Decent vampire/fantasy series

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Howstricks Sun 28-Apr-13 22:06:18

I enjoyed the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse series, but since reading spoilers about the last one I have put them to one side in protest as the ending is not what I had hoped for!!! What else can I read? Nothing that involves too much thought or angst..these are my guilty, no brain pleasure reads, any suggestions?

amazingmumof6 Mon 29-Apr-13 01:49:43

see the film "Interview with the Vampire" if you can't find ant books. I know it's no t the same thing, but it is a good film

amazingmumof6 Mon 29-Apr-13 01:50:17

*ant books?

any books!

Thumbwitch Mon 29-Apr-13 01:57:16

I like the Laurell K Hamilton vampire etc. books, here Anita Blake series. I don't like the Merry Gentry series, that's terrible IMO - but Anita Blake is ok. She's a vampire hunter smile

Another vote for the Anita Blake books, but don't bother with anything after Narcissus In Chains as they jump the shark completely (author underwent a bit of a change in her personal circumstances and the books got very, very dull.) You might also like Charlaine Harris' other series about the woman who can find dead bodies - Grave Secret, Grave Surprise etc. There's four of them and they are pretty good.
Also Kelley Armstrong's Women Of The Otherworld books are not bad - they are not specifically about vampires, but women with various supernatural powers and traits eg witches and werewolves.

Thumbwitch Mon 29-Apr-13 02:13:51

Kelley Armstrong's books was the other series I was going to recommend - I haven't read more than the first 4 though.

AlfieBear87 Mon 29-Apr-13 02:21:18

There's a Russian series that is written by Sergei Lukyanenko that is really good although I haven't read the last one yet as it has only just come out in English. They're called:

The Night Watch
The Day Watch
the Twilight Watch
The Last Watch
The New Watch

kissmyshineymetalass Mon 29-Apr-13 02:26:10

Kim Harrison the hollows book series is good,it's about vamps,witches and werewolves

MasterOfTheYoniverse Mon 29-Apr-13 03:22:06

All the Ann Rice vampire series in which "interview with a vampire" is set.
And also her Mayfair witches seties.
They ate all partly set in the west indies plantations and the glamorous decaying athmosphere of New Orleans.

Howstricks Mon 29-Apr-13 13:13:46

Thank you for all the suggestions, very much appreciated.I'll pop onto Amazon tonight and take a look.

MrsReacher85 Mon 29-Apr-13 13:16:55

I just want to second the Anne rice recommendations. Interview with a vampire, and the sequels, are fantastic. I read them about ten years ago and am still dying to visit New Orleans.

The Passage and its follow up, the name of which has currently escaped me.

TheThinksYouCanThink Mon 29-Apr-13 18:33:05

Connie Suttle does some really good vampire ones.

Exogenesis Mon 29-Apr-13 18:34:59

Ann Rice. that is all grin

GhostOfTheRobot Tue 30-Apr-13 16:55:04

Light vampire novels?

The Tanya Huff ones. Main protagonist is a private detective who has a vampire helper. Easy reads, noting taxing there.

Blood Price (1991)
Blood Trail (1992)
Blood Lines (1992)
Blood Pact (1993)
Blood Debt (1997)
Blood Bank - a short story collection

NameThatTuna Tue 30-Apr-13 17:01:11

If you don't mind anything too taxing to read

Jeaniene Frost - Night Huntress Novels. I enjoyed them anyway smile

JR Ward - Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Once you get past the names, they're good and very raunchy!

Howstricks Tue 30-Apr-13 22:13:19

This is great..I am a voracious reader and never happier than when I have a good book on the go. Thank you all.

LittleMissLucy Wed 01-May-13 04:04:25

Dare I say it - but the Twilight series? I know its meant to be a big favourite of teens, but apparently the 2nd largest readership group is women aged 38-42 (a-hem!)

larlemucker Wed 01-May-13 04:27:44

Elizabeth hunter - the elemental mysteries series.

Really great books, vampires who are attached to one of the four elements which give them specific powers. If you read the blurb for the first one it goes on about a library! It's a book where the blurb doesn't do it justice and its full of sexual tension as well as being quite funny.
The books are:
A hidden fire
This same earth
The force of wind
A fall of water

Then there's her elemental World Series, I haven't read those yet!

rootypig Wed 01-May-13 04:31:38

How about the Gane of Thrones books? fantasy, not vampire.

GhostOfTheRobot Wed 01-May-13 14:37:34

Just remembered another vampire series that was good.

Freda Warrington's Blood Wine series:
A Taste of Blood Wine
A Dance in Blood Velvet
The Dark Blood of Poppies

Or try The Hunger games trilogy. Really great page turner but not at all heavy going.

The follow up to the passage is the twelve.

Is Guillermo del toro's the strain any good?

Howstricks Thu 06-Jun-13 15:36:53

So many good many still to try, but so far I have adored the JR Ward brotherhood series..huge thanks for that. smile. Looking forward to a summer of reading!

KelleStar Tue 25-Jun-13 21:46:29

Umm Sherilyn Kenyon's dark hunter series... Not vampires strictly... But similar.

Phoenixflame Wed 26-Jun-13 16:52:53

Oh where to start? I love, love, love vampire/fantasy books. I have to second the J.R. Ward books both of her series are fantastic. The 'Dark' series by Christine Feehan they can be a little predictable after you've read a few but I really enjoyed them. The 'House of night' series by P.C. Cast and the 'The Morganville vampires' by Rachel Caine both teen series but are good if you just want something to read easily. 'Chicagoland vampires' series by Chloe Neill. Rachel Vincent has some great urban fantasy series. I particularly recommend her 'Shifters' series. Great female protagonist I almost cried when I realised there aren't going to be anymore books in that series. I know I've read more but I can't think of them right now. Hope these help :D

Rubysmommy Wed 26-Jun-13 17:03:32

Another vote for Kelley Armstrong's series - great reading smile

Wilding Wed 26-Jun-13 17:10:57

I really love the Patricia Briggs books about Mercy Thompson - they're much better written than some of the stuff out there. Start with Moon Called and go from there...

lucysnowe Thu 27-Jun-13 18:24:34

Not a series, but Robin McKinley's Sunshine is an aces vampire book!

geologygirl Thu 27-Jun-13 18:28:15

I highly recommend the mortal instruments series. Brilliantly written and real page turners.

ChozRa Thu 27-Jun-13 18:38:49

I'm enjoying the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The first is A Discovery of Witches, the second is Shadow of Night, and she's not written the third yet! If you like vampires, witches and history you might enjoy these.

DharmaLovesDraco Thu 27-Jun-13 18:52:38

Lara Adrian's 'Midnight Breed' series is good, especially if you like the JR Ward 'Bhrothers' books.

gastrognome Fri 28-Jun-13 21:07:36

Definitely check out Cassandra Clare.
Aimed at young adults but well written page turners with engaging characters and good plot lines. Start with the Mortal Instruments series.
One of the few authors whose new releases I will preorder from Amazon, as I can't wait to read them.

susiedaisy Mon 01-Jul-13 19:55:33

I can recommend Kresley Coles Immortals in the Dark series, vampires werewolves and shifters galore, also very raunchy, there is 13 books in the series!

MRSJWRTWR Wed 03-Jul-13 12:06:23

Thea Harrisons's 'Elder' Series starting with Dragon Bound. I will second Patricia Briggs Mercy series and Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels series is great. I think Magic Bites is the first one.

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