New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

June 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In the shadow of the gods : a bound gods novel

June 22, 2016
Dunne, Rachel.
New York : Harper Voyager, 2016.
389 pages ; 20 cm.
"A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world"-- Provided by publisher.

The weaver's lament

June 22, 2016
Haydon, Elizabeth, author.
©2016
352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
"The final adventure in The symphony of ages"--Dust jacket.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"For a thousand years, the lands ruled by the Cymrian Alliance have been at peace. When the brutal death of a dear friend catapults the kingdom to the brink of civil war, Rhapsody finds herself in an impossible situation: forced to choose between her beloved husband, Ashe, and her two oldest friends, Grunthor and Achmed. Choosing her husband will mean the death of thousands of innocents. Siding against him will cost Rhapsody the other half of her soul, both in this life and the next." -- Amazon.com.

Hope and Red

June 22, 2016
Skovron, Jon, author.
©2016
532 pages : map ; 19 cm
"The Empire of storms: book one"--T.p.
Hope, the lone survivor when her village is massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist. Together they will take down an empire.

The vanishing throne

June 20, 2016
May, Elizabeth, 1987- author.
©2014
458 pages ; 22 cm.
"Book two of the Falconer trilogy" --Cover.
Aileana Kameron is the Falconer, born to hunt and slay the faeries who prey on mankind--but now, in 1847, the great battle is past, Edinburgh lies in ruins, and Aileana is a prisoner of the Fae prince Lonnrach, whose sister murdered her mother, and somehow she must find a way to escape, before he can steal her memories.

The wolf in the attic

June 17, 2016
Kearney, Paul, author.
Oxford : Solaris, 2016.
280 pages ; 23 cm.
The fantastical appears in the middle of 1920's Oxford as a young refugee looking to escape her grim reality rubs shoulders with two of the founding fathers of modern fantasy, Tolkien and Lewis. 1920s Oxford: home to C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien... and Anna Francis, a young Greek refugee looking to escape the grim reality of her new life. The night they cross paths, none suspect the fantastic world at work around them. Anna Francis lives in a tall old house with her father and her doll Penelope. She is a refugee, a piece of flotsam washed up in England by the tides of the Great War and the chaos that trailed in its wake. Once upon a time, she had a mother and a brother, and they all lived together in the most beautiful city in the world, by the shores of Homer's wine-dark sea. But that is all gone now, and only to her doll does she ever speak of it, because her father cannot bear to hear. She sits in the shadows of the tall house and watches the rain on the windows, creating worlds for herself to fill out the loneliness. The house becomes her own little kingdom, an island full of dreams and half-forgotten memories. And then one winter day, she finds an interloper in the topmost, dustiest attic of the house. A boy named Luca with yellow eyes, who is as alone in the world as she is. That day, she ll lose everything in her life, and find the only real friend she may ever know.

The sword of Midras : a shroud of the Avatar novel

June 16, 2016
Hickman, Tracy, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
332 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A captain in the Obsidian Army discovers a magical sword that only he can use, and is purported to have been once used by the legendary Avatars.

My Lady Jane

June 15, 2016
Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author.
©2016
491 pages ; 22 cm
Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?

Ivory and Bone

June 15, 2016
Eshbaugh, Julie, author.
©2016
376 pages ; 22 cm
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe--that's the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless--and nearly grave--mistake. However, there's something more to Mya's cool disdain ... a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya's past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he's trusted.

The king slayer : a sequel to The witch hunter

June 15, 2016
Boecker, Virginia, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
377 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Set in an alternative 16th-century England, former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding out in the magical town of Harrow, avoiding the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, and gearing up for a war that will test her both physically and emotionally"--Provided by publisher.

Untamed city

June 15, 2016
Marr, Melissa, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
337, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Carnival of secrets, formally published as Carnival of souls ; Carnival of lies, prequel of Carnival of secrets . -- From cover
Carnival of secrets -- Carnival of lies.
"A centuries-long war between daimons and witches sets the stage for three teens caught up in a deadly struggle for power and autonomy in the exotic and otherworldly Carnival of Souls, the mercantile center of the daimon dimension"--Provided by publisher.

League of dragons

June 14, 2016
Novik, Naomi, author.
©2016
380 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series. The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory...but at a terrible price. Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the fleeing French army back west, but are demoralized when Napoleon makes it back to Paris unscathed. Worse, they soon learn that the French have stolen Termeraire and Iskierka's egg. Now, it is do or die, as our heroes not only need to save Temeraire's offspring but also to stop Napoleon for good!"-- Provided by publisher.

Steeplejack

June 14, 2016
Hartley, A. J., author.
©2016
334 pages ; 24 cm
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers. Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

The insides : a novel

June 14, 2016
Bushnell, Jeremy P., author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2016.
286 pages ; 19 cm
"The highly anticipated follow-up to Jeremy P. Bushnell's "wonderfully weird and entertaining" (Esquire) debut, The Weirdness Ollie Krueger's days as a punk kid practicing street magic are are mostly behind her. Now she's a butcher at Carnage, a high-end restaurant offering deconstructed takes on meat, and on the busiest nights of the week she and her partner, Guychardson, race to see who can produce more finished cuts. Ollie's the better butcher, but somehow Guychardson almost always wins. And Ollie thinks maybe it's because the mysterious knife he uses is magic. Before she knows it, Ollie's interest in the knife has thrown her square in the path of a dangerous ex-marine called "Pig" and his hired psychic, Maja, who are on the hunt for the knife too--who want it so badly, in fact, that they might kill for it. Now, magic is back in Ollie's life and she's being chased through New York City, with the fabric of space-time tattering around her and weird inter-dimensional worms squirming their way into her kitchen. And before all this is over she's going to need to face up to the Possible Consequences of some bad decisions, to look at the uncomfortable truths that she stuffed away long ago, deep down inside"-- Provided by publisher.

