Fight It Out: Books About Supernatural Battles

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Chief of Staff

Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

This edition of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Angelfall by Susan Ee.

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


Last week, we asked for your favorite stories about light vs. dark, good vs. evil, two powerful forces fighting it out. Here’s a round-up of the suggestions from Facebook, Twitter, and the comments.

The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin

The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper

The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Belgariad by David Eddings

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Strain trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Mercury series by Robert Kroese

The Harry Dresden novels by Jim Butcher

early Anita Blake

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King

Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell

Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith

The Listener by Taylor Caldwell

Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacquelyn Carey

Anne Rice’s vampire novels

What would you add?