New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

January 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The cold eye

January 23, 2017
Gilman, Laura Anne, author.
©2017
334 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Isobel is riding circuit through the territory known as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory. Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss--better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists--sometimes wild and perilous. "--Provided by publisher.

Crystal storm

January 20, 2017
Rhodes, Morgan, author.
[New York, New York] : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2016]
379 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Magnus and Cleo are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption. Lucia, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise. Jonas treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey. Amara has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge. And what kind of darkness will descend--and who will be safe--after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

Frail human heart

January 20, 2017
Marriott, Zoë, 1982- author.
©2015
360 pages ; 21 cm.
Crushed by the defeat of the Shikome, Mio has little time to grieve with the final battle between two gods coming to a head and London being their battlefield.

Windwitch

January 20, 2017
Dennard, Susan, author.
©2016
380 pages : map ; 25 cm.
A Tom Doherty Associates book.
After an explosion ruins his ship, Prince Merik tries to expose his sister's treachery while fighting for the weak on the streets of the royal capital. Meanwhile, Aeduan, a Bloodwitch, and Iseult, a Threadwitch, form an unlikely alliance and travel together looking for Safiya, who has been shipwrecked with the Empress of Marstok in a land of pirates and is living every moment balanced on a knife's edge, trying to keep the pirates from unleashing war upon the Witchlands. -- Adapted from book jacket.

Recluce tales : stories from the world of Recluce

January 19, 2017
Modesitt, L. E., Jr., 1943- author.
©2016
476 pages ; 22 cm
Behind the "magic" of Recluce --The vice marshal's trial -- Madness? --The forest girl -- The choice --The most successful merchant -- Heritage -- The stranger --Songs past, songs for those to come -- Sisters of Sarronnyn, sisters of Westwind --Artisan, four portraits and a miniature -- Armsman's odds -- Brass and lacquer -- Ice and fire --A game of capture -- The assistant envoy's problem -- The price of perfect order -- Black ordermage -- Burning duty -- Worth -- Fame.
A collection of short stories set in the world of the Recluce saga features seventeen new tales and four popular reprints spanning the thousand-year history of Recluse, in an anthology complemented by a background essay.

The book jumper

January 19, 2017
Gläser, Mechthild, author.
©2015
371 pages ; 22 cm
"Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House in Scotland-- but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts-- no matter the cost."--Provided by publisher.

Flicker and mist : a novel

January 18, 2017
Thompson, Mary G. (Mary Gloria), 1978- author.
©2017
377 pages : map ; 22 cm
"In a story rich in intrigue, adventure, danger, and romance, a mixed-race teen heroine must decide which part of her heritage to claim: her privileged status, or her ability to become invisible for which her kin are being persecuted"-- Provided by publisher.

Frostblood

January 18, 2017
Blake, Elly, author.
©2017
376 pages ; 22 cm.
"Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who must use her powers of heat and flame to help two Frostblood rebels overthrow a maniacal Frostblood king"--Provided by publisher.

Nine of stars

January 18, 2017
Bickle, Laura, author.
©2017
370 pages ; 18 cm.
"As the daughter of an alchemist, Petra Dee has faced all manner of occult horrors--especially since her arrival in the small town of Temperance, Wyoming. But she can’t explain the creature now stalking the backcountry of Yellowstone, butchering wolves and leaving only their skins behind in the snow. Rumors surface of the return of Skinflint Jack, a nineteenth-century wraith that kills in fulfillment of an ancient bargain. The new sheriff in town, Owen Rutherford, isn’t helping matters. He’s a dangerously haunted man on the trail of both an unsolved case and a fresh kill--a bizarre murder leading him right to Petra’s partner Gabriel. And while Gabe once had little to fear from the mortal world, he’s all too human now. This time, when violence hits close to home, there are no magical solutions. It’s up to Petra and her coyote sidekick Sig to get ahead of both Owen and the unnatural being hunting them all--before the trail turns deathly cold."--Provided by publisher.

The bear and the nightingale : a novel

January 17, 2017
Arden, Katherine, author.
©2017
322 pages ; 25 cm
"In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay."--Provided by publisher.

