New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

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

The white road of the moon

March 24, 2017
Neumeier, Rachel, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
376 pages : map ; 22 cm
Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she's going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. So you set off on a journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.

The great pursuit

March 22, 2017
Higgins, Wendy, author.
©2017
496 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
In The Great Pursuit, the dramatic sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Great Hunt, Wendy Higgins delivers another thrilling fantasy filled with dangerous enemies, political intrigue, searing romance, and a princess who is willing to do everything to protect her kingdom. One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continues. The kingdom of Lochlanach has traded the great beast that once terrorized the realm of Eurona for something far more dangerous: the ire of powerful Lashed woman Rosaria Rocato. Rosaria demands that Eurona overturn the laws prohibiting magic, or an innocent will be killed each day. Despite the king's resistance, Princess Aerity believes they must make peace with the Lashed, and though she's accepted a betrothal to the man who took down the beast, she cannot help thinking about Paxton, the Lashed man who stole her heart and disappeared. Aerity soon discovers that Paxton has joined Rosaria's army in the war against her family. Though her feelings for him are still strong, her duty to her kingdom and her family is stronger-especially when her parents are kidnapped and she has to step up to the throne and once again put aside what's best for her in order to do what's best for her people. Paxton and Princess Aerity must fight to see what is more powerful: their love or the impending war between the magical Lashed and the non-magic humans.

The end of Oz

March 22, 2017
Paige, Danielle (Novelist), author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
277 pages; 22 cm
Dorothy Gale was buried when the Emerald Palace crashed to the ground; Ozma has been restored to the throne. But girls from Kansas are harder to kill than you'd think. Now Amy Gumm is following the Road of Yellow Brick toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. Surprise!-- he has a gingham-clad bride. And the line between Good and Wicked is blurring....

Black City demon

March 21, 2017
Knaak, Richard A., author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2017.
363 pages ; 21 cm
"Since he became the guardian of the Gate between our world and Feirie sixteen hundred years ago, Nick Medea, once Saint George, has battled to keep the darkest Feirie--the Wyld--from invading the mortal plane. With the dragon an unwilling part of him, Nick maintains balance between realms, often at great cost to himself and those nearest to him. Nick and his ragtag confederates--including the shape-shifter Fetch and Nick's reincarnated love, Claryce--have battled not only the Wyld, but mortals as sinister as the darkest Feirie. Now, with Prohibition in full swing and bootlegger wars erupting in Chicago, a murderous evil born of the mortal world has turned its attention to the power of the Gate...and Nick himself. Nick must turn again to his most untrustworthy ally: the dragon within. Yet even together they may not be enough to face what was once a man...but is now a creature even dragons may fear"-- Provided by publisher.

Souljacker : a Lily Bound novel

March 21, 2017
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961- author.
2017
267 pages ; 22 cm
When a client of Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle, is found murdered, the owner knows something evil is happening. Then comes the news that the Souljacker, a tattoo-artist-turned-vampire, has escaped from an institution for criminally deranged Supernaturals. It is also alleged that he is hunting and killing everyone he has ever inked. Lily O'Connell, a succubus and owner of Lily Bound has one of the Souljacker's tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn. When she hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to help track down the vampire, she didn't plan to fall in love with him.

How to tame a beast in seven days

March 20, 2017
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Paperbacks, [2017]
408 pages : map ; 17 cm
Includes an excerpt for So I Married a Sorcerer (pages 397-408).
"As one of the Embraced -- one born with magical powers -- the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast. Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast, Lord Leo, in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo's immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men and his mere touch can put an end to a woman's life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire, even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?"--provided by publisher.

The mermaid's daughter

March 20, 2017
Claycomb, Ann, author.
©2017
428, 7 pages ; 21 cm
Includes "P.S. insights, interviews & more".
"Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that. Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history. In Ireland, they discover that the mystery--and the tragedy--of Kathleen's family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined. Kathleen's fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid's two sirens--the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death..."--Back cover.

