Best of
Urban-Fantasy

1996

Neverwhere


Neil Gaiman - 1996
    A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

The Wood Wife


Terri Windling - 1996
    Her mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life--and death.Maggie is astonish by the power of this harsh but beautiful land and captivated by the uncommon people who call it home--especially Fox, a man unlike any she has ever known, who understands the desert's special power.As she reads Cooper's letters and learns the secrets of his life, Maggie comes face-to-face with the wild, ancient spirits of the desert--and discovers the hidden power at its heart, a power that will take her on a journey like no other.

Anne Rice's Servant of the Bones


Mariah McCourt - 1996
    A tale of murder, demonic revenge, and the redemptive power of faith, Servant of the Bones is ornately illustrated by the New York Times bestselling team of Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon.

Last Call


Tim Powers - 1996
    In this novel, Crane is forced to resume the high-stakes game of a lifetime--and wager it all.

The Dawn Star


Stobie Piel - 1996
    But Nisa is all grown up now, and she has a crucial job to do. Determined to avert a potentially disastrous war, she has kidnapped the off-worlder to fulfill her responsibility. Now she would have to use Seneca's resemblance to the sworn enemy of her people to pull off a daring masquerade.

The Ebon Mask: Dark Kingdoms Volume 1


Richard Lee Byers - 1996
    Now in the Underworld, he embraces deceit and unbridled ambition -- he's no one's idea of a hero. That's too bad because something truly evil is stirring, and Montrose is the only being with a prayer of stopping it.

Strange Forces


Marty M. Engle - 1996
    With each dreadful encounter, they are further convinced — monsters are real.Morgan Taylor is convinced. He couldn't deny that a small lizard-like monster was rapping on his bedroom window, asking for help. A real monster, just outside his window.Astonished, he lets it in. With wide eyes he listens to its amazing tale and desperate plea for help — but could he believe the little monster's story? A tale of an object so incredible it staggers the imagination and of the hideous man-creature, the Collector, who has come to Fairfield to claim it.Dark forces have gathered under the Collector's command, in a hilltop mansion on the edge of town — Fairfield Manor. The crumbling halls, once empty and silent, now echo with the howls of his army of creatures. They have filled the once-barren rooms with mysterious artifacts gathered from the four corners of the earth. Nothing will stop the acquisition of the Collector's greatest prize.Join the students of Fairfield Junior High and the renegade lizard-monster, Rilo Buru, in a race against the Collector and his strange forces on an adventure that will change the natural and the unnatural world forever.