New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

April 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tender : stories

April 24, 2017
Samatar, Sofia, author.
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, [2017]
273 pages ; 23 cm
Tender bodies: Selkie stories are for losers ; Ogres of East Africa ; Walkdog ; Olimpia's ghost ; The tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the white-footed gazelle ; Honey bear ; How I met the ghoul ; Those ; A girl who comes out of a chamber at regular intervals ; How to get back to the forest -- Tender landscapes: Tender ; A brief history of nonduality studies ; Dawn and the maiden ; Cities of emerald, deserts of gold ; An account of the land of the witches ; Meet me in Iram ; Request for an extension on the Clarity ; The closest thing to animals ; Fallow ; The red thread.

Given to the sea

April 20, 2017
McGinnis, Mindy, author.
345 pages ; 22 cm
"Khosa is destined to be sacrificed to the sea and struggles to understand her destiny as the kingdom comes under attack and the ocean threatens to destroy them all"-- Provided by publisher.

Legend has it

April 20, 2017
James, Elliott, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
432 pages ; 21 cm.
"Someone, somewhere, is reading a magic book that is reading them right back. Real life is becoming a fairytale: high school students are turning, quite literally, into zombies, subway workers into dwarves, drug addicts into vampires. John Charming and his motley band of monster hunters are racing to find the villain of this story, following the yellow brick road through a not so wonderful wonderland. And if they can't find Reader Zero before the book is closed, there won't be a happily ever after again" -- Provided by publisher.


April 18, 2017
Priest, Cherie, author.
324 pages ; 21 cm
"WAR IS HELL. AND ITS FIRES HAVE FOLLOWED TOMAS CORDERO HOME ... In the trenches of Europe during the Great War, Tomas Cordero operated a weapon more devastating than any gun: a flame projector that doused the enemy in liquid fire. Having left the battlefield a shattered man, he comes home to find yet more tragedy--for in his absence, his wife has died of the flu. Haunted by memories of the woman he loved and the atrocities he perpetrated, Tomas dreams of fire and finds himself setting match to flame when awake ... Alice Dartle is a talented clairvoyant living among others who share her gifts in the community of Cassadaga, Florida. She too dreams of fire, knowing her nightmares are connected to the shell-shocked war veteran and widower. And she believes she can bring peace to him and his wife's spirit. But the inferno that threatens to consume Tomas and Alice was set ablaze centuries ago by someone whose hatred transcended death itself ..." --Back cover.

Entropy in bloom : stories

April 18, 2017
Johnson, Jeremy Robert, 1977- author.
New York : Night Shade Books, [2017]
xiii, 252 pages ; 24 cm
The league of zeroes -- Persistence hunting -- The oarsman -- The gravity of Benham Falls -- Dissociative skills -- Snowfall -- When Susurrus stirs -- Luminary -- Trigger variation -- Cathedral mother -- Swimming in the house of the sea -- Saturn's game -- The sharp-dressed man at the end of the line -- A flood of Harriers -- States of glass -- The sleep of judges.
"For more than a decade, Jeremy Robert Johnson has been bubbling under the surface of both literary and genre fiction. His short stories present a brilliantly dark and audaciously weird realm where cosmic nightmares collide with all-too-human characters and apocalypses of all shapes and sizes loom ominously. In "Persistence Hunting," a lonely distance runner is seduced into a brutal life of crime with an ever-narrowing path for escape. In "When Susurrus Stirs," an unlucky pacifist must stop a horrifying parasite from turning his body into a sentient hive. Running through all of Johnson's work is a hallucinatory vision and deeply-felt empathy, earning the author a reputation as one of today's most daring and thrilling writers. Featuring the best of his previously independently-published short fiction, as well as an exclusive, never-before-published novella "The Sleep of Judges"--Where a father's fight against the denizens of a drug den becomes a mind-bending suburban nightmare--Entropy in Bloom is a perfect compendium for avid fans and an ideal entry point for adventurous readers seeking the humor, heartbreak, and terror of JRJ's strange new worlds"-- Provided by publisher.

