New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

July 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The heart of betrayal

July 2, 2015
Pearson, Mary (Mary E.), author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
473 pages ; 22 cm.
Map on lining papers.
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Princess Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape--and even less of being together--as the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs crumble beneath her while she wrestles with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people, and her own destiny.

Bell weather : a novel

July 2, 2015
Mahoney, Dennis, 1974- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
384 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from a flooded river, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root-an isolated settlement deep in a strange wilderness. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its young visitor, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorize the surrounding woods. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly's past spills into the present. A desperate voyage. A genius brother. A tragedy she hasn't fully escaped. Molly and Tom must then decide between surviving apart or risking everything together. Dennis Mahoney's Bell Weather is an otherworldly and kinetic story that blends history, fantasy, mystery, and adventure, to mesmerizing effect.

The unnoticeables

July 2, 2015
Brockway, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
286 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us: they watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is 'you' gets solved. Carey doesn't much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends"-- Provided by publisher.

Journey to fire's keep

July 2, 2015
Owens, Grady L., 1985- author.
©2010
137 pages : map ; 23 cm
"The return to the temple, book one."
"Springsboro: A sleepy isolated town on the edge of the Emerald Forest. An unassuming glimmer of man's influence on the world, a simple town of simple people. A town torched to the Earth. Stephen and Angelo, the only lucky survivors of the mysterious blaze, charge themselves with discovering and eradicating the source of their livelihood's destruction; they learn, however, that the world is far larger and more diverse than they ever imagined. And when one doesn't have a weapon and the other doesn't have a clue, where are they to begin? They may find powerful allies, or they may just invoke the wrath of the very forces holding the world from chaos"--Back cover.

The price of valor

July 1, 2015
Wexler, Django.
New York, N.Y. : ROC, [2015]
viii, 512 pages : map ; 24 cm.

The philosopher kings

June 30, 2015
Walton, Jo, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another. Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato's Republic and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard-of. The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as "Pythias" in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it's evident, particularly to his precocious daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers--including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence--Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find--possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves "Greek." What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover...will change everything. "-- Provided by publisher.

Storm and steel

June 30, 2015
Sprunk, Jon, 1970- author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
479 pages : map ; 23 cm.
While magician Horace struggles with loyalties in two disparate cultures, rebel Jirom finds the uprising turning more dangerous and independent spy Alyra walks a fine line between love and duty to complete her mission.

Sisters of the revolution : a feminist speculative fiction anthology

June 30, 2015
©2015
341 pages ; 23 cm
The forbidden words of Margaret A. / L. Timmel Duchamp -- My flannel knickers / Leonora Carrington -- The mothers of Shark Island / Kit Reed -- The palm tree bandit / Nnedi Okorafor -- The grammarian's five daughters / Eleanor Arnason -- And Salome danced / Kelley Eskridge -- The perfect married woman / Angélica Gorodischer -- The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson -- Their mother's tears : the fourth letter / Leena Krohn -- The screwfly solution / James Tiptree, Jr. -- Seven losses of na Re / Rose Lemberg -- The evening and the morning and the night / Octavia E. Butler -- The sleep of plants / Anne Richter -- The men who live in trees / Kelly Barnhill -- Tales from the breast / Hiromi Goto -- The Fall River axe murders / Angela Carter -- Love and sex among the invertebrates / Pat Murphy -- When it changed / Joanna Russ -- The woman who thought she was a planet / Vandana Singh -- Gestella / Susan Palwick -- Boys / Carol Emshwiller -- Stable strategies for middle management / Eileen Gunn -- Northern chess / Tanith Lee -- Aunts / Karin Tidbeck -- Sur / Ursula K. Le Guinn -- Fears / Pamela Sargent -- Detours on the way to nothing / Rachel Swirsky -- Thirteen ways of looking at space/time / Catherynne M. Valente -- Home by the sea / Élisabeth Vonaburg.
Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. -- taken from back cover.

Rise of the King

June 26, 2015
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
©2014
355 pages ; 25 cm.
Follows dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his violent feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows, as they seek to take advantage of the Sundering chaos.

