New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

October 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The white rose

October 5, 2015
Ewing, Amy, author.
New York : HarperTeen, [2015]
308 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to The jewel.
"After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death, so along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude"-- Provided by publisher.


October 5, 2015
Smith, Lindsay, 1984- author.
New York, New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
394 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm
"Livia can enter other people's bodies through their dreams, an ability that makes her an invaluable and dangerous spy for her kingdom"-- Provided by publisher.

An inheritance of ashes : a novel

October 5, 2015
Bobet, Leah, author.
391 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Now that the strange war is over, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister struggle to maintain their family farm, waiting to see who will return from the distant battlefield, soon hiring a veteran to help them but, as ugly truths about their family emerge, Hallie is taking dangerous risks and keeping desperate secrets while monsters and armies converge on the small farm.

Six of crows

October 1, 2015
Bardugo, Leigh, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first"-- Provided by publisher.

Last song before night

October 1, 2015
Myer, Ilana C.
New York : Tor, 2015.
415 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic"

Shadows of self

October 1, 2015
Sanderson, Brandon.
New York : Tor, 2015.
383 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The ... author returns to the world of Mistborn with his first novel in the series since The Alloy of Law. With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a ... spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America.The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are 'twinborn,' meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic. Shadows of Self shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks."-- Provided by publisher.

The aeronaut's windlass

September 28, 2015
Butcher, Jim, 1971- author.
630 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion--to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory. And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity's ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake..."--Book jacket.

First time with a highlander

September 28, 2015
Cready, Gwyn.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
405 pages ; 18 cm
To keep her estate, Sarabeth, one of 18th-century Scotland's rare, powerful women, must find a husband fast and sets her sights on an American man who happens to be a womanizing ad executive from the future, taking him captive with no intention of ever freeing him.


September 22, 2015
Halpern, Jake, author.
346 pages : maps, music ; 22 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"On a distant island where day and night exist on fourteen-year cycles, and the islanders migrate south each sunset, three children get left behind and must find a way off the island before the Night finds them"-- Provided by publisher.

The sorcerer of the Wildeeps

September 22, 2015
Wilson, Kai Ashante, author.
212 pages ; 21 cm
"Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive"-- Provided by publisher.


September 22, 2015
Vincent, Rachel, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA Books, 2015.
429 p. ; 25 cm.
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume "performs" in town after town. Despite the breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival and despite the kindness of the cryptic handler Gallagher, she and her fellow menagerie of mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies struggle for their freedom.


September 21, 2015
Aryan, Stephen, author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
512 p. ; 24 cm
"Balfruss is a battlemage, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears and despises his kind. Vargus is a common soldier -- while mages shoot lightning from the walls of the city, he's down in the front lines getting blood on his blade. Talandra is a princess and spymaster, but the war may force her to risk everything and make the greatest sacrifice of all. Magic and mayhem collide in this epic fantasy."--Provided by publisher.

The entropy of bones

September 18, 2015
Jama-Everett, Ayize, 1974-
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, [2015]
219 pages ; 22 cm
"A young martial artist finds there is more to the world than she can kick, more than she can see."--Page 4 of cover.

Dark alchemy

September 17, 2015
Bickle, Laura, author.
[New York, New York] : Harper Voyager Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
371 pages ; 17 cm
"Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming seeking clues to her father's disappearance years ago. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up--desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can't scientifically explain--her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town's most powerful interests. Petra's father wasn't the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn't understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast--or die next."-- Back cover.

The traitor Baru Cormorant

September 15, 2015
Dickinson, Seth.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
399 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people--even her soul. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire's civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free. Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it's on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize. But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines"--Provided by publisher.

Dragon coast

September 15, 2015
Van Eekhout, Greg.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
316 pages ; 22 cm
Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul. But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two. Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, axis mundi, pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the axis mundi-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself. And that's just the first obstacle.

The edge of dawn

September 11, 2015
Snodgrass, Melinda M., 1951- author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC , 2015.
348 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"What do you do when the Earth is under assault from monstrous creatures by alternate dimensions and you're the only person who can wield the weapon that can destroy them? That's the situation facing Richard Oort, hero of the Edge novels. Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. At first, this only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family, but against all odds discovers another unique human who can use the paladin's weapon, one who might be able to join him and lighten the burden of responsibility. There's only one problem -- Mosi is a nine year old Navajo girl. Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi--and have already killed Mosi's family. To keep her safe Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal, and now the odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. From the American southwest to a secret society in Turkey, the paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake--and time is running short"-- Provided by publisher.

