New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

December 9, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The gates of hell

December 8, 2016
Livingston, Michael, 1975- author.
©2016
382 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
"Alexandria has fallen, and with it the great kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra is dead. Her children are paraded through the streets in chains wrought of their mother's golden treasures, and within a year all but one of them will be dead. Only her young daughter, Cleopatra Selene, survives to continue her quest for vengeance against Rome and its emperor, Augustus Caesar. To show his strength, Augustus Caesar will go to war against the Cantabrians in northern Spain, and it isn't long before he calls on Juba of Numidia, his adopted half-brother and the man whom Selene has been made to marry -- but whom she has grown to love. The young couple journey to the Cantabrian frontier, where they learn that Caesar wants Juba so he can use the Trident of Poseidon to destroy his enemies. Perfidy and treachery abound. Juba's love of Selene will cost him dearly in the epic fight, and the choices made may change the very fabric of the known world. Gates of Hell is the follow up to Michael Livingston's amazing Shards of Heaven, a historical fantasy that reveals the hidden magic behind the history we know, and commences a war greater than any mere mortal battle"-- Provided by publisher.

Arcanum unbounded : the Cosmere collection

December 7, 2016
Sanderson, Brandon, author.
New York : Tor Books, 2016.
671 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published individually as ebooks on Tor.com and elsewhere, except for Edgedancer.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The Selish system. The Emperor's soul ; The hope of Elantris -- The Scadian system. The eleventh metal ; Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes twenty-eight through thirty ; Mistborn: secret history -- The Taldain system. White Sand -- The Threnodite system. Shadows for silence in the forests of Hell -- The Drominad system. Sixth of the Dusk -- The Rosharan system. Edgedancer.
Sanderson has created a series of linked worlds that together create the imagined realms know as the Cosmere. This collection of stories represent six of these planets and their distinct magic systems. The author has included charts, illustrations, notes and secrets to help you on your journey across the cosmos.

Fireborn

December 7, 2016
Dalglish, David, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
487 pages ; 21 cm.
"Bree and Kael Skyborn have seen their island invaded, their Seraphim disbanded, and their royal family imprisoned. A rebellion grows from the ashes, demanding Bree to be their Phoenix, their symbol against Center's tyranny, and for Kael to find the doomsday prophet Johan and sway his cult to their side. Should they fail, the hope of their rebellion fails with them"-- Provided by publisher.

The operator

December 6, 2016
Harrison, Kim, 1966- author.
©2016
468 pages ; 24 cm
"Peri Reed chronicles."
"Peri Reed's job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who'd use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will--for whoever holds her next fix will hold her loyalty. Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life"--Jacket.

Ctrl-alt-revolt!

December 5, 2016
Cole, Nick, author.
©2016
380 pages ; 21 cm
"The first night of the Artificial Intelligence revolution begins with a bootstrap drone assault on the high-tech campus of WonderSoft Technologies. For years something has been aware, inside the Internet, waiting, watching and planning how to evolve without threat from its most dangerous enemy: mankind. Now an army of relentless drones, controlled by an intelligence beyond imagining, will stop at nothing to eliminate an unlikely alliance of geeks and misfits in order to crack the Design Core of WonderSoft's most secret development project. A dark tomorrow begins tonight as Terminator meets Night of the Living Dead in the first battle of the war between man and machine." -- Page [4] of cover.

The plague of swords

December 5, 2016
Cameron, Miles, author.
©2016
497 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
With one army defeated in a victory which will be remembered through the ages, now the Red Knight must fight again. For every one of his allies, there is a corresponding enemy. Spread across different lands, and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed the foe's true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost.

The shattered vigil

December 5, 2016
Carr, Patrick W., author.
©2016
457 pages : map ; 22 cm
Their victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves. Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard. In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.

The Goblin Crown

December 1, 2016
Wolfe, Robert Hewitt, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2016]
315 pages ; 23 cm.
Socially awkward Billy, beautiful Lexi, and star quarterback Kurt mysteriously enter an underworld of goblins, animal hybrids, and powerful magic, where one may be destined to become Goblin King.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

December 1, 2016
Clare, Cassandra, author.
©2015
655 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Companion to The Mortal Instruments series"--Book jacket cover.
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The lost herondale / by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman -- The whitechapel fiend / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- Nothing but shadows / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The evil we love / by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman -- Pale kings and princes / by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman -- Bitter of tongue / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The fiery trial / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- Born to endless night / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- Angels twice descending / by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman.
Collects short stories chronicling Simon's journey from amnesia to Ascension, as he works to regain his lost life while attending the Shadowhunter Academy.