Queen of fire

June 25, 2015
Ryan, Anthony.
©2014
642 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"In the thrilling conclusion to the "deftly and originally executed"* New York Times bestselling Raven's Shadow trilogy, Vaelin Al Sorna must help his queen reclaim her Realm. Only his enemy has a dangerous new collaborator, one with powers darker than Vaelin has ever encountered... "The Ally is there, but only ever as a shadow, unexplained catastrophe or murder committed at the behest of a dark and vengeful spirit. Sorting truth from myth is often a fruitless task." After fighting back from the brink of death, Queen Lyrna is determined to repel the invading Volarian army and regain the independence of the Unified Realm. Except, to accomplish her goals, she must do more than rally her loyal supporters. She must align herself with forces she once found repugnant--those who possess the strange and varied gifts of the Dark--and take the war to her enemy's doorstep. Victory rests on the shoulders of Vaelin Al Sorna, now named Battle Lord of the Realm. However, his path is riddled with difficulties. For the Volarians have a new weapon on their side, one that Vaelin must destroy if the Realm is to prevail: a mysterious Ally with the ability to grant unnaturally long life to his servants. And defeating one who cannot be killed is a nearly impossible challenge, especially when Vaelin's blood-song, the mystical power that has made him the epic fighter he is, has gone ominously silent.."-- Provided by publisher.

The fire children

June 24, 2015
Roy, Lauren M., author.
Oxford, UK : Ravenstone, 2015.
270 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It's death to even look upon them, the stories say. Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women--who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun--capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn't the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help. Trapped above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens' plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself"--Page [4] of cover.

Wicked charms

June 17, 2015
Evanovich, Janet, author.
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
308 pages ; 25 cm.
"Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier 'Peg Leg' Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate's treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice--the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas. or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine. Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren't the only ones searching for the lost pirate's chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel's deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It's hard to say how far he's willing to go to gain either one. Wicked Charms is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they're living a charmed life"-- Provided by publisher.

Trailer park fae

June 16, 2015
Saintcrow, Lilith, author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
340 pages ; 21 cm.
"Jeremy Gallow is just another construction worker, and that's the way he likes it. He's left his past behind, but some things cannot be erased. Like the tattoos on his arms that transform into a weapon, or that he was once closer to the Queen of Summer than any half-human should be. Now the half-sidhe all in Summer once feared is dragged back into the world of enchantment, danger, and fickle fae - by a woman who looks uncannily like his dead wife. Her name is Robin, and her secrets are more than enough to get them both killed. A plague has come, the fullborn-fae are dying, and the dark answer to Summer's Court is breaking loose. Be afraid, for Unwinter is riding" -- provided by publisher.

Beyond redemption

June 15, 2015
Fletcher, Michael R., author.
New York, N.Y. : Harper Voyager, [2015]
495 pages ; 21 cm

In the mouth of the wolf

June 15, 2015
Maggi, Nicole, author.
©2015
340 pages ; 21 cm.
"The Twin Willows Waterfall is now under the control of the Benandanti, but for Alessia, the victory comes at a steep price. And the arrival of Nerina, one of the seven Concilio elders from the Friuli Clan, only complicates her life. Now she's hiding a 450-year-old immortal on her farm, juggling school and her increasingly frustrated friends, and trying to keep the Malandanti from regaining the Waterfall. But it's the passion that still lingers between her and Jonah that really keeps Alessia awake at night. After a fatal visit from the Malandanti's mage, Alessia brings in Jonah's twin sister, Bree, to serve as a Benandanti spy. Bree has her own reasons for wanting to bring down the Malandanti, and soon she and Alessia find themselves in a tenuous alliance. But not even the powerful magic that Bree possesses nor the strong leadership that Nerina provides can stop the vicious Malandanti. As the two Clans barrel towards their inevitable collision, Alessia and Jonah are swept into the devastation and forced to make the ultimate choice."--Back cover.

