New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

October 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Talon

October 23, 2014
Kagawa, Julie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
461 pages ; 22 cm
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey--and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him--and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Black spring

October 23, 2014
Henry, Christina, 1974-
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
276 p. ; 18 cm.
"Ace fantasy" -- Spine.
When Chicago becomes ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, Madeline Black, a former Agent of Death, must save her unborn child and all of humanity from utter destruction.

Sky pirates

October 23, 2014
Schwarz, Liesel
New York, N. Y : Del Rey, 2014
352 p. ; 18 cm.
With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive--the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle--the keeper of the barrier between the two Realms--to try to save what she loves most. As the dark forces of Shadow converge around her, Elle must find a way to breach the curse that binds Marsh. But once released, will Marsh return to her--or is their love destined to die so that he can live?

The slow regard of silent things

October 23, 2014
Rothfuss, Patrick, 1973-
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
159 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The future falls

October 23, 2014
Huff, Tanya, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
326 pages ; 24 cm.
When NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine's prediction of an approaching asteroid, Charlotte "Charlie" Gale turns to her supernaturally complicated family for help and soon discovers that the asteroid is the least of her problems.

Shadows

October 21, 2014
Blake, E. C., author.
New York : Daw Books, Inc., 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
In Masks, Mara Holdfast's life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch's Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: a quiet, ordered life in the capital, making Masks with her father and doing work important to the ruling Autarch. But when her Mask, specially made by her own father, cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew. Now she has become part of an underground rebellion, rejecting the unjust rules of a Masked society. She must try to understand her unprecedented ability to use all types of magic--and to tear magic from the living bodies of those around her. But Mara has yet to discover just how horrifying her power can be...

Bathing the Lion

October 16, 2014
Carroll, Jonathan, 1949-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
280 pages ; 24 cm
"In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some don't. When they wake the next day all of them know what has happened. All five were at one time "mechanics," a kind of cosmic repairman whose job is to keep order in the universe and clean up the messes made both by sentient beings and the utterly fearsome yet inevitable Chaos that periodically rolls through, wreaking mayhem wherever it touches down--a kind of infinitely powerful, merciless tornado. Because the job of a mechanic is grueling and exhausting, after a certain period all of them are retired and sent to different parts of the cosmos to live out their days as "civilians." Their memories are wiped clean and new identities are created for them that fit the places they go to live out their natural lives to the end. For the first time all retired mechanics are being brought back to duty: Chaos has a new plan, and it's not looking good for mankind.."-- Provided by publisher.

The winter people

October 14, 2014
Purdy, Rebekah L., author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Publishing, LLC, 2014.
351 pages ; 22 cm
"A Liz Pelletier Collection book"--Dust jacket.

Of bone and thunder : a novel

October 13, 2014
Evans, Chris (Chris R.), author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
486 pages ; 24 cm
"In this strange, new world deep among the shadows under a triple-canopy jungle and plagued by dangers real and imagined, soldiers strive to fulfill a mission they don't understand and are ill-equipped to carry out. And high above them, the heavy rush of wings slashing through the humid air herald a coming wave of death and destruction, and just possibly, salvation"-- Provided by publisher.

Interrupt

October 13, 2014
Carlson, Jeff, 1969-
Las Vegas, NV : 47North, c2013.
397 p. : ill., maps, 21 cm.
"In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind. Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens. Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China -- but war is the least of humankind's concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth's electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man..." --Publisher's website.

Twist of the blade

October 10, 2014
Willett, Edward, 1959- author.
Regina, Saskatchewan : Coteau Books, [2014].
216 pages ; 22 cm.
Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from internet mogul Rex Major (aka Merlin), Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second. Wally's worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength to do both good and evil ... and when she seriously hurts his bullying sister Flish, it seems he might be right.

The paper magician

October 9, 2014
Holmberg, Charlie N.
Seattle : 47North, c2014.
214 p. ; 21 cm.
Bound to a magic she never wanted, a young apprentice falls deeper into its mysteries when she must use everything she's learned from her master in order to save him, and his heart.

Lailah

October 8, 2014
Kelly, Nikki, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014.
388 pages ; 22 cm
"The Styclar saga"--Title page.
While struggling to understand her own identity, Lailah is torn between an injured vampire and a rogue angel who appears in her dreams.

The secrets of life and death

October 6, 2014
Alexander, Rebecca, author.
©2014
373 pages ; 21 cm
Includes Reader's Guide with Topics for Discussion (pages [371]-373).
"In modern day England, Professor Felix Guichard is called in to identify occult symbols found on the corpse of a young girl. His investigation brings him in contact with a mysterious woman, Jackdaw Hammond, who guards a monumental secret--She's Dead. Or she would be, were it not for magic which has artificially extended her life. But someone else knows her secret. Someone very old and very powerful, who won't rest until they've taken the magic that keeps her alive. In Krakow in 1585, Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. But they soon realize that the only thing worse than the Countess' malady, is the magic that might be able to save her. As Jackdaw and Felix race to uncover the truth about the person hunting her, it becomes clear that the answers they seek can only be found in the ancient diary of John Dee's assistant, Edward Kelley. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying."

Hawk

October 6, 2014
Brust, Steven, 1955-
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
320 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"Hawk, the latest in Stephen Brusts's New York Times bestselling Vlad Taltos series. Years ago, Vlad Taltos came from the East, to make his way as a human amidst the impossibly tall, fantastically long-lived natives of the Dragaeran Empire. He joined the Jhereg, the Dragaeran House (of which there are seventeen) that handles the Empire's vices: gambling, rackets, organized crime. He became a professional assassin. He was good at it. But that was then, before Vlad and the Jhereg became mortal enemies. For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he's back in the imperial capital where his family and friends are. He means to stay there this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes"-- Provided by publisher.

