In honor of Father’s Day, we thought we’d do a little round up of urban fantasy and paranormal books that feature fathers. And while I don’t have any “World’s Best Dad” mugs to give away, I felt there were plenty of fathers in the urban fantasy genre who deserved some awards, both positive and negative! Just keep an eye out- if you’re not caught up with these series, you may encounter a few spoilers.
Best Father – Adam Hauptman
Adam, from the Mercy Thompson series, is not only alpha of the Tri-Cities pack, and official werewolf spokesperson, he’s also a great father to his teenage daughter, Jesse. He wins the Best Father award hands down in my opinion. Not only does he prove time and time again that he would do anything for Jesse, as she gets older, she decides to stay with him instead of her mother. Clearly he must be pretty awesome if a teenage girl wants to live with him full time.
Runner Up Best Father – Lon Butler
Lon, the Earthbound demon boyfriend of Cady in the Arcadia Bell series, has one of the most adorable kids ever- Jupiter, better now as Jupe. Jupe is such a rambunctious, precocious kid that any parent is a saint for dealing with him, plus Lon’s doing it all on his own!
Worst Father – Max
Max, Cat Crawfield’s father from the Night Huntress series is by far and away the worst father I have ever read- in any genre. In AT GRAVE’S END, he shows up, kidnaps Cat’s mom, uses her as bait to get Cat, and slowly tortures both Cat and her mother. Oh, and he was intending on killing Cat. (Did I mention he’s her father?) Not sure how you can get much worse than that.
Runner Up Worst Father – Joshua Merit
Mr. Merit, father of Merit of the Chicagoland Vampires, has a strained relationship with his daughter to begin with. And then at the end of HARD BITTEN she finds out he had offered Ethan money to turn her into a vampire- without her knowing about it. Turning your daughter into an immortal creature against her will for your own nefarious purposes puts you on the worst list in my book.
Most Normal Father – Mr. True
Sadly, I don’t actually remember Jane True’s father’s first name, and I’m pretty sure he is most frequently referred to as “Jane’s dad.” However, he’s got to be the most easy going completely human father of a supernatural ever. When he finds out about Jane’s crazy strong powers, he just accepts them, doesn’t freak out at her, and in future books, he is part of Jane’s “posse” standing by her no matter what. He just worries about her safety, like any normal dad.
Most Manipulative Father – Mircea
Mircea, from the Dorina Basarab and Cassandra Palmer series almost made my worst list, and then I really couldn’t remember anything too outright terrible that he did to Dory. But he definitely has scheming down to a science (that’s what happens when you’re immortal) and he knows how to get exactly what he wants from her. And while not manipulative, there’s that whole dating a girl younger than his daughter thing he’s got going on as well- I’m sure Dory just loves that.
Bonus: “For Your Own Good” Father – Leland Davidson
Another one whose name I had to look up, Leland, father of Charley of the Charley Davidson series is an awesome dad- letting Charley use office space in his building, for example. But then he has to go and get her arrested in THIRD GRAVE DEAD AHEAD. But it is for her own good, obviously. Not sure how giving your kid a criminal record is good, but hey, different strokes for different folks.
So that’s our father collection. Who is your favorite book father? What award would he win?