New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

September 13, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Fireborn

September 12, 2014
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York, New York : Signet Select, [2014]
391 pages ; 18 cm.
A phoenix capable of taking on human form and cursed with the ability to foresee death, Emberly Pearson finds everything she has worked so hard for going up in flames when she tries to save a man she once loved from meeting his prophesied fate.

The perilous sea

September 11, 2014
Thomas, Sherry (Sherry M.), author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
416 pages ; 22 cm
"Sequel to The burning sky"--Dust jacket.
"Elemental trilogy ; #2"--Title page verso.
"After returning to Eton College, Titus makes a shocking discovery in his mother's diary that causes him to question everything he believed about his and Iolanthe's Mission"-- Provided by publisher.

The clockwork dagger : a novel

September 10, 2014
Cato, Beth.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, 2014.
360 pages ; 21 cm
"Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers--the Queen's spies and assassins--and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself"-- Provided by publisher.

City of stairs : a novel

September 8, 2014
Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984-
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
452 pages ; 21 cm
"The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions--until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself--first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it--stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem--and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over."-- From back cover.

The falcon throne

September 5, 2014
Miller, Karen, 1961- author.
New York : Orbit, 2014.
xi, 675 pages : map ; 25 cm
"The tarnished crown ; book one"--Title page.
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Little, Brown Group Limited"--Title page verso.
A royal son, falsely believed to be dead, fights for his father's stolen throne against a bastard-born lord and a duke's widow.

The witch with no name

September 2, 2014
Harrison, Kim, 1966-
New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
462 pages ; 24 cm.
"Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more. But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now. To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything"-- Provided by publisher.

The magician's guild

September 2, 2014
Canavan, Trudi.
New York : EOS, 2004.
370 p. : maps ; 18 cm.
The Magician's Guild attempts to locate an untrained rogue mage, whose raw power and belligerent disposition could prove very dangerous to their order.

Age of iron

August 29, 2014
Watson, Angus, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
568 pages ; 21 cm
"Iron age trilogy : book one"--Title page.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join -- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed.

House immortal

August 28, 2014
Monk, Devon, author.
New York, New York : Roc, [2014]
351 pages ; 18 cm
"Roc fantasy"--Spine.
Matilda Case isn't like most folk. In fact, she's unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father's experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all. Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity. The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.

Sleeping late on judgement day : a Bobby Dollar novel

August 28, 2014
Williams, Tad.
New York : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
viii, 439 p. ; 24 cm.
"Where does an angel go when he's been to Hell and back? Renegade angel Bobby Dollar does not have an easy afterlife. After surviving the myriad gruesome dangers Hell oh-so-kindly offered him, Bobby has returned empty-handed - his demon girlfriend Casmira, the Countess of Cold Hands, is still in the clutches of Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell. Some hell of a rescue. Forced to admit his failure, Bobby ends up back at his job as an angel advocate. That is, until Walter, an old angel friend whom Bobby never thought he'd see again, shows up at the local bar. The last time he saw Walter was in Hell, when Walter had tried to warn him about one of Bobby's angel superiors. But now Walter can't remember anything, and Bobby doesn't know whom to trust. Turns out that there's corruption hidden within the higher ranks of Heaven and Hell, but the only proof Bobby has is a single feather. Before he knows it, he's in the High Hall of Heavenly Judgement - no longer a bastion for the moral high ground, if it ever was, but instead just another rigged system - on trial for his immortal soul" -- from publisher's web site.

The winter long

August 28, 2014
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
x, 358 pages ; 18 cm.
Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It's time to learn the truth.

Hidden

August 28, 2014
Jacka, Benedict, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
"Ace fantasy"--Spine.
When Anne Walker, who has cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program, is kidnapped, Alex Versus, with his talent for divining the future, must journey deep into the shadow realm of Sagash to rescue this woman who no longer trusts him.

Song of the sword

August 28, 2014
Willett, Edward, 1959- author.
Regina, Saskatchewan : Coteau Books, 2014.
210 pages ; 22 cm
Shards of excalibur ; book 1"--Title page verso.

Wood sprites

August 27, 2014
Spencer, Wen.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2014]
481 pages ; 25 cm
"Book 4 in the Romantic Times Sapphire award winning Elfhome series. Even though they attend a school of gifted students in New York City, child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have always felt alone in the world, isolated by their brilliance. Shortly before their ninth birthday, they make an amazing discovery. They're not alone. Their real mother was astronaut Esme Shenske and their father was the famous inventor, Leonardo Dufae. They have an older sister, Alexander, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center. There's only one problem: the frozen embryos are scheduled to be destroyed within six months. The race is on to save their baby brother and sisters. As a war breaks out on Elfhome and riots start in New York City, the twins use science and magic to plow over everything standing in their way. But when they come face to face with an ancient evil force, they're soon in over their heads in danger.-- Provided by publisher.

The getaway god

August 25, 2014
Kadrey, Richard.
New York : Harper Voyager, [2014]
387 pages ; 19 cm.
"It's not easy being a half-human, half-angel nephilim with a bad rep and a worse attitude who also has to learn to be human again after 11 years in Hell and a brief stint as Lucifer (yep). But that's the least of James Stark/Sandman Slim's worries. For the old gods, the Angra Om Ya, are poised to invade. LA is descending into chaos. And the Wildfire Ripper is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, he takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth, to Heaven and Hell. The Ripper might be only person alive who knows how to save the world, but he's also Stark's worst enemy, the only man in existence Stark would happily kill twice"-- Provided by publisher.