The devil's bible : a novel

March 20, 2017
Carpenter, Dana Chamblee, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
347 pages ; 24 cm
The follow-up to Bohemian Gospel, which sends Mouse on a dangerous journey to Europe to find the missing pages from The Devils Bible, a mission which just may have a chance to save the world from the forces of evil.

Freedom's slave

March 17, 2017
Demetrios, Heather, author.
©2017
589 pages : map ; 22 cm.
After three long years in exile, Nalia is ready to return to her homeland and sit on the throne that is rightfully hers. But the gods might have other plans. Forced to endure untold horrors on the journey to Arjinna, Nalia learns that it will take more than cutting down the tyrant Calar to get her crown. Meanwhile, Raif's return to Arjinna as the commander of the revolution against Calar and her army isn't as smooth as he'd hoped. Though he has more soldiers than ever before, his love for Nalia is losing him the trust of his comrades, and the war. But little does the resistance know that insurrection is brewing among Calar's own ranks, and from the one person she trusts the most. Is Nalia and Raif's enduring love enough to transform and rescue their homeland? Will they be willing to save the realm, no matter the cost?

The malice

March 16, 2017
Newman, Peter (Fantasy fiction author), author.
©2016
454 pages ; 22 cm
In the south, the Breach stirs. Gamma's sword, the Malice, wakes, calling to be taken to battle once more. But the Vagrant has found a home now, made a life and so he turns his back, ignoring its call. The sword cries out, frustrated, until another answers. Her name is Vesper.

The Erstwhile : a novel

March 16, 2017
Catling, B. (Brian), author.
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC , [2017]
462 pages ; 21 cm
"In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences. In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily. To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course. Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenous creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances"-- Provided by publisher.

Gather her round

March 16, 2017
Bledsoe, Alex, author.
New York : Tor, 2017.
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel of the Tufa"--Cover.
"Young Kera Rogers disappears while hiking in the woods by Needsville. When her half-eaten remains are discovered, the blame falls upon a herd of wild hogs, a serious threat in this rural community. In response, the county's best trackers, including game warden Jack Cates and ex-military Tufa Bronwyn Chess are assembled to hunt them down. Kera's boyfriend Duncan Gowen mourns her death, until he finds evidence she cheated on him with his best friend, Adam Procure. Seeking revenge, Duncan entices Adam to participate in their own boar hunt. Later, Bronwyn and Jack stumble across a devastated Duncan, who claims a giant boar impaled Adam and dragged him off. As this second death rocks the town, people begin to wonder who is really responsible. Determined hunters pursue the ravenous horde through the Appalachians as other Tufa seek their own answers. Between literal beasts in the woods and figurative wolves in sheep's clothing, what truths will arise come spring?"--Amazon.

Magic for nothing

March 16, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., 2017.
352 pages : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 17 cm
"As the youngest of the three Price children, Antimony is used to people not expecting much from her. Annie's expectations keep getting shattered. She didn't expect Verity to declare war on the Covenant of St. George on live television. She didn't expect the Covenant to take her sister's threat seriously. And she definitely didn't expect to be packed off to London to infiltrate the Covenant from the inside...--Publisher's description.

The ship beyond time

March 15, 2017
Heilig, Heidi, author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
456 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"Sequel to The Girl from Everywhere"--Dust jacket.

The wrong dead guy

March 15, 2017
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2017
420 pages ; 24 cm
Master thief Coop and his DOPS teammates trigger unexpected chaos when they steal a not-quite-dead and very lovesick Egyptian mummy that wields terrifying magic.

Penric and the shaman : a fantasy novella in the world of the five gods

March 15, 2017
Bujold, Lois McMaster, author.
©2016
213 pages ; 22 cm
In this novella set in the World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in Penric's Demon, Penric is a divine of the Bastard's Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a "Locator" of the Father's Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric's roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end. Bujold delivers an astonishing tale that is not soon forgotten.--Provided by Publisher.

