New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

April 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The silver witch

April 22, 2015
Brackston, Paula, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
308 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books."
"A novel"--Cover.
A "tale of love and magic"-- Provided by publisher.

The Vorrh : a novel

April 21, 2015
Catling, B. (Brian)
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015.
500 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage original"--Title page verso.
"The Vorrh follows a brilliant cast of characters through a parallel Africa where fact, fiction, and fantasy collide. Tsungali, a native marksman conscripted by the colonial authorities--against whom he once led a revolt--is on the hunt for an English bowman named Williams. Williams has made it his mission to become the first human to traverse the Vorrh, a vast forest at the edge of the colonial city of Essenwald. The Vorrh is endless, eternal; a place of demons and angels. Sentient, oppressive, and magical, the Vorrh can bend time and wipe a person's memory. Between the hunter and the hunted are Ishmael, a curious and noble Cyclops raised by Bakelite robots; the evil Dr. Hoffman, who punishes the son of a servant by surgically inverting his hands; and the slave owner MacLeish, who drives his workers to insanity, only to pay the ultimate price. Along with these fictional creations, Brian Catling mixes in historical figures, including surrealist Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. In this author's hands none of this seems exotic or fantastical. It all simply is"-- Provided by publisher.

War of shadows

April 15, 2015
Martin, Gail, 1962-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
632 pages ; 21 cm.

Empire of night

April 13, 2015
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
424 pages ; 22 cm.
"Separated while trying to save the children of their village, twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must draw on all their power and influence to defeat enemies of legend and avert war in the empire"-- Provided by publisher.

Window wall

April 13, 2015
Rawn, Melanie, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
364 pages ; 25 cm.
For nearly two years, Cade has been rejecting his Fae gift, his prescient Elsewhens--simply refusing to see or experience them. But the strain is driving a wedge between him and his theater troupe, Touchstone, and making him erratic on stage and off. It takes his best friend Mieka to bully Cade into accepting the visions again. But when Cade finally looks into the possible futures, he sees a royal castle blowing up, though his vision does not tell him who is responsible. But he knows that if it is in his visions, he can take action to stop it from happening. And when he finally discovers the truth, he takes the knowledge to the only man in the Kingdom who would believe him: his deadly enemy the Archduke.

Every breath you take

April 8, 2015
Green, Chris Marie, author.
New York : Roc, 2015.
403 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Only the good die young (pages [387]-403).
"A Roc book."
"Ever wonder what happens after you die? Well, as a ghost, I could tell you--and the truth is much stranger than anything you could imagine...I never accomplished much when I was alive. As an average eighties California beach bum, I, Jensen Murphy, didn't have any direction. But since I've joined Boo World, I've found a calling. Now I'm a supernatural investigator using my ghostly skills to spook confessions out of bad guys. Being a paranormal PI is taking its toll. Spirits are hounding me for justice day and night, and a ghost-hunting TV show is digging up dirt on my unsavory demise that I'd rather keep buried. Worst of all, a seriously evil specter is making my afterlife hell by hurting the people and ghosts I care about. To stop him, I'll need assistance from a higher power--only the price I'll have to pay for that help could be my very soul"--Page [4] of cover.

Palace of lies

April 6, 2015
Haddix, Margaret Peterson, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2015]
355 pages ; 22 cm
"After a terrible fire destroys her home and kills her twelve sister-princesses, Desmia must rise above those who intend to manipulate her and sieze power for themselves--and find out the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

Grand crusades : the early Jack Vance. Volume five / edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan.

April 6, 2015
Vance, Jack, 1916-2013, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2015.
471 pages ; 24 cm
The rapparee -- Crusade to Maxus -- Gold and iron -- The houses of Iszm -- Space opera.
Grand journeys among the stars--pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance's stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth­style opera to the non­human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree­pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords. Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in ''Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five'' take us on a selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

Lemon pies and little white lies

April 6, 2015
Adams, Ellery.
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2015.
292 p. ; 17 cm.
"Includes pie recipes" -- P. [4] of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
Providing magical desserts to the residents of the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae LeFaye finds everything she loves in danger when a serious of mysterious deaths are linked to her, forcing her to whip up a recipe for catching a killer determined to settle an ancient score.

The second guard

April 3, 2015
Vaughn, J. D.
New York : Disney Hyperion, [2015]
415 pages : map ; 22 cm
While training to join the ranks of the Queen's legendary army, the Second Guard, fifteen-year-old Talimendra and her new friends Zarif and Chey discover a conspiracy that could bring down the entire Tequendian Empire.

The grace of kings

April 3, 2015
Liu, Ken, 1976-
New York : Saga Press, [2015]
623 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Book one of the Dandelion Dynasty."
"The Grace of Kings, the first book in this epic series, tells the story of two men who become friends through rebelling against tyranny and then turn against each other in defense of irreconcilable ideals. Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Garden of dreams and desires

April 3, 2015
Painter, Kristen L.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
359 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine's true focus. Freeing her from the spirit's grasp is all he can think about. Then he discovers the tourists are disappearing because the witches are stealing souls to cast a dangerous chaos spell. Before he can stop them, Harlow becomes their victim. Now he must race the clock to set her free and end the witches' machinations before the chaos spell strips every fae in New Orleans of their power and bring fae rule to an end"-- Provided by publisher.

Vengeance of the demon

April 3, 2015
Rowland, Diana, 1966-
New York : Daw Books, [2015].
405 p. ; 18 cm.
In this seventh installment in the Demon series, Louisiana homicide detective and demon summoner Kara Gillian must save her closest friends from demons while investigating a supernatural crime.

Jinn and juice

April 3, 2015
Peeler, Nicole, 1978- author.
©2014
374 pages ; 21 cm
Includes excerpts from Tempest rising (Nicole Peeler), and House of the rising sun, (Kristen Painter).
"Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry--by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself. Unfortunately, becoming Bound may risk more than just her chance to be human once more: it could risk her very soul"-- Provided by publisher.

A crown for cold silver

April 3, 2015
Marshall, Alex (Novelist)
New York : Orbit, 2015.
646 pages ; 25 cm
"Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history. Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark heir : a Jane Yellowrock novel

April 2, 2015
Hunter, Faith.
New York : Roc, 2015.
372 p. ; 17 cm.
When one of the most powerful vampire witches of the European Council arrives in New Orleans, bent on bloody destruction, Jane Yellowrock, with the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, must track him down before things turn deadly in the Big Easy.

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.

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