New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Half-witch : a novel

July 17, 2018
Schoffstall, John, 1952- author.
Easthampton, MA : Big Mouth House, [2018]
320 pages ; 22 cm
Fourteen-year-old Lizbet and witch girl Strix embark upon a perilous quest where the fates of Lizbet's father and Heaven are at stake.

Kill the farm boy

July 17, 2018
Dawson, Delilah S., author.
New York : Del Rey, 2018.
xiv, 364 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"Once upon a time, there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death."--Provided by publisher.

The war in the dark

July 16, 2018
Setchfield, Nick, author.
London : Titan Books, 2018.
421 pages ; 21 cm
"Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light. When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarova, he's caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in a language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it. Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass . . . It's a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark"--Page [4] of cover.

Mystic dragon

July 16, 2018
Denzel, Jason.
New York, NY : Doherty Associates, 2018.
480 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Seven years have passed since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice. Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fayün is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them. Among them is Shevia, a haunted and brilliant prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen. --Jacket.


July 13, 2018
Brandes, Nadine, 1986- author.
441 pages ; 22 cm
"Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father's plot to assassinate the king of England."-- Provided by publisher.

The wrong heaven : stories

July 13, 2018
Bonnaffons, Amy.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
245 pages ; 22 cm.
The wrong heaven -- The other one -- Horse -- Black stones -- The cleas -- A room to live in -- Alternate -- Little sister -- Doris and Katie -- Goddess night.
In The Wrong Heaven, anything is possible: bodies can transform, inanimate objects come to life, angels appear and disappear. In the title story, a schoolteacher's life takes an unexpected turn when the plastic Jesus and Mary lawn ornaments she buys start talking to her. In "Horse," the story's narrator decides to join her best friend, who is undergoing regular IVF injections, with injections of her own - ones that will transform her into a horse. And in "Alternate," a woman is convinces that all she needs to revive a stagnant relationship is the perfect poster of the Dalai Lama. While some of the worlds Bonnaffons creates are more recognizable than others, all of them are decidedly strange. Hugely funny, bold, and probing, these stories lay bare the heart of our deepest longings and mysteries. From inside cover.

The mere wife

July 13, 2018
Headley, Maria Dahvana, 1977- author.
New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
308 pages ; 22 cm
From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings--high and gabled--and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside--in lawns and on playgrounds--wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall's periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights. For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance. Dana didn't want Gren, didn't plan Gren, and doesn't know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Dana's and Willa's worlds collide.


July 13, 2018
Carriger, Gail, author.
309 pages ; 22 cm.


July 13, 2018
Cast, P. C., author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2018.
viii, 395 pages ; 22 cm.
Zoey worries about her brother using Old Magick while he is in his world, so she and her friends travel to an alternative version of the House of Night, where dangers take the form of friends and allies are found in strange places.

Caught in time : a Kendra Donovan mystery

July 12, 2018
McElwain, Julie, author.
449 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: A twist in time.
Sequel to: A murder in time.
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret. As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she'd encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they're dealing with a stone-cold killer -- one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.

Monster hunter memoirs : saints

July 12, 2018
Correia, Larry, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2018]
viii, 273 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Baen Books Original"--Title page verso.
"Everything is different in New Orleans. The climate. The food. The monsters. The real reason why is that a larval Great Old One is growing there and is just about ready to pop. If Chad Gardenier can't convince 'the powers that be' to get involved not only New Orleans--but the entire world--is going to fall under the power of the nastiest of nasties. On the outs with the US government and his usual job, Chad must rally the forces of light. Fortunately, he has mad a few friends over the years and the Fey hate Old Ones as much as MHI does. Now, where'd he put the number for that ditzy Fey princess...?" -- Provided by publisher.

Salt fish girl : a novel

July 11, 2018
Lai, Larissa.
Toronto : Thomas Allen Publishers, [2002]
269 pages ; 20 cm
"The mesmerizing tale of an ageless female character who shifts shape and form through time and place. A remarkable novel about gender, love, honor, intrigue and fighting the dark forces of biotechnology."--Back cover.

Sage Alexander and the blood of Seth

July 11, 2018
Copling, Steve, author.
Dallas, Texas : Brown Books Publishing Group, [2018].
viii, 494 pages ; 24 cm
"Sage Alexander's life was irreparably changed when he learned that the strange manifestations he--and only he--had seen his whole life were real. After learning of and harnessing his otherworldly powers, Sage saves his father from Greed, one of the Seven Princes of Hell, and has only just brought things back to normal, or so he thinks, when the Prince of Sloth grasps Sage's little brother, Nick. Will Sage defeat Sloth, or will his journey meet its end?"-- Provided by publisher.

