New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

November 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The strange library

November 21, 2014
Murakami, Haruki, 1949-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 21 cm
In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.

The king's deryni

November 21, 2014
Kurtz, Katherine.
New York, NY : Ace Books, 2014.
550 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Alaric Morgan always knew his purpose in life--to stand alongside the king of Gwynedd. The old king knew that whichever of his sons succeeded to the throne would benefit from having a Deryni at his side. Alaric and the young Prince Brion Haldane were bound together by magic--a magic to be called upon when Brion was most in need. Now eighteen, Brion has ascended to the throne and seven-year-old Alaric has come to court. Through the coming years, both will grow to manhood and come to realize their destinies. Brion will strive to solidify his power and position, seek out a bride to secure his legacy, and ultimately, when faced with an unbeatable foe, call upon Alaric to fulfill his oath. Meanwhile, Alaric slowly learns the extent of his powers and how to use them, and will face the prejudice that many have against Deryni in its ugliest form. He will experience bittersweet first love, great personal loss, and the hard lessons one gains from both. And he will be there to unleash the full power of his Deryni magic at Brion's command. For Alaric is--and always will be--the King's Deryni"-- from publisher's web site.


November 20, 2014
Kristoff, Jay.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
xviii, 412 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"With Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff came roaring onto the fantasy scene--he has been praised as "the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists" (, while critics raved about the novel, calling it "[A] fast-paced, fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword." (The LA Times). And with healthy sales in hardcover and electronic--fueled by Jay's inventive, enthusiastic, and relentless promotion on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere--we know readers are hungry for the finale to his wildly inventive Lotus War saga.As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation--a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth. An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the pages to savor every last revelation"-- Provided by publisher.

The darkest touch

November 20, 2014
Showalter, Gena, author.
Dons Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, 2014.
484 pages ; 18 cm
Torin, a host to the demon of Disease, knows his touch could kill Keeleycael, the Red Queen, but he finds it difficult to ignore this powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities.

The tears of the rose

November 20, 2014
Kennedy, Jeffe, 1966- author.
New York : Kensington Books, [2014]
326 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir;the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition;and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous. Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs-and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive... Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn-or a queen?" -- from author's web page.

Black widow : an elemental assassin book

November 20, 2014
Estep, Jennifer.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
357 p. ; 18 cm.
"Pocket Books urban fantasy."
After unfortunate "coincidences" befall her friends, Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, discovers that she has a new enemy, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who, trying to get her framed for murder, has a master plan that will take more than her powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop.

The mammoth book of warriors and wizardry

November 18, 2014
Philadelphia : Running Press, 2014
ix, 515 p. ; 20 cm.
Small magic / Jay Lake -- King Rainjoy's tears / Chris Willrich -- A rich full week / K.J. Parker -- The woman in scarlet / Tanith Lee -- Flotsam / Bradley P. Beaulieu -- A warrior's death / Aliette de Bodard -- A siege of cranes / Benjamin Rosenbaum -- Fox bones. Many uses / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- Where virtue lives / Saladin Ahmed -- The effigy engine: a tale of the red hats / Scott Lynch -- Strife lingers in memory / Carrie Vaughn -- A sweet calling / Tony Pi -- The narcomancer / N.K. Jemisin -- Golden daughter, stonewife / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Effigy nights / Yoon Ha Lee -- Wearaway and flambeau / Matthew Hughes -- At the edge of dying / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Vici / Naomi Novik -- Abjure the realm / Elizabeth Bear -- The word of Azrael / Matthew David Surridge -- Lady of the ghost willow / Richard Parks -- The singing spear / James Enge -- So deep that the bottom could not be seen / Genevieve Valentine -- Warrior dreams / Cinda Williams Chima -- The magician and the maid and other stories / Christie Yant.

Abracadaver : an Esther Diamond novel

November 18, 2014
Resnick, Laura, 1962-
New York : Daw Books, 2014
328 p. ; 18 cm.
"An Esther Diamond novel".
Finally catching a break, struggling actress Esther Diamond, while guest starring on a TV crime drama, discovers that her NYPD detective boyfriend's new partner is involved in the supernatural reanimation of the deceased downtown and must find a way to stop him.

Tainted blood

November 17, 2014
Brennan, M. L., author.
New York, New York : Roc, 2014
x, 306 pages ; 17 cm.
"Roc urban fantasy"--Spine.
When the leader of a powerful faction of shifters is murdered, former film student Fortitude Scott, tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges and hidden agendas, becomes trapped in the middle of a massive power shift within his sociopathic vampire family.

