New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

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

Free agent.

July 23, 2014
Nelson, J. C
New York : Ace Books, 2014
294 p. ; 18 cm.
Includes sneak peek of Armageddon rules, the next Grimm Agency novel.
"A Grimm Agency novel"--Cover.
"When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem--from eliminating imps to finding prince charming--as long as you can pay the price... Working for Grimm isn't Marissa Locks's dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don't have many career options. To pay off her parents' debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she's called on to deal with."--Cover, p.[4]

The monster in the hollows

July 21, 2014
Peterson, Andrew, 1974-
Nashville, TN : Rabbit Room Press, 2011.
348 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Janner Wingfeather's father was the High King of Anniera, but his father is gone. The kingdom has fallen, the royal family is on the run, and the Fang armies of Gnag the Nameless are close behind. Janner and his family seek refuge in the last safe place in the world, the Green Hollows. But there's a big problem. Janner's little brother--heir to the throne of Anniera--has grown a tail. And gray fur ...

The mark of the Tala

July 18, 2014
Kennedy, Jeffe, 1966- author.
New York : Kensington Publishing, [2014]
338 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Andromeda, a high king's middle daughter, finds her life taking a drastic turn when the king of a supernatural land of shapeshifters and demons takes her as his queen.

Poison promise

July 17, 2014
Estep, Jennifer, author.
New York : Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
389 pages ; 17 cm.
Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed "The Spider," she's a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There's a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name "Burn" sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight...

Magic breaks

July 17, 2014
Andrews, Ilona.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
xiv, 381 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate's connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe-especially those closest to Kate. As Roland's long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she'll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear"-- Provided by publisher.

The revelation of Gabriel Adam

July 14, 2014
Duncan, S. L., author.
[Aurora, IL] : Medallion Press, 2014.
376 pages ; 21 cm
"Seventeen-year-old Gabriel Adam is used to moving a lot. When a mysterious assassin burns his home to the ground Gabriel's father reveals the truth of why they are always on the move: Gabriel is one of four Archangels, born human and sent to stop Armageddon. Now, Gabe must set aside dreams of attending NYU to try to fulfill his newly discovered role as protector of mankind."--Page 4 of cover.

Traitor's blade

July 11, 2014
De Castell, Sebastien, author.
New York : Jo Fletcher, 2014.
372 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on end-paper.
"The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world. A carefully orchestrated series of murders that began with the overthrow of an idealistic young king will end with the death of an orphaned girl and the ruin of everything that Falcio, Kest, and Brasti have fought for. But if the trio want to foil the conspiracy, save the girl, and reunite the Greatcoats, they'll have to do it with nothing but the tattered coats on their backs and the swords in their hands, because these days every noble is a tyrant, every knight is a thug, and the only thing you can really trust is a traitor's blade."--Publisher's website.

The fog of forgetting

July 11, 2014
Morgan, Genevieve, author.
©2014
303 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"There's no turning back for the five children in "The Fog of Forgetting," when they are engulfed in a mysterious and impenetrable fog and washed ashore on an island in the North Atlantic. Their struggle to survive is the epic beginning of a new adventure-fantasy trilogy that will take you on a memorable journey from coastal Maine to worlds unknown, where friend and foe may be the same. "The Fog of Forgetting," the first volume in The Five Stones Trilogy, begins at the best of all possible times: the start of summer vacation. For the three Thompson brothers, Chase (13), Knox (11), and Teddy (6), this means a long drive to Summerledge, their beloved house in Maine, near the village of Fells Harbor. All is as it should be until the sudden appearance of two adopted neighbor girls from Haiti, Evelyn (13) and Frankie (9), a hasty departure of their parents, and a sunny day lead to an unexpected voyage. Before long, the children find themselves in unfamiliar waters and engulfed by a curtain of dense fog, beyond which lies a land forgotten and besieged, an island of ancient secrets and terrible history: Ayda. As the children explore their surroundings and meet strange new friends, it becomes clear that they have landed somewhere far from home and beyond rescue. Crackling with action and suspense, "The Fog of Forgetting" plumbs the rich territory between realism and fantasy, in an imaginative world that is also natural and recognizable, and loosely based in real history. Funny, gripping and above all compelling, "The Fog of Forgetting" brings together captivating characters, integrated narrative, myth, romance, and mystery for the delight of all, be they a sophisticated ten-year-old boy or a fifty-year-old reader who still remembers what it's like to be young with the long days of summer ahead."--Publisher's description.

