New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Demon hunting with a sexy ex : a paranormal romance

December 8, 2017
George, Lexi, author.
©2017
277 pages ; 22 cm
Cassandra Ferguson McKenna, aka the Witch of Devil River, has only one thing to say to her demon-hunting ex: We are never ever getting back together. Sure, Duncan Dalvhani may be the hottest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon line. He's got a body to die for-which is hard to ignore when he skinny dips in her river every day-and swears he loves her. But as a demon hunter, Duncan is the sworn enemy of a demonoid sorceress like Cassandra. But when Cassandra is attacked by a werewolf, Duncan not only comes to her rescue, he helps her take on a band of magic-drunk moonshiners, fire-breathing demons, shifty shapeshifters, and a pet Sasquatch named Sugar. Welcome to Alabama. But when a portal opens up for even more hellaciousness, Cassandra has to admit that Duncan is slowly opening her heart-to a whole new world of unearthly delights . . . --Back cover.

Jade city

December 7, 2017
Lee, Fonda, author.
©2017
498 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for -- and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion. Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon's bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation. When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone -- even foreigners -- wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones -- from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets -- and of Kekon itself. JADE CITY begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood"-- Provided by publisher.

Perfect shadow

December 7, 2017
Weeks, Brent, author.
©2017
136 pages ; 20 cm
Includes the short story "I, Nightangel."
"Gaelan Starfire is a careful, quiet, simple farmer. He's also an immortal, peerless in the arts of war. Over the centuries, he's worn many faces to hide his gift, but he is a man ill-fit for obscurity. When Gaelan must take a job hunting down the world's finest assassins for the beautiful courtesan and crime lord Gwinvere Kirena what he finds may destroy everything he's ever believed in." -- From publisher's description.

Shadowborn

December 7, 2017
Dalglish, David, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
486 pages ; 21 cm.
"The epic conclusion to USA Today bestseller David Dalglish's Seraphim Series. What started as a small rebellion has grown to all-out war, with the four minor islands uniting under the call for independence. But Kael Skyborn no longer trusts the mysterious leader of their rebellion, nor his disciples. Neither side seems willing to reveal the truth of the elemental prisms the Seraphim wield in battle, or the blood that keeps the islands from crashing down to the ocean below. Bree Skyborn is the Phoenix of Weshern and the face of the rebellion. But when Kael is captured and brought to Center for execution, Bree no longer cares about the war or the call for independence. All that matters is rescuing her brother and putting a stop to the violence for once and for all"-- Provided by publisher.

Scion of the Fox

December 6, 2017
Beiko, S. M., author.
©2017
viii, 447 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Roan Harken considers herself a typical high school student - dead parents, an infected eyeball, and living in the house of her estranged, currently comatose grandmother (well, maybe not so typical) - but she's uncovering the depth of the secrets her family left behind. Saved from the grasp of Death itself by a powerful fox spirit named Sil, Roan must harness a mysterious ancient power ... and quickly. A snake-monster called Zabor lies in wait in the bed of the frozen Assiniboine River, hungry for the sacrifice of spirit-blood in exchange for keeping the flood waters at bay. Thrust onto an ancient battlefield, Roan soon realizes that to maintain the balance of the world, she will have to sacrifice more than her life in order to take her place as Scion of the Fox."-- Provided by publisher.

Veiled existence

December 6, 2017
Pietron, Barbara, author.
Royal Oak, Michigan : Scribe Publishing Company, [2017]
303 pages ; 21 cm.
When Jeni's boyfriend, Ice, doesn't show up to join her on vacation, she discovers that he's not only been abducted, but cursed--a curse that makes him a threat to Jeni's life. The quest for answers leads to an entity from Irish and Celtic legend, an immortal witch that has been exacting her vengeance for centuries.

The caldera

December 6, 2017
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2017]
viii, 355, 59 pages ; illustrations : 24 cm
Includes a bonus short story.
In Hallasholm, Stig is contesting the annual Maktig competition to decide Skandia's greatest warrior. But a late-night knock on the door brings someone Stig never expected to see again, along with a request the Herons are hard-pressed to refuse: a rescue mission of epic proportions. Across the ocean, the southern city-state of Byzantos is plagued by a crew of pirates who've kidnapped the son of Empress Justina. Slipping out of Hallasholm under the cover of darkness, the brotherband sets sail to recover the boy from his kidnappers, heading south to the island of Santorillos where a near-impenetrable fortress stands atop a cliff, surrounded by a lagoon--a caldera--formed by the crater of a volcano. In this explosive seventh book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders. -- Provided by publisher.

