New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The traitor prince

February 23, 2018
Redwine, C. J., author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
400 pages ; 22 cm
Thrown into prison by the man who has stolen his identity, Javan is forced to fight his way out during the prison's twice-yearly tournament in the hope of gaining an audience with the king, an effort that is assisted by a slave girl who keeps a dangerous secret.

A time of dread

February 22, 2018
Gwynne, John, 1968- author.
ix, 492 pages : map ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Pan MacMillan, 2017.
Includes excerpts of The Red Knight by Miles Cameron and Mageborn by Stephen Aryan.
Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, A Time of Dread takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath. The Banished Lands are experiencing a new era of peace, imposed often forcibly by the angelic Ben-Elim. But this peace is fragile, and something rotten lurks at its heart. Young soldier Rae will do anything to join the White Wings, the Ben-Elim's peace keeping force. But a shocking betrayal shakes her view of the world and she must decide where her true allegiances lie. In the west, the giantess Sig investigates demon sightings with an elite band of warriors, though the Kadoshim were defeated long before. Sig discovers signs of an uprising and black magic - but just how serious is this threat? And in the snow-bound north, Drem and his father hunt for a living. On one excursion, they discover mutilated corpses in the silent forests behind their home. Yet is it the work of a predator, or something far worse? It seems mankind are little more than pawns in a bigger game - and in the shadows, demons bide their time, waiting to strike ...

Barefoot on the wind

February 22, 2018
Marriott, Zoë, 1982- author.
312 pages ; 20 cm
A magical retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" set in a fairytale Japan. A companion title to Zoe Marriott's critically acclaimed Shadows on the Moon. There is a monster in the forest ... Everyone in Hana's remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana's father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it - or be killed herself. But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined, and the beast is not at all what she expects ...

Dark goddess

February 22, 2018
Howard, Amalie, author.
xiv, 360 pages ; 24 cm.
"A girl who is the avatar of the goddess Lakshmi must work to prevent the apocalypse at the hands of demons in this Indian mythology inspired epic"--Provided by publisher.

Iron tide rising

February 21, 2018
Ryan, Carrie, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Fin and Marrill's final adventure takes them to the Mirrorweb, the heart of the Pirate Stream, where they must confront an old friend who has become their worst enemy"--Provided by publisher.

Olympus bound

February 21, 2018
Brodsky, Jordanna Max, author.
ix, 498 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
A modern-day goddess of the moon, Artemis, journeys back to the seat of her immortal power in order to save her father and friends from a power-hungry cult.

Tiger's promise

February 21, 2018
Houck, Colleen.
[San Bernardino, CA] : Colleen Houck, [2014]
125 pages ; 21 cm
A prequel to the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan's story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history. Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father's threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she's willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

Assassin of truths : a library jumpers novel

February 20, 2018
Drake, Brenda, author.
388 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes interview with the author.
The gateways linking the great libraries of the world don't require a library card, but they do harbor incredible dangers. And it's not your normal bump-in-the-night kind. The threats Gia Kearns faces are the kind with sharp teeth and knifelike claws. The kind that include an evil wizard hell-bent on taking her down. Gia can end his devious plan, but only if she recovers seven keys hidden throughout the world's most beautiful libraries. And then figures out exactly what to do with them. The last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of falling in love. But when an impossible evil is unleashed, love might be the only thing left to help Gia save the world.

Sightwitch : the true tale of the twelve paladins

February 20, 2018
Dennard, Susan, author.
New York : Tor Teen , 2018.
236 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain.

Echoes of Understorey

February 20, 2018
Dyer, Thoraiya, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
350 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
In the quest fantasy Echoes of Understorey, trees loom large as skyscrapers, mortals can be reborn as gods, and a young woman finds herself part of an adventure that is destined to become legend ... Great deeds are expected of Imeris. She has trained endlessly to become an extraordinary fighter. Yet she wants more than to compete against the glories of her divine sister and the charms of her courtesan brother. Imeris thought she could prove her worth during a mission to kill a body-snatching sorceress, but fails disastrously. With death on her conscience and in hiding from her peers, Imeris is determined to find a way to redeem herself. What she doesn't expect is to be recruited in a Hunt for the Ages, chasing a terrifying, magical beast that will take all her skills to stop.