Red waters rising

July 11, 2018
Gilman, Laura Anne, author.
New York : Saga, [2018]
350 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
In the last novel of The Devil's West trilogy, Isobel, the Devil's Left Hand, and Gabriel ride through the magical land of the Territory to root out evil by the way of mad magicians, ghosts, and twisted animal spirits. As Isobel and Gabriel travel to the southern edge of the Territory, they arrive in the free city of Red Stick. Tensions are running high as the homesteading population grows, crowding the native lands, and suspicions rise across the river from an American fort. But there is a sickness running through Red Stick and Isobel begins to find her authority challenged. She'll be abandoned, betrayed, and forced to stand her ground as the Devil's left hand in this thrilling conclusion to The Devil's West Trilogy.

Titus Groan

July 11, 2018
Peake, Mervyn Laurence, 1911-1968.
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1992, ©1968.
396 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
First published in 1946.
"As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual whose origins are lost in history and the castle is peopled by dark characters in half-lit corridors. Dreamlike and macabre, Peake's extraordinary novel is one of the most astonishing and fantastic works in modern English fiction."--Publisher's website.

The brink of darkness

July 10, 2018
Giles, Jeff, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped of his power pushes him toward a darkness he's never experienced and a past he's never known. The secrets that surface could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe ... or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for"--Provided by publisher.

Beast : a tale of love and revenge

July 10, 2018
Jensen, Lisa, 1952- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
337 pages ; 22 cm
"They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can't believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup's ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup -until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast's château with the power to break the spell."--Jacket flap.

The Traitor's Ruin

July 10, 2018
Beaty, Erin, author.
New York : Imprint, 2018.
374 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Training completed, and comfortably situated as the royal tutor, the spy Sage Fowler only longs to be reunited with her betrothed: Captain Alex Quinn. As a way to be near to him again, she accepts a secret mission only to continuously clash with Quinn's gruff demeanor, until they are separated and she ends up in enemy territory.

Deep roots

July 10, 2018
Emrys, Ruthanna, author.
349 pages ; 22 cm.
"Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Deep Roots continues Aphra's journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away"--Provided by publisher.

European travel for the monstrous gentlewoman

July 10, 2018
Goss, Theodora, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2018.
708 pages ; 22 cm
Mary Jekyll and the rest of the daughters of literature's mad scientists embark on a madcap adventure across Europe to rescue another monstrous girl and stop the Alchemical Society's nefarious plans once and for all. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It's time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.

Kiss of the royal

July 10, 2018
Duga, Lindsey, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, 2018.
384 pages ; 21 cm
"Princess Ivy has one goal--end the war against the Forces of Darkness. Ivy's magic is more powerful than any other Royal's, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach's unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair--if only they could agree on...well, just about anything. But Ivy's magic can only fully unlock with Zach's help, and he's not exactly cooperating. Zach believes Ivy's magic is dangerous. Ivy believes they'll never win the war without it. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. But the more they argue, the more they fall for each other. And only one of them can be right."--Back cover.

Spinning silver

July 6, 2018
Novik, Naomi, author.
New York : Del Rey, 2018.
466 pages ; 22 cm
"Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued."--Provided by publisher.

Of the Abyss

July 6, 2018
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia, author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
477 pages ; 17 cm.
"Harper Voyager Impulse dark fantasy"--Spine.
"After decades of strife, peace has finally been achieved in Kavet--but at a dark cost. Sorcery is outlawed, and anyone convicted of consorting with the beings of the other realms--the Abyssi and the Numini--is put to death. The only people who can even discuss such topics legally are the scholars of the Order of the Napthol, who give counsel when questions regarding the supernatural planes arise. Hansa Viridian, a captain in the elite guard unit tasked with protecting Kavet from sorcery, has always led a respectable life. But when he is implicated in a sorcerer's crimes, the only way to avoid execution is to turn to the Abyss for help--specifically, to a half-Abyssi man he's sworn he hates, but whose physical attraction he cannot deny. Hansa is only the first victim in a plot that eventually drags him, a sorcerer named Xaz, and a Sister of the Napthol named Cadmia into the depths of the Abyss, where their only hope of escape is to complete an infernal task that might cost them their lives"--Page 4 of cover.


July 5, 2018
Jacka, Benedict, author.
310 pages ; 17 cm.
When Mage Alex Verus ends up with a position on the Light Council, no one is happy, least of all him. But Alex is starting to realize that if he wants to protect his friends, he'll need to become a power player himself. His first order of business is to track down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages. But when the Council decides they need his help in negotiating with the perpetrators, Alex will have to use all his cunning and magic to strike a deal--and stop the rising tension between the Council, the Dark Mages, and the adept community from turning into a bloodbath.


July 5, 2018
Cast, P. C., author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2017.
xiv, 336 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions and fan Q & A.
"It's Zoey's eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-Town. Strange, dark signs are appearing--could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet's grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems. With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart? When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she's loved?"--Jacket flap.

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