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CMB Fantasy Book Club

The Fantasy Book Club (formerly Urban Fantasy) at Cupboard Maker Books meets once a month, and is the oldest book club at the store. This playlist is the culmination of two years' worth of book club choices for our Fantasy Book Club. Though the books are mostly urban fantasy and paranormal romance, there are a few selections that are straight-up fantasy or science fiction.

Playlist Tags: The Cupboard Maker Books genre: Fantasy audience: fantasy-lovers topic: fantasy topic: magic mood: adventurous topic: book club topic: adventure

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By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 13 hours 48 minutes

National Bestseller

Selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s wildly successful first novel featuring his new Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.”

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he...

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The Long Earth

A Novel
Long Earth: Book #1

By Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities—a series of parallel “Earths” with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the...

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Angel's Ink

The Asylum Tales
The Asylum Tales: Book #1

By Jocelynn Drake
Narrated by: Michael Urie
Length: 10 hours 49 minutes

“A lot of fun, with a whole new take on the dark urban fantasy. Bright and breezy, with fascinating characters, and a background with hidden depths. Drake puts the ink in incredible.”
—Simon R. Green

“Angel’s Ink is an other-earthly blend of magic and technology in the best tradition of urban fantasy that refused to let me go. The continuing...

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By Naomi Novik
Narrated by: Julia Emelin
Length: 17 hours 43 minutes


“Uprooted by Naomi Novik is like every fairy tale you've ever heard turned on their head. You have the girl trapped in a tower, a dragon, and a prince. You've heard this story before, but this one isn't so simple. I mean, if it was, what fun would that be? Novik draws heavily on her Polish roots and it creates a story that feels like home. Warm, inviting, and full of secrets that don't leave the walls. The antagonist is written in such a way that you can almost feel the Wood staring at you while you read, but the fact that it doesn't outright speak makes it more menacing. With a rich cast of characters that follow their own moral compasses, a beautifully built world, and a magic system that feels authentic, this book will leave you wanting more.”

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The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass

The Cinder Spires: Book #1

By Jim Butcher
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 21 hours 38 minutes

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors. . . .
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses... Read more »
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The Peach Keeper

A Novel

By Sarah Addison Allen
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to... Read more »
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Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!

Landover Series: Book #1

By Terry Brooks
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 14 hours 26 minutes

Book One in the Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants... Read more »
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Cry Wolf

Alpha and Omega: Book #1

By Patricia Briggs
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson’s world—but with rules of its own.


Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever... Read more »
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A Wizard of Earthsea

Earthsea Cycle: Book #1

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

"The shapeless mass of darkness split apart. It sundered, and a pale spindle of light gleamed between his open arms. In the oval of light there moved a human shape: a tall woman . beautiful, and sorrowful, and full of fear."-from A Wizard of Earthsea A Wizard of Earthsea, first in a tetralogy that includes The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest... Read more »
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Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked Years: Book #1

By Gregory Maguire
Narrated by: John McDonough
Length: 19 hours 44 minutes

Maguire travels back to Frank L. Baum's land of Oz for this absorbing fantasy that delves into the background if the famed Wicked Witch of the West, a misunderstood creature who challenges the preconceived notions of good and evil. Unabridged. Read more »
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Cheshire Red Reports: Book #1

By Cherie Priest
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist — even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve... Read more »
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Dark Currents

Agent of Hel: Book #1

By Jacqueline Carey
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

Jacqueline Carey is the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning Kushiel's Legacy series. Dark Currents introduces Daisy Johanssen, a hell-spawn living in a Mid-west resort town that also boasts fairies, vampires, and a Norse goddess. As police department liaison for the paranormal, Daisy takes notice when a drowning victim shows... Read more »
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Ink and Bone

Great Library: Book #1

By Rachel Caine
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time ... Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows... Read more »
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Autumn Thorns

Whisper Hollow: Book #1

By Yasmine Galenorn
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

In an all-new series, New York Times bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn invites readers to Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living and the lake never gives up her dead . Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Crescent Lake in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can... Read more »
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Sparrow Hill Road

Ghost Stories: Book #1

By Seanan McGuire
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 11 hours 19 minutes

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still... Read more »
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Shadow Rider

Shadow Rider (Feehan): Book #1

By Christine Feehan
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 16 hours 27 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling "queen of paranormal romance"* is back with a sexy new series starring a Chicago crime family that hides a dark, mystical secret... Whether it's fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he's not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses-both legitimate and... Read more »
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A Promise of Fire

Kingmaker Chronicles: Book #1

By Amanda Bouchet
Narrated by: Mia Barron
Length: 14 hours 45 minutes

The perfect page-turning romance debut for fans of Game of Thrones Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have... Read more »
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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days

Embraced: Book #1

By Kerrelyn Sparks
Narrated by: Jill Tanner
Length: 14 hours 15 minutes

The first book in a bold new fantasy romance series by New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks. Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy - and... Read more »
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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

A Novel of Magic and Mixology

By Paul Krueger
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes

Bailey Chen is fresh out of college with all the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and an awkward relationship with Zane, the old friend she kinda-sorta hooked up with during high school. But when Zane introduces Bailey to his monster-fighting bartender friends, her demons become a lot more literal. It turns out evil creatures... Read more »
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The Last Wolf

Legend of All Wolves: Book #1

By Maria Vale
Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes

For three days out of thirty, when the moon is full and her law is iron, the Great North Pack must be wild.

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.

But if she stays . . .

Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack's social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into... Read more »
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