Allegiance of honor

June 14, 2016
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
©2016
xiv, 478 pages ; 24 cm.
"The "unparalleled romantic adventure"* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world ... The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: old enemies, new allies, wary loners. But a century of distrust and suspicion can't be so easily forgotten, and it threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman's cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy ... and changeling. To find the lost and protect the vulnerable--and to save Trinity--no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst? *Publishers Weekly on Shards of Hope"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreams of distant shores

June 14, 2016
McKillip, Patricia A., author.
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications LLC, 2016.
274 pages ; 19 cm
Weird -- Mer -- The gorgon in the cupboard -- Which witch -- Edith and Henry go motoring -- Alien -- Something rich and strange.

Spells of blood and kin : a dark fantasy

June 14, 2016
Humphrey, Claire, author.
©2016
viii, 309 pages ; 22 cm
"When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, 22-year-old Lissa Nevsky is left with no choice but to take over her grandmother's magical position in their small folk community. That includes honoring a debt owed to the dangerous stranger who appears at Lissa's door. Maksim Volkov needs magic to keep his brutal nature leashed, but he's already lost control once: his blood-borne lust for violence infects Nick Kaisaris, a charming slacker out celebrating the end of finals. Now Nick is somewhere else in Toronto, going slowly mad, and Maksim must find him before he hurts more people."-- Provided by publisher.

The marked girl

June 13, 2016
Klingele, Lindsey, author.
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
382 pages ; 22 cm
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his royal friends find themselves stranded in modern-day Los Angeles, via a magic portal and the evil traitor Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum as soon as possible. As they explore possibilities, they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the foster system and on with her life. As she and Cedric become friends, they discover that she's more connected to his world than they ever could have imagined, and that finding home is no easy task.

Bay of sighs

June 13, 2016
Roberts, Nora, author.
New York : Berkley Books, [2016]
338 pages ; 21 cm
"To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star. Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground... And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled the mermaid s in the water and the traveler s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human."--publisher.

The familiar. Volume 3, Honeysuckle & pain

June 13, 2016
Danielewski, Mark Z., author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2016
841 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Released for the summer from the perils of school, Xanther and her nameless cat are settling into a comfortable routine at home. However, the rest of the Ibrahim family is growing more and more unsettled.

The invisible library

June 13, 2016
Cogman, Genevieve, author.
New York City : ROC, [2016]
341 pages ; 21 cm.
"Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested--the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something--secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself. Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option--because it isn't just Irene's reputation at stake, it's the nature of reality itself."-- Provided by publisher.

The mermaid's secret

June 13, 2016
Schickel, Katie, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
285 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

Born of legend

June 10, 2016
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
726 pages ; 25 cm.
""It's official Take a Psycho to Work Day. Why else would I be here?" Hunted. Hated. Betrayed. Dagger Ixur is on the run for his life. As one of the most recognizable members of his royal house, he has a bounty on his head that guarantees him no quarter from any friend or even family. But surrender isn't in him. He will fight to the bitter end. A resolve that is sorely tested when he narrowly escapes a trap that leaves him severely wounded. With what he believes is his dying breath, he saves a boy born to an extinct race from a group out to enslave the kid for his legendary abilities. Ushara Altaan has spent her entire life hating those born to nobility. After all, it was a royal house that drove her entire species into virtual extinction. As a rare Andarion Fyreblood, she is sworn to end the existence of any royal she finds. But when Dagger saves her son's life, she is torn between her people and a debt that can never be repaid. Yet worse than Dagger's family that's still out to end hers, are the League assassins after him who will stop at nothing to claim the lives of her Tavali family. The only hope she has to save them all is to put their future and her faith into the hands of the very enemy whose grandmother personally extinguished Ushara's legendary lineage. But how can she ever trust Dagger when he is a disinherited outlaw whose very name is synonymous with betrayal?--Provided by publisher.

The shadow of Tyr

June 10, 2016
Larke, Glenda, author.
London : Orbit, 2007.
471 pages : map ; 20 cm.

Last call at the Nightshade Lounge : a novel of magic and mixology

June 10, 2016
Krueger, Paul (Novelist), author.
©2016
285 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
College grad Bailey Chen has all of the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend still around when she moves back home. But her demons become a lot more literal when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders. It turns out supernatural creatures are stalking the streets of Chicago, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will these supernatural powers be enough for Bailey and a ragtag band of mixologists to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? Includes 13 cocktail recipes from an ancient book of cocktail lore.

The Suicide Motor Club

June 10, 2016
Buehlman, Christopher, author.
New York, NY : Berkley Books, 2016.
360 pages ; 24 cm
"Remember that car that passed you near midnight on route 66, doing 105 with its lights off? You wondered where it was going so quickly on that dark, dusty stretch of road, motor roaring, the driver glancing out the window as he blew by. Did his greedy eyes shine silver like a coyote's? Did he make you feel like prey? You can't remember now You just saw the founder of the Suicide Motor Club. Be grateful his brake lights never flashed. Be grateful his car was already full. They roam America, littering the highways with smashed cars and bled-out bodies, a gruesome reflection of the unsettled sixties. But to anyone unlucky enough to meet them in the lonely hours of the night, they're just a blur in their memories. That is--to all but one... Two years ago, they left a witness in the mangled wreck of her family car, her husband dead, her son taken. She remembers their awful faces, despite their tricks and glamours. And she's coming for them--her thirst for vengeance even more powerful than their hunger for blood. On the deserted highways of America, hunter is about to become the hunted.."--Provided by publisher.

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