Renegade red

April 17, 2017
Horowitz, Lauren Bird, author.
xxiv, 406 pages ; 22 cm.
Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue --the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy --in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her--Callum and Judah Forsythe--must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

Last Stand

April 17, 2017
Carter, Rachel E.
[Place of publication not identified] : Rachel E. Carter, ©2016.
437 pages ; 24 cm.
"The black mage book four" --Cover.
He's the Black Mage and she's the traitor to the Crown. Ryiah's world was shattered the night she discovered King Blayne's nefarious plans. Now, she has to betray the one she loves most in order to save the realm from war. Torn between love and duty, Ry finds herself on a perilous mission to help the rebels and convince the kingdom of Pythus not to honor its pact with the corrupt king of Jerar--all the while deceiving the most powerful mage in the realm, the very man sworn to protect the Crown and hunt the rebels at all costs: her husband. She's one step ahead, but sooner or later the curtain will fall. Sooner or later, she'll have to fight. Witness the epic conclusion of The Black Mage series, and see just how far one girl will go to save her kingdom and the boy she loves--even when that boy has become the enemy.

First year

April 17, 2017
Carter, Rachel E., author.
[United States?] : [Rachel E. Carter], [2016]
301 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"The black mage book one" on cover.
"Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice --pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm's three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage ...For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic. Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail --first foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived. Will she survive, or will her dream go down in flames?" --Back cover.


April 17, 2017
Carter, Rachel E., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Rachel E. Carter, ©2016.
357 pages ; 23 cm.
"The black mage book two" --cover.
She survived a trial year at the Academy, but that was just the easy part. Now sixteen-year-old Ryiah is a apprentice of Combat, her school's most notorious faction of magic. When she finishes she will be a mage, but in order to do so she has to survive four years with a training master she hates and her old nemesis, Priscilla. To make matters worse the unwanted attraction Ry feels for her sometimes-friend-sometimes-rival Prince Darren is at an all time high, even though he is betrothed to the very girl she can't stand.


April 14, 2017
Chima, Cinda Williams, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
551 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Alyssa ana'Raisa, the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, feels more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn't pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death. Lyss and Hal's intricately linked fates become inseparable when they fall under the shadow of a new enemy--a force that threatens to extinguish the last rays of hope in the Shattered Realms.

Toward a secret sky

April 13, 2017
Maclean, Heather 1972- author.
382 pages ; 21 cm
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she's never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that's now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she'll continue her parents' fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she's not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn't as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

The house of binding thorns : a Dominion of the Fallen novel

April 13, 2017
Bodard, Aliette de, author.
356 pages ; 24 cm
"As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal--to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear. In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom--and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear ... As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength--or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will" --Inside jacket.

Red sister

April 13, 2017
Lawrence, Mark, 1966- author.
x, 467 pages ; 24 cm.
"At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls. A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass's care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family--and new enemies. Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona's secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself. Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way" --Inside jacket.

The chosen : a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

April 12, 2017
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2017.
xiii, 521 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Black Dagger Brotherhood has won a major victory over the Lessening Society, but the threat to their way of life is ever-present and life for the brotherhood is as chaotic as ever. Xcor, a tortured soul and a member of the brotherhood's rival group, is in custody waiting to be beaten and interrogated. They believe he is a major threat, but Layla knows the truth. Although she has just given birth to two infants, thoughts of Xcor consume her. He has fallen in love with Layla, but they both know it is impossible to be together unless the brotherhood gives Xcor a chance to prove himself. Their connection could end Xcor's lifetime of agonizing loneliness or tear apart everything Layla holds dear"--Provided by publisher.

