New Arrivals · Adventure Fiction

May 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lotus Blue

May 26, 2017
Sparks, Cat, author.
©2016
377 pages ; 23 cm.
"Powerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks. Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age. But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past-and the horror of her unfolding destiny-as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel. Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"-- Provided by publisher.

Thick as thieves : a Queen's thief novel

May 24, 2017
Turner, Megan Whalen, author.
©2017
336 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Maps on lining papers.
"A queen's thief novel."
"Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon teeth : a novel

May 24, 2017
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008, author.
©2017
295 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.

Flame in the mist

May 23, 2017
Ahdieh, Renée, author.
©2017
392 pages ; 22 cm.
"The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place —she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort —a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love —a love that will force her to question everything she's ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires" --Amazon.com

Umberland

May 18, 2017
Spinale, Wendy, author.
©2017
275 pages ; 22 cm.
Bella, Gwen, and the Lost Boys have escaped to Alnwick Castle, but it is not the safe haven they hoped it would be, for the "cure" for the Horologia virus has mutated into something even worse--so the Duchess Alyssa and Maddox Hadder set out searching for the virus's origin, an extinct poisonous apple, supposedly from a tree at the center of a labyrinth hidden deep within Germany and guarded by monsters.

Seeker

May 17, 2017
Rossi, Veronica, author.
©2017
347 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
After sealing Sebastian in a dark dimension with the demon Samrael, Daryl loses her visions and must rely on her instincts to lead the riders into a shadowy realm where she fears she may have to use evil powers in order to rescue him.

Juan Pablo and the butterflies

May 16, 2017
Flowers, J. J., author.
Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, [2017]
223 pages ; 22 cm
Juan Pablo and his best friend, Rocio, follow his grandmother's guidance--and the butterfly migration--to Pacific Grove, California, pursued by the drug traffickers he tried stop in their small Mexican town.

The haunting of Barry Allen

May 16, 2017
Griffith, Clay, author.
London : Titan Books, 2016.
416 pages ; 18 cm
At head of title: Flash.
"Based on the hit Warner Bros. series created by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kesberg & Geoff Johns" -Cover.
Speeding through Central City, Barry Allen is met with a startling sight--the Flash, older, battered, and badly injured. Before he can speak, the doppelgänger is gone. Then Barry begins experiencing glitches in his powers--moments that leave him ghostly and immobile in the middle of missions. When a group of his enemies--including Pied Piper, Weather Wizard, and Peekaboo--chooses this time to launch a new assault, the Flash seeks help from his most trusted ally. Oliver Queen - the Arrow.

Undiscovered country

May 11, 2017
Gold, Jennifer, 1979- author.
Toronto, ON : Second Story Press, [2017]
314 pages ; 21 cm

The four legendary kingdoms

May 5, 2017
Reilly, Matthew, author.
©2016
428 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally publisher in Australia in 2016 by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd.
"A Jack West Jr. thriller" --Cover.
"Jack West, Jr. and his family are living happily on their remote farm when Jack is brutally kidnapped and he awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him. Jack, it seems, has been chosen--along with a dozen other elite soldiers--to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual. With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins, and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before."--Provided by publisher.

Endgame

May 4, 2017
Altan, Ahmet, author.
©2015
395 pages ; 21 cm
First published as Son Oyon in 2014 by Everest Yayinlari.
'I don't remember pulling the trigger; I only heard the gunshot. And then I saw a mouth opening, as if to speak, a face contorted, one hand in the air. And then a body falling.' A man retires to a sun-baked Turkish town for a quiet life. But he finds a world of suspicion, paranoia and violence. The town has made a murderer of him. The question is, who did he kill? Led by a deeply untrustworthy narrator, Ahmet Altan's international bestseller pulls us into a world of desire, ambition and death.

Ararat

April 24, 2017
Golden, Christopher, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
305 pages ; 24 cm
"When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah's Ark. But when a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses ... and when they break it open, they find that the cadaver within is an ugly, misshapen thing ... and it has horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain ... but they are not alone"-- Provided by publisher.

Blacksouls

April 19, 2017
Castroman, Nicole, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
390 pages ; 22 cm
First mate Teach is contemplating mutiny to protect his crew from Spanish attackers, while Anne makes it to Nassau only to be confronted by lawlessness and corruption.

