New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

May 4, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shattered spear

May 3, 2016
Campbell, Jack (Naval officer), author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
x, 342 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Syndicate Worlds continues to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they're establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule undermines their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders' promises of freedom from tyranny. Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with another threat. An enigma warship has appeared and vanished near a Syndic colony. If the aliens are capable of jumping into other human-occupied star systems, then billions of people could be vulnerable to a hostile invasion fleet anywhere it chooses to strike. But an even greater liability lies with Iceni and Drakon as a once-trusted adviser turned saboteur plans revenge.."--Provided by publisher.

Shadow's blade /cDavid B. Coe.

May 3, 2016
Coe, David B., author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2016.
311 pages ; 25 cm.
"Justis Fearsson is a weremyste and a private detective. He wields potent magic, but every month on the full moon he loses his mind which has cost him his job as a cop; he can't afford to let it interfere with his latest case. Phoenix has become ground zero in a magical war, and an army of werecreatures, blood sorcerers and necromancers has made Jay its number one target. When he is hired to track down a woman who has gone missing with her two young children, he has a hunch the dark ones are to blame. But then a police murder investigation implicates this same woman. Soon he is caught up in a deadly race to find not only the young family but also an ancient weapon that could prove decisive in the looming conflict"-- Provided by publisher.

Naruto: Sakura's story : Love riding the spring breeze

May 2, 2016
Ohsaki, Tomohito, author.
San Francisco : VIZ Media, [2016]
183 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
First published in Japan by Shueisha Inc.
The Great Ninja War did not only harm adults, but left many damaged children behind. Medical ninja Sakura travels the land, opening clinics dedicated to healing children of the mental trauma they experienced. She learns of a series of attacks against Konoha, and her investigation leads to an impossible conclusion: Sasuke is the terrorist mastermind behind them all! Using her skills and her heart, Sakura strives to clear Sasuke’s name and bring the real perpetrator to justice.

To kill a kettle witch : a novel of the mist-torn witches

May 2, 2016
Hendee, Barb, author.
New York, New York : Roc, [2016]
328 pages ; 18 cm
" Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band nomadic Móndyalítko who summer in the meadow below his castle--and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary. When Céline and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Móndyalítko, learn that their mother’s people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins. Now it’s up to the sisters--along with their motley escort, including a prince’s lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past--to discover the  source of the curse to restore life to the ravaged land and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance."--Page [4] of cover.

The summer dragon : first book of the Evertide

May 2, 2016
Lockwood, Todd, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2016]
v, 496 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Elizabeth R. Wollheim, Sheila E. Gilbert Publishers."
"Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon -- one of the rare and mythical High Dragons -- makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas. And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors -- thralls of the enemy -- and a faceless creature drawn from her fears. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself."--provided by publisher.

Spellstorm

May 2, 2016
Greenwood, Ed, author.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, [2015]
320 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"Forgotten realms."
Gathered together in a merchant's mansion to gain possession of the mythical Lost Spell, a powerful enchantment designed centuries ago by the presumed dead god of spells, archwizards become trapped in a vicious spellstorm as they face down the infamous Elminster of Shadowdale, who claims he's just there to decide who gets the Lost Spell, but who clearly has an agenda of his own. But then the archwizards start dying.

Hex : a novel

April 29, 2016
Blackman, Sarah, 1980- author.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama : FC2, an imprint of The University of the Alabama Press, [2016]
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Hex is a novel set in Western North Carolina that features a character named Alice Small and her deceased friend Ingrid, whom Alice calls "Thingy." Alice is raising Thingy's daughter, Ingrid the Second, and tells her stories that comprise the novel's narrative, which explores themes of love, friendship, fear, greed, and broken or reinvented histories"-- Provided by publisher.

Night shift

April 28, 2016
Harris, Charlaine, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
308 pages ; 24 cm.
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels--"the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed"*--comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day ... At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves--only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There's a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose--which just might happen--it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be.."-- Provided by publisher.

The Raven King : book IV of the Raven cycle

April 28, 2016
Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
439 pages ; 22 cm.
Not believing in true love, Blue never thought the warning that she will cause her true love's death would be a problem, but as her life is entangled in the world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Fall of light

April 27, 2016
Erikson, Steven.
New York : Tor, 2016.
xix, 837 pages : maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Steven Erikson returns to the Malazan world with the second book in a dark and revelatory new epic fantasy trilogy. Fall of Light continues to tell the tragic story of the downfall of an ancient realm, a story begun in the critically acclaimed Forge of Darkness. It is a bitter winter and civil war is ravaging Kurald Galain. Urusander’s Legion prepares to march on the city of Kharkanas. The rebels’ only opposition lies scattered and weakened - bereft of a leader since Anomander’s departure in search of his estranged brother. The remaining brother, Silchas Ruin, rules in his stead. He seeks to gather the Houseblades of the Highborn families to him and resurrect the Hust Legion in the southlands, but he is fast running out of time.

