New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

September 5, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A red rose chain

September 4, 2015
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York : Daw Books, [2015]
x, 358 pages ; 18 cm.
"Things are looking up. For the first time in what feels like years, October "Toby" Daye has been able to pause long enough to take a breath and look at her life and she likes what she sees. She has friends. She has allies. She has a squire to train and a King of Cats to love, and maybe, just maybe, she can let her guard down for a change. Or not. When Queen Windermere's seneschal is elf-shot and thrown into an enchanted sleep by agents from the neighboring Kingdom of Silences, Toby finds herself in a role she never expected to play: that of a diplomat. She must travel to Portland, Oregon, to convince King Rhys of Silences not to go to war against the Mists. But nothing is that simple, and what October finds in Silences is worse than she would ever have imagined. How far will Toby go when lives are on the line, and when allies both old and new are threatened by a force she had never expected to face again? How much is October willing to give up, and how much is she willing to change? In Faerie, what's past is never really gone. It's just waiting for an opportunity to pounce."--Back cover.

Crucible zero : a House Immortal novel

September 4, 2015
Monk, Devon, author.
New York : Roc/New American Library, [2015].
356 pages ; 18 cm.
"ROC fantasy"--Spine.
"Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized--and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body--she doesn't have much of a choice. Even if she doesn't want to save the world, she's the only one capable of traveling in time to do so. But her rescue attempt hasn't gone as planned. She's stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn't want her to put things to rights. He's willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him. Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her--and any chance of saving everything she loves ..."--Back cover.

Firewalker

September 3, 2015
Angelini, Josephine.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015.
337 pages ; 22 cm.
Back in her own universe and ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side, Lily finds she has more difficulties ahead than just keeping her magic hidden since Lillian, ruthless ruler of the Thirteen Cities, is determined that Lily will come back to the alternate Salem, no matter what it takes.

The desert and the blade

September 3, 2015
Stirling, S. M., author.
©2015
viii, 612 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"In his Novels of the Change, New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling presents 'a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF.'* Continuing their quest that began in The Golden Princess, two future rulers of a world without technology risk their lives seeking a fabled blade... Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated. But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond. As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith's mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter's alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder. And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them. *Publishers Weekly (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon heart

September 3, 2015
Holland, Cecelia, 1943- author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
286 pages ; 22 cm
Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial. But there is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle. King Reymarro is dead in battle, and by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor's brothers. She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother, but a second arrives, escorted by more soldiers. While Marioza delays, her youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his mute twin, Tirza, who needs to be present for the wedding.

Archangel's enigma

September 3, 2015
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
371 pages ; 17 cm.
"Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required--those more common to predatory animals than to man. Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature--at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it's too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows ... and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare"-- provided by publisher.

Night's surrender

September 3, 2015
Ashley, Amanda.
New York, New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
345 p. ; 17 cm.
"Children of the night"--Cover.
Born the only human child in a centuries-old family of vampires, aspiring actress Abbey Marie Cordova is determined to remain mortal until she meets mysterious Niklaus Desanto, a vampire and the only man who has ever made her feel so beautiful, so cherished and so passionately desire.

The annihilation score

September 3, 2015
Stross, Charles, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
x, 401 pages ; 24 cm.
"Mo's latest assignment is to assist the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary citizens suddenly imbued with extraordinary abilities of the superpowered kind. Unfortunately these people prefer playing super-pranks instead of performing super-heroics"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of blood and bone : a novel

September 2, 2015
Alexander, Rebecca, 1960- author.
©2014.
378 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in hardcover in the United KIngdom by Del Ray in 2014.
Venice, 16th Century. Having undertaken a mission of the upmost discretion, occultist and scholar Edward Kelley finds the answers he seeks are more perilous than can be believed, and his ultimate salvation means confronting the darkest deeds of his past. England, 21st Century. Running from her past and hiding from her future, Jackdaw Hammond buys a new home in the middle of nowhere. But her fresh start is threatened by a wild magic similar to her own. The legacy of Edward Kelley remains, and with their fates inexorably entwined, the battle for Jackdaw's soul has just begun. A stunning follow up to 'The secrets of life and death', Rebecca Alexander has created a gripping supernatural thriller that bridges time, legend and the power of blood.

Queen of shadows

September 2, 2015
Maas, Sarah J., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
648 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire -- for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past. She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Supersymmetry

September 1, 2015
Walton, David, 1975-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, [2015]
303 pages ; 21 cm
When physicist Ryan Oronzi's development of military applications of Higgs projector technology leads to the return of the varcolac, which seeks to destroy human life, Sandra and Alex Kelley strive to defeat it.

