New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

January 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The sasquatch hunter's almanac : a novel

January 27, 2015
Shields, Sharma, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
383 pages ; 21 cm
"A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth. Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life--with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face"-- Provided by publisher.

Covenant's end : a Widdershins adventure

January 27, 2015
Marmell, Ari.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
271 pages ; 23 cm
"A teenage thief and her partner, an invisible minor god who lives in her head, battle against the might of monsters and the machinations of men in a French-flavored fantasy world"-- Provided by publisher.

The mime order

January 26, 2015
Shannon, Samantha, 1991- author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2015.
517 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs meet, Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, and bitter fault lines run through the clairvoyant community.

Inside a silver box

January 22, 2015
Mosley, Walter, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
300 pages ; 22 cm
"[T]wo people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself" -- from publisher's web site.

The dread

January 22, 2015
Martin, Gail, 1962-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2012.
625 p. : 18 cm.
THE DREAD is the epic conclusion to the Fallen Kings Cycle.
"Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of his army north for a war he is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris's worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms' weakness. In Isencroft, Kiara's father is assassinated and she will now have no choice except to return and claim the crown. But she must leave behind her husband and their infant son to face the dark power that threatens her rule"--Publisher.

The city stained red

January 21, 2015
Sykes, Sam, 1984-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
630 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"A long-exiled living god arises. A city begins to break apart at the seams. Lenk and his battle-scarred companions have come to Cier'Djaal in search of Miron Evanhands, a wealthy priest who contracted them to eradicate demons -- and then vanished before paying for the job. But hunting Miron down might be tougher than even these weary adventurers can handle as two unstoppable religious armies move towards all-out war, tensions rise within the capital's cultural melting pot, and demons begin to pour from the shadows... And Khoth Kapira, the long-banished living god, has seen his chance to return and regain dominion over the world. Now all that prevents the city from tearing itself apart in carnage are Lenk, Kataria, a savage human-hating warrior, Denaos, a dangerous rogue, Asper, a healer priestess, Dreadaeleon, a young wizard, and Gariath, one of the last of the dragonmen"-- Provided by publisher.

Panther prowling

January 21, 2015
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961- author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
318 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes: cast of major characters (pages [295]-297), glossary (pages [299]-303), playlist (pages [305]-306), and an excerpt from: Flight from death (pages [309]-318).
"We're the D'Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked-good witch with three gorgeous husbands. Menolly is a vampire married to a werepuma. And me? I'm Delilah, a two-faced werecat and a Death Maiden. While the war in Otherworld is expanding, so is my newly renamed PI business. And my next case is about to make life very interesting... While waiting for Shadow Wing's next move, I decide to revamp my ragtag PI agency into the Cat's Eye Investigations firm. My first client turns out to be our cousin Daniel. During the grand reopening for the Wayfarer, he shows up while being chased by a rampaging ghost. Daniel has procured a rare and valuable sword, and a ring of ghostly warriors comes attached to it. Protectors of the soul trapped within it, the spirits are out to stop anybody who threatens the weapon. As my sisters and I unravel the history of the sword, we quickly realize that the entity locked within the blade is a dangerous king from times gone by--and he's about to break free and try to recover his crown"--Page [4] of cover.

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

January 20, 2015
Jääskeläinen, Pasi Ilmari, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
343 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of: Lumikko ja yhdeksän muuta.
This translation originally published: Great Britain : Pushkin Press, 2013.
"Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children's author Laura White to join 'The Rabbit Back Literature Society,' an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, a young literature teacher. Soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual known as 'The Game'? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura White's winter party? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her?"-- Provided by publisher.

Celestial invasion

January 20, 2015
McFarlane, Glendon J., author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2014]
108 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"This book is the first volume of a narrative written in four parts."--Page 3.
"I am proud to paint a literary portrait of my ancestral homeland that though fictional, provides the reader with information about our cultural practices. The sighting by a teenager of an alien landing in this rural historic village known also as Maroon Town, rapidly developed into an international incident... This story ... goes into the cultural history and practices of the Maroons the first fighters of freedom from slavery under the domination of British rule for three centuries." -- Page 3.

Iron axe

January 19, 2015
Harper, Steven (Steven Piziks)
New York, New York : Roc, 2014.
368 pages : map ; 17 cm.
"In this brand new series from the author of the Clockwork Empire series, a hopeless outcast must answer Death's call and embark on an epic adventure... Although Danr's mother was human, his father was one of the hated Stane, a troll from the mountains. Now Danr has nothing to look forward to but a life of disapproval and mistrust, answering to "Trollboy" and condemned to hard labor on a farm. Until, without warning, strange creatures come down from the mountains to attack the village. Spirits walk the land, terrifying the living. Trolls creep out from under the mountain, provoking war with the elves. And Death herself calls upon Danr to set things right. At Death's insistence, Danr heads out to find the Iron Axe, the weapon that sundered the continent a thousand years ago. Together with unlikely companions, Danr will brave fantastic and dangerous creatures to find a weapon that could save the world--or destroy it."-- From back cover.

Half-resurrection blues : a Bone Street rumba novel

January 19, 2015
Older, Daniel José, author.
326 pages ; 17 cm
Carlos Delacruz in one of the New York Council of the Dead's most unusual agents- an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that's missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind- until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

Mort(e) : a novel

January 19, 2015
Repino, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Soho, [2015]
358 pages ; 22 cm
"The 'war with no name' has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, [has] been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation, and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters"

Ecko rising

January 19, 2015
Ware, Danie.
London : Titan Books, 2013.
524 p. : map ; 21 cm.
In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane. When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.


