New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

April 16, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unwrapped sky

April 15, 2014
Davidson, Rjurik.
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2014.
430 pages : map ; 22 cm

Night of the hunter

April 14, 2014
Salvatore, R. A., 1959-
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast LLC, [2014]
380 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Companions codex I" -- spine.
Dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor's loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do'Urden dead.

Steles of the sky

April 7, 2014
Bear, Elizabeth.
New York : Tor, [2014].
429 pages : map ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Shattered pillars.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Re Temur, legitimate heir to his grandfather's Khaganate, has finally raised his banner and declared himself at war with his usurping uncle. With his companions--the Wizard Samarkar, the Cho-tse Hrahima, and the silent monk Brother Hsiung--he must make his way to Dragon Lake to gather in his army of followers. But Temur's enemies are not idle; the leader of the Nameless Assassins, who has shattered the peace of the Steppe, has struck at Temur's uncle already. To the south, in the Rasan empire, plague rages. To the east, the great city of Asmaracanda has burned, and the Uthman Caliph is deposed. All the world seems to be on fire, and who knows if even the beloved son of the Eternal Sky can save it?"-- Provided by publisher.

Shifting sky

April 3, 2014
Austin, C.K., author.
©2013
v, 256 pages ; 18 cm.
Forced from the only home that she's known with her father, Skylar must live with her absentee mother in the bitter cold of Alaska. A family legacy passed down from her grandparents causes Skylar to realize that she is a shape shifter and she digs for answers in her grandparents' pasts. While attending a new school she meets Myrah and Tristan, inseparable twins that are polar opposites of each other. Sky can't hide her attraction to Tristan. Can she trust him with her secret? Skylar searches for help as she is uncertain how to handle her new school, her old friends and her family that doesn't know her secret.

The sentinel

April 1, 2014
Denning, Troy.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, 2014.
295 pages ; 24 cm.
Maps on lining papers.
"In the fifth book of the multi-author Sundering series, New York Times best-selling author Troy Denning sends an embittered paladin, Kleef Kenric, on a quest to stop evil forces from taking advantage of the chaos rolling across the land of Faerûn and claiming dominion over the entirety of the Realms. Stubbornly clinging to his family's worship of a long-forgotten god, Kleef Kenric soon discovers that his god has blessed him with divine gifts, making him one of a new group of Chosen cropping up around the Realms. This divine gift makes him an excellent ally--and a target for those who wish corral his powers. After battling his way out Marsember, a city besieged on all sides in the wake of the Sundering, he becomes swept up in the mission of a group of odd allies--a warrior noblewoman, an accomplished thief, and a mysterious short pudgy man exuding a faint odor of decay. With the forces of Shade tracking their every step, they travel to the Underdark to thwart the rise of the goddess of Death, but before long Kleef learns that his allies hide dangerous secrets--secrets that could destroy not only Kleef but the very fabric of the Forgotten Realms. "-- Provided by publisher.

Irenicon

April 1, 2014
Harte, Aidan, 1979-
©2012.
480 pages : map ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Jo Fletcher, 2012.
The river Irenicon is a feat of ancient Concordian engineering. Blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, using Wave technology, it divided the only city strong enough to defeat the Concordian Empire. But no one could have predicted the river would become sentient'and hostile. Sofia Scaligeri, the soon-to-be Contessa of Rasenna, has inherited a city tearing itself apart from the inside. And try as she might, she can see no way of stopping the culture of vendetta that has the city in its grasp. Until a Concordian engineer arrives to build a bridge over the Irenicon, clarifying everything: the feuding factions of Rasenna can either continue to fight each other or they can unite against their shared enemy. And they will surely need to stand together for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again.

Dorothy must die

March 31, 2014
Paige, D. M., author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
452 pages ; 22 cm
Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!

Ghost seer

March 27, 2014
Owens, Robin D.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
312 p. ; 18 cm.
Sequel: Ghost layer.
"First in a new series!"--Cover.
When the ghost of a Wild West gunman needs a Denver woman's help, she finds herself getting close to a sexy private investigator.

Stone cold

March 27, 2014
Monk, Devon.
New York : Roc, c2014.
353 p. ; 18 cm.
Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are "breakers"-- those who can use magic to its fullest extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy, rogue magic user Eli Collins. Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic even as it threatens to consume them.

The wicked : a novel

March 26, 2014
Nicholas, Douglas.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2014.
348 pages ; 21 cm.
Mystical Irish queen Molly, with her powers of healing, is the only one who can save her people from an evil nobleman and his equally evil wife, while young warrior Hob and his adopted family work together to destroy the dark powers before all is lost.

