]

Ascension – JL Gaynor

JL Gaynor’s first novel, Drive, was a wonderful debut novel – an outstanding, emotionally compelling story. However, Ascension far surpasses her debut work and places her squarely in competition with other writers of dark urban fantasy series. She does so by clear reverence for mythos, regard for storylines that make sense as continuing series (the sisterhood […]

Hell’s Belle – Marie Castle

Marie Castle’s First Novel, Hell’s Belle: Book 1 of the Dark Mirror series revitalizes the Dark Urban Fantasy landscape. Lately, the fantasy landscape, regardless of sub-genre, has become littered with perfunctory, now cliché, devices: the detective agency run by supernatural beings, an individual whose magic is extraordinary for her generation, a council put into place to […]

Demon Hunter (The Silver Legacy Series) – Linda Kay Silva

The Dark Urban Realm has an excellent new series in the making with Linda Kay Silva’s new book, Demon Hunter: The Silver Legacy Series, Book 1 Some creatures within the fantasy/paranormal realm, particularly those within the dark reaches, become stereotypes in a paradigmatic way.   A certain traditional characterization takes place, rendering these beings as trite. Demons […]