The shotgun arcana

October 6, 2014
Belcher, R. S.
New York : Tor, 2014.
398 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"R. S. Belcher's debut novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets. 1870. A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party...and the dawn of humanity. Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness. But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day's time, the town and its people will be tested as never before--and some of them will never be the same"-- Provided by publisher.

Silverblind

October 6, 2014
Connolly, Tina, author.
New York : Tor, 2014.
315 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shape-changing fey powers to disguise herself as a boy.

The Free

October 6, 2014
Ruckley, Brian, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, [2014].
x, 467 pages ; 24 cm
Led by Yulan, their charismatic captain, the Free have spent years selling their martial and magical skills to the highest bidder -- winning countless victories that have shaken the foundations of the world. Now they finally plan to lay down their swords. Yet when Yulan is offered a final contract, he cannot refuse -- for the mission offers him the chance to erase the memories of the Free's darkest hour, which have haunted him for years. As the Free embark on their last mission, a potent mix of loyalty and vengeance is building to a storm. Freedom, it seems, carries a deadly price.

Immortal : a novel of the fallen angels

October 1, 2014
Ward, J. R., 1969-
New York, New York : New American Library, [2014]
388 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Creator invented the game, and the stakes are nothing less than the fate of both the quick and the dead: seven souls, seven crossroads--each an opportunity for salvation or damnation. Coming into this sixth round, reluctant savior Jim Heron has compromised himself, his body and his soul, and even still, he's on the verge of losing everything.... And that includes Sissy, the innocent he freed from Hell. Jim's determined to protect her--but this makes her a weakness the demon Devina can exploit. With Sissy once again in danger, and Jim torn between the game and the woman he's sworn to defend, evil's ready to play dirty and finally claim Jim for her own. As the war comes into its final chapters, humanity's savior is prepared to do anything it takes to win--and that includes embarking on a suicide mission into the very darkest shadows of Purgatory. True love is Jim's only hope for survival--and victory. But can a man with no heart and no soul be saved by something he doesn't believe in?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Brothers Cabal

September 30, 2014
Howard, Jonathan L., author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
viii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Johannes Cabal."
"Horst Cabal has risen from the dead. Again. Horst, the most affable vampire one is ever likely to meet, is resurrected by an occult conspiracy that wants him as a general in a monstrous army. Their plan: to create a country of horrors, a supernatural homeland. As Horst sees the lengths to which they are prepared to go and the evil they cultivate, he realizes that he cannot fight them alone. What he really needs on his side is a sarcastic, amoral, heavily armed necromancer. As luck would have it, this exactly describes his brother." -- Provided by publisher.

A vision of fire

September 30, 2014
Anderson, Gillian, 1968- author.
New York : Simon451, 2014.
ix, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father--a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels--but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there's a more sinister force at work"-- Provided by publisher.

Unbinding

September 30, 2014
Wilks, Eileen, 1952-
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
390 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes preview to: Mind magic (pages [385]-390).
"In the newest Novel of the Lupi, the human and elven worlds are both about to come under attack... After questing through the sidhe realms with her ex-hellhound lover, Nathan, Kai Tallman Michalski has finally returned home. But she knows Nathan will eventually be called back to serve his Queen--and Kai will have to decide whether to enter her majesty's service as well. Sure, the job comes with great bennies, but there's one big downside: she would have to swear absolute fealty to the Queen of Winter. For now, though, Kai is glad to be home, and glad that Nathan completed his mission for his Queen with surprising ease. But what seemed to be a quick conclusion turns out to be anything but. The two of them helped thwart the sidhe god of chaos--and he is not happy about that. He's got plans for them. Plans, too, for the sidhe who killed him some three millennia ago. Nor has he abandoned his plans for Earth, as they learn when chaos begins bursting out all over."--Page [4] of cover.

Closer to home

September 30, 2014
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
361 pages ; 24 cm
"The Herald spy ; book one"--Title page.
"A novel of Valdemar"--Cover.
Trained as a spy by the King's Own Herald, an orphan named Mags rises through the ranks of the Heralds' Collegium and uses his powerful Mindspeech gift to outmaneuver a royal court plot that risks his mentor and family.

The blood of Olympus

September 29, 2014
Riordan, Rick.
Los Angeles : Disney-Hyperion, [2014]
516 pages ; 22 cm.
"The Greek and Roman demigods must simultaneously prevent the earth mother, Gaea, from waking and stop war from breaking out at Camp Half-Blood"-- Provided by publisher.

Die and stay dead

September 29, 2014
Kaufmann, Nicholas, 1969- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
388 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A brutal murder in Greenwich village puts Trent and the Five-Pointed Star on the trail of Erickson Arkwright, the last surviving member of a doomsday cult. Back in the day, the Aeternis Tenebris cult thought the world would end on New Year's Eve of 2000. When it didn't, they decided to end it themselves by summoning Nahash-Dred, a powerful, terrifying demon known as the Destroyer of Worlds. But something went wrong. The demon massacred the cult, leaving Arkwright the sole survivor. Now, hiding somewhere in New York City with a new identity, Arkwright plans to summon the demon again and finish the job he started over a decade ago. As Trent rushes to locate a long-lost magical artifact that may be the only way to stop him, the clues begin to mount... Trent's past and Arkwright's might be linked somehow. And if they are, it means the truth of who Trent really is may lie buried in the twisted mind of a madman"-- Provided by publisher.

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