Multiple POV Book Recs

Anonymous asked: “I wanted to know if you have any recs for books with multiple POV (like between 5 and 10) preferably fantasy or urban fantasy.”

I love this question. So, for urban fantasy, I don’t have too too many recommendations, but a few, but I’ll also expand to other books I recommend with interesting point of view choices. 

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. This is a YA urban fantasy novel written in third person following a group of 5 friends. It is in third person consistently throughout, but it does a fantastic job of handling a close third person perspective, switching between the characters. Additionally, another book by Steifvater, Shiver, (also urban fantasy) is written in first person, alternating mainly between the two main characters. 

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I would classify this novel more as a parody of Harry Potter than anything, but it’s technically YA fantasy and unlike the Harry Potter series it is written in first person, which switches between up to six or seven characters, I think, but is predominantly told by the protagonist, Simon. It’s a fun read and the point of view is interesting. 

3. The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero. This one is pretty untraditional. Points of views include diary entries, written down conversations with a mute character, and surveillance camera footage among others. It’s interesting. It’s vaguely urban fantasy, but skews pretty adult and the world is more secret societies than it is the expected urban fantasy, but I think it’s relevant. 

4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. This one, if I remember it right, it’s all in third person but it skips around in a way that’s really interesting. It’s kind of a cross genre piece, mixing literary fiction and science fiction, but it’s cool and super imaginative. Again, really interesting POV so I’m recommending it. 

5. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. So, talking about many points of view, I think this is the most a novel could have. It’s a wild book full of different overlapping narratives but all kind of comes together. It’s cool. You get first person, second person, third person and even a weird little powerpoint presentation, but it’s great. A really fun and interesting read. It’s literary fiction? I don’t know what it is. Some places file it under short stories. It’s a novel though, or I think it is at least. 

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So this is kind of urban fantasy, more fantasy than anything and about a circus too! It’s third person, lots of characters. It briefly goes into second person too at times. Overall, it’s a fun read and it’s smart about point of view. 

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