New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

September 2, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


September 1, 2015
Walton, David, 1975-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, [2015]
303 pages ; 21 cm
When physicist Ryan Oronzi's development of military applications of Higgs projector technology leads to the return of the varcolac, which seeks to destroy human life, Sandra and Alex Kelley strive to defeat it.

The complete Morgaine

September 1, 2015
Cherryh, C. J.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., [2015]
816 pages : maps ; 23 cm
First work originally published: 1976. Second work originally published: 1978. Third work originally published: 1979. Fourth work originally published: 1988.
Gate of Ivrel -- Well of Shiuan -- Fires of Azeroth -- Exile's Gate.


September 1, 2015
Priest, Cherie, author.
New York, New York : New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
ix, 434 pages ; 22 cm.
"A ROC book"--Title page.
Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named "Harry the Hacker" by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens. This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life. Unless she stops it ...

The returned : a novel

August 31, 2015
Patrick, Seth.
Naperville, Illinois. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
445 pages ; 21 cm
In a small Alpine village, people start to appear, trying to return to their homes after a terrible accident none of them can recall. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years--and no one is expecting them back. But they are not the only ones to have seemingly returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of horrific murders, which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past...


August 28, 2015
Wilde, Fran, 1979-
New York : TOR, 2015.
364 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book"
"Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City. As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever--if it isn't destroyed outright"-- Provided by publisher.

Unholy war

August 28, 2015
Hair, David, 1965- author.
New York : Jo Fletcher Books, 2015.
795 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

Path of stars

August 27, 2015
Hunter, Erin, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
308 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
When the dangerous Slash takes Star Flower hostage, her mate Clear Sky must rally the other four clans to his side in order to save her.

Sorcerer to the crown

August 27, 2015
Cho, Zen, author.
New York : ACE Books, 2015.
371 pages ; 24 cm.
"In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite... The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty's lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman--a freed slave who doesn't even have a familiar--as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England's once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven't stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man's profession... At his wit's end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain--and the world at large.."-- Provided by publisher.

Twelve kings in Sharakhai

August 27, 2015
Beaulieu, Bradley P., author.
New York : Daw Books, Inc., 2015.
583 pages ; 24 cm.
"Song of the shattered sands ; Book one"--T.p.
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, center of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings--cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Or so it seems, until Çeda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings' laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha'ir. What she learns that night sets her on a path that winds through both the terrible truths of the Kings' mysterious history and the hidden riddles of her own heritage. Together, these secrets could finally break the iron grip of the Kings' power... if the nigh-omnipotent Kings don't find her first.

Working for Bigfoot : stories from the Dresden files

August 25, 2015
Butcher, Jim, 1971- author.
131 pages : black and white illustrations ; 21 centimeters
Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble. In the three novellas that make up ''Working For Bigfoot,'' collected together for the first time here, readers encounter Dresden at different points in his storied career, and in Irwin's life. As a middle-schooler, in ''B is For Bigfoot,'' Irwin attracts the unwelcome attention of a pair of bullying brothers who are more than they seem, and when Harry steps in, it turns out they have a mystical guardian of their own. At a fancy private high school in ''I Was a Teenage Bigfoot,'' Harry is called in when Irwin grows ill for the first time, and it's not just a case of mono. Finally, Irwin is all grown up and has a grown-up's typical problems as a freshman in college in ''Bigfoot on Campus,'' or would have if typical included vampires.

Legacy of kings

August 25, 2015
Herman, Eleanor, 1960- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
411 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Katerina, on a mission to kill the queen, falls in love with Alexander, Prince of Macedonia. Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander's unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

End time

August 25, 2015
Korman, Keith.
New York : Tor, 2015.
524 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Cover.
"What is happening to the country--and the planet? A government bio-lab experiment goes hideously wrong, infecting people with scientifically-programmed madness. Random kidnappings of women and girls proliferate throughout the land. Some people suddenly succumb to horrifically virulent viruses while others become able to read minds. Mysteriously summoned to confront these frightening questions, three people are thrown together on a bizarre cross-country quest: Cheryl Gibson, an LA cop; Billy Howahkan, a Lakota Sioux with seeming supernatural gifts; and Bhakti Singh, a distinguished space scientist. This unlikely group must track down a pair of children with extraordinary powers, children who will determine humanity's fate--obliteration or salvation. As the three set out across America, a blood-dimmed tide is unleashed. Anarchy, terror, and death stalk the land in Keith Korman's End Time"-- Provided by publisher.


August 25, 2015
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
New York, New York : Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
320 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Everything changes for San Bernardino teenage suburbanite Jim Sturges when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

Secrets of Neverak

August 25, 2015
Gowans, Jacob, author.
ix, 493 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Henry Vestin, along with his sister and his friends, continues the quest to save Isabelle, the woman he loves, from the clutches of the Emperor of Neverak, whose plans for war draw ever closer.