One thousand words for war

April 26, 2016
Dallas, Texas : CBAY Books, [2016]
iii. 221 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction / Madeline Smoot and Hope Erica Schultz -- Shadowland / Valerie Hunter -- Before night fall / C.H. Spalding -- Unexpected guests / Laura Ring -- The commander / Steve DuBois -- Reflections / Susan Bianculli -- Exile / Bethany Marcello -- Beyond the promised land / Darrel Duckworth -- Jar of pickles / Sarah Lyn Eaton -- Threshold / Anthony R. Cardno -- Testing, testing, 1-2-3 / Susan Bianculli -- Eighteen roses / Ameria Lewis -- Alien truce / Nori Odoi -- Terror / Walt Socha -- Strands of grass / Renee Whittington -- In other words / Lisa Timpf -- Another sunset / Anne E. Johnson -- Mechanika / Mara Dabrishus -- Maverick / Cathy Bryant -- Where the death storms blow / Hope Erica Schultz.
"Imaginative and original, One thousand words for war explores in various fantastic settings the different types of conflict--from powerful internal and external conflicts with the potential to destroy the main character's world to the peace that comes from accepting change. Whether it's a transgendered girl standing up to bullies or a child soldier trying to save his fellows from war, this collection shows the powerful ways teens can overcome and embrace extraordinary circumstances."--Page [4] of cover.

The everything box

April 25, 2016
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2016
352 pages ; 24 cm
"2000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion. And now it's time.The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity's doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word."Crap." 2015. A thief named Coop--a specialist in purloining magic objects--steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn't know that his latest job could be the end of him--and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn't just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him. It's a doomsday device. They think.And suddenly, everyone is out to get it"--Provided by publisher.

American gods : author's preferred text

April 25, 2016
Gaiman, Neil, author.
New York : William Morrow, [2011]
xiv, 541 pages ; 24 cm
Includes interview with the author and reading group discussion questions (pages 533-541).
"[This] version is about twelve thousand words longer than the one that won all the awards, and it's the verson of which I'm the most proud"--author's statement, page xiv.
Upon his release from prison, a widower accepts a job as a bodyguard and joins the battle between the gods of yore and the neoteric gods of present-day America.

A guardian's desire

April 25, 2016
Mya (Writer)
Carson Cuty, NV : Loose Id, ©2008.
271 pages ; 22 cm
Bounty hunter Freya Daniels becomes sexually involed with a pair of werewolves.

Down with the shine

April 22, 2016
Quinn, Kate Karyus, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
355 pages ; 22 cm
After the death of her best friend, Lennie takes some of her family's moonshine to a party where the wishes everyone makes before drinking seem to come true.

The star-touched queen

April 22, 2016
Chokshi, Roshani, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
ix, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Treated with scorn and fear in her father's kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.

Emperor of the Eight Islands

April 22, 2016
Hearn, Lian, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xi, 251 pages : map ; 19 cm.
"In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikanoko series a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag for a lost young man, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne, the child who is the rightful heir to the emperor barely escaping the capital in the arms of his sister. And that is just the beginning. As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields."-- Provided by publisher.

Downfall of the gods

April 20, 2016
Parker, K. J, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016.
110 pages ; 21 cm

The house of Daniel

April 20, 2016
Turtledove, Harry.
New York : Tor , 2016.
332 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In a Depression-era America that is woven with magic, zombies, and flying carpets, a down-and-out man escapes a local thug by joining a barnstorming minor league baseball team.

In shining armor

April 19, 2016
James, Elliott, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
454 pages ; 21 cm
"This fairy godmother's got claws. When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it's bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it's even worse news. They're at each other's throats before they've even begun to look for baby Constance. But whoever kidnapped Constance didn't count on one thing: she's also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragon slayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother."-- Provided by publisher.

Sharp ends : stories from the world of the first law

April 18, 2016
Abercrombie, Joe, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
290 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
"Sharp Ends is the ultimate collection of award winning tales and exclusive new short stories from the master of grimdark fantasy, Joe Abercrombie. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law."--Provided by publisher.

Smoke and fire

April 14, 2016
Grant, Donna, author.
New York : St Martin's Press, 2016.
370 pages ; 17 cm.
Dragon shapeshifter and computer expert Ryder must fight his attraction to Kinsey if he is to fulfill his mission and guard Glasgow after a catastrophic Dark attack.

Bloodtraitor

April 14, 2016
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"When a mercenary from the vampires' inner circle proposes a daring plan to bring down the empire of Midnight, Malachi must feign support for his unstable sister so his prophecy can be fulfilled. He must do it for his family, for his people--and for their freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

The regional office is under attack!

April 13, 2016
Gonzales, Manuel, 1974-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
xiv, 400 pages ; 22 cm
When a prophecy suggests that an insider might bring about the downfall of a powerful underground organization known as the Regional Office, devoted recruit Sarah and young assassin Rose find their respective lives clashing in a dispute that threatens everything they know.

A shadow all of light

April 13, 2016
Chappell, Fred, 1936-
New York : Tor, 2016.
383 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."

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