New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

February 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The life of elves

February 12, 2016
Barbery, Muriel, 1969- author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2016.
258 pages ; 21 cm
Maria lives in a remote village in Burgundy, where she learns that she has a gift for communicating with nature. Hundreds of miles away in Italy, Clara discovers that she possesses a stunning musical genius and is sent from the countryside to Rome to develop her preternatural abilities. Barbery's The life of the elves tells the story of two children whose extraordinary talents will bring them into contact with magical worlds and malevolent forces. If, against all odds, they can be brought together, their meeting may shape the course of history.--Amazon.

The guns of Ivrea

February 12, 2016
Beal, Clifford.
©2016
474 pages : map ; 20 cm.
"Acquel Galenus, former thief and now monk, uncovers a terrible secret under the Great Temple at Livorna, one that could shake the faith to its core. A secret that could get him killed. A secret that could enable an older, more sinister form of worship to be reborn. Pirate princeling Nicolo Danamis, mercenary to the King and captain of the largest fleet in Valdur, has made one deal too many, and enemies are now closing in to destroy him. Citala, fair-haired and grey-skinned, the daughter of the chieftain of the merfolk, finds herself implacably drawn to the affairs of men. She puts events in motion that will end her people's years of isolation but that could imperil their very existence. All their fates will intertwine as they journey across the land, through duchies and free cities riven by political intrigue, religious fervour, and ancient hatreds. Alliances are being forged anew and after decades of wary peace, war is on the wind once again...."--Cover, p.[4]

Glass sword

February 11, 2016
Aveyard, Victoria.
©2016
444, 4, 6 pages ; 24 cm
Includes excerpts from Queen Song & Steel Scars; novellas set in the world of Red Queen.
"Kneel or bleed"--Dust jacket.
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known -- and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul. Mare Barrow's blood is red -- the color of common folk -- but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince -- the friend -- who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

These vicious masks

February 10, 2016
Shanker, Tarun, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2016.
298 pages ; 21 cm
In 1882 England when her beloved sister Rose vanishes, Evelyn, bored with society and its expectations, embarks on a search for Rose, encountering the reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock, who is also looking for Rose and claiming that both sisters have special healing powers.

The longest day

February 10, 2016
Hunter, Erin, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
306 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
When the bears return to Great Bear Lake for the longest day gathering, they find their reunion more challenging than they expected.

Revenge and the wild

February 9, 2016
Modesto, Michelle, author.
©2016
373 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old foul-mouthed Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler, lives in the lawless western town of Rogue City where she sets out to prove the wealthy investors in a magical technology that will save her city are the cannibals that killed her family and took her arm when she was a child.

Arcadia

February 9, 2016
Pears, Iain.
©2015
509 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Ltd., London, in 2015.
In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own--and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds.

Kingfisher

February 9, 2016
McKillip, Patricia A., author.
©2016
346 pages ; 22 cm
In the new fantasy from the award-winning author of the Riddle-Master Trilogy, a young man comes of age amid family secrets and revelations, and transformative magic.

Black Deutschland

February 9, 2016
Pinckney, Darryl, 1953- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"Jed--young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago--flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America. But history, both personal and political, can't be avoided with time or distance. Whether it's the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband's bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits. And, on occasion, the city keeps its Isherwood promises and the boy he kisses, incredibly, kisses him back. An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe's brightest and darkest city".

Winterwood

February 9, 2016
Bedford, Jacey, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., 2016.
424 pages ; 17 cm
It's 1800, Ross (Rossalinde) Tremayne, cross-dressing privateer captain and witch, inherits two things from her embittered dying mother. One is David, a half-brother she never knew about, and the other is a task she doesn't want: to open a winterwood box, magically sealed by her distant ancestor. On Ross' side she has her rag-tag crew of barely reformed pirates, her conflicted new brother, the jealous ghost of her dead husband, a dashing piratical admirer, and a sexy wolf shapechanger. (Please don't ever call him a werewolf. Just don't!) Ranged against her are the Kingsmen, who would hang her for murder and piracy; the Mysterium, who would hang her for witchcraft, and a powerful agent of the Crown who fights magic with darker magic.

