While there is certainly more urban fantasy on the shelves now than a few years ago, it isn’t always better (I’m looking at you Laurell K. Hamilton) and some authors are ending their long standing series like Charlaine Harris’s Sookie books and Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld. So if you’re looking for something new, try Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson books. Mercy is a coyote shifter who was raised with werewolves; she lives in a world similar to ours but for her humans coexist with fairies, vampires, and shapeshifters.
In Frost Burned, the latest in the series, Mercy’s mate and his pack have been abducted. Knowing she’s outmatched, Mercy is forced to seek help from whomever she can.
Noooo! First, I find out that the Sookie Stackhouse books are ending next year (on my birthday to add insult to injury!) and now the Otherworld books are ending too.
From an interview with Kelley Armstrong: “Around Frostbitten, I started having second thoughts. Maybe my “end-game” could just be a shake up. After all, I still had more stories to tell.
But that got me thinking. If this wasn’t the end, what would be? Did I plan to keep writing until I was sick of these characters? Until readers were sick of them?
I decided the Otherworld deserved better. It was time to put the series aside, while I still had more stories to tell. Those stories will come, as short fiction for now and maybe, in the future as a surprise Otherworld novel or two.
Right now, I have plans for a couple of Otherworld anthologies. I’ll gather up stories and novellas from other collections. But at least half of each book would be original fiction—new adventures for my old favourites.”
The final book in the Otherworld series is called THIRTEEN (or 13) and is scheduled for release July 24, 2012.
If you’re looking for other series to take the place of the Otherworld books, you might try: the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs or the Hollows books by Kim Harrison
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris, the latest book in the Sookie Stackhouse series is available now. (I just put a copy on hold so the line forms behind me!). If you’ve watched True Blood but haven’t picked up the books yet – what are you waiting for?! And, if like me, you’re a longtime Sookie reader, savor this one; it’s the penultimate book in the series.
Publisher description – With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.
Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.