New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Killing pretty

July 31, 2015
Kadrey, Richard.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
387 pages ; 19 cm.
"Sandman Slim investigates Death's death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he's come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill Death--ripping the heart right out of him--or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help: he believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to talent agencies specializing in mad ghosts, from Weimar Republic mystical societies to sleazy supernatural underground fight and sex clubs. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl--distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes--as badass as Slim: she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world...and a few others. For years, Slim has been fighting cosmic forces bent on destroying Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This time, the battle is right here on the gritty streets of the City of Angels, where a very clever, very ballsy killer lies in wait"-- Provided by publisher.

Magic shifts

July 31, 2015
Andrews, Ilona.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate--former Beast Lord Curran Lennart-- are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time. But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is at his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc's business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo's assignments are connected in the most sinister way...An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it--before it takes their city apart piece by piece" -- Publisher's description.

The veil

July 31, 2015
Neill, Chloe.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill. Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle. Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she's a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil's Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack--in full view of the French Quarter--Liam decides to bring her to Devil's Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn't the same as keeping her out of his head. But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn.."-- Provided by publisher.

Lamp black, wolf grey

July 31, 2015
Brackston, Paula.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
318 pages ; 21 cm
"Artist Laura Matthews finds her new home in the Welsh mountains to be a place so charged with tales and legends that she is able to reach through the gossamer-fine veil that separates her own world from that of myth and fable. She and her husband Dan have given up their city life and moved to Blaencwm, an ancient longhouse high in the hills. Here she hopes that the wild beauty will inspire her to produce her best art and will give her the baby they have longed for. But this high valley is also home to others, such as Rhys the charismatic loner who pursues Laura with fervor. And Anwen, the wise old woman from the neighboring farm who seems to know so much but talks in riddles. And then there is Merlin. Lamp Black, Wolf Grey tells both Laura's story and Merlin's. For once he too walked these hills, with his faithful grey wolf at his heel. It was here he fell in love with Megan, nurse-maid to the children of the hated local noble, Lord Geraint. Merlin was young, at the start of his renowned career as a magician, but when he refuses to help Lord Geraint it is Megan who may pay the price"-- provided by publisher.

The sword of the south

July 31, 2015
Weber, David, 1952-
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2015]
vii, 546 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Kenhodan has no last name, because he has no past or not one he remembers, anyway. What he does have are a lot of scars and a lot of skills some exhilarating and some terrifying and a purpose. Now if he only knew where he'd gotten them and what that purpose was. Wencit of Rm, the most powerful wizard in the world, knows the answers to Kenhodan's questions, but he can't or won't share them with him. Except to inform him that he's a critical part of Wencit's millennium-long battle to protect Norfressa from conquest by dark sorcery. Bahzell Bahnakson, champion of Tomank, doesn't know those answers and the War God isn't sharing them with him. Except to inform Bahzell that the final confrontation with the Dark Lords of fallen Kontovar is about to begin, and that somehow Kenhodan is one of the keys to its final outcome. Wulfra of Torfo doesn't know those answers, either, but she does know Wencit of Rm is her implacable foe and that somehow Kenhodan is one of the weapons he intends to use against her assuming she can't kill both of them first. But in the far northern port city of Belhadan, an eleven-year-old girl with a heart of harp music knows the answers to all of Kenhodan's questions and dares not share them with anyone, even the ancient wild wizard who loves her more dearly than life itself. It's not easy to face the future when you can't even remember your own past, but if saving an entire world from evil sorcerers, demons, devils, and dark gods was easy, anyone could do it."--Provided by publisher.

Salvation of Gabriel Adam

July 28, 2015
Duncan, S. L., author.
[Aurora, IL] : Medallion Press, [2015].
400 pages ; 20 cm.
"Embattled by an uncertain future, Gabriel Adam is now slowly succumbing to the powerful ring that he credits with stopping the demon sent to Earth to start the second war between the light and dark realms. As his health fails, his feelings grow for his archangel friend Micah. With the inevitability of his future ever nearer, he wonders if time is left to rekindle what they once shared. But a darkness is growing in Istanbul. Lilith has used her alluring beauty to manipulate Simon Magus, the new Turkish president, into giving her great power. Wanting only to reunite with her one true love, she seeks to find seven ancient vials and pierce the veil that separates the dimensions, unleashing hell upon the Earth"--Page [4] of cover.

Chantarelle

July 28, 2015
Morgan, Genevieve, author.
©2015
294 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"The battle for Ayda heats up in Chantarelle, Book 2 of The Five Stones Trilogy. Chase, determined to fulfill his promise to find the unifying Fifth Stone, finds the elusive Captain Nate and brings him back to the island of Ayda, where one of the realms is burning and two more are under siege from Dankar s dark forces of Exor. Meanwhile, Knox and Evelyn must trust a mysterious guide to help them find a way back, though each has their own personal struggle to overcome. All three children must decide if they can put their own needs and fears aside to save their friends and family."--provided from Amazon.com.

Abomination

July 28, 2015
Whitta, Gary, author.
San Francisco, CA : Inkshares [2015]
341 pages : map ; 24 cm
"After the fall of the Roman Empire, chaos and bloodshed swept across the remains of western civilization like a plague. Consumed by feudal warfare, Europe plunged into a centuries-long era of illiteracy and cultural desolation from which few historical records survived. Some believe that the true history of this dark age was deliberately concealed by its surviving scholars. Too incredible to be believed, too terrible to be retold. Until now"--Provided by publisher.

The fifth season

July 28, 2015
Jemisin, N. K.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
498 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"The broken earth ; book one"--T.p.