Heritage of Cyador

November 14, 2014
Modesitt, L. E., Jr., 1943- author.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
525 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Sequel to: Cyador's heirs.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Cigoerne's Mirror Lances commander Lerial leads three troops on a mission to protect Afrit and Cigoerne from a Heldya invasion, an effort that is complicated by Lerial's troubled past.

Dead but not forgotten : stories from the world of Sookie Stackhouse

November 13, 2014
New York : Ace Books, [2014]
343 pages ; 24 cm
Nobody's business / Rachel Caine -- Tyger, tyger / Christopher Golden -- The real Santa Claus / Leigh Perry -- Taproot / Jeffrey J. Mariotte -- Knit a sweater out of sky / Seanan McGuire -- Love story / Jeanne C. Stein -- The million-dollar hunt / Jonathan Maberry -- Borderline dead / Nicole Peeler -- Extreme makeover vamp edition / Leigh Evans -- Don't be cruel / Bill Crider -- What a dream I had / Nancy Holder -- Another dead fairy / Miranda James -- The bat-signal / Suzanne McLeod -- The sun, the moon, and the stars / Dana Cameron -- Widower's walk / MaryJanice Davidson.
"Sookie Stackhouse attracted vampires, werewolves, and various otherworldly creatures. Even fellow authors fell in love with her and Charlaine Harris's "magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories" (Houston Chronicle). And though Sookie's story has come to an end, these tales of her and the characters who populated her world will give you a different perspective on the series you thought you knew... In "Wing and a Prayer," Rachel Caine sends Kenya Jones and Kevin Pryor to Dallas on a search for a not-too-bright robbery/murder suspect--who just happens to be connected to a ring of criminals led by a dangerous vampire. Witch Amelia Broadway decides to test a folk legend about witches being able to communicate with the winds, but she isn't prepared for the stormy consequences, in Seanan McGuire's "Knit a Sweater out of Sky." While Sookie and Bill Compton are in Dallas, a Food Network crew unexpectedly shows up to shoot at Merlotte's, but what they're really cooking up is a deadly surprise for Bill, in Jeff Mariotte's "Taproot." In "Widower's Walk" by MaryJanice Davidson, Eric Northman is passing through twenty-third-century Baton Rouge, which, for the first time in an age, doesn't have a vampire king but rather a shifter queen--from the famed and formidable Stackhouse-Merlotte clan... "Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures" (The Toronto Star). And now fifteen of today's most popular authors have come along for the ride"-- Provided by publisher.

Fear city : a Repairman Jack novel

November 11, 2014
Wilson, F. Paul (Francis Paul), author.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
366 pages ; 25 cm.
"Rage, terror, and redemption: these are the stones upon which F. Paul Wilson builds the concluding chapter of Repairman Jack: The Early Years, the prequel trilogy focusing on the formative years of Wilson's globally popular supernatural troubleshooter. The strands of Jack's life, established in the first two books, Cold City and Dark City, are now woven into a complete pattern. Centered around an obscure group of malcontents intent on creating a terrible explosion in New York City in 1993, Fear City shows the final stages of young Jack becoming Repairman Jack. It is a dark and terrible story, full of plots and needless mayhem, with secret agents, a freelance torturer, a secret society as old as human history, love, death, and a very bleak triumph. Jack threads his way through this intricate maze, as people he loves are stripped away from him in a way that presages the later epic series of novels" -- from publisher's web site.

Empire of shadows

November 4, 2014
Forster, Miriam.
New York,: HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
490 pages ; 22 cm
"After taking the oath of protector of the Order of Khatar, Mara travels to the Imperial city with her charge, Revathi; although she knew the dizzying city would hold its dangers, she never thought her life--as wall as her heart--would be at stake"-- Provided by publisher.