A pocket full of murder

September 9, 2015
Anderson, R. J. (Rebecca J.), author.
342 pages ; 22 cm
In Tarreton, where the rich have all the magic they wish and the poor can barely afford a spell to heat their homes, twelve-year-old Isaveth's father is accused of murdering an influential citizen and Isaveth, aided by eccentric street boy Quiz, tries to solve the magical murder mystery before her father is executed.

Speak easy

September 9, 2015
Valente, Catherynne M., 1979- author.
142 pages ; 21 cm
"This special signed edition is limited to 1250 numbered copies."
"If you go looking for it, just about halfway uptown and halfway downtown, there's this hotel stuck like a pin all the way through the world. Down inside the Artemisia it's this mortal coil all over. Earthly delights on every floor. The hotel Artemisia sits on a fantastical 72nd Street, in a decade that never was. It is home to a cast of characters, creatures, and creations unlike any other, including especially Zelda Fair, who is perfect at being Zelda, but who longs for something more. The world of this extraordinary novella--a bootlegger's brew of fairy tales, Jazz Age opulence, and organized crime--is ruled over by the diminutive, eternal, sinister Al. Zelda holds her own against the boss, or so it seems. But when she faces off against him and his besotted employee Frankie in a deadly game that just might change everything, she must bet it all and hope not to lose... Multiple-award-winning, New York Times' bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente once again reinvents a classic in ''Speak Easy,'' which interprets ''The Twelve Dancing Princesses'' if Zelda Fitzgerald waltzed in and stole the show. This Prohibition-Era tale will make heads spin and hearts pound. It's a story as old as time, as effervescent as champagne, and as dark as the devil's basement on a starless night in the city."--Book jacket.

Two years eight months and twenty-eight nights : a novel

September 9, 2015
Rushdie, Salman.
New York : Random House, [2015]
290 pages ; 25 cm
"Once upon a time, in a world just like ours, there came "the time of the strangenesses." Reason receded and the loudest, most illiberal voices reigned. A simple gardener began to levitate, and a powerful djinn -- also known as the Princess of Fairyland -- raised an army composed entirely of her semi-magical great-great-great-grandchildren. A baby was born with the ability to see corruption in the faces of others. The ghosts of two philosophers, long dead, began arguing once more. And a battle for the kingdom of Fairyland was waged throughout our world for 1,001 nights -- or, to be more precise, for two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights."-- Provided by publisher.

The sleeping king

September 9, 2015
Dees, Cindy.
New York : Tor, 2015.
496 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The Sleeping King is the start of a new fantasy series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cindy Dees. Dees has won a Golden Heart Award, two RITAs for Category Suspense and Adventure and has also twice snared RT's Series Romantic Suspense of the Year. She is a great storyteller, and the adventures in her more than fifty novels are often inspired by her own life. But as much as she love romances, Cindy's other passion has been fantasy gaming. For almost twenty years she's been involved with Dragon Crest, one of the original live action role-playing games. She's the story content creator on the game, and wanted to do an epic fantasy based on it, with the blessing and input of Dragon Crest founder Bill Flippin. The Sleeping King is the first in an epic fantasy series, featuring the best of the genre: near immortal imperial overlords, a prophecy of a sleeping elven king who's said to be the savior of the races. and two young people who are set on a path to save the day"-- Provided by publisher.

A red rose chain

September 4, 2015
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York : Daw Books, [2015]
x, 358 pages ; 18 cm.
"Things are looking up. For the first time in what feels like years, October "Toby" Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change. Or not. When Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined. How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? How much is October willing to give up, and how much is she willing to change? In Faerie, what's past is never really gone. It's just waiting for an opportunity to pounce."--Back cover.

Crucible zero : a House Immortal novel

September 4, 2015
Monk, Devon, author.
New York : Roc/New American Library, [2015].
356 pages ; 18 cm.
"ROC fantasy"--Spine.
"Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized--and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body--she doesn't have much of a choice. Even if she doesn't want to save the world, she's the only one capable of traveling in time to do so. But her rescue attempt hasn't gone as planned. She's stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn't want her to put things to rights. He's willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him. Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her--and any chance of saving everything she loves ..."--Back cover.


September 3, 2015
Angelini, Josephine.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
337 pages ; 22 cm.
Back in her own universe and ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side, Lily finds she has more difficulties ahead than just keeping her magic hidden since Lillian, ruthless ruler of the Thirteen Cities, is determined that Lily will come back to the alternate Salem, no matter what it takes.

The desert and the blade

September 3, 2015
Stirling, S. M., author.
viii, 612 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"In his Novels of the Change, New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling presents 'a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF.'* Continuing their quest that began in The Golden Princess, two future rulers of a world without technology risk their lives seeking a fabled blade... Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond. As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder. And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them. *Publishers Weekly (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.

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