New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

February 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The valiant

February 24, 2017
Livingston, Lesley, author.
[Berganfield, New Jersey] : RazorBill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2017]
372 pages ; 22 cm
The daughter of a proud Celtic king is captured and sold to a training school for women gladiators under the patronage of Julius Caesar, circumstances that put her survival in the hands of an enemy who was responsible for her sister's death.

Gilded cage

February 22, 2017
James, Vic, author.
©2017
358 pages ; 22 cm
"For readers of Victoria Aveyard and Kiera Cass comes a darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule--and commoners are doomed to serve. NOT ALL ARE FREE. NOT ALL ARE EQUAL. NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED. Our world belongs to the Equals--aristocrats with magical gifts--and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty--but will her heart pay the price? A boy dreams of revolution. Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts. He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate--or destroy?"-- Provided by publisher.

The familiar. 4, Hades

February 20, 2017
Danielewski, Mark Z., author.
©2017
831 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
When a viral video puts twelve-year-old Xanther under a spotlight of scrutiny at school, her little white cat's still slumbering, still unnamed offers the only escape, though it comes at a price. Not even Xanther's parents can deny the strange currents now shuddering around their eldest, touching off inexplicable happenings. Entities troubling the dreams of the twins seem to have singled out Freya. Despite invitations to a gala at The Met, Anwar fears the solution to their financial difficulties might expose more than just his family to dangerous consequences. Something greater is at hand, something terrible is at stake. And all the while, faces unfamiliar to the Ibrahims draw closer and closer: Jingjing, in Singapore, clutching charms, boards a plane for Los Angeles; Cas and Bobby, with visions of Xanther in Mefisto's Orb, must elude attacks from the sky. Strangers collide . . . though will those intersections lead to alliances or war? And does the dance at the center of Volume 4 augur the liberation of our better angels or the release of a creature set to feast on the wings of hope?

Hard to handle

February 20, 2017
Warren, Christine, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
"The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women's strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil...and an explosive dose of desire. The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her bone-deep instinct to do battle is turned off-kilter by her untamed attraction to the dangerously handsome human she can't stay away from. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?" -- page 4 of cover.

The complete cosmicomics

February 17, 2017
Calvino, Italo, author.
©2002
xxiv, 401 pages ; 21 cm
Through the eyes of ageless guide, Qfwfq, cross planets and traverse galaxies, speed up time or slow it down to the particles of an instant. Complex mathematical and scientific concepts are related to our everyday world.--Provided by publisher.

Wintersong

February 16, 2017
Jae-Jones, S., author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St Martin's Press, 2017.
ix, 436 pages ; 22 cm
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. Now eighteen and helping to run her family's inn, Liesl can't help but feel that her dreams and fantasies are slipping away. But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds--and the mysterious man who rules it--she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed. -- from publisher.

Amberlough

February 16, 2017
Donnelly, Lara Elena, 1990- author.
©2017
397 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Welcome to Amberlough City, the illustrious but corrupt cosmopolitan beacon of Gedda. The radical One State Party--nicknamed the Ospies--is gaining popular support to unite Gedda's four municipal governments under an ironclad, socially conservative vision. Not everyone agrees with the Ospies' philosophy, including master spy Cyril DePaul and his lover Aristide Makricosta, smuggler and emcee at the popular Bumble Bee Cabaret. When Cyril's cover is blown on a mission, however, he must become a turncoat in exchange for his life. Returning to Amberlough under the Ospies' watchful eye, Cyril enters a complex game of deception. One of his concerns is safeguarding Aristide, who refuses to let anyone--the crooked city police or the homophobic Ospies--dictate his life. Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, top dancer at the Bee and Aristide's runner, who could be the key to Cyril's plans--if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means--and people--necessary. Including each other"-- Provided by publisher.

Heart of the storm

February 16, 2017
Buckley, Michael, 1969- author.
©2017
304 pages ; 22 cm.
Escaping months of imprisonment by the insane Alpha queen Minerva, Lyric Walker returns to Coney Island to warn the world of the Great Abyss only to encounter a different place where humans and Alpha are working together to rebuild the country.

Rise of fire

February 16, 2017
Jordan, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
294 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to Reign of shadows.
When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is challenged to put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler, a situation that is complicated by the king's discovery of their ties to Relhok.

The edge of every-thing

February 15, 2017
Giles, Jeff, author.
©2017
360 pages ; 24 cm
Holed up in their missing neighbors' cabin in a Montana blizzard, Zoe and her little brother are rescued from an intruder by X, a bounty hunter sent from the Lowlands to claim the souls of evil men. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but breaks the rules for Zoe. Together they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

All our wrong todays : a novel

February 15, 2017
Mastai, Elan, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
373 pages ; 24 cm
"There's no such thing as the life you're "supposed" to have... You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and--maybe, just maybe--his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality?"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreadnought

February 15, 2017
Daniels, April (Young adult author), author.
©2017
279 pages ; 22 cm.
"Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world's greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and dies right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she's transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantel to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny's body into what she's always thought it should be. Now there's no hiding that she's a girl. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny's first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father's dangerous obsession with 'curing' her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he's entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in the ranks, Danny feels like she's in over her head. She doesn't have time to adjust. Dreadnought's murderer -a cyborg named Utopia- still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can't sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction." -- Back cover.