January 19, 2015
Locke, Thomas, 1952-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
394 pages : map ; 23 cm.

The globe : the science of Discworld II

January 16, 2015
Pratchett, Terry.
New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015.
368 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published as The science of Discworld II in Britain by Ebury Press, an imprint of the Random House Group Ltd., London, in 2002.
Includes index.
"In The Science of Discworld, the wizards of Unseen University unwittingly created Earth (aka Roundworld) and our universe. At the time, they were so concerned with the rules of this new universe that they overlooked its inhabitants completely. Now, they have finally noticed humanity. And humanity has company: Elves, who want very much to take over human society. In this second installment in the Science of Discworld miniseries, Terry Pratchett and acclaimed science writers Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart weave the history of the human mind, culture, language, art and science into a story in which the wizards compete with the elves for control of Roundworld and grapple with the nature of Good and Evil. All the while, the authors explore history as it is rewritten over and over, presenting a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in"-- Provided by publisher.

Providence of fire

January 14, 2015
Staveley, Brian, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
606 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"Tom Doherty Associates book."
The world of the Annurian Empire is an ambitiously drawn one. Adare, Valyn, and Kaden, the three children of the assassinated emperor, go their separate ways and find themselves embroiled in inevitable conflict.

The dagger's path

January 12, 2015
Larke, Glenda, author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
455 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Includes "Extras" (pages [419]-455).
"The forsaken lands: book two"--Spine.
"When sailors came to Ardhi's homeland, they plundered not only its riches, but its magic, too. Now disgraced islander Ardhi must retrieve what was stolen, but there are ruthless men after this power, men who will do anything to possess it...."--Page 4 of cover.


January 9, 2015
Moning, Karen Marie.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
xxvi, 475 pages ; 25 cm.
"MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons are back and hotter than ever in Burned, the latest novel in the blockbuster Fever series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning. It's easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing. MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she's already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh--an ancient book of terrible evil--yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac's former protege and best friend, Dani "Mega" O'Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal. It's a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth"-- Provided by publisher.

The accidental alchemist

January 9, 2015
Pandian, Gigi, 1975-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2015]
viii, 350 pages ; 21 cm.
Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can’t help but notice she’s picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle--not to mention a master of French cuisine--and he needs Zoe’s expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who’s trying to put her old life behind her, isn’t so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past . . . until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

The shadow's heart

January 6, 2015
Taylor, K. J. (Katie Jill), 1986-
450 pages : illustration ; 18 cm.
"Ace fantasy"--Spine.
"Half-breed Queen Laela Taranisãii is in more danger than ever before. Her subjects hate her, her closest allies, including her griffin, have fallen, and, most worryingly, the Night God's immortal assassin, The Shadow That Walks, is bent upon reaping vengeance. As her enemies close in on all sides, her methods of maintaining power increase in desperation--and violence. Laela's half-brother, Kullervo, is supposed to be her strongest ally. But as he comes to terms with both who he is and what his sister's reign means to the land, he begins to doubt his once strong loyalties. With the conflict drawing to its bloody close, he must decide what he's truly prepared to fight for, a choice that could have dire consequences for all he once held dear. Meanwhile, a new threat is lurking in the darkness, the Night God's final, deadly pawn. It is this shadow that will decide the outcome of the war--and its power that will seal the fates of all involved."--Page [4] of cover.

Legion : skin deep

January 5, 2015
Sanderson, Brandon.
Burton, Michigan : Subterranean Press, 2014.
207 pages ; 22 cm
"Stephen Leeds, AKA "Legion," is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his "aspects" are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there's a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous" -- from publisher's web site.

Low midnight : a Kitty Norville novel

January 5, 2015
Vaughn, Carrie.
New York : Tor, 2015
309 pages ; 18 cm
Cormac Bennett is a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary...a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty's world and all who inhabit it.

Foxglove summer

January 5, 2015
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
325 pages ; 17 cm.

Spell blind

January 5, 2015
Coe, David B.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2015]
307 pages ; 25 cm
"The case files of Justis Fearsson"--T.p. facing.
"Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, AZ. Justis is also a weremyste--a person with a wizard's gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon which is why Justis is no longer a cop. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims' eyes with magic. Now the victims are piling up, including a senator's daughter, and Justis must race to stop Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again"-- Provided by publisher.


January 2, 2015
Hines, Jim C., author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, 2015.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"For five hundred years, the Porters have concealed the existence of magic from the world. Now, old enemies have revealed the Porters' secrets, and an even greater threat lurks in the shadows. The would-be queen Meridiana, banished for a thousand years, has returned in the body of a girl named Jeneta Aboderin. She seeks an artifact created by Pope Sylvester II, a bronze prison that would grant her the power to command an army of the dead. Michigan librarian Isaac Vainio is powerless to stop her, having been stripped of his power and his place among the Porters by Johannes Gutenberg himself. But Isaac is determined to regain his magic and to rescue his former student Jeneta. With no magic of his own, Isaac must delve into the darker side of black-market magic, where he will confront beings better left undisturbed, including the sorcerer Juan Ponce de Leon. With his loyal fire-spider Smudge, dryad warrior Lena Greenwood, and psychiatrist Nidhi Shah, Isaac races to unravel a mystery more than a thousand years old as competing magical powers battle to shape the future of the world. He will be hunted by enemies and former allies alike, and it will take all his knowledge and resourcefulness to survive as magical war threatens to spread across the globe. Isaac's choices will determine the fate of his friends, the Porters, the students of Bi Sheng, and the world. Only one thing is certain: even if he finds a way to restore his magic, he can't save them all...."--Publisher's website.

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