Breath of fire

January 17, 2017
Bouchet, Amanda, author.
©2017
440 pages ; 17 cm
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
"I am Catalia Fisa, and I do not break. Deep breath in. Long breath out. The Gods are telling me I'm some sort of new Origin, which apparently means it's my job to give Thalyria a fresh start. Griffin crowned me with the symbols of the three realms. If I'm supposed to be not just a queen but the Queen, I'd better start acting like it." -- Page 4 of cover.

Tomb of the Khan

January 13, 2017
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976-
©2017
343 pages : map ; 21 cm
In Last Descendants Book One, Owen and a group of other teens located the first piece of an ancient and powerful relic long considered a legend--the Trident of Eden. This piece was sought by the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order, but before either organization could take the piece, it was stolen by an unknown, third party. The tenuous relationship between Owen and the teens fractured, with some taking sides with the Templars, and others with the Assassins. Book Two picks up weeks after the events of book 1. There are still two pieces of the Trident of Eden to find, and both groups are determined to not repeat their mistakes. The next piece is said to have been buried with Mongol Warlord Genghis Khan, whose tomb has never been found. Now the teens on either side of the conflict will have to go deep into simulations in war-torn Mongolian China in a race against time to discover the next piece--and ensure their safety--before the others.

Feversong : a Fever novel

January 12, 2017
Moning, Karen Marie, author.
©2017
541 pages ; 24 cm
"The next hotly anticipated novel in the Fever series, following the cliffhanger ending of Feverborn and featuring fan favorite characters Mac and Barrons"-- Provided by publisher.

The cursed queen

January 12, 2017
Fine, Sarah, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017.
417 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Companion to The Impostor Queen"--Title page.
The fresh and fascinating magical world of The Imposter Queen expands in this companion novel that answers the question: who is the real queen of the Kupari?

The heart of what was lost : a novel of Osten Ard

January 12, 2017
Williams, Tad, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, [2017]
viii, 210 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Takes place in the half-year after the end of To Green Angel Tower, and tells of the attempt by Isgrimnur and a force largely made up of Rimmersgard soldiers to destroy the remaining Norns as they flee back to their homeland and their mountain. It also answers some questions about what actually happened in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Green Angel Tower"--Goodreads.com.

The returning

January 12, 2017
Dekker, Rachelle, author.
©2016
xiii, 415 pages ; 22 cm.
"Seer series."
As the Seers send warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, ultimate victory in this battle against the powerful forces of evil rests with the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned.

Ever the hunted : ever the outcast, ever the brave

January 11, 2017
Summerill, Erin, 1978- author.
©2016
392 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is the outcast daughter of a bounty hunter who must use her powers to track her father's killer in a world of warring kingdoms and dangerous magic.

The Alchemists of Loom

January 11, 2017
Kova, Elise, author.
Columbus, Ohio : Keymaster Press, 2016.
395 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds' resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her gift for clockwork machinery to earn a living on the black market. Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King's place on the throne, and the Alchemist Guild on Loom might hold the key. When Ari stumbles across a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit. He sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go. He offers Ari the one thing she can't refuse: a wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom." -- adapted from book jacket.

The gate of sorrows

January 11, 2017
Miyabe, Miyuki, 1960- author.
San Francisco, CA : Haikasoru, [2016]
453 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Japan by Mainichi Shimbun Publishing Inc., Tokyo"--Title page verso.
"A series of murders shocks Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, but Shigenori, a retired police detective, is instead obsessed with a gargoyle that seems to move. College freshman Kotaro launches a web-based investigation of the killer, and comes to find that answers may lie within an abandoned building in the center of Japan's busiest neighborhood, and beyond the Gate of Sorrows. In this New Adult sequel to Miyabe's The Book of Heroes, you will meet monsters from other worlds and ordinary horrors that surpass even supernatural threats"-- Provided by publisher.

The tiger and the wolf

January 9, 2017
Tchaikovsky, Adrian, 1972- author.
©2016.
589 pages : map ; 20 cm.
FANTASY. In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution. The Wolf chieftan plots to rule the north and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions.

