New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

March 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Voyage of the Basilisk : a memoir by Lady Trent

March 26, 2015
Brennan, Marie, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
348 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Iconoclastic scientist Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, embarks on a two-year global voyage, hoping to determine the relationships among the endless varieties of dragon.

Ash

March 26, 2015
Petroff, Shani, author.
[Hoboken, NJ] : Polis Books, [2015]
354 pages ; 23 cm
"A Destined novel"--Title page.
"Madden's life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she's nothing if not confident in her future. Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax's fate is... missing. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life's purpose, and they are never wrong. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her... Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?"-- [Flip side] of dust jacket.

Throne of darkness : a novel

March 26, 2015
Nicholas, Douglas, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2015.
336 pages ; 21 cm
"Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, this novel from acclaimed author Douglas Nicholas continues the gripping dark fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews describes as "a more profound Harry Potter for adults." It's 1215 in northwest England--the eve of the signing of the Magna Carta--and mystical Irish queen Maeve and her unlikely band of warriors must protect the region from a chilling fate. Word of a threat reaches the Northern barons: King John has plotted to import an African sorcerer and his sinister clan of blacksmiths, whose unearthly powers may spell destruction for the entire kingdom. Along with her lover, Jack, her gifted niece, Nemain, and Nemain's newlywed husband, Hob (whose hidden talents will soon be revealed), Maeve must overcome a supernatural threat unlike any she's seen before. With his characteristic blend of historical adventure and intoxicating mythological elements, Nicholas once again "goes for the throat...with brilliant writing and whip-smart plotting" (New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry). This is a richly woven tale that will leave you hungry for more"-- Provided by publisher.

The skull throne

March 25, 2015
Brett, Peter V.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
681 pages : map ; 25 cm
" Book four of The demon cycle"--Cover.
"The next installment in the epic fantasy Demon Cycle series"-- Provided by publisher.

A hero at the end of the world

March 25, 2015
Claiborne, Erin, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Big Bang Press, 2014.
303 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it's his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain for as long as he can remember. Although he's just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan's big moment comes and his best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, Ewan's bright future crumbles before his eyes.Five years later, while Ewan is living at home and working a minimum wage job, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government's Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. A routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult... one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world.

Icefall

March 23, 2015
Philip, Gillian, 1964-
©2013
444 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

The mermaid's sister

March 23, 2015
Noble, Carrie Anne, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2015]
234 pages ; 21 cm

The deep

March 17, 2015
Elliott, Zetta, author.
[United States] : Rosetta Press, [2013]
158 pages ; 23 cm
Includes discussion questions.

Prudence

March 11, 2015
Carriger, Gail, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
357 pages ; 22 cm
"The custard protocol ; book one"--Title page.
Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey in a gaudy dirigible to India in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into danger, intrigue, and local politics.

A blink of the screen : collected shorter fiction

March 11, 2015
Pratchett, Terry, author.
©2012
xiv, 286 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates : color illustrations, ; 25 cm
"A collection of short fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from schooldays to Discworld and the present day. In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press, and the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series. Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with Terry's inimitable brand of humour. With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A.S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and by Paul Kidby, and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure"-- Provided by publisher.

Clash of eagles : Book one of the Hesperian Trilogy

March 11, 2015
Smale, Alan (Astronomer)
New York : Del Rey, 2015.
412 pages ; 25 cm.
"In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land"-- Provided by publisher.

The mermaid's child

March 11, 2015
Baker, Jo.
New York : Vintage, 2015.
277 pages ;21 cm.
"Malin has always been different, and when her father dies, leaving her alone, her choice is clear: stay, and remain an outsider forever, or leave in search of the mythical inheritance she is certain awaits her. Apprenticed to a series of strange and wonderful characters, Malin embarks on a grueling journey that crosses oceans and continents--from the high seas to desert plains--and leads to a discovery that she could never have expected. "-- Provided by publisher.

Reluctantly charmed : a novel

March 11, 2015
O'Neill, Ellie, 1976-
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
392 pages ; 21 cm
"A lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies"-- Provided by publisher.

Soul forge

March 10, 2015
Ervin, Terry W., author.
©2014
307 pages ; 23 cm
"Young Enchantress Thereese lays stricken and silent, her vital essence sapped by the Shard Staff, edging ever closer toward death. Supreme Enchantress Thulease refuses to allow her daughter to fade beyond recovery. To that end, Enchantress Thulease recruits Mercenary Flank Hawk to accompany her as she seeks the legendary Sleepy Sage, and confronts the secretive Svartálfar, known only for their magical prowess and for their menacing cruelty. But first, the mercenary and enchantress, and their stalwart company, must survive brutal beasts and ruthless nomads roaming the Southern Continent's harsh desert. Then, the untamed wilds of the Northern Mountains must be traversed in a final bid to reach their ultimate goal--the Soul Forge. Even if Flank Hawk and Thulease reach the mythical forge in time, can its magic revive the ailing young enchantress, the one whose life is somehow tied to the Kingdom of Keesee's ultimate fate?"-- Back cover.