Hungry ghosts

February 15, 2017
Blackmoore, Stephen, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2017]
vi, 281 pages ; 18 cm.
Necromancer Eric Carter's problems keep getting bigger. Bad enough he's the unwilling husband to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, but now her ex, the Aztec King of the dead, Mictlantecuhtli, has come back -- and it turns out that Carter and he are swapping places. As Mictlantecuhtli breaks loose of his prison of jade, Carter is slowly turning to stone. To make matters worse, both gods are trying to get Carter to assassinate the other. But only one of them can be telling him the truth and he can't trust either one. Carter's solution? Kill them both. If he wants to get out of this situation with his soul intact, he'll have to go to Mictlan, the Aztec land of the dead, and take down a couple of death gods while facing down the worst trials the place has to offer him: his own sins.

The Black Wolves of Boston

February 14, 2017
Spencer, Wen, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2017]
463 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He's rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years--each time less successfully. Now he lives alone. Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil. What she doesn't know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters. Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King. Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering around. Joshua believes he is a normal, college bound high school senior. His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood and the prom committee scattered in pieces. These four must now come together to unravel a plot by witches who have gained their power from human sacrifice and can turn any human into their puppet"--Provided by publisher.

King's cage

February 13, 2017
Aveyard, Victoria, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
512 pages : map ; 24 cm.
With Mare powerless as a prisoner of Maven Calore, the boy she once loved, her rebel Reds continue to organize and train as they prepare for war, while exiled prince Cal sets out to rescue Maven from captivity.

Dawn study

February 9, 2017
Snyder, Maria V., author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, 2017.
478 pages ; 21 cm
"A new Poison Study novel"--Cover.
"Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond--and a family--that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia. Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall--and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal. With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician...and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything."--Page [4] of cover.

Demon storm

February 9, 2017
Love, Dianna, author.
[United States] : [Silver Hawk Press LLC], [2014]
295 pages ; 23 cm.
Series previously co-authored by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Includes excerpts from Deadly fixation and Invisible magic.
"With Treoir Island in shambles after a Medb attack that left the survival of the missing Belador warrior queen in question and Belador powers compromised, there is one hope for her return and their future--Evalle Kincaid, whose recent transformation has turned her into an even more formidable warrior. First she has to locate Storm, the Skinwalker she's bonded with who she believes can find the Belador queen, but Storm stalks the witch doctor who's threatening Evalle's life. When he finally corners the witch doctor, she throws Storm a curve that may cost him everything, including Evalle. The hunter becomes the hunted, and Evalle must face her greatest nightmare to save Storm and the Beladors or watch the future of mankind fall to deadly preternatural predators."--Back cover.

Rogue Belador

February 9, 2017
Love, Dianna, author.
[United States] : [Silver Hawk Press LLC], [2016]
325 pages ; 23 cm.
Series previously co-authored by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
"While searching for a way to save Brina of Treoir's failing memories, Tzader Burke discovers someone who can help her if he is willing to sneak into the heart of his enemy's stronghold--TAur Medb. He'll do anything to protect the woman he loves from becoming a mindless empty shell, but his decision could be the catalyst for an apocalyptic war. The deeper he digs for the truth, the more lies he uncovers that shake the very foundation of being a Belador and the future of his clan. While battling on every front, a secret is exposed that two immortal powers have spent thousands of years keeping buried. Tzader and his team have no choice but to fight for what they believe in, because the world as they know it is never going to be the same again."--Back cover.

Archmage

February 9, 2017
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
©2015
435 pages ; 18 cm.
Preparing for an attack by the powerful Archmage Gromph and his dark elves, Drizzt and his companions find themselves confronting demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss.

Bookburners. Season 1

February 8, 2017
©2015
789 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Originally published in e-serial format online"--Title page verso.
"Created by Max Gladstone."
"Magic is real, and hungry. It's trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad--Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum--and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don't like the label"--Amazon.com.

Caraval

February 8, 2017
Garber, Stephanie, author.
©2017
407 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner."-- Provided by publisher.

The hanging tree

February 8, 2017
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
©2016
292 pages ; 17 cm.
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of Police Constable Peter Grant or the Folly--London's police department for supernatural cases--even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But the daughter of Lady Ty, influential goddess of the Tyburn river, was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favor. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the houses, where the law is something bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about. He's been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week...

The ghoul vendetta

February 8, 2017
Shearin, Lisa, author.
New York : Ace, 2017.
292 pages ; 17 cm.
The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) are paid to keep the peace. But that's not so easy when an endless evil threatens to tear that peace to pieces ... A vampire gangster's nephew is abducted off his yacht by a bunch of low-rent Creatures from the Black Lagoon. A slew of banks are knocked over by what looks like the cast of Night of the Living Dead . All of this may seem like the movies, but, I promise you, it's not. I'm Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI, and I know the culprits aren't wearing disguises or makeup. They're real. Deadly real. Especially their leader--an ancient shapeshifter who leaves a trail of chaos and blood in his wake. Now, he's taken my partner, Ian--and his intentions aren't pretty. The worst part? This is only the beginning ... The beginning of the end of the human race.

Silent kingdom

February 8, 2017
Schade, Rachel L.
[United States] : Asta Publications , [2016]
253 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"In the wake of King Reylon's death, his niece, Halia of Misroth, discovers she has acquired a mysterious ability to see visions that reveal the truth. Unfortunately, her power unveils an awful truth: her father murdered his own brother in order to gain the throne. Marked for death due to her slanderous claims, Halia manages to escape to a village where no one knows her identity. But her responsibility to reveal the truth and save her people from her father's oppression will not let her escape as easily."--P. [4] of cover.

The seal of the scroll : a fantasy

February 8, 2017
Anderson, Marty, author.
©2016
116 pages ; 24 cm
"In the kingdom of Cone there are many farms and one of these is home to the Orling family. Youngest of the family is Gisa, an average boy in most respects. All his life this ordinary boy has known only his family's farm, the nearby town, and a dream of joining the army someday. But a future far more momentous awaits him, as does a bond able to withstand even fate."--Page 4 of cover.

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