Title: California Bones
Author: Greg Van Eekhout
Series: Book one in a trilogy
Rating on scale 1-5: 4
TL;DR: California Bones is a combination urban fantasy and caper novel set in dystopian California.
Daniel Blackland, a thief and osteomancer, is hired by a crime lord to break into a supposedly impenetrable stronghold and steal a sword. The sword was made by Daniel’s Father, a powerful magician, and possesses the magical essence of Daniel himself. Daniel’s Father was killed by the the Hierarch, the ruler of the Kingdom of Southern California. Daniel puts together the best thieves to steal the sword.
When I saw that it was an urban fantasy and a caper I was pretty excited. Since it is a caper book, it is fairly action packed. This book is gritty and a little gruesome (it’s not for the faint of heart).
Kraken: an anatomy by China Miéville. This urban fantasy also has group of magicians stealing an object. (A giant squid fom the British museum. It also described as gritty.
Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. This urban fantasy is described as action packed and gruesome. The main character gets a job hunting monsters because monsters are real.
Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. This action packed urban fantasy series has a Wizard private detective as its main character.