The bear and the serpent

December 5, 2017
Tchaikovsky, Adrian, 1972- author.
London : MacMillan, 2017.
xi, 445 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Maniye, child of both Wolf and Tiger clans, has been named Champion of her people. But they're unsure if she's an asset - or a threat. To buy time, she joins Prince Tecuman's warband of outcasts and heads south, to help him gain his crown. She wants to discover her true place in the world, but instead heads into the jaws of a fierce new conflict."--Provided by publisher.

The familiar: Redwood

December 5, 2017
Danielewski, Mark Z, author.
New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
831 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Cover title.
"The astonishing series about a young girl who befriends a cat hunting humanity continues with Volume 5, and the Season One finale, in which the consequences of how we encounter one another come into poignant and terrifying relief—especially on one September night, when an unexpected phone call demanding the return of the little white cat challenges everything the Ibrahims hold dear. They are not alone. Jingjing must contend with a rival he could never have anticipated, while Xanther must relinquish all she thought she knew as a far greater responsibility is set before her. Light wavers and pomegranates reveal their price as the effects of a great transition start to reverberate around everyone, Shnorhk’s efforts to resume playing music cannot escape history’s ghosts. Cas, in upstate New York, comes face-to-face with her lifelong nemesis in a candlelit rendezvous that presages the international crisis soon to come. As more lines tangle, Özgür and Luther brawl with a future that may have chosen them long ago, and Isandòrno crosses a line that will force him over the border into a country he has until now steadfastly refused. All the while, a terrible power roaming the world continues to grow..."--Amazon.com

Beasts made of night

December 4, 2017
Onyebuchi, Tochi, author.
©2017
298 pages ; 22 cm
After he eats the sin of a royal, Taj, a talented aki, or sin-eater who consumes the guilt of others whose transgressions are exorcised from them by powerful but corrupt Mages, is drawn into a plot to destroy the city, and he must fight to save the princess he loves and his own life.

Rosemarked

November 30, 2017
Blackburne, Livia, author.
Los Angeles : Hyperion, 2017.
390 pages ; 22 cm
Series title from goodreads.com ; volume information from page [391] of book: "End of book 1".
Map on end caps.
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she is destined to live her last days in isolation. Dineas, broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, thirsts for revenge against his captors; he'll do anything to free his tribe from Amparan rule-- even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self. The two are thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, and must find common ground to protect those they love-- while grappling with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

Renegades

November 30, 2017
Meyer, Marissa, author.
©2017
556 pages ; 25 cm
The Renegades are human, but with extraordinary abilities. They emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone... except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and is on a mission for vengeance. Adrian is a Renegade boy who believes in justice-- and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Highland dragon rebel

November 29, 2017
Cooper, Isabel, author.
©2017
343 pages ; 18 cm.
"After a long and bloody war, Scotland has finally won its independence. But Highland dragon Moiread MacAlasdair knows peace balances on the edge of a blade, and she will do anything to keep her homeland from falling to English control. Even if that means escorting a powerful new ally into the otherworld itself...and defending him with her life. Madoc of Avandos is on a critical mission to cement alliances against the British. Powerful men would kill to see him fail-but as he and his fiercely beautiful warrior fight their way through hostile lands, Madoc is faced with a difficult choice: sacrifice everything for the cause...or let himself burn for the love of a dragon"--Page [4] of cover.

Siege line

November 29, 2017
Cole, Myke, author.
©2017
354 pages ; 18 cm.
"For the dead, war never ends."--Cover.
The Gemini Cell took everything from Jim Schweitzer: his family, his career as a Navy SEAL, even his life. Hounded across the country, Schweitzer knows the only way he can ever stop running, the only way his son can ever be safe, is to take the fight to the enemy and annihilate the Cell once and for all. But the Cell won't be easily destroyed. Out of control and fighting a secret war with the government it once served, it has dispatched its shadowy Director to the far reaches of the subarctic in search of a secret magic that could tip the balance of power in its favor. Schweitzer must join with the elite warriors of both America and Canada in a desperate bid to get there first--and avert a disaster that could put the Cell in control.