The moon and the other

April 12, 2017
Kessel, John, author.
New York : Saga Press, [2017]
597 pages ; 22 cm
"In the middle of the twenty-second century, over three million people live in underground cities below the moon's surface. One city-state, the Society of Cousins, is matriarchy, where men are supported in any career choice, and can have all the sex they want, but no right to vote--and tensions are beginning to flare as outside political intrigues increase. After participating in a rebellion that caused his mother's death, Erno has been exiled from the Society of Cousins. Now, he is living in the Society's rival colony, Persepolis, when he meets and marries Amestris, the defiant daughter of the richest man on the moon. Mira, a rebellious loner in the Society, creates graffiti videos that challenge the Society's political domination. She is hopelessly in love with Carey, the exemplar of male privilege. An Olympic champion in low-gravity martial arts and known as the most popular bedmate in the Society, Carey's more suited to being a boyfriend than a parent, even as he tries to gain custody of his teenage son. When the Organization of Lunar States sends a team to investigate the condition of men in the Society, Erno sees an opportunity to get rich, Amestris senses an opportunity to escape from her family, Mira has a chance for social change, and Carey can finally become independent of the matriarchy that considers him a perpetual adolescent. But when Society secrets are revealed, the first moon war erupts, and everyone must decide what is truly worth fighting for"-- Provided by publisher.

Winter tide

April 11, 2017
Emrys, Ruthanna, author.
366 pages ; 22 cm
"Two decades ago the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to a desert prison, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god, Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, emerging without a past or a future. Now it's 1949, and the government that stole Aphra's life needs her help. FBI Agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant and hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe"-- Provided by publisher.


April 10, 2017
Jacka, Benedict, author.
New York : Ace, 2017.
342 pages ; 17 cm.
In order to save his friends, diviner Alex Versus must once again work for dark mage Richard Drakh and one of Drakh's oldest allies, and bring light mage Anne into Richard's servitude as wellunless he can find a way out.

Guardian of secrets : a library jumpers novel

April 7, 2017
Drake, Brenda, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, 2017.
353 pages ; 22 cm
"A Liz Pelletier Collection book"--Inside back flap of dust jacket.
Having to balance her Chiavi hunt with being a Sentinel, going to school, and dealing with her wonky relationship with Arik, Gia must find a way to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse.

A crown of wishes

April 6, 2017
Chokshi, Roshani, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
ix, 367 pages ; 24 cm
Gauri, princess of Bharata, has been captured by her kingdom's enemies and faces a future of exile and scorn--she has nothing left to lose. But Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land, promises her freedom in exchange for her partnership on his team to win the Tournament of Wishes. It seems like a fool-proof plan--until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes, and new trials test their devotion, strength, and wits at every turn. And they soon discover that there's nothing more dangerous than what they most desire. -- adapted from dust jacket.

Bane and shadow

April 6, 2017
Skovron, Jon, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
533 pages : map ; 19 cm.
"Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly. While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison. With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize"-- Provided by publisher.

Brother's ruin

April 6, 2017
Newman, Emma, 1976-
New York :, 2017.
187 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Archie's life and their own livelihoods. But Archie Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect."-- Provided by the publisher.

Bull : a novel

April 5, 2017
Elliott, David, 1947- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
189 pages ; 22 cm
A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.

Dream forever

April 5, 2017
Alloway, Kit, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
viii, 326 pages ; 22 cm
Brokenhearted Josh struggles with Feodor's training, Peregrine's flight, and Haley's imprisonment in Death at the same time mysterious rifts in the veil around Dream threaten everyone in the world.

Blood rose rebellion

April 5, 2017
Eves, Rosalyn (Rosalyn C.), author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
408 pages ; 22 cm
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Social prestige is derived from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic. However, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. Sent from England to her family's once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary, Anna Arden finds herself in the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. She must choose to either deny her unique power and cling to the life she's always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.-- Adapted from book jacket.

Immortal unchained

April 4, 2017
Sands, Lynsay, author.
New York , NY : Avon Books, [2017]
394 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes a preview of Bliss.
Ever since Domitian Argenis recognized Sarita as his life mate, he's been waiting for the perfect moment to claim her. Those fantasies did not include him being chained to a table in a secret lab or both of them being held hostage by a mad scientist. Sarita has seen some crazy things as a cop, but nothing to rival Domitian. A vampire? Seriously? But his healing ability, incredible powers, and their mind-blowing physical connection - none of it should be possible, yet her body knows differently. Now, not only do they have to save each other, but other innocent lives are at stake. Failure is not an option for Sarita intends that Domitian show her exactly what an eternity of pleasure feels like.

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