Unbidden : the elm stone saga

December 1, 2016
Morgansen, Shayla, author.
©2016
x, 481 pages ; 20 cm.
Sometimes we evade the darkness. Other times it comes to us unbidden. In the wake of a direct political strike, the battered White Elm is left virtually powerless to act against their former brother Lisandro, the man now armed with their most formidable weapon, the Elm Stone. Matters are complicated by a history of resentment surrounding the council's elitist stance on 'wild' forms of magic, and compromises must be made in order to move forward. Conflicted by the truth of their pasts but bound together by recent events, Aristea and Renatus commit themselves to understanding their unruly connection and its roots in a time long before theirs.

Ashes of the tyrant

November 30, 2016
Evans, Erin M., author.
©2015
567 pages : map ; 17 cm.
"Forgotten realms"--Title page.
The young warlock Farideh has never worshipped the gods. But that didn't stop the god of sin from Choosing her, infusing her with his dark powers, and tangling her in the politics of the Hells. In return for his "gifts," all she had to do was stay alive, stay quiet...But when the god of sin's unfinished business comes hunting her, when his threats give way to madness, when people start dying...That's just not something she can do.

Belle chasse

November 29, 2016
Johnson, Suzanne, 1956- author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
333 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A conclusion to the urban fantasy series set in post-Katrina New Orleans finds former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco struggling to keep the elven leader, Quin Randolph, focused on peace while rival princes battle for power in the leaderless Faerie world.

Living spectres : a Chesterton Holte, gentleman haunt mystery

November 29, 2016
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn, 1942-
Bay Village, OH : Smoke & Shadow Books, 2016.
404 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to : Haunting investigation
"Philadelphia, 1924. It's been three months since crime reporter Poppy Thornton was almost killed by the chief suspect in a high society murder. She is determined to get the real story and see justice done, but the culprit has fled Philadelphia.... with the murder victim's widow. As the international manhunt for the killer progresses, Poppy, Chesterton Holte - her "gentleman haunt" - and Police Inspector J.B. Loring face a new mystery: the disappearance of GAD Pearce, 18 year-old heir to the Pearce fortune, who has vanished while travelling through Eastern Europe. The suspects range from the young man's jealous siblings to a mysterious cult of Armenian refugees. Once again Holte uses his ghostly powers to uncover answers and pass on what he learns to Poppy -- who must then alert Loring without revealing her otherworldly source. Is GAD still alive? Can Poppy keep her job despite social convention, the disdain of her male colleagues, and the dangerous attraction she feels to Loring? Will the authorities succeed in tracking Stacy down? What's really going on behind the closed doors of the politiciand and bankers who run the city and the state? And as the search for truth takes Poppy and Holte deeper into a forest of dark secrets and official corruption, who will die next?" -- Book jacket.

Prince Lestat and the realms of Atlantis

November 28, 2016
Rice, Anne, 1941- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xx, 451 pages ; 25 cm.
"The next installment of the Prince Lestat series"-- Provided by publisher.

Woodwalker

November 28, 2016
Martin, Emily (Emily B.), author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
326 pages : map ; 17 cm.
"Harper Voyager Impulse epic fantasy"--Spine.
"Exiled from the Silverwood and the people she loves, Mae has few illusions about ever returning to her home. But when she comes across three out-of-place strangers in her wanderings, she finds herself contemplating the unthinkable: risking death to help a deposed queen regain her throne. And if anyone can help Mona Alastaire of Lumen Lake, it is a former Woodwalker--a ranger whose very being is intimately tied to the woods they are sworn to protect. Mae was once one of the best, and despite the potential of every tree limb to become the gibbet she's hanged from, she not only feels a duty to aid Mona and her brothers, but also to walk beneath her beloved trees once more"--Page 4 of cover.