Assail : a novel of the Malazan Empire

August 22, 2014
Esslemont, Ian C. (Ian Cameron)
New York : Tor, [2014].
540 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."

The high lord

August 22, 2014
Canavan, Trudi.
New York : EOS, 2004, c2003.
531 p. : maps ; 17 cm.
"You want to know the truth." Sonea has learned much since she was but a penniless urchin possessing an awesome untapped ability. She has earned the grudging respect of her fellow novices and a place in the Magicians' Guild. But there is much she wishes she had never learned -- what she witnessed, for example, in the underground chamber of the mysterious High Lord Akkarin . . . and the knowledge that the Guild is being observed closely by an ancient fearsome enemy. Still, she dares not ignore the terrifying truths the High Lord would share with her, even though she fears it may be base trickery, a scheme to use her astonishing powers to accomplish his dark aims. For Sonea knows her future is in his hands -- and that only in the shadows will she achieve true greatness . . . if she survives. In this engaging conclusion, Sonea has learned much as a novice in the Magicians' Guild. But she'll never forget what she witnessed in the underground chamber of the mysterious High Lord Akkarin. Sonea knows her future is in his hands--and that only in the shadows will she achieve true greatness, if she survives.

Shifting shadows : stories from the world of Mercy Thompson

August 21, 2014
Briggs, Patricia.
New York : Ace Books, [2014].
450 pages ; 24 cm
"Includes four new stories together with six all-time favorites."
Silver -- Fairy gifts -- Gray -- Seeing eye -- Alpha and Omega -- The star of David -- Roses in winter -- In red, with pearls -- Redemption -- Hollow.
"Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has friends in high places--and in low, dark, scary ones. And in this must-have collection of stories, you'll meet new faces and catch up with old acquaintances--in all their forms... In a time of fresh starts, Mercy is asked to use an old talent--ghost hunting--in the all-new story "Hollow." You'll learn what happens when an ancient werewolf on his last legs befriends a vulnerable adolescent ("Roses in Winter") and how Mercy's friend Samuel Cornick became a werewolf ("Silver"). The werewolf Ben finds "Redemption," and Moira, a blind witch, assists on a search in "Seeing Eye." From Butte, Montana, the copper-mining town that vampire Thomas Hao calls home ("Fairy Gifts"), to Chicago, where the vampire Elyna buys and renovates the apartment she lived in while human ("Gray"), you'll travel the roads that originated with Mercy Thompson and the fertile imagination of Patricia Briggs. Roads that will lead you to places you've never been before.."-- Provided by publisher.

Maplecroft : the Borden dispatches

August 21, 2014
Priest, Cherie.
New York : Roc Trade, 2014.
435 pages ; 21 cm
" Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.... The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean's depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe. "-- Provided by publisher.

The midnight queen

August 21, 2014
Hunter, Sylvia Izzo.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
vi, 417 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"In the hallowed halls of Oxford's Merlin College, the most talented--and highest born--sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover... Gray's deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace--and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender's country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor's daughter. Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father's wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings. Sophie and Gray's meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king's closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost.."-- Provided by publisher.

Voices from beyond

August 19, 2014
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014
296 pages ; 18 cm.
"Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute--JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses. In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a séance that goes terribly wrong. What--or who--ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells. Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students' very souls. All in a day's work--except the team doesn't know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds. And this time what is at stake is not four lives--but the very existence of all humanity"--Page [4] of cover.

The highlander next door

August 19, 2014
Chapman, Janet, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2014.
417 pages ; 18 cm.
"Legend has it love is carried on the rising mists of Spellbound Falls, and not even time-traveling highlanders are immune to its magic. Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother's four marriages, Birch now runs a women's shelter and doesn't want a man in her life. But there's something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can't figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate--and sexy. Or how she's falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century. Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men"--Page [4] of cover.

The bullet-catcher's daughter

August 19, 2014
Duncan, Rod.
Nottingham, UK ; New York : Angry Robot, 2014.
373 p. ; 18 cm.
"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life--as herself and as her brother, a private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better...."--from cover, p. [4].

Memory zero

August 19, 2014
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York : Dell, 2014.
385 pages ; 18 cm.
Originally published in different form in paperback in the United States by ImaJinn Books, Hickory Corners, MI, in 2004.
Includes preview to, Generation 18 (pages [363]-385).
"For Sam Ryan, life began at the age of fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her past. For the ten years that Sam's been with the State Police, she's searched for clues to her identity. But it's as if all mention of her family has been deliberately wiped off the system. Everything changes the night she agrees to meet her missing partner, Jack, and barely survives his attempt to kill her. Charged with his murder, Sam finds herself accepting help from Gabriel Stern-a shapeshifter with secrets of his own. As Sam delves into her partner's death, it soon becomes clear that the key to surviving the present lies in unravelling the threads of her past-and discovering not just who she is, but what she is"--Page [4] of cover.

The broken eye

August 15, 2014
Weeks, Brent.
New York, NY : Orbit, [2014].
795 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Without the protection of Gavin Guile, who has been captured and enslaved and has lost his powers, Kip, Teia, and Karris fight to survive a secret war between the nobles, rebels, and an ancient order of stealthy assassins called The Broken Eye.

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