Cold welcome

April 18, 2017
Moon, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Del Rey, 2017.
x, 431 pages ; 25 cm
"Kylara Vatta is summoned back to the world of Slotter Key, the home planet of the Vatta empire. Ky had never meant to return ... but sometimes family summons cannot be ignored. Yet nothing about this trip will go as planned. When her shuttle is sabotaged, she ends up crashed in arctic waters along with a desperate handful of strangers. It falls to Ky, as ranking officer, to help them survive and find land, but when they arrive on a frozen island that, until now, has always been known as a terraforming failure, what she discovers there is shocking. And now she must not only solve the mystery of who sabotaged her ship, but what it has to do with the secrets a shadowy government faction seems more than willing to kill to keep hidden"--Provided by publisher.

Shadowcaster

April 14, 2017
Chima, Cinda Williams, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
551 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Alyssa ana'Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn't pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death. Lyss and Hal's intricately linked fates become inseparable when they fall under the shadow of a new enemy--a force that threatens to extinguish the last rays of hope in the Shattered Realms.

The adventures of John Carson in several quarters of the world : a novel of Robert Louis Stevenson

April 4, 2017
Doyle, Brian, 1956 November 6- author.
©2017
viii, 229 pages ; 22 cm
"The young Robert Louis Stevenson, living in a boarding house in San Francisco while waiting for his beloved's divorce from her feckless husband, dreamed of writing a soaring novel about his landlady's adventurous and globe-trotting husband--but he never got around to it. And very soon thereafter he was married, headed home to Scotland, and on his way to becoming the most famous novelist in the world, after writing such classics as Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Kidnapped. But now Brian Doyle brings Stevenson's untold tale to life, braiding the adventures of seaman John Carson with those of a young Stevenson, wandering the streets of San Francisco, gathering material for his fiction, and yearning for his beloved across the bay" --Inside jacket.

Hunted

March 29, 2017
Spooner, Meagan, author.
©2017
374 pages ; 22 cm
Yeva knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who's ever come close to discovering them. Out in the wilderness there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas, or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. When her father goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the Beast he'd been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. As Yeva hunts, she finds a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures she's only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Pyromantic

March 28, 2017
McBride, Lish, author.
©2017
326 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Firebug.
"When a mysterious illness starts to affect the magical community, it's up to Ava, who can start fires with her mind, and her team to stop its spread...or else one of them might be next"-- Provided by publisher.

Enemy exposure

March 22, 2017
Rogers, Meghan, author.
©2017
312 pages ; 22 cm.
"Jocelyn's cover is blown, and now she's focused on taking down KATO. But in order to do that, she needs to turn some of their own against them"--Provided by publisher.

Traitor to the throne : rebel of the sands novel

March 13, 2017
Hamilton, Alwyn, author.
©2017
518 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm.
Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, gunslinger Amani is taken captive by the forces of the Sultan, whose agenda seems less tyrannical than originally believed.

Silent

March 13, 2017
Mellon, David.
©2017.
317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
This novel tells the story a girl who must pretend to be a male soldier to save her younger brothers during World War I.

Sins of empire

March 10, 2017
McClellan, Brian, 1986- author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
604 pages ; 24 cm.
"A world on the cusp of a new age... The young nation of Fatrasta is a turbulent place -- a frontier destination for criminals, fortune-hunters, brave settlers, and sorcerers seeking relics of the past. Only the iron will of the lady chancellor and her secret police holds the capital city of Landfall together against the unrest of an oppressed population and the machinations of powerful empires. Sedition is a dangerous word... The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present. The past haunts us all... As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries"-- Provided by publisher.

Tut : my epic battle to save the world

March 8, 2017
Hoover, P. J. (Patricia J.), 1970- author.
New York : Starscape, 2017.
329 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Embarking on a mission to find his missing brother, eighth-grade immortal Tut discovers that his brother is being held prisoner by the vengeful Egyptian god Apep, who is plotting to swallow the sun to plunge the world into eternal darkness.

Gunmetal gray

February 24, 2017
Greaney, Mark, author.
©2017
xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm
After five years on the run Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. His hunt for answers takes him to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese. Fitzroy was contracted to find Fan Jiang, a former member of an ultra-secret computer warfare unit. The first two kill teams Fitzroy sent to find Fan have disappeared. Gentry's mission is to find Fan first and get whatever intel he has to the US... if he can get out alive....

The cruelty

February 21, 2017
Bergstrom, Scott, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
371 pages ; 25 cm
When seventeen-year-old Gwendolyn Bloom's father vanishes, she sets out across Europe under a new identity to bring him back alive, even if that means becoming as cruel as his captors.

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