New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

May 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Witches with the enemy

April 30, 2015
Hendee, Barb, author.
New York, New York : ROC, 2015.
326 pages ; 17 cm.
"ROC fantasy"--Spine.
"A ROC book"--Title page.
"The national bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches returns to a world of princes and power, magic and mystery, where two women have the ability to reveal the future and uncover the past...When seers Céline and Amelie Fawe fled Shetâna under threat of death, they vowed never to return. Yet, less than a year later, they are summoned back--to aid the man who once tried to kill them. The cruel prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with the powerful family of a young noblewoman when his intended's sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly--and he needs the seers' powers to do so. Though the Fawes' patron, Prince Anton, fears that bringing Céline and Amelie to Shetâna places them in grave danger, he is honor-bound to help his brother Damek. Only none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk--for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost"--Page [4] of cover.

The gospel of Loki

April 30, 2015
Harris, Joanne, 1964- author.
New York : Saga Press, 2015.
280 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Orion Publishing, 2014.
The trickster god Loki describes the rise and fall of the gods of the Norse, detailing how he left Chaos to serve Odin until the fall of Asgard.

Grave matters

April 30, 2015
Roy, Lauren M., author.
©2015
x, 294 pages ; 17 cm
"A Night Owls novel"--Cover.
Night Owls bookstore always keeps a light on and evil creatures out. But even its supernatural staff isn't prepared for the dead to come back to life. Elly grew up training to kill things that go bump in the night, so she's still getting used to working alongside them. While she's learned to trust the eclectic group of vampires, Renfields, and succubi at Night Owls bookstore, her new job guarding Boston's most powerful vampire has her on edge -- especially when she realizes something strange is going on with her employer, something even deadlier than usual. Cavale isn't thrilled that his sister works for vampires, but he's determined to repair their relationship, and that means trusting her choices -- until Elly's job lands all of the Night Owls in deep trouble with a vengeful necromancer. And even their collective paranormal skills might not be enough to keep them from becoming part of the necromancer's undead army.

The shattered court : a novel of the four arts

April 30, 2015
Scott, M. J. (Melanie Joy), 1971- author.
New York, New York : Roc, [2015]
323 pages ; 17 cm.
"A Roc book."
Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire and a choice between loyalty and survival. The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth, ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden. Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed, or perhaps cursed, with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion's ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.Then Sophia's powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.

The book of Phoenix

April 29, 2015
Okorafor, Nnedi, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, 2015.
232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The Book of Phoenix is a ... prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death" -- provided by publisher.
"Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an "accelerated woman"--only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7's refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape. But Phoenix's escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity's future" -- provided by publisher.

The goddess of buttercups and daisies : a novel

April 29, 2015
Millar, Martin.
Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, [2015]
194 pages ; 21 cm
"Aristophanes is inconsolable-his rival playwrights are hogging all the local attention, a pesky young wannabe poet won't leave him alone, his actors can't remember their lines, and his own festival sponsor seems to be conspiring against him, withholding direly needed funds for set design and, most importantly, giant phallus props. O woe, how can his latest comedy convince Athenian citizens to vote down another ten years of war against Sparta if they're too busy scoffing at the diminutive phalluses? And why does everyone in the city-state seem to be losing their minds? Wallowing in one inconvenience after another, Aristophanes is unaware that the Spartan and Athenian generals have unleashed Laet, the spirit of foolishness and bad decisions, to inspire chaos and war-mongering in Athens. To counteract Laet's influence, Athena sends Bremusa, an Amazon warrior, and Metris, an endearingly airheaded nymph (their first choice was her mother Metricia, but she grew tired of all the fighting and changed back into a river). Dashing between fantastical scenes of moody and meddlesome gods, ever-applicable political debates in the senate, backstage scrambling for the play, and glimpses of life in Ancient Greece, Martin Millar delivers another witty and comical romp for readers of all ages. "-- Provided by publisher.

Day shift

April 28, 2015
Harris, Charlaine.
New York, NY : Ace Books, [2015]
307 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Map on end papers.
"There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she's beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred's regular and very wealthy clients dies during a reading. Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight"-- Provided by publisher.

A long time until now

April 28, 2015
Williamson, Michael Z.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2015.
663 pages : map ; 24 cm
Book 1 in a new series from the creator of the best-selling Freehold Universe series. A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow, they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: Imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants. Despite their technological advantage, the soldiers only have ten people, and know no way home. Then two more time travelers arrive from a future far beyond the present. These time travelers may have the means to get back, but they aren't giving it up. In fact, they may have a treacherous agenda of their own, one that may very well lead to the death of the displaced in a harsh and dangerous era. About Michael Z. Williamson: A fast-paced, compulsive read...will appeal to fans of John Ringo, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, and David Weber. - Kliatt Williamson's military expertise is impressive. - SF Reviews

Vengeance of the iron dwarf

April 28, 2015
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, [2015]
345 pages ; 25 cm.
"Forgotten realms."
"Dungeons & dragons"--Cover.
Continues the adventures of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden against a backdrop of a brutal war that expands throughout the Forgotten Realms.

The silver witch

April 22, 2015
Brackston, Paula, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
308 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books."
"A novel"--Cover.
A "tale of love and magic"-- Provided by publisher.