The philosopher's flight : a novel

February 19, 2018
Miller, Tom, 1980- author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
422 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Half science, half magic - entirely fantastic" -- cover.
"Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy--an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service--a team of flying medics--Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals. When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women's school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women. Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle's activism and Robert's recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert's mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert's place among the next generation of empirical philosophers--and for philosophy's very survival against the men who would destroy it." -- Inside dust jacket.

Immortal reign

February 16, 2018
Rhodes, Morgan, author.
[New York, New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
391 pages : map ; 24 cm.
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

The queen's rising

February 15, 2018
Ross, Rebecca, author.
439 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 22 cm.
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in the southern kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions - art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge - Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna's greatest fear comes true: she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, she reluctantly accepts. But there is much more to his story, for there is a dangerous plot to overthrow the king of Maevana - the rival kingdom of Valenia - and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved, some closer to Brienna than she realizes. With war brewing, Brienna must choose which side she will remain loyal to - passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. Who will be that queen?

Solomon's ring

February 15, 2018
Payne, Mary Jennifer, author.
351 pages ; 21 cm.
"Twin sisters Jade and Jasmine are finally together after a five-year separation, but there's no time to enjoy the reunion. As Seers, the sisters are being hunted by demons spilling through the rift, and the city is on high alert against terrorist threats. The Protectors at Beaconsfield have gathered as many Seers as possible, and those countries that haven't been destroyed by climate change are starting to close their borders. On top of it all, Jasmine discovers that someone has stolen a ring with the ability to control the demons, and that the final battle between the Daughters of Light and the forces of darkness is approaching more quickly than anyone predicted. As the Seers engage in a desperate quest to return the ring and close the rift, tensions slowly grow between the sisters, made worse by Jade's new boyfriend and the fact that Raphael has returned, but is keeping his distance from Jasmine."-- Provided by publisher.

Casters : human session

February 14, 2018
De Marco, Dominic, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
266 pages ; 25 cm
"For those special people known as Casters, the flames are always close. These magicians can use pyromancy to control and unleash the fire burning within them. Their magic can help others, but it can also destroy them. Lugaar has only just discovered his Caster abilities. But in the past week, his entire world has been destroyed. The man he thought was his father isn't, and the man claiming to be that now sits beside him. As Lugaar struggles with this emotional upheaval, he joins in the search for a missing child, Mahon, and his kidnapper, Ontrigus. The abduction isn't the only dark deed happening in the land of Forcette. More and more Casters are appearing, with their own schemes and desires. Past transgressions loom over others as the light finally shines upon them. Asbits and pieces of the past are slowly revealed, a broader picture is now painted about what happened those many years ago. Will those involved be able to withstand the heat brought upon them, or will they burn to the ground?"

How to stop time

February 13, 2018
Haig, Matt, 1975- author.
325 pages ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Canongate Books Ltd.
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher--the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to Stop Time is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

Tarnished city

February 13, 2018
James, Vic, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
x, 402 pages : map ; 22 cm
"The sequel to Gilded Cage. The rebellion to free the lower classes from ten years of forced service to unfairly advantaged, magically powered rulers may have failed. A brother and sister, would-be revolutionaries--one imprisoned, the other desperate for aid-- have seen their magical allies stripped of their power, while the mysterious young aristocrat has revealed the incredible extent of his dark gifts"-- Provided by publisher.

Sea of stars

February 13, 2018
Bartol, Amy A., author.
Seattle : 47North, [2015]
291 pages ; 21 cm.
"Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger--and more dangerous--than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity ... and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents' clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket's precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales. A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection--and a home--in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what's to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars."--Back cover.

Poet Anderson darkness

February 13, 2018
DeLonge, Tom, author.
321 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Poet Anderson ...of nightmares.
When demonic shadow creatures start possessing the spirits of dreamers and using their bodies to enter the Waking World, Jonas knows he can no longer avoid his destiny to save reality from the maelstrom of nightmares.