Full fathom five

July 11, 2014
Gladstone, Max.
New York : Tor, 2014.
382 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"On the island of Kavekana, Kai builds gods to order, then hands them to others to maintain. Her creations aren't conscious and lack their own wills and voices, but they accept sacrifices, and protect their worshippers from other gods--perfect vehicles for Craftsmen and Craftswomen operating in the divinely controlled Old World. When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she's grievously injured--then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear--which will crush her, if Kai can't stop it first"-- Provided by publisher.

Grim shadows

July 11, 2014
Bennett, Jenn.
New York, NY : Berkley Sensation, 2014
339 p. ; 18 cm.
Plagued by dark spirits in Prohibition-era San Francisco, museum curator Hadley Bacall finds herself drawn to Swedish archaeologist Lowe Magnusson who has delivered a priceless Egyptian amulet, which has unimaginable power, to her father.

Chasers of the wind

July 11, 2014
Pekhov, Alekseĭ.
New York : Tor, 2014.
399 pages : map ; 25 cm
"The cycle of wind and sparks ; book one"--Cover.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"Centuries after the disastrous War of the Necromancers, the Nabatorians, aligned with the evil necromancers of Sdis, mount an invasion of the Empire. Luk, a soldier, and Ga-Nor, a Northern barbarian, are thrown together as they attempt to escape the Nabatorian hordes and find their way back to their comrades. Gray and Layan are a married couple, master thieves who are hiding out and trying to escape their former gang. They hope to evade the bounty hunters that hound them and retire to a faraway land in peace. Tia is a powerful dark sorceress and one of The Damned--a group trying to take over the world and using the Nabatorian invasion as a diversion. Unfortunately, for Gray and Layan, they unwittingly hold the key to a powerful magical weapon that could bring The Damned back to power. Hounded by the killers on their trail and by the fearsome creatures sent by The Damned, Gray and Layan are aided by Luk and Ga-Nor--and Harold, the hero of The Chronicles of Siala. Realizing what's at stake they decide that, against all odds, they must stop The Damned.Chasers of the Wind is the first book in a new series from internationally bestselling author Alexey Pehov. "-- Provided by publisher.

The outsorcerer's apprentice

July 10, 2014
Holt, Tom, 1961- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
387 pages ; 21 cm
Contains "extras" (pages [361]-387), including excerpts from "Doughnut" and "When it's a jar".
"A novel of overlords, underlings, and inhuman resources"--Cover.
"A happy workforce, it is said, is a productive workforce. Mmmm. Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragons layer. Who is looking after their well-being? Who gives a damn about their intolerable working conditions, lack of adequate health insurance, and terrible coffee in the canteen? Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call "the Wizard." Until now. Because now a perfectly good business model -- based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe -- is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what's going on. There's also a slight risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be awfully careful with these things."--Page 4 of cover.

A Dance of Blades

July 9, 2014
Dalglish, David.
New York : Orbit, [2013].
407 pages : map ; 21 cm.
The war between the thief guilds and the powerful allegiance known as the Trifect has slowly dwindled. Now only the mysterious Haern is left to wage his private battle against the guilds in the guise of the Watcher, a vicious killer who knows no limits. When the son of Alyssa Gemcroft, one of the three leaders of the Trifect, is believed murdered, the slaughter begins anew. Mercenaries flood the streets with one goal in mind: find and kill the Watcher.

Tower Lord

July 9, 2014
Ryan, Anthony.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
608 pages ; 24 cm.
"Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus's vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm. But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus's wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword"-- Provided by publisher.

Obsidian & blood : the collected Acatl novels

July 9, 2014
Bodard, Aliette de.
Nottingham, UK : Angry Robot, 2012.
986 p. ; 20 cm.
Servant of the underworld -- Harbinger of the storm -- Master of the house of darts.
Acatl, the high priest of the dead, investigates mysterious deaths and disappearances in Tenochtitlan, where gods walk among men, sorcery runs rampant, and thousands of slaves are sacrificed every day.

The kiss of deception

July 8, 2014
Pearson, Mary (Mary E.)
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
489 pages ; 22 cm
"On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love"-- Provided by publisher.

