Urban Fantasy Spotlight: Cal Leandros

by KP

Big city life with a side of the supernatural.

Have you ever been curious about urban fantasy? Exactly what is it? In general, urban fantasy novels are set in contemporary times, and contain supernatural elements. One Friday out of each month, I’ll highlight an urban fantasy book for the interested.

Lady Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, your things that go bump in the night.

After a brief layover in Philly, we’ve finally arrived to our destination, the City-That-Never-Sleeps. The Big Apple. Home to the Empire State Building, the New York Yankees, and various bridge trolls.

All Caliban’s life he’s known he was different, a monster.

For the last four years, he’s been running from his father and his wicked relatives, a nightmarish clan of creatures known as the Auphe. Reveling in violence and destruction, the Auphe want nothing more than to find Caliban and use him for their own dark ambitions.

Cal’s had nightmares about what would happen if his “family” ever got their claws on him. His nightmares offer no preparation for the Auphe reality.

One of the most appealing factors of this series for me is the relationship between Caliban and his older half-brother Niko. Their devotion to one another reminds me of Sam and Dean Winchester from the Supernatural television series. Both sets of brothers have wildly different personalities, battle monsters, and constantly bicker but you cannot deny the unshakable bond they share. In Nightlife that bond is tested to the breaking point.

Gritty writing, violence, and a dark atmosphere made this series one I couldn’t pass up, especially as I hungered for the next Dresden Files novel. While I admit I (like most the women in Cal’s life) have a huge crush on his brother Niko, Cal’s struggle to overcome his evil impulses kept me intrigued and Thurman’s world building is full of delightful and darkly delicious surprises.

Could the Cal Leandros series be up your alley? Read a couple sample chapters.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Urban Fantasy Spotlight where we visit Brooklyn, a borough haunted by ghosts no longer content to observe the living . . . .

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