The Library at Mount Char

June 11, 2015
Hawkins, Scott.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
390 pages ; 25 cm
After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by "Father," a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her "siblings" begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.

The iron assassin, or, A clockwork Prometheus

June 10, 2015
Greenwood, Ed, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
320 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"On an Earth that is not our own, Victoria never ascended the throne; the House of Hanover held England only briefly before being supplanted by the House of Harminster. It is a time of gaslamps and regularly scheduled airship flights, of trams and steam-driven clockwork with countless smoke-belching stacks. London, the capitol of the Empire of the Lion, is a filthy, crowded, fast-growing city where a series of shocking murders threatens the throne itself. Energetic young inventor Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the Crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. He introduces "the Iron Assassin" to the highly placed Lords who will decide if Straker's invention becomes a weapon of the Lion--or something to be destroyed. It quickly becomes apparent that the Iron Assassin is more self-willed than Straker intended, and that the zombie's past life is far more sinister than Straker thought. Has he created a runaway monster? Or the best guardian the Lion could ever hope for?"-- Provided by publisher.

Pherāra kono patha thāke nā

June 10, 2015
Hāsāna, Rātula, author.
©2014
142 pages ; 22 cm.

Siren's fury

June 9, 2015
Weber, Mary (Mary Christine)
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2015.
355 pages ; illustration ; 22 cm.
"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring--the thing I trained so hard to control--no longer exists." Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he's destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well. When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability. They may require who she is. Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future. Or was that Draewulf's plan for her all along?"-- Provided by publisher.

Flex

June 8, 2015
Steinmetz, Ferrett, author.
©2015.
429 pages ; 18 cm
"FLEX. Distilled magic in crystal form. The most dangerous drug in the world. Snort it, and you can create incredible coincidences to live the life of your dreams. FLUX: The backlash from snorting Flex. The universe hates magic and tries to rebalance the odds; maybe you survive the horrendous accidents the Flex inflicts, maybe you don't. PAUL TSABO: The obsessed bureaucromancer who's turned paperwork into a magical Beast that can rewrite rental agreements, conjure rented cars from nowhere, track down anyone who's ever filled out a form. But when all of his formulaic magic can't save his burned daughter, Paul must enter the dangerous world of Flex dealers to heal her. Except he's never done this before - and the punishment for brewing Flex is army conscription and a total brain-wipe"--from publisher's web site.

Vermilion : the adventures of Lou Merriwether, psychopomp

June 8, 2015
Tanzer, Molly, author.
©2015
376 pages ; 23 cm
"Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise "Lou" Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she's too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It's an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well... they're not wrong. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies she decides to saddle up and head into the wilderness to investigate. Lou fears her particular talents make her better suited to help placate their spirits than ensure they get home alive, but it's the right thing to do, and she's the only one willing to do it. On the road to a mysterious sanatorium known as Fountain of Youth, Lou will encounter bears, desperate men, a very undead villain, and even stranger challenges. Lou will need every one of her talents and a whole lot of luck to make it home alive...."--Page [4] of cover.

To hold the bridge

June 5, 2015
Nix, Garth, author.
©2015
400 pages ; 24 cm
"An old Kingdom novella and other tales"--Jacket.
A collection of short stories, one set in the same world as Shade's Children, and another story set in the world of A Confusion of Princes.

The clockwork crown

June 5, 2015
Cato, Beth, author.
©2015
373 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Healer Octavia Leander and Clockwork Dagger Alonzo Garrett must band together to reach the territory known as the Waste and survive the civil war brewing there if they are to learn the reasons behind Octavia's growing powers and inexplicable transformation.

The invasion of the Tearling

June 5, 2015
Johansen, Erika, author.
©2015
514 pages : map ; 24 cm.
The evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.

The darkling child

June 4, 2015
Brooks, Terry, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2014]
300 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Paxon Leah has joined the Druid Order as a paladin, tasked with protecting the Druids with the aid of his magical sword. But Paxon's toughest assignment will come when he must track down a young musician with newly-manifested magic before a rival sorcerer can corrupt the boy"-- Provided by publisher.

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