Raging sea

February 8, 2016
Buckley, Michael, 1969- author.
©2015
357 pages ; 22 cm
"Lyric Walker was there when the Alpha arrived. Like many, she wondered if they were invaders, never suspecting that they were on the run from a greater terror. When the real threat arrived, it came with a tidal wave that destroyed Coney Island. Everything and everyone Lyric ever cared for, including the Alpha prince Fathom, was either killed or lost forever. It changed the world. Now the military fights a war it cannot win against an enemy that will not die. Walls and roadblocks pit state against state. Refugees are public enemies, and a new nightmare approaches that is even more terrifying and deadly. In the midst of this chaos, Lyric, along with her best friend, Bex, and the prickly Alpha girl Arcade, search for Tempest, a rumored top secret camp where her parents might be imprisoned. But once they find it, she is captured as well, and offered a deadly deal she cannot refuse. The world's last, best hope is a group of thirty-three children who possess the same powers as she. It falls on her to train them before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion eliminates mankind for good."--Jacket flap.

Assassin's heart

February 5, 2016
Ahiers, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
420 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana, a trained assassin, falls in love with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan, until tragedy intervenes and sets her on a course of revenge against the Da Vias family.

Daughter of blood

February 5, 2016
Lowe, Helen, 1961- author.
New York : Harper Voyager, 2016.
x, 751 pages : map ; 18 cm.
Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night--but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising... Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family's ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride's honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running out--for Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth...

Revisionary

February 5, 2016
Hines, Jim C.
©2016.
viii, 344 pages ; 24 cm
When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren't going quite as he'd hoped. An organization known as Vanguard, made up of magical creatures and ex-Porters, wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac's own government is incarcerating "potential supernatural enemies" in prisons and internment camps. And Isaac finds himself targeted by all sides. It's a war that will soon envelop the world, and the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he's learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy. Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

February 5, 2016
Bujold, Lois McMaster, author.
©2015
344 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm.
"A Baen Books original"--Title page verso.
"Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission, into a mystery he never anticipated--his own mother. Plans, wills, and expectations collide as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past"-- Provided by publisher.

The Brimstone deception : a SPI files novel

February 4, 2016
Shearin, Lisa, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Ace fantasy."
"The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigation (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug hits the streets. It's called Brimstone. After the first few hits, you'll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you. After that, you'll start seeing the really scary stuff. I'm Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. And the collateral damage caused by Brimstone is something I'd like to unsee: dead drug dealers missing their hearts--and souls. Because your local pusher doesn't stand a chance against the new cartel muscling its way into New York. Plus, since the drug can only be produced with magic and molten brimstone fresh from Hell, a rift to the underworld must be open somewhere in the city."--Back cover.

The alchemy of chaos

February 4, 2016
Maresca, Marshall Ryan, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2016]
vi, 389 pages : maps ; 18 cm.
"A novel of Maradaine"--Cover.
Veranix Calbert, also known as The Thorn, continues his street vigilante activities, including harassing the gangs that operate in the Maradaine neighborhood of Aventil.

Kings rising

February 4, 2016
Pacat, C. S.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
352 pages cm.
"His identity now revealed, Damen must face his master Prince Laurent as Damianos of Akielos, the man Laurent has sworn to kill...Forced into an uneasy alliance the two princes journey deep into Akielos, where they face their most dangerous opposition yet. But even if the fragile trust they have built survives the revelation of Damen's identity can it stand against the Regent's final, deadly play for the throne?"--Provided by publisher.

Arcadia : a novel

February 3, 2016
Treadwell, James, 1968-
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2016.
489 pages ; 21 cm
On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. He and his mother and a handful of survivors live an exhausting and precarious existence, entirely isolated. The sea is alive, and angry. Every man Rory can remember has been drowned. Everyone knows he'll be next. One night, for the first time since the world changed and the curse descended, strangers appear on the island. They're on their way to England, seeking a powerful magic ring. And one of them seems to know Rory by sight .... Caught up in their quest, Rory enters an England of terrors and marvels, at the heart of which lies a place where journeys unimaginably longer and older than his will reach their end: Pendurra.