Shadow scale

March 5, 2015
Hartman, Rachel, 1972- author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
xii, 596 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Seraphina, half-dragon and half-human, searches for others like her who can make the difference in the war between dragons and humans in the kingdom of Goredd"-- Provided by publisher.

Bones & all

March 5, 2015
DeAngelis, Camille, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Since she was a baby, Maren has had serious trouble accepting affection. Any time someone gets too close to her, she's overcome by the desire to eat them. Abandoned by her mother the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds much more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn't only looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is: will she like who she finds?"--Publisher.

The orphan queen

March 4, 2015
Meadows, Jodi, author.
©2015
391 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom's capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace and Melanie's behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable. Wil can't trust anyone. She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina's magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil's magic, she will vanish like all the others"--Jacket.

The exile

March 4, 2015
Adams, C. T. (Cie T.), author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
318 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Let slip the dogs of war. The faerie world Brianna remembers from childhood was a place of wonders and delights. But by the time she was a teenager, the eternal jockeying over the succession had become a grim business of shifting allegiances and secrets bargains for power. Brianna and her mother--a human, a witch, and, for a time, the lover of the Fae king--fled to Earth. To protect her half-human, half-Fae, definitely royal daughter, Brianna's mother changed the Veil that separates the two worlds, making it impenetrable by faerie magic. Since then, Brianna has mostly lived as a human. She runs a small magic shop, selling herbs, magical objects, and the occasional spell--keeping always to First, Do No Harm--with the help of her best friend and protector, a living stone gargoyle. Brianna is unaware that in the Fae world, events foretold in an ancient prophecy begin to come to pass...placing everything and everyone she holds dear in dire jeopardy"--Page [4] of cover.

The Thorn of Dentonhill

March 3, 2015
Maresca, Marshall Ryan, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
vi, 388 pages : maps ; 17 cm.

The dragon conspiracy : a SPI files novel

March 3, 2015
Shearin, Lisa, author.
New York : Ace Books, [2015]
292 pages ; 17 cm
After solving The Grendel Affair, the agents have another SPI File to investigate. We're Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. We battle the real monsters of myth and legend, but this Halloween, we're searching for diamonds... A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan-- and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs. In the right mage's hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop. Together they have the power to "cure" the supernaturals of the tristate area-- but for many of those vampires and werewolves, that means turning into dust. I'm Makenna Fraser, a seer for SPI. With the help of my partner, Ian, and the other agents, I have twenty-four hours to prevent total global panic, find the diamonds, and save the supernatural community. No biggie...

Phantasm Japan : fantasies light and dark, from and about Japan

March 2, 2015
San Francisco : Haikasoru, [2014]
347 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction: the eight millionth and first spirit / Nick Mamatas -- Foreword / Masumi Washington -- A tale of Japan: in his wake / Zachary Mason -- Shikata ga nai: the bag lady's tale / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Scissors or claws, and holes / Yusaku Kitano -- Her last appearance / Lauren Naturale -- He dreads the cold / James A. Moore -- A tale of Japan: a successful ruse / Zachary Mason -- Girl, I love you / Nadia Bulkin -- The last packet of tea / Quentin S. Crisp -- The parrot stone / Seia Tanabe -- Kamigakari / Jacqueline Koyanagi -- A tale of Japan: the true Bodhisattva / Zachary Mason -- From the nothing, with love / Project Itoh -- Those who hunt monster hunters / Tim Pratt -- Inari updates the map of rice fields / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- The street of fruiting bodies / Sayuri Ueda -- A tale of Japan: mesalliance / Zachary Mason -- Chiyoko / Miyuki Miyabe -- Ningyo / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Thirty-eight observations on the nature of the self / Joseph Tomaras -- Sisyphean / Dempow Torishima -- A tale of Japan: Tengu of the wood / Zachary Mason.
"From the editors of the acclaimed science fiction anthology The Future Is Japanese comes Phantasm Japan, which collects new stories--from the best Western and Japanese fantasists--that explore new worlds, ancient worlds, and this world"-- Provided by publisher.

Binding ties

February 27, 2015
Butcher, Shannon K., author.
New York : Signet, 2015.
369 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: (pages [361]-369).
"A Signet book."
"They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy--without succumbing to his darkest desires. Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret--and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai--one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever. Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely--otherwise she will never truly be his"--Page [4] of cover.

Pocket apocalypse

February 27, 2015
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., 2015.
352 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes: Price family field guide to the cryptids of North America and Australia (pages [343]-347) and a music playlist (page [349]).
"Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family--no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he's starting to feel like he's got the hang of things...at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it's just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don't like their "visiting expert" very much. Australia is a cryptozoologist's dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it's also filled with Shelby's family, who aren't delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex. Survival is hard enough when you're on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there's one thing he knows for sure: he's not going down without a fight"--Page [4] of cover.

Vision in silver

February 27, 2015
Bishop, Anne.
New York : Roc, [2015]
400 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest-where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before-both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn's help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon's only hope of ending the conflict. For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon's doorstep..."-- Provided by publisher.

The mechanical : The alchemy wars, book one

February 27, 2015
Tregillis, Ian.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
471 pages ; 21 cm
"The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina -- but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower. Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men -- flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne."-- Provided by publisher.

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