The Goblin Emperor

March 26, 2014
Addison, Katherine.
New York : Tor, 2014.
446 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an 'accident,' he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the naîve new emperor and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend . . . and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne--or his life" -- from author's web page.

Truth and fear

March 24, 2014
Higgins, Peter, 1961- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
362 pages ; 25 cm
"2"--Spine on jacket.
The city of Mirgorod is losing the war against the Archipelago when Investigator Lom returns, but his attention is focused on being chased by the police and the appearance of the otherworldly Pollandore.

Peacemaker

March 21, 2014
Cherryh, C. J.
New York : Daw Books, c2013.
375 p. ; 24 cm.
"At last--Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It's all he dreamed of...But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri's grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle's house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji's son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who's to blame for the attacks, and they're going after him. The fact that the person responsible is in the heart of Assassins' Guild Headquarters, the most closely guarded fortress on the continent, is not going to stop her."--Publisher's website.

Illusion

March 21, 2014
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
pages cm

The midnight witch

March 20, 2014
Brackston, Paula.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2014.
341 pages ; 25 cm
"When the sixth Duke of Radnor dies, his hapless son, Freddie, takes on his title, but it is his daughter, Lilith, who inherits his role as Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. Raised as a witch, instructed in the art of necromancy, Lilith faces a daunting future, for the coven is threatened by a powerful group of sorcerers, the Sentinels. Nicholas Stricklend, a powerful force in the British government, is the Sentinel charged with wresting the Elixir from Lilith, and he cares not who he must crush in order to succeed. As a society beauty, engaged to another titled witch, and with a grieving mother and an unstable brother to look after, Lilith struggles to maintain her two very different existences. When she meets and falls in love with the talented artist Bram Cardale, she can no longer keep her life as a witch hidden, and she must choose between her loyalty to the coven, her duty to her family, and her love for Bram, or risk destroying everything she holds dear. Paula Brackston's debut novel, The Witch's Daughter, was the little book that could--with a captivating story, remarkable heroine, and eye-catching package, it has sold more than 130,000 copies in all formats. The Midnight Witch is another enchanting tale of love and magic, featuring her signature blend of gorgeous writing, a decadent and intriguing historical backdrop, and a headstrong and relatable heroine for which readers will cheer"-- Provided by publisher.

Working God's mischief

March 20, 2014
Cook, Glen.
New York : Tor Books, [2014].
432 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Arnhand, Castauriga, and Navaya lost their kings. The Grail Empire lost its empress. The Church lost its Patriarch, though he lives on as a fugitive. The Night lost Kharoulke the Windwalker, an emperor amongst the most primal and terrible gods. The Night goes on, in dread. The world goes on, in dread. The ice builds and slides southward. New kings come. A new empress will rule. Another rump polishes the Patriarchal Throne. But there is something new under the sun. The oldest and fiercest of the Instrumentalities has been destroyed--by a mortal. There is no new Windwalker, nor will there ever be. The world, battered by savage change, limps toward its destiny. And the ice is coming"-- Provided by publisher.

The Raven's Shadow

March 20, 2014
Cooper, Elspeth.
New York : Tor, 2014.
567 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Raven's Shadow, the third book of Elspeth Cooper's The Wild Hunt series finds war brewing on both sides of the Veil between the worlds. The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one. Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay. Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them"-- Provided by publisher.

The rich and the dead

March 20, 2014
Spector, Liv.
New York : William Morrow, c2014.
310 p. ; 21 cm.
On New Year's Day, 2015, twelve of the world's most influential people are found murdered in the basement of a mansion. Investigator Lila Day is unable to solve the crime and her life unravels--until three years later when she meets a reclusive billionaire who will send her back in time to solve the mystery before it happens.

The pilgrims

March 20, 2014
Elliott, Will, 1979-
New York : Tor, [2014].
437 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Originally published: Great Britain : Jo Fletcher Books, 2010.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Eric Albright, a twenty-six-year-old unemployed journalist, and Stuart Casey, a homeless old drunk, fall through a door in a graffiti-covered wall into the strange world of Levall, where a mountain-sized dragon with the powers of a god lies sleeping beneath a great white castle. Here they are the otherworlders, Pilgrims, and their lives are never going to be the same again. In the castle the sinister Lord Vous rules with an iron fist as the Project, designed to effect his transformation into an immortal spirit, nears completion. But Vous' growing madness is close to consuming him, as is his fear of the imaginary being named 'Shadow'. And the arrival of the otherworlders in Levall is about to lend substance to that fear. No one has ever seen what lies beyond the impossibly vast Wall that divides Levall, but the Pilgrims possess powers strong enough to break it down. If they do, what will enter from the other side?" -- from Jo Fletcher Books web site.