Blood in her veins : nineteen stories from the world of Jane Yellowrock

February 3, 2016
Hunter, Faith, author.
New York : Roc, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
xiv, 542 pages ; 21 cm.
"A ROC book."
Wesa and the Lumber King -- The early years -- Snafu -- Cat tats -- Kits -- Haint(s) -- Signatures of the dead -- First sight -- Blood, fangs, and going furry -- Dance master -- Golden delicious -- Cajun with fangs -- The devil's left boot -- Beneath a bloody moon -- Black water -- Off the grid -- Not all is as it seems -- Cat fight -- Bound no more.
"In this collection of stories, experience nineteen adventures from the world of vampire-hunter Jane Yellowrock, including many fan favorites and two all-new novellas. Read about the first time Jane put the pedal to the metal in 'The Early Years,' and the last thing a werewolf will ever see as Jane delivers justice in 'Beneath a Bloody Moon.' Get a searing look into the pasts of some of the series' best-loved characters: Beast in 'WeSa and the Lumber King,' Rick LaFleur in 'Cat Tats,' and Molly Everhart Trueblood in 'Haints.' In the brand-new 'Cat Fight,' the witches and vampires of Bayou, Oiseau, are at war over a magical talisman--and Jane must figure out how to keep the mysterious artifact out of the covetous hands of the Master of New Orleans. And in the never-before-published 'Bound No More,' Jane welcomes a visit from Molly and her daughter, Angie, who is about to prove she's the most powerful witch in Everhart history. From the Big Easy to the bad bayou, from the open road to a vampire's lair--with Jane Yellowrock, it's always a given: have stakes, will travel. "-- Provided by publisher.

Dreaming death : a palace of dreams novel

February 3, 2016
Cheney, J. Kathleen.
New York, New York : Roc, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2016.
420 pages ; 21 cm.
"Shironne Anjir's status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can't, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. Determined to use her abilities as best she can, Shironne works tirelessly as an investigator for the Larossan army. A member of the royal family's guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power--he dreams of the deaths of others, sometimes in vivid, shocking detail, and sometimes in cryptic fragments and half-remembered images. But then a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, snuffing out his victims with an arcane and deadly blood magic. Only Shironne can sense and interpret Mikael's dim, dark dreams of the murders. And what they find together will lead them into a nightmare..."-- Provided by publisher.

A criminal magic

February 3, 2016
Kelly, Lee.
New York : Saga Press, [2016]
viii, 422 pages ; 22 cm
"Washington, DC, 1926. While sorcery opponents have succeeded in passing the 18th Amendment, the Prohibition of magic has only invigorated the city's underworld. Smuggling rings funnel magic contraband in from the coast. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters' crime sprees. Gangs have even established secret venues called "magic havens," where the public can lose themselves in immersive magic, as well as imbibe a mind-bending and highly addictive elixir known as "the sorcerer's shine." Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from the back woods of Norfolk County, accepts an offer to work for DC's most notorious crime syndicate, The Shaw Gang, when her family's home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws. Joan meets Alex at the Shaws' magic haven, and soon discovers a confidante in her fellow performer. As Alex grows closer to Joan, he begins to fall under her spell. But when a new breed of sorcerer's shine - one sorcered within the walls of the Shaws' magic haven - gets set to change the face of the underworld, Joan and Alex are forced to question their allegiances and motivations, as they become pitted against one another in a dangerous, heady game of cat-and-mouse"-- Provided by publisher.

The void : a Witching Savannah novel

February 3, 2016
Horn, J.D. author.
©2014
308 pages ; 21 cm
Mercy and Peter are happily expecting their first child, when perfectly preserved body parts start turning up all over Savannah and Mercy fears for her unborn child.

The siren

February 2, 2016
Cass, Kiera, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
327 pages ; 22 cm
Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.

All the birds in the sky

February 2, 2016
Anders, Charlie.
New York : TOR Books, 2016.
316 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"When Patricia Delfine was six years old, a wounded bird led her deep into the forest to the Parliament of Birds, where she met the Great Tree and was asked a question that would determine the course of her life. When Laurence Armstead was in grade school, he cobbled together a wristwatch-sized device that could send its wearer two seconds into the future. When Patricia and Laurence first met in high school, they didn't understand one another at all. But as time went on, they kept bumping into one another's lives. Now they're both grown up, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Neither Laurence nor Patricia can keep pace with the speed at which things fall apart. But something bigger than either of them, something begun deep in their childhoods, is determined to bring them together. And will"-- Provided by publisher.

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