One blood ruby

March 14, 2017
Marr, Melissa, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
353 pages ; 22 cm
Lily helps the Queen of Blood broker a peace with the human world only to be confronted by a mysterious adversary who is orchestrating violent attacks to sabotage the peace process.

Bright air black

March 14, 2017
Vann, David, author.
©2017
252 pages ; 21 cm
"Following the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology's most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis--where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann's reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. We witness with dramatic urgency Medea's humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea's story ever told"-- Provided by publisher.

The song rising

March 14, 2017
Shannon, Samantha, 1991- author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017.
363 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it ..."--Amazon.

Taduno's song : ]a novel]

March 14, 2017
Atogun, Odafe, author.
New York : Pantheon, [2017]
234 pages ; 21 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
Previously published : Edinburgh : Canongate Books Ltd, 2016.
"A stunning debut from a fresh Nigerian literary voice: a mesmerizing, deceptively simple, Kafkaesque narrative, resonant of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and lightly informed by the life of Nigerian musical superstar Fela Kuti--a powerful story of love, sacrifice, and courage. The day a stained brown envelope reaches Taduno from his homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of hope, the musician discovers that his people no longer recognize him and no one recalls his voice. His girlfriend, Lela, has disappeared, abducted by government agents. He wanders through his house in search of clues but all traces of his old life have been erased. As he becomes aware that all that is left of himself is an emptiness, Taduno finds new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and find his lost love. But soon he must face a difficult decision: to fight the power or save his woman, to sing for love or for his people"-- Provided by publisher.

Eat the sky, drink the ocean

March 14, 2017
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017.
ix, 225 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Cat calls / Margo Lanagan -- Swallow the moon / Kate Constable and Priya Kuriyan -- Little red suit / Justine Larbalestier -- Cooking time / Anita Roy -- Anarkali / Annie Zaidi and Mandy Ord -- Cast out / Samhita Arni -- Weft / Alyssa Brugman -- The Wednesday room / Kuzhali Manickavel and Lilly Mae Martin -- Cool / Manjula Padmanabhan -- Appetite / Amruta Patil -- Mirror perfect / Kirsty Murray -- Arctic light / Vandana Singh -- The runners / Isobelle Carmody and Prabha Mallya -- The blooming / Manjula Padmanabhan and Kirsty Murray -- What a stone can't feel / Penni Russon -- Memory lace / Payal Dhar -- Back stage pass / Nicki Greenberg.
A collection of sci-fi and fantasy tales, including six short graphic novels, by twenty women authors from India and Australia.

Silence fallen

March 14, 2017
Briggs, Patricia, author.
©2017
371 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"A new hardcover in the acclaimed Mercy Thompson series--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fire Touched. Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes--only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe... Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise..."-- Provided by publisher.

Hekla's children

March 13, 2017
Brogden, James (Novelist), author.
London : Titan Books, 2017.
400 pages ; 21 cm
"A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned, Olivia, starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she'd been. Questioned by the police but released for lack of evidence, Nathan spent the years trying to forget. When a body is found in the same ancient woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children, but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the students, alive but trapped. Then Olivia reappears, desperate that the warrior's body be returned to the earth. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay" --Back cover.

Etched in bone : a novel of the others

March 13, 2017
Bishop, Anne, author.
New York : ROC, 2017.
397 pages ; 24 cm
"New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves ... After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders--a primitive and lethal form of the Others--the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man's-land beyond their borders--and the darkness ... As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery's shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings. With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end--with her standing beside a grave.."--Inside jacket.

Traitor to the throne : rebel of the sands novel

March 13, 2017
Hamilton, Alwyn, author.
©2017
518 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm.
Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, gunslinger Amani is taken captive by the forces of the Sultan, whose agenda seems less tyrannical than originally believed.

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