The days of the deer

March 14, 2014
Bodoc, Liliana, 1958- author.
London : Corvus, 2014.
309 p. ; 20 cm.
Translated from the Spanish.
It is known that the strangers will sail from some part of the Ancient Lands and will cross the Yentru Sea. All our predictions and sacred books clearly say the same thing. The rest is all shadows. Shadows that prevent us from seeing the faces of those who are coming. In the House of Stars, the Astronomers of the Open Air read contradictory omens. A fleet is coming to the shores of the Remote Realm. But are these the long-awaited Northmen, returned triumphant from the war in the Ancient Lands? Or the emissaries of the Son of Death come to wage a last battle against life itself? From every village of the seven tribes, a representative is called to a Great Council. One representative will not survive the journey. Some will be willing to sacrifice their lives, others their people, but one thing is certain: the era of light is at an end.

The Lascar's dagger

March 12, 2014
Larke, Glenda, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2014.
502 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"The forsaken lands: book one"--Spine.
Saker appears to be a simple priest, but in truth he's a spy for the head of his faith. Wounded in the line of duty by a Lascar sailor's blade, the weapon seems to follow him home. Unable to discard it, nor the sense of responsibility it brings, Saker can only follow its lead. The dagger puts Saker on a journey to distant shores, on a path that will reveal terrible secrets about the empire, about the people he serves, and destroy the life he knows. The Lascar's dagger demands a price, and that price will be paid in blood.

Raising Steam : a Discworld novel

March 12, 2014
Pratchett, Terry, author.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
365 pages ; 25 cm.
"Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork--Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job"-- Provided by publisher.

Night owls

March 11, 2014
Roy, Lauren M., author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
viii, 296 pages ; 18 cm
"First in a new series"--Cover.
"Ace fantasy"--Spine.
Valerie McTeague's business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as far away as possible from the underworld conflicts of her vampire brethren. She's experienced that life, and the price she paid was far too high for her to ever want to return. Elly Garrett hasn't known any life except that of fighting the supernatural beings known as Creeps or Jackals. But she always had her mentor and foster father by her side until he gave his life protecting a book that the Creeps desperately want to get their hands on. When the book gets stashed at Night Owls for safekeeping, those Val holds nearest and dearest are put in mortal peril. Now Val and Elly will have to team up, along with a mismatched crew of humans, vampires, and lesbian succubi, to stop the Jackals from getting their claws on the book and unleashing unnamed horrors

Immortal muse

March 11, 2014
Leigh, Stephen, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., 2014.
535 pages ; 24 cm.
Immortal Muse is a tale that takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Paris of the late 1300s with the alchemists Perenelle and Nicolas Flamel, to contemporary New York City. Along the way, there are interludes with Bernini in Rome in 1635; with Vivaldi in Venice of 1737; with Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier and Robespierre in the Paris of the French Revolution; with William Blake and John Polidori in 1814; with Gustav Klimt in fin de siècle Vienna; with Charlotte Salomon in WWII France. And in modern-day New York, a complicated dance of love and violence finally brings a resolution to the centuries-old deadly feud.

Conquest

March 11, 2014
Connolly, John, 1968- author.
New York : Atria, [2014].
435 pages : 24 cm.
"Emily Bestler Books"--Title page.
"The first in a stunning new science fiction trilogy, Conquest introduces a world where humanity has been conquered by a powerful alien rulership--unless a group of young rebels can unlock their powers and help rescue humankind from its terrible fate. Earth has been invaded by the Illyri--a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. The Resistance grows stronger against the invaders, for it is up to the young people of the Earth to lead the battle and save humanity. Syl Hellais, conceived among the stars, is the oldest alien child on Earth. The daughter of one of the planet's rulers, she has hidden gifts and powers that she does yet fully understand. But all is not as it seems. Secret experiments are being conducted on humans, the Illyri are at war among themselves, and the sinister Nairene Sisterhood has arrived on Earth, hungry for new blood. When Syl helps a pair of young fighters escape execution, she finds herself sentenced to death and pursued by her own kind. Soon, she even risks breaking the greatest taboo of her race by falling in love with a human. Now the hunter has become the hunted, and the predators have become prey. And as Syl is about to learn, the real invasion is yet to begin." from publisher's web site.

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