A dance of ghosts

November 4, 2014
Dalglish, David, author.
New York : Orbit, 2014.
501 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
"IN A CITY KNOWN FOR DARKNESS, THE UNDERWORLD TREMBLES AT THE RISE OF THE SUN... In book #5 of the Shadowdance series... He is known as Muzien the Darkhand, and a night of fire and blood heralds his arrival to the beleaguered city of Veldaren. With him comes the might of the Sun Guild, its thieves and smugglers eager to spread their criminal empire to the east. Left blind and vulnerable after being attacked by the Widow, Alyssa Gemcroft struggles to hold together the remnants of the Trifect as the Sun Guild's arrival threatens to shatter whatever future her son might have left. Veldaren's only hope is in the Watcher, but Haern is no longer there. He travels west with his father, Thren Felhorn, whose own thief guild has been crushed by the might of the encroaching Sun Guild. Their destination: the Stronghold, an ancient bastion of the dark paladins of Karak. Together, Haern hopes to discover a shred of something good within Thren. But as much as Haern tries to change his father, will it be Thren who ends up changing him? Killer or savior; the line can no longer remain blurred. Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power. Chronological Order A Dance of Cloaks A Dance of Blades A Dance of Mirrors A Dance of Shadows A Dance of Ghosts A Dance of Chaos "-- Provided by publisher.

The kraken king

October 29, 2014
Brook, Meljean.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
565 pages ; 21 cm.

Heart fire

October 29, 2014
Owens, Robin D.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
xii, 355 pages ; 21 cm.
"On the planet Celta, accepting a HeartMate can be the greatest challenge in the universe... Antenn, an architect hired to build a cathedral in Druida City, dares not think of his HeartMate. Even though he yearns for her, he's taken steps to ensure she will be forever unknown to him. After all, how could he, a commoner who grew up in the slums, the brother of a murderer, be worthy of any woman? Tiana, a priestess, has her own fears about being a HeartMate. She's watched her friends struggle with such a stormy destiny. She's sure her HeartMate has never claimed her due to a terrible scandal involving her Family, and she's set aside hopes for love. Antenn's gotten the commission of his life. The cathedral will make him famous, but more, it will last for ages and prove to others he can contribute to Celta...if the controversial structure isn't destroyed while being built. Tiana, too, is an integral part of this process, but the villain who wrecked her Family is ready with firebombs. Can they trust each other in dangerous circumstances to succeed...and to love?"-- Provided by publisher.

The turning season

October 29, 2014
Shinn, Sharon, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
341 pages ; 24 cm.
"For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn't escape. Even though she's built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her--and for each other--she can't help but wish for a chance at being normal"-- Provided by publisher.

The fatal tree

October 28, 2014
Lawhead, Steve.
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2014.
xi, 356 pages : map ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers
" What do you do when you're faced with The End of Everything? The evidence is compelling; not only is The End of Everything approaching, it's approaching rapidly. Desperation sends the Questors to the four corners of the universe in search of answers.Tony and Gianni are in Rome gathering additional data on the collapse of the universe, and Haven and Giles are captured by Huns and taken to Byzantium. Mina travels to Egypt to recruit Dr. Thomas Young, "the last man in the world who knows everything." But when he accompanies Mina, Kit, and Cass to the ley guarded by the giant tree, he manages to activate the ley and he and Mina disappear. Before disappearing, Dr. Young dubbed the giant Yew the Fatal Tree;but what fate is it leading these Questors toward?"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreamer's pool : a Blackthorn & Grim novel

October 28, 2014
Marillier, Juliet.
New York : ROC, [2014]
xi, 434 pages ; 24 cm.
"A ROC book."
After escaping her wrongful imprisonment, magical healer Blackthorn, living on the fringe of a mysterious forest with a former prison mate named Grim, is duty bound to assist anyone who asks for her help.

The emperor's blades

October 27, 2014
Staveley, Brian.
page ; cm.


October 23, 2014
Kagawa, Julie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
461 pages ; 22 cm
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey--and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him--and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Black spring

October 23, 2014
Henry, Christina, 1974-
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
276 p. ; 18 cm.
"Ace fantasy" -- Spine.
When Chicago becomes ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, Madeline Black, a former Agent of Death, must save her unborn child and all of humanity from utter destruction.

Sky pirates

October 23, 2014
Schwarz, Liesel
New York, N. Y : Del Rey, 2014
352 p. ; 18 cm.
With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive--the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle--the keeper of the barrier between the two Realms--to try to save what she loves most. As the dark forces of Shadow converge around her, Elle must find a way to breach the curse that binds Marsh. But once released, will Marsh return to her--or is their love destined to die so that he can live?

The slow regard of silent things

October 23, 2014
Rothfuss, Patrick, 1973-
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
159 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The future falls

October 23, 2014
Huff, Tanya, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
326 pages ; 24 cm.
When NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine's prediction of an approaching asteroid, Charlotte "Charlie" Gale turns to her supernaturally complicated family for help and soon discovers that the asteroid is the least of her problems.

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