The black guard

January 6, 2017
Smith, A. J. (Tony J.), author.
London : Head of Zeus, 2014.
581 pages : maps ; 20 cm.
Originally published: 2013.
The city of Ro Canarn burns. With their father's blood fresh upon the headsman's sword, Lord Bromvy and Lady Bronwyn, the last scions of the house of Canarn, face fugitive exile or death. In the court of Ro Tiris, men fear to speak their minds. The Army of the Red marches upon the North. Strange accidents befall those who dare question the King's new advisors. Those foolish enough to speak their names call them the Seven Sisters: witches of the fire god; each as beautiful and as dangerous as a flame. And, called from the long ages of deep time by war and sacrifice, the children of a dead god are waking with a pitiless cry. All that was dead will rise. All that now lives will fall...

The nature of a pirate

January 5, 2017
Dellamonica, A. M., author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2016.
364 pages ; 24 cm
"Marine videographer and biologist Sophie Hansa has spent the past few months putting her knowledge of science to use on the strange world of Stormwrack, solving seemingly impossible cases where no solution had been found before. When a series of ships within the Fleet of Nations, the main governing body that rules a loose alliance of island nation states, are sunk by magical sabotage, Sophie is called on to find out why. While surveying the damage of the most recent wreck, she discovers a strange-looking creature--a fright, a wooden oddity born from a banished spell--causing chaos within the ship. The question is who would put this creature aboard and why? The quest for answers finds Sophie magically bound to an abolitionist from Sylvanner, her father's homeland. Now Sophie and the crew of the Nightjar must discover what makes this man so unique while outrunning magical assassins and villainous pirates, and stopping the people responsible for the attacks on the Fleet before they strike again"--Provided by publisher.

Queen

January 5, 2017
Larson, R. J., author.
Atlanta, GA : Elk Lake Publishing, ©2015.
366 pages : maps ; 23 cm
"Fantasy inspired by the Book of Esther… Bel-Tygeon, the fallen god-king of Belaal, has bowed to the Infinite and accepted life as a mortal. Now he is desperate to return to his kingdom. Hunted by his enemies, he accepts refuge among the Eosyths, at the bidding of Serena of Clan Darom. But Serena and her family are also Bel-Tygeon’s enemies, and he must conceal his true name and royal rank from them--even when he realizes that Serena is the woman he has sought for years. The woman he loves. The woman he longs to proclaim as his queen. Yet she can never be his. Serena of Clan Darom wants nothing more than to protect her family and to save her people, the Eosyths, from their many enemies. She cannot afford to fall in love with a madman. A stranger. Yet honor dictates that she must shelter Ty and protect him with her life. Will one act of kindness destroy everything she’s worked for and believed? And how can the unknowable Infinite, worshiped by her lord-father, ever help her in their struggle to survive?"--Provided by publisher.

The battle of Hackham Heath

January 4, 2017
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2016]
346 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: The tournament at Gorlan.
A prequel series to: Ranger's apprentice.
When the former Baron Morgarath escaped to avoid punishment for treason, an uneasy peace fell on Araluen. But Morgarath, now in hiding, is already planning his next move, recruiting an army of savage, overpowering beasts known as Wargals. Newly crowned King Duncan knows he must assemble his troops for battle.

The Sidhe

December 22, 2016
Ashe, Charlotte, author.
©2015
415 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"Since his childhood, Brieden Lethiscir has admired The Sidhe, the beautiful and magical beings native to the Faerie world outside his homeland of Villalu. Though he grew up in a culture accepting of Sidhe enslavement by Villalu's elite, Brieden turns against the practice when he becomes a steward to Prince Dronyen, who is viciously abusive of his sidhe slave Sehrys. Captivated by the handsome and mysterious sidhe slave, Brieden vows to free and return Sehrys to his homeland. As they escape the capital and navigate a treacherous path to the border, Breiden and Sehrys grow close. Breiden soon learns both the true power of The Sidhe, and that the world that he thought he knew is not what it once seemed. If they survive to reach the border, he will have to make a choice: the love of his life, or the fate of his world"--Back cover.

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