Alice

July 28, 2015
Henry, Christina, 1974-
©2014
291 pages ; 21 cm
"A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll...In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside. In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn't remember why she's in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood... Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago. Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful. And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragonbane

July 27, 2015
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
©2015
343 pages ; 25 cm.
Series from book jacket.
"Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it's hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan. Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames"-- Provided by publisher.

The dinosaur lords

July 27, 2015
Milán, Victor, author.
New York : TOR, 2015.
445 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tor Book."
A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise but dinosaurs predominate, and they are the weapons of choice. Vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engage in battle. During the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac-and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.

The good, the bad, and the smug

July 27, 2015
Holt, Tom, 1961- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
374 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel beyond good and evil"--Cover.

Half a war

July 24, 2015
Abercrombie, Joe.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
366 pages ; 24 cm.
"The final book in a stirring new epic fantasy trilogy following Half a King and Half the World. Yarvi is the unlikely heir to the throne--a clever, thoughtful boy with a crippled hand who feels out of place in a violent, Viking-like society. Thorn is a young girl, determined to follow in the footsteps of her dead father and become a famous warrior, whatever it takes. Now Yarvi has avenged the murder of his father, and sets out on an epic journey with Thorn that will embroil his kingdom in all-out war"-- Provided by publisher.

The first confessor : the legend of Magda Searus

July 17, 2015
Goodkind, Terry. author.
©2012
604 pages ; 25 cm
A prequel to the Sword of Truth series follows the experiences of Magda Searus, who is shunned by her community members when she makes unsettling discoveries about her powerful husband's suicide and ventures out into a war-stricken world.

Dead man's reach

July 17, 2015
Jackson, D. B., author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
364 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Boston, 1770: The city is a powder keg as tensions between would-be rebels and loyalist torries approach a breaking point and one man is willing to light the match that sets everything off to ensure that he has his revenge. The presence of the British Regulars has made thieftaking a hard business to be in and the jobs that are available are reserved for Sephira Pryce. Ethan Kaille has to resort to taking on jobs that he would otherwise pass up, namely protecting the shops of Torries from Patriot mobs. But, when one British loyalist takes things too far and accidentally kills a young boy, even Ethan reconsiders his line of work. Even more troubling is that instances of violence in the city are increasing, and Ethan often finds himself at the center of the trouble. Once Ethan realizes why he is at the center of all the violence, he finds out that some enemies don't stay buried and will stop at nothing to ruin Ethan's life. Even if that means costing the lives of everyone in Boston, including the people that Ethan loves most"-- Provided by publisher.

The Drosten's curse

July 16, 2015
Kennedy, A. L., author.
©2015
361 pages ; 21 cm.
"Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel: receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency toward disappearance among the guests. She's tried talking to the manager; she's even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages on the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he's in Chicago. He knows he's in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn't do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand"-- Provided by publisher.

Last first snow

July 16, 2015
Gladstone, Max, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
382 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel of the Craft sequence"--Jacket.
"Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation--especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods' decaying edicts. As long as the gods' wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill's people have their own ideas"-- Provided by publisher.

The shores of Spain : a novel of the Golden city

July 16, 2015
Cheney, J. Kathleen, author.
New York : Roc, [2015]
415 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The seat of magic.
"Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power."-- Page [4] of cover.

The dove and the crow

July 16, 2015
Hirsch, Joseph, 1982- author.
©2015
130 pages ; 23 cm.
"Meet the crow. He's been around for hundreds of years. He took scalps in the time of Cortez and Columbus. He skins men and makes rugs of their hides, lassos of their intestines. Right now he's angry, and out for blood. Meet the dove. Matina's a whore at the Maison de Joie, with more mojo than you can shake a stick at. It's been said that, with just a bat of her eyelashes, she can turn pennyroyal tea into tincture of opium. Meet the tracker. Dognose Jones, the adopted son of a Cherokee medicine man, has a special gift. He can smell his prey like a bloodhound scenting its chase. Welcome to the wild, weird west.

The unknown

July 15, 2015
Evans, Taylor, author.
©2014
ii, 242 pages ; 23 cm
"First book in the Sorcerers' Prophecy series"--about the author page.
Teen sisters Casey and Kate discover the hidden world of Alagia, and their lives are changed forever. They learn of a prophecy that says one sister must turn against the other in order to end Alagia's turmoil. Though the prophecy is clear about the sisters' fate, Casey and Kate struggle to find it within themselves to betray each other for the sake of peace in Alagia.

Cold iron

July 13, 2015
Leicht, Stina, author.
New York, New York : Saga Press, 2015.
657 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"The Malorum Gates ; book one"--Title page.
Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: He picks up a fallen sword and defends himself. Disowned and dismissed to the military, Nels establishes himself as a leader as Eledore begins to shatter under the attack of the Acrasians, who the Kainen had previously dismissed as barbarians. But Nels knows differently, and with the aid of Suvi, who has allied with pirates, he mounts a military offensive with sword, canon, and what little magic is left in the world.

The shapeshifters

July 9, 2015
Spjut, Stefan, 1973- author.
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
587 pages : map ; 21 cm
Translation of: Stallo.
"Mariner books."
"Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a moutain cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there's a lead: a single photograph taken by Susso Myren. Myren has devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as stallo, who can control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that trolls are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden"--Page 4 of cover.

Wicked embers : a souls of fire novel

July 9, 2015
Arthur, Keri.
New York, New York : Signet Select, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
375 pages ; 17 cm
As the plague-like virus spawned from a failed government continues to spread, Emberly Pearson, a phoenix that can transform into human form, and her partner, Jackson Miller, must find the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic.

Flight from death

July 9, 2015
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961-
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
320 pages ; 17 cm.
"I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting... When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we're on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest."-- From back cover.

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