Kingdom from ashes

February 13, 2018
Linski, Megan, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Gryfyn Publishing, [2015]
348 pages ; 20 cm
"A young adult fantasy"--Cover.
"Princess Bennua is to be married. The daughter of a sultan, her duty is to marry a powerful yet cruel warlord to be her husband, sealing an alliance that will scare the desert of Sahrahn into submission. But the wedding is halted in place when the infamous Raider Prince, king of thieves and leader of the dark city Ashana, threatens to take her city by force. Sacrificing her freedom for her country, Bennua agrees to accompany the Raider Prince on his travels if he leaves her homeland alone. Stolen from her charmed life Bennua begins to learn the truth of what lies beyond the palace walls and the suffering that plagues Sahrahn's people. Bennua begins to plan her escape, but the more she learns from the thieves the more she finds herself becoming one of the them...all while falling hard for their leader, the Raider Prince himself"--Back cover.

Fallen from ashes

February 13, 2018
Linski, Megan, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Gryfyn Publishing, [2015]
351 pages ; 20 cm
"Queen Bennua has grown into a powerful ruler. With her new laws encouraging rights for both men and women, Haya-Maa has grown from a small city into a prosperous nations. Engaged to Zahid, the handsome Raider Prince, it would seem the young Queen is ready to lead the desert of Sahrahn into paradise. But not all are so eager to follow the new Queen. Haya-Maa erupts into civil war, rebels opposing the idea of a woman in power. Bennua must embark on a quest to find her missing friend, Toshana, who could hold the key to ending the bloodshed. Yet as her journey wears on, Bennua discovers her title as Queen powerless against the wrath of gods and the wars of men. At her breaking point, Bennua finds the only way to save her country and defend her to offer a devastating sacrifice"--Back cover.

Prince of fire

February 13, 2018
Linski, Megan, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Gryfyn Publishing, [2016]
490 pages ; 20 cm
Series statement from publisher's website.
"A Kingdom Saga Novel."
"Zayde Amirmoez is in his last year of college at Ashana University, and he couldn't be more eager to leave. A talented thief, Zayde makes a living by robbing jewelry stores in order to care for his ailing mother, who grows sicker each passing day. Then the dreams begin. Zayde's nightmares echo memories of a land from another time, visions of a mysterious princess who lived two thousand years ago. At the insistence of his annoying history professor, Zayde becomes friends with the beautiful freshman who loves to dance...the girl who looks exactly like the princess in his dreams. As a dangerous new Dean and his spiteful son take the helm at Ashana University, Zayde learns of the legends of Queen Bennua, which are eerily similar to his nightmares. Could Zayde's dreams be a coincidence? Or is it possible that Bennua and Zahid have returned, to save Sahrahn once more? "--Back cover.

Redemption from ashes

February 13, 2018
Linski, Megan, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Gryfyn Publishing, [2015]
405 pages ; 20 cm
"It has been three years since Queen Bennua last saw the devil himself flee her borders, and her kingdom warily stands watch. Sahrahn has fallen into chaos, with rumors of countries being flattened at the wrath of Akshalad, the great eagle who seeks to devour the souls of men. Cities burn, entire communities are slaughtered, and Bennua's faith in Alshams' is shaken to its core as she witnesses cruelties beyond all imagining. Guided only by blind faith, Bennua finds that she is to play a crucial role in a great battle between djinn, men, and angels, a fight that will determine the fate of the world. Carrying the future of Sahrahn, Bennua's only hope is not revenge...but redemption. "--Back cover.


February 12, 2018
Jae-Jones, S., author.
x, 387 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Devoting herself to her musical career six months after the events of Wintersong, Liesl struggles with her brother's cold withdrawal and her own inability to forget the austere young man who inspired her efforts.

The midnight front

February 12, 2018
Mack, David, 1969- author.
New York : TOR, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2018.
480 pages ; 24 cm
From New York Times bestselling author David Mack comes a visionary World War II-era adventure. The Midnight Front is the epic first novel in the Dark Arts series. On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of The Midnight Front--the Allies' top-secret magickal warfare program--and become a sorcerer himself. Unsure who will kill him first--his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick--Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns too late the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul--and there's no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil.

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