New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

October 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The monster hunter files

October 20, 2017
©2017
319 pages ; 25 cm.
"Featuring stories in the world of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International"--Title page.
Thistle / by Larry Correia -- Small problems / by Jim Butcher -- Darkness under the mountain / by Mike Kupari -- A knight of the enchanted forest / by Jessica Day George -- The manticore sanction / by John C. Wright -- The dead yard / by Maurice Broaddus -- The bride / by Brad R. Torgersen -- She bitch, killer of kits (a Skinwalker crossover tale) / by Faith Hunter -- Mr. Natural / by Jody Lynn Nye -- Sons of the father / by Quincy J. Allen -- The troll factory / by Alex Shvartsman -- Keep Kaiju weird / by Kim May -- The gift / by Steve Diamond -- The case of the ghastly specter / by John Ringo -- Huffman strikes back / by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost -- Hunter born / by Sarah A. Hoyt -- Hitler's dog / by Jonathan Maberry.
"For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large. Now MHI opens their archives for the first time to reveal the secret history of the world's most elite fighting force. Discover what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis. See how the Vatican's Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. Featuring all new tales from Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George and many more"-- Provided by publisher.

Quillifer

October 19, 2017
Williams, Walter Jon, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2017.
530 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
"Quillifer is young, serially in love, studying law, and living each day keenly aware that his beloved homeport of Ethlebight risks closure due to silting of the harbor. His concerns for the future become much more immediate when he returns from a summery assignation to find his city attacked by Aekoi pirates, leading to brigands in the streets and his family and friends in chains. First, he has to survive the night. Then, he has to leave his home behind and venture forth into the wider world of Duisland, where he can find friends and allies to help avenge his losses and restore Ethlebight to glory. His determination will rock kingdoms, shatter the political structure of Duisland, and change the country forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The Rules of Magic

October 18, 2017
Hoffman, Alice, author.
©2017
367 pages ; 24 cm
"For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique ... From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle ... they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse ... The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy."-- Adapted from book jacket.

Immortally yours : an Argeneau novel

October 18, 2017
Sands, Lynsay, author.
©2017
298 pages ; 24 cm.
One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That's how long it's been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen "Scotty" MacDonald and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth's a Rogue Hunter--a damn good one. She doesn't need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them. Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he's long suspected: She's his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful...and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he'll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who's terrifyingly close.--Provided by Publisher.

Broken circle

October 17, 2017
Powers, J. L. (Jessica Lynn), 1974- author.
Brooklyn, New York : Black Sheep, [2017]
318 pages ; 21 cm
Adam wants nothing more than to be a normal teen. But: His mother died when he was only four. His father is an assassin, a voodoo god, the reincarnation of Buddha - or something even stranger. And his grandfather insists that people are out to kill the entire family. But maybe Grandpa's not all that nuts. You see, Adam is set to collide with a world that hovers between life and death, where entities charged with shepherding souls of the dead compete to control lucrative territories known as Limbo. Some nightmares are real. Psychopomps walk the earth. So much for normal -- from the back cover.

Devils & thieves

October 16, 2017
Rush, Jennifer (Jennifer Marie), 1983- author.
©2017
328 pages ; 22 cm.
In Jemmie Carmichael's Hawthorne, New York, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. And she's been snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf. During an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones. And the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic.

The language of thorns : midnight tales and dangerous magic

October 16, 2017
Bardugo, Leigh, author.
New York : Imprint, 2017.
242 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm
Ayama and the thorn wood -- The too-clever fox -- The witch of Duva -- Little knife -- The soldier prince -- When water sang fire.
Presents a collection of six short stories that transports readers to familiar and strange magical lands with haunted towns, hungry woods, talking beasts, and gingerbread golems.

The fiercest joy

October 13, 2017
Abeʹ, Shana.
Boulder, CO : Five Rabbits, Inc., 2017.
344 pages ; 21 cm
"In the autumn of 1915, Eleanore Jones is on the verge of becoming who she was always meant to be: a drákon of stunning beauty and strength. She has discovered she is not the last dragon in the world, as she’d long thought: not one but two drákon brothers vie for her heart. And just as Lora begins to embrace her destiny, yet another drákon enters her life—another female who, like her, has disguised herself as a student at the prestigious Iverson School for Girls. It’s no coincidence. Secrets come unraveled; time comes undone. Soon all four of the drákon caught in Iverson’s mysterious, enchanted world are going to have to confront a new enemy: an army of dragons, come to steal Lora away—and destroy anyone who attempts to stop them"--Back cover.

Wild beauty

October 12, 2017
McLemore, Anna-Marie, author.
©2017
339 pages ; 22 cm
For nearly a century the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds and lush estate gardens of La Pradera. They have a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. When a strange boy appears in the gardens, he is a mystery to Estrella and to her family, but he's even more a mystery to himself. He knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, they uncover secrets as dangerous as they are magical.

Ally

October 12, 2017
Banks, Anna, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
310 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel and King Tarik of Theoria have formed an uneasy truce between their kingdoms since the deadly plague began to rip through Theoria. Their feelings for each other are entangled in politics and power, and she no longer supplies the spectorium that creates energy, since her father weaponized it. When traitors arise from unexpected places, Tarik and Sepora face challenges that will change both of their kingdoms forever. Will they learn whom to trust in time to save their kingdoms, their relationship and even their lives?

Blackwing

October 12, 2017
McDonald, Ed (Fantasy fiction author), author.
©2017
viii, 360 pages ; 21 cm.
"Set on a postapocalyptic frontier, Blackwing is a gritty fantasy debut about a man's desperate battle to survive his own dark destiny... Hope, reason, humanity: the Misery breaks them all. Under its cracked and wailing sky, the Misery is a vast and blighted expanse, the arcane remnant of a devastating war with the immortals known as the Deep Kings. The war ended nearly a century ago, and the enemy is kept at bay only by the existence of the Engine, a terrible weapon that protects the Misery's border. Across the corrupted no-man's-land teeming with twisted magic and malevolent wraiths, the Deep Kings and their armies bide their time. Watching. Waiting. Bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow has breathed Misery dust for twenty bitter years. When he's ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault. Ezabeth is a shadow from Galharrow's grim past, and together they stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided. Galharrow is not ready for the truth about the blood he's spilled or the gods he's supposed to serve

The tiger's daughter

October 10, 2017
Rivera, K Arsenault, author.
©2017
526 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Even gods can be slain"--Cover.
When a dark force begins to overtake the crumbling border walls of the Hokkaran Empire, an infamous Qorin warrior and a spoiled divine warrior princess set out to save their people and fufill the prophecy made at their birth.

Highland dragon warrior

October 10, 2017
Cooper, Isabel, author.
©2017
314 pages ; 18 cm.
"Legend claims when Scotland fell to English rule the Highland dragons took a vow: Freedom at any price. The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man. What he needs is Sophia. Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she'd learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she'll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon's claws..."--Back cover.

Buried heart

October 10, 2017
Elliott, Kate, 1958- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
465 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
"Jessamy is at the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their longtime Patron overlords, but when enemies from foreign lands attack the kingdom, she must find a way to defend their home and all the people she loves."--Provided by publisher.

The savage dawn

October 10, 2017
Grey, Melissa, author.
©2017
484 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The shadow hour.
"The final book in the Girl at midnight series"--Cover.
A darkness has entered the world and the Dragon Prince is wreaking havoc wherever she goes. With the war upon her, Echo must use every bit of her firebird powers or risk losing those she holds dear.

An enchantment of ravens

October 5, 2017
Rogerson, Margaret, author.
©2017
300 pages ; 24 cm
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel's paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron--Rook, the autumn prince--she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes--a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt's ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love--and that love violates the fair folks' ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

No game, no life. 1

October 5, 2017
Kamiya, Yuu, 1984- author.
New York : Yen On, 2015.
164 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Originally published as a light novel in Japan in 2012 by Kadokawa Corporation.
Meet Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are loser shut-ins by normal standards. But these siblings don't play by the rules of the "crappy game" that is average society. In the world of gaming, this genius pair reigns supreme, their invincible avatar so famous that it's the stuff of urban legend. So when a young boy calling himself God summons the siblings to a fantastic alternate world where war is forbidden and all conflicts--even those involving national borders--are decided by the outcome of games, Sora and Shiro have pretty much hit the jackpot. But they soon learn that in this world, humanity, cornered and outnumbered by other species, survives within the confines of one city. Will Sora and Shiro, two failures at life, turn out to be the saviors of mankind? Let the games begin ...!

One dark throne

October 4, 2017
Blake, Kendare, author.
©2017
448 pages : map ; 22 cm.
The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? Fennbirn's deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

Horizon

October 4, 2017
Wilde, Fran, 1979- author.
©2017
416 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"
Kirit Densira has lost everything she loved the most--her mother, her home, and the skies above. Nat Brokenwings--once Kirit's brother long before the rebellion tore them apart--is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together once more to ensure not just their own survival, but that of their entire community.

The hunt

October 4, 2017
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, 2017.
322 pages ; 21 cm.
"When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it. Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out..."--Provided by publisher.

The black tides of Heaven

October 4, 2017
Yang, JY, author.
©2017
237 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What's more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother's Protectorate. A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother's twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?"--Publisher's description.

An unkindness of magicians

October 3, 2017
Howard, Kat, author.
©2017
354 pages ; 22 cm
"There is a dark secret that is hiding at the heart of New York City and diminishing the city's magicians' power in this fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard. In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney--a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn't want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians"-- Provided by publisher.

The red threads of fortune

October 3, 2017
Yang, JY, author.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, [2017]
213 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Fallen prophet, master of the elements, and daughter of the supreme Protector, Sanao Mokoya has abandoned the life that once bound her. Once her visions shaped the lives of citizens across the land, but no matter what tragedy Mokoya foresaw, she could never reshape the future. Broken by the loss of her young daughter, she now hunts deadly, sky-obscuring naga in the harsh outer reaches of the kingdom with packs of dinosaurs at her side, far from everything she used to love. On the trail of a massive naga that threatens the rebellious mining city of Bataanar, Mokoya meets the mysterious and alluring Rider. But all is not as it seems: the beast they both hunt harbors a secret that could ignite war throughout the Protectorate. As she is drawn into a conspiracy of magic and betrayal, Mokoya must come to terms with her extraordinary and dangerous gifts, or risk losing the little she has left to hold dear.

A poison dark and drowning

October 2, 2017
Cluess, Jessica, author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
417 pages ; 22 cm.
Even though she is not the chosen one--the sorcerer destined to defeat all seven Ancient demons terrorizing humanity in Victorian England--Henrietta Howel battles alongside the sorcerers in the war against the demons, journeying to find mystical weapons, gather allies, and uncover secrets about herself and her enemies.

Monday starts on Saturday

October 2, 2017
Strugat︠s︡kiĭ, Arkadiĭ, 1925-1991, author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2018.
xi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Foreword by Adam Roberts -- Story no. 1: The commotion over the sofa -- Story no. 2: Vanity of vanities -- Story no. 3: All kinds of commotion -- Postscript and commentary -- Afterword by Boris Strugatsky.

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