Premonitions

July 8, 2014
Schultz, Jamie.
New York, NY : Roc, 2014.
341 p. ; 17 cm.
"It's the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of-enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come. The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting-and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you're in business with him, there's no backing out. Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It's a piece of something larger. Something sinister"--P. [4] of cover.

Half a king

July 8, 2014
Abercrombie, Joe.
New York : Del Rey, 2014.
336 pages : map ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
Heir to the throne Yarvi, prompted by the murder of his father, embarks on a kingdom-transforming journey to regain the throne, even though having only one good hand means he cannot wield a weapon.

The Queen of the Tearling : a novel

July 8, 2014
Johansen, Erika.
New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
434 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Volume 1" -- From title page.
"On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen's Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon--from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic--to prevent her from wearing the crown."-- Amazon.com

Alias Hook

July 8, 2014
Jensen, Lisa, 1952-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
353 pages : map ; 22 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Snowbooks, 2013.
"Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan's rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook"-- Provided by publisher.

A plunder of souls

July 8, 2014
Jackson, D. B.
New York : Tor, [2014]
334 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Boston, 1769: Ethan Kaille, a Boston thieftaker who uses his conjuring to catch criminals, has snared villains and defeated magic that would have daunted a lesser man. What starts out as a mysterious phenomenon that has local ministers confused becomes something far more serious. A ruthless, extremely powerful conjurer seeks to wake the souls of the dead to wreak a terrible revenge on all who oppose him. Kaille's minister friends have been helpless to stop crimes against their church. Graves have been desecrated in a bizarre, ritualistic way. Equally disturbing are reports of recently deceased citizens of Boston reappearing as grotesquely disfigured shades, seemingly having been disturbed from their eternal rest, and now frightening those who had been nearest to them in life. But most personally troubling to Kaille is a terrible waning of his ability to conjure. He knows all these are related...but how? When Ethan discovers the source of this trouble, he realizes that his conjure powers and those of his friends will not be enough to stop a madman from becoming all-powerful. But somehow, using his wits, his powers, and every other resource he can muster, Ethan must thwart the monster's terrible plan and restore the restless souls of the dead to the peace of the grave. Let the battle for souls begin in Plunder of Souls, the third, stand-alone novel in Jackson's acclaimed Thieftaker series"-- Provided by publisher.

The return of the discontinued man : a Burton & Swinburne adventure

July 8, 2014
Hodder, Mark, 1962-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
367 pages ; 21 cm
"A wildly imaginative alternate history set in motion by the assassination of Queen Victoria where Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Swinburne serve as the Holmes and Watson in a series of madcap and macabre mysteries"-- Provided by publisher.

The seat of magic

July 8, 2014
Cheney, J. Kathleen.
New York, New York : Roc, 2014.
384 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel of the Golden City"--Title page.
"Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill. It's been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can't escape the feeling that, though she's supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger. Adding to Duilio's concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother's protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey. To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic... -- Provided by publisher.

The Wurms of Blearmouth : a Malazan tale of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach

July 8, 2014
Erikson, Steven.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
208 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Tyranny comes in many guises, and tyrants thrive in palaces and one-room hovels, in back alleys and playgrounds. Tyrants abound on the verges of civilization, where disorder frays the rule of civil conduct and propriety surrenders to brutal imposition. Millions are made to kneel and yet more millions die horrible deaths in a welter of suffering and misery. But leave all that behind and plunge into escapist fantasy of the most irrelevant kind, and in the ragged wake of the tale told in Lees of Laughter's End, those most civil adventurers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, along with their suitably phlegmatic manservant, Emancipor Reese, make gentle landing upon a peaceful beach, beneath a quaint village at the foot of a majestic castle. There they make acquaintance with the soft-hearted and generous folk of Spendrugle, which lies at the mouth of the Blear River and falls under the benign rule of the Lord of Wurms in his lovely keep. Make welcome, then, to Spendrugle's memorable residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, and the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord--Ah, but there lies this tale"-- Provided by publisher.

The shadow throne

July 8, 2014
Wexler, Django.
New York : Roc, 2014.
viii, 500 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Book two of the Shadow campaigns"--Cover.
About to become Queen Regnant in the wake of her father's death, Raesinia Orboan must beware of the ambitious men who will wish to control her, and the throne.

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