Every last breath

August 25, 2015
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2015]
394 pages ; 21 cm.
Half-demon, half-gargoyle Layla faces tough choices as she must decide between light and dark while she battles a powerful demon in order to protect her friend Sam from a fate worse than death.

Visions of skyfire : an awakening novel

August 25, 2015
Hastings, Regan.
New York : Signet Eclipse, 2011.
367 p. ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Visions of chains (p. [361]-367).
"Signet Eclipse paranormal romance"--Spine.
Unprepared for her power and her attraction to Rune, her Eternal protector and destined mate, witch Teresa Santiago must save the world from the forces of darkness while saving them both from being imprisoned by the government.

The drafter : a novel

August 24, 2015
Harrison, Kim, 1966-
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
422 pages ; 24 cm.
"Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?"--Provided by publisher.

Keepers of the labyrinth

August 24, 2015
Moulton, Erin E.
xi, 287 pages ; 22 cm
"Lil Bennett goes to Crete to find answers about the circumstances of her mother's death, and there finds herself entangled in an adventure of mythical proportions that leads her and her friends through the very labyrinth in which the real Minotaur was imprisoned"-- Provided by publisher.

Forces from beyond

August 24, 2015
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
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... A threat to Humanity rests on the bottom of the North Sea: the interdimensional entity known as the Flesh Undying. It is a monstrous being of unimaginable power, way out of the Ghost Finders' league, so the team has no choice but to accept an alliance with their evil counterpart, Project Crowley. Only the creature has already turned its eye upon the Ghost Finders--and dispatched an assassin with a deadly vendetta against them..."-- From back cover.

Forbidden : [a novel of the Sazi]

August 24, 2015
Clamp, Cathy L.
New York, NY : Tor, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
352 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Hunter's moon.
"Someone is stealing the children of Luna Lake"--P.4 cover.
USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced, high-tension urban fantasy thriller.

Veiled empire

August 24, 2015
Garrison, Nathan, author.
[New York, N.Y.] : Harper Voyager Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
552 pages ; 17 cm
"The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime. Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule. But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before. For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him comes the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor's reign. He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years. A power that has champions of its own."-- Provided by publisher.

The house of shattered wings

August 18, 2015
Bodard, Aliette de, author.
New York : Roc, [2015]
402 pages ; 24 cm
"In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians' War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France's once grand capital. Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls. Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires' salvation--or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself"-- Provided by publisher.


August 17, 2015
Belcher, R. S.
New York : Tor, 2015.
318 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"R.S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana launches a gritty new urban fantasy series set in today's seedy occult underworld in Nightwise. In the more shadowy corners of the world, frequented by angels and demons and everything in-between, Laytham Ballard is a legend. It's said he raised the dead at the age of ten, stole the Philosopher's Stone in Vegas back in 1999, and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he's also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy a long time ago. Now a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal with friends in both high and low places--and a sinister history of blood sacrifices. Ballard is hell-bent on making Dusan Slorzack pay for his numerous atrocities, but Slorzack seems to have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, beyond the reach of his enemies, the Illuminati, and maybe even the Devil himself. To find Slorzack, Ballard must follow a winding, treacherous path that stretches from Wall Street and Washington, D.C. to backwoods hollows and truckstops, while risking what's left of his very soul"-- Provided by publisher.

The paradox

August 11, 2015
Fletcher, Charlie, 1960- author.
ix, 418 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to The oversight.
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2015 by Orbit."--Title page verso.
"The Last Hand of the Oversight still patrols the border between the natural and supernatural, holding a candle to the darkness. But this new Hand is unproven, its fresh members untrained, its veterans weary and battle-scarred. Their vulnerability brings new enemies into the city, and surprising new allies from across the sea. But most surprising of all are new revelations about the Oversight's past, revelations that will expose the true peril of the world in which Sharp and Sara are trapped -- the secret of the Black Mirrors, and what lies beyond. And the catastrophic danger that will follow them home, if they ever manage to return. The dark waters rise. The candles are guttering. But the light still remains. For now..."--provided from

Falling in love with hominids

August 11, 2015
Hopkinson, Nalo, author.
222 pages ; 22 cm.
Foreword -- The Easthound -- Soul case-- Message in a bottle -- The smile on the face -- Left foot, right -- Old habits -- Emily breakfast -- Herbal -- A young candy daughter -- A raggy dog, a shaggy dog -- Shift -- Delicious monster -- Snow day -- Flying lessons -- Whose upward flight I love -- Blushing -- Ours is the prettiest -- Men sell not such in any town.
"In this long-awaited collection, Hopkinson continues to expand the boundaries of culture and imagination. Whether she is retelling The Tempest as a new Caribbean myth, filling a shopping mall with unfulfilled ghosts, or herding chickens that occasionally breathe fire, Hopkinson continues to create bold fiction that transcends boundaries and borders."--Back cover.

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