The complete Morgaine

September 1, 2015
Cherryh, C. J.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., [2015]
816 pages : maps ; 23 cm
First work originally published: 1976. Second work originally published: 1978. Third work originally published: 1979. Fourth work originally published: 1988.
Gate of Ivrel -- Well of Shiuan -- Fires of Azeroth -- Exile's Gate.

Chapelwood

September 1, 2015
Priest, Cherie, author.
New York, New York : New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
ix, 434 pages ; 22 cm.
"A ROC book"--Title page.
Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named "Harry the Hacker" by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens. This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life. Unless she stops it ...

The returned : a novel

August 31, 2015
Patrick, Seth.
Naperville, Illinois. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
445 pages ; 21 cm
In a small Alpine village, people start to appear, trying to return to their homes after a terrible accident none of them can recall. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years--and no one is expecting them back. But they are not the only ones to have seemingly returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of horrific murders, which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past...

Updraft

August 28, 2015
Wilde, Fran, 1979-
New York : TOR, 2015.
364 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
"Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City. As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever--if it isn't destroyed outright"-- Provided by publisher.

Unholy war

August 28, 2015
Hair, David, 1965- author.
New York : Jo Fletcher Books, 2015.
795 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

Path of stars

August 27, 2015
Hunter, Erin, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
308 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
When the dangerous Slash takes Star Flower hostage, her mate Clear Sky must rally the other four clans to his side in order to save her.

Sorcerer to the crown

August 27, 2015
Cho, Zen, author.
New York : ACE Books, 2015.
371 pages ; 24 cm.
"In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite... The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty's lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman--a freed slave who doesn't even have a familiar--as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England's once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven't stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man's profession... At his wit's end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain--and the world at large.."-- Provided by publisher.

Twelve kings in Sharakhai

August 27, 2015
Beaulieu, Bradley P., author.
New York : Daw Books, Inc., 2015.
583 pages ; 24 cm.
"Song of the shattered sands ; Book one"--T.p.
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings--cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings' laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings' power... if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don't find her first.

Working for Bigfoot : stories from the Dresden files

August 25, 2015
Butcher, Jim, 1971- author.
©2015
131 pages : black and white illustrations ; 21 centimeters
Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble. In the three novellas that make up ''Working For Bigfoot,'' collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin's life. As a middle-schooler, in ''B is For Bigfoot,'' Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in ''I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,'' Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it's not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up's typical problems as a freshman in college in ''Bigfoot on Campus,'' or would have if typical included vampires.

Legacy of kings

August 25, 2015
Herman, Eleanor, 1960- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
411 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Katerina, on a mission to kill the queen, falls in love with Alexander, Prince of Macedonia. Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander's unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

End time

August 25, 2015
Korman, Keith.
New York : Tor, 2015.
524 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Cover.
"What is happening to the country--and the planet? A government bio-lab experiment goes hideously wrong, infecting people with scientifically-programmed madness. Random kidnappings of women and girls proliferate throughout the land. Some people suddenly succumb to horrifically virulent viruses while others become able to read minds. Mysteriously summoned to confront these frightening questions, three people are thrown together on a bizarre cross-country quest: Cheryl Gibson, an LA cop; Billy Howahkan, a Lakota Sioux with seeming supernatural gifts; and Bhakti Singh, a distinguished space scientist. This unlikely group must track down a pair of children with extraordinary powers, children who will determine humanity's fate--obliteration or salvation. As the three set out across America, a blood-dimmed tide is unleashed. Anarchy, terror, and death stalk the land in Keith Korman's End Time"-- Provided by publisher.

Trollhunters

August 25, 2015
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
New York, New York : Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
320 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Everything changes for San Bernardino teenage suburbanite Jim Sturges when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

Secrets of Neverak

August 25, 2015
Gowans, Jacob, author.
©2015
ix, 493 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Henry Vestin, along with his sister and his friends, continues the quest to save Isabelle, the woman he loves, from the clutches of the Emperor of Neverak, whose plans for war draw ever closer.

Every last breath

August 25, 2015
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
394 pages ; 21 cm.
Half-demon, half-gargoyle Layla faces tough choices as she must decide between light and dark while she battles a powerful demon in order to protect her friend Sam from a fate worse than death.

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