The Vorrh : a novel

April 21, 2015
Catling, B. (Brian)
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015.
500 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage original"--Title page verso.
"The Vorrh follows a brilliant cast of characters through a parallel Africa where fact, fiction, and fantasy collide. Tsungali, a native marksman conscripted by the colonial authorities--against whom he once led a revolt--is on the hunt for an English bowman named Williams. Williams has made it his mission to become the first human to traverse the Vorrh, a vast forest at the edge of the colonial city of Essenwald. The Vorrh is endless, eternal; a place of demons and angels. Sentient, oppressive, and magical, the Vorrh can bend time and wipe a person's memory. Between the hunter and the hunted are Ishmael, a curious and noble Cyclops raised by Bakelite robots; the evil Dr. Hoffman, who punishes the son of a servant by surgically inverting his hands; and the slave owner MacLeish, who drives his workers to insanity, only to pay the ultimate price. Along with these fictional creations, Brian Catling mixes in historical figures, including surrealist Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. In this author's hands none of this seems exotic or fantastical. It all simply is"-- Provided by publisher.

War of shadows

April 15, 2015
Martin, Gail, 1962-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
632 pages ; 21 cm.

Empire of night

April 13, 2015
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
424 pages ; 22 cm.
"Separated while trying to save the children of their village, twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must draw on all their power and influence to defeat enemies of legend and avert war in the empire"-- Provided by publisher.

Window wall

April 13, 2015
Rawn, Melanie, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
364 pages ; 25 cm.
For nearly two years, Cade has been rejecting his Fae gift, his prescient Elsewhens--simply refusing to see or experience them. But the strain is driving a wedge between him and his theater troupe, Touchstone, and making him erratic on stage and off. It takes his best friend Mieka to bully Cade into accepting the visions again. But when Cade finally looks into the possible futures, he sees a royal castle blowing up, though his vision does not tell him who is responsible. But he knows that if it is in his visions, he can take action to stop it from happening. And when he finally discovers the truth, he takes the knowledge to the only man in the Kingdom who would believe him: his deadly enemy the Archduke.

Every breath you take

April 8, 2015
Green, Chris Marie, author.
New York : Roc, 2015.
403 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Only the good die young (pages [387]-403).
"A Roc book."
"Ever wonder what happens after you die? Well, as a ghost, I could tell you--and the truth is much stranger than anything you could imagine...I never accomplished much when I was alive. As an average eighties California beach bum, I, Jensen Murphy, didn't have any direction. But since I've joined Boo World, I've found a calling. Now I'm a supernatural investigator using my ghostly skills to spook confessions out of bad guys. Being a paranormal PI is taking its toll. Spirits are hounding me for justice day and night, and a ghost-hunting TV show is digging up dirt on my unsavory demise that I'd rather keep buried. Worst of all, a seriously evil specter is making my afterlife hell by hurting the people and ghosts I care about. To stop him, I'll need assistance from a higher power--only the price I'll have to pay for that help could be my very soul"--Page [4] of cover.

Palace of lies

April 6, 2015
Haddix, Margaret Peterson, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2015]
355 pages ; 22 cm
"After a terrible fire destroys her home and kills her twelve sister-princesses, Desmia must rise above those who intend to manipulate her and sieze power for themselves--and find out the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

Grand crusades : the early Jack Vance. Volume five / edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan.

April 6, 2015
Vance, Jack, 1916-2013, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2015.
471 pages ; 24 cm
The rapparee -- Crusade to Maxus -- Gold and iron -- The houses of Iszm -- Space opera.
Grand journeys among the stars--pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance's stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth­style opera to the non­human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree­pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords. Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in ''Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five'' take us on a selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

Lemon pies and little white lies

April 6, 2015
Adams, Ellery.
New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2015.
292 p. ; 17 cm.
"Includes pie recipes" -- P. [4] of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
Providing magical desserts to the residents of the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, Ella Mae LeFaye finds everything she loves in danger when a serious of mysterious deaths are linked to her, forcing her to whip up a recipe for catching a killer determined to settle an ancient score.

The second guard

April 3, 2015
Vaughn, J. D.
New York : Disney Hyperion, [2015]
415 pages : map ; 22 cm
While training to join the ranks of the Queen's legendary army, the Second Guard, fifteen-year-old Talimendra and her new friends Zarif and Chey discover a conspiracy that could bring down the entire Tequendian Empire.

The grace of kings

April 3, 2015
Liu, Ken, 1976-
New York : Saga Press, [2015]
623 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Book one of the Dandelion Dynasty."
"The Grace of Kings, the first book in this epic series, tells the story of two men who become friends through rebelling against tyranny and then turn against each other in defense of irreconcilable ideals. Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Garden of dreams and desires

April 3, 2015
Painter, Kristen L.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
359 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tourists are disappearing at an alarming rate. While Augustine and his lieutenants attempt to find them, Harlow and the evil spirit possessing her remain Augustine's true focus. Freeing her from the spirit's grasp is all he can think about. Then he discovers the tourists are disappearing because the witches are stealing souls to cast a dangerous chaos spell. Before he can stop them, Harlow becomes their victim. Now he must race the clock to set her free and end the witches' machinations before the chaos spell strips every fae in New Orleans of their power and bring fae rule to an end"-- Provided by publisher.

Vengeance of the demon

April 3, 2015
Rowland, Diana, 1966-
New York : Daw Books, [2015].
405 p. ; 18 cm.
In