The sea king

November 28, 2017
Wilson, C. L., author.
©2017
598 pages ; 17 cm
A tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of Mystral. He wasn't supposed to choose her...Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation. She didn't dare wed him...A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate's gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control-until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire. Until evil threatens everything they hold dear...When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys is in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer's formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

Malice of crows

November 28, 2017
Bowen, Lila, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
344 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The third novel in Lila Bowen's widely-acclaimed Shadow series. The Ranger known as Rhett has shut down a terrible enterprise running on the blood of magical folk, but failed to catch the dark alchemist behind it. And now the Shadow refuses to let him rest. Rhett must make the ultimate transformation if he has any hope of stopping the alchemist or fulfilling his destiny; he must become the leader of a new Rangers outpost. To save his friends, and the lives of countless others, he'll first have to lead them on a mission more dangerous than anything they've ever faced."--Provided by publisher.

The gender game

November 28, 2017
Forrest, Bella, author.
©2016
411 pages : map ; 23 cm.
A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit. Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been Violet's strong suit and she's tired of playing a game she didn't agree to. Now thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice everything in the forbidden kingdom, including forbidden love.

The gender secret

November 28, 2017
Forrest, Bella, author.
2016
411 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"Gliding over the treacherous Green in a shaky aircraft that she has no idea how to land, Violet Bates is still in shock. The harrowing events of the previous night play over in her mind as she asks herself question after question: Why did Lee Desmond Bertrand behave the way he did? What is the truth about the mysterious silver egg stowed beneath her seat? What happened to Viggo and where is her brother? Is either of them still alive? When Violet manages to reach the toxic ground alive, she has landed in a world of unimaginable danger. She has barely time to catch her breath before she is sucked into a perilous journey at breakneck speed - to uncover secrets guarded for centuries and find the only two people that matter."--Amazon.com.

The gender lie

November 28, 2017
Forrest, Bella, author.
©2016
395 pages : map ; 23 cm.
After discovering the shocking secret buried deep within The Green, Violet has a grave decision to make. Trust the woman who saved her, or not? So far, everything about the woman has taken Violet by surprise. Her behavior has been honest and upfront, a refreshing change for Violet. Besides, with one of her loves ones hanging on life support, and the other close to falling completely out of reach, Violet doesn't exactly have a lot of choice. Her only way forward is to embark on a dicey excursion. For this, she knows she needs the Liberators' help, and must be prepared to take whatever risks that comes with. But what neither she, nor any of her new Liberator comrades can prepare for, is just how deep the lies of their homelands run.

Torn

November 28, 2017
Armentrout, Jennifer L.
©2016
355 pages ; 21 cm.
Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she's left bruised and devastated--and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they'll kill her.

The Scarecrow Queen

November 27, 2017
Salisbury, Melinda, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2017.
373 pages : map ; 21 cm.
The dangerous Sleeping Prince, once thought to be nothing more than a fairy tale, has awakened from his enchanted sleep and is set on vengeance. As he tightens his hold on the kingdoms of Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels desperately trying to defeat him. After surviving their harrowing journey, Twylla and Errin are separated, leaving them isolated, and running out of time.

Hiddensee : a tale of the once and future Nutcracker

November 27, 2017
Maguire, Gregory, author.
©2017
xi, 287 pages ; 24 cm
"Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann--the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier--the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet--who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter. But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults--a fascination with death and the afterlife--and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share."--Jacket.

Year one

November 27, 2017
Roberts, Nora, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
419 pages ; 25 cm
"It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed--and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river--or in the ones you know and love the most."--Provided by publisher.

The song in the squall

November 22, 2017
Singer, Nathan, author.
Cincinnati : Post Mortem Press, [2017]
194 pages; 22 cm
"Dya is a girl from the deepest end of the ocean. Though likely nearing one hundred years old, she nonetheless looks to be -- and for all intents and purposes is -- a sixteen-year-old girl. Once, while very young, Dya ventured too close to land and found herself on a pebble beach off the coast of Maine where she came face to face with another young girl named Mary Louise. Though from completely different worlds, Dya and Mary Louise became very close (and secret) friends. Dya returned often over the years to visit Mary Louise, each time spending more and more time on land, and wanting less and less to return to her home in the deep. Back home beneath the sea, Dya is torn about what to do. For as much as she loves and misses her friend on land, and has fallen madly in love with the land itself, she's afraid to leave the ocean world. They will not take kindly to having one of their own abandon the deep for the land, and there may very well be brutal and devastating consequences. Finally, she decides to make the commitment once and for all, come what may. And with that, she makes the journey upward, and casts her fate to the whims of the coastal winds..."--Back cover.

The glass spare

November 21, 2017
DeStefano, Lauren, author.
©2017
402 pages ; 22 cm
After discovering that she has the ability to turn people into gemstones, Wilhemina, the fourth daughter of the wealthiest nation's king, seeks redemption putting herself in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas about Wil's power.

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