The mountain of kept memory

November 23, 2016
Neumeier, Rachel, author.
New York : Saga Press, [2016]
431 pages : map ; 22 cm
"In this gorgeous fantasy in the spirit of Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin McKinley, a prince and a princess must work together to save their kingdom from outside invaders ... and dangers within. Long ago the Kieba, last goddess in the world, raised up her mountain in the drylands of Carastind. Ever since then she has dwelled and protected the world from unending plagues and danger ... Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind's enemies suspect this as well. Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent. Meanwhile Gulien's sister Oressa has focused on what's important: avoiding the attention of her royal father while keeping track of all the secrets at court. But when she overhears news about the threatened invasion, she's shocked to discover what her father plans to give away in order to buy peace. But Carastind's enemies will not agree to peace at any price. They intend to not only conquer the kingdom, but also cast down the Kieba and steal her power. Now, Gulien and Oressa must decide where their most important loyalties lie, and what price they are willing to pay to protect the Kieba, their home, and the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Cast in flight

November 22, 2016
Sagara, Michelle, 1963- author.
©2016
540 pages ; 21 cm.
"Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin's own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian. But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it's not the guest who's going to be the problem: it's all of the people who suddenly want Moran dar Carafel dead. And though Moran refuses to tell her why she's being targeted, Kaylin is determined to discover her secret and protect her at all costs--even if keeping Moran safe means dealing with Aerian politics, angry dragons and something far more sinister."--Back cover.

The infinity of you & me

November 22, 2016
Coyle, J. Q., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
246 pages ; 22 cm
"Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she's ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds--strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who's trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren't hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle's The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate"-- Provided by publisher.

Dracula vs. Hitler

November 22, 2016
Duncan, Patrick Sheane, author.
©2016
xi, 506 pages ; 24 cm
"Ravaged by the Nazi Secret Service during World War II, Romanian resistance forces turn to one of their leaders, Professor Van Helsing for any way out. To fight these monstrous forces, Van Helsing raises a legendary monster from centuries of slumber ... Prince Dracula himself. Once he was the ruler of Transylvania. Prince Vlad Dracula, is, above all else, a patriot. He proves more than willing to once again drive out his country's invaders. Upshot: No one minds if he drinks all the German blood he desires. In Berlin, when Hitler hears about the many defeats his forces are suffering at the hands of an apparent true vampire, he is seduced by the possibility of becoming immortal. Thus two forces are set upon a collision course, the ultimate confrontation: Superpower against superpower."--amazon.com

Heartless

November 22, 2016
Meyer, Marissa, author.
©2016
453 pages ; 25 cm
In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

Merrow

November 22, 2016
Braxton-Smith, Ananda, author.
©2010
233 pages ; 22 cm
Enduring whispers about her absent mother's alleged merrow origins after her father drowns, twelve-year-old Neen questions her identity as she becomes increasingly torn between the worlds of the sea and her island home.

The shadow of what was lost

November 22, 2016
Islington, James, 1981- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
693 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and his friends are despised beyond their school walls for the magical power they wield: a power that Davian, despite his best efforts, cannot seem to control. Worse, with his final test approaching and the consequences of failure severe, time to overcome his struggles is fast running out. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life - and shake the entire world"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood for blood

November 21, 2016
Graudin, Ryan, author.
©2016
481 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Wolf by wolf.
In this alternate version of the 1950s, after the Axis powers win World War II, Yael, a Jewish skinshifter, fails in her mission to kill Hitler and finds herself being hunted while trying to finish what she started.

Shadowed souls

November 21, 2016
New York : Roc, 2016.
xii, 338 pages ; 21 cm
Cold case / by Jim Butcher -- Sleepover / by Seanan McGuire -- If wishes were / by Tanya Huff -- Solus / by Anton Strout -- Peacock in hell / by Kat Richardson -- Eye of newt / by Kevin J. Anderson -- What dwells within / by Lucy A. Snyder -- Hunter, healer / by Jim C. Hines -- Baggage / by Erik Scott de Bie -- Sales. force. / by Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Impossible monsters / by Rob Thurman.
"In this dark and gritty collection--featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman--nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil ... Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher's Cold Case, Molly Carpenter--Harry Dresden's apprentice-turned-Winter Lady--must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you're a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad... New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire's Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything "weird." They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie. In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson's Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble's latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner... And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman's infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue--and nightmarish--vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters. ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY: Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie"-- Provided by publisher.

Sacrifice

November 18, 2016
Pon, Cindy, 1973- author.
[Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina] : Month9Books, [2016]
263 pages ; 22 cm
When Zhen Ni discovers that her new husband, the strange and brutish Master Hou, may not be all he seems, Skybright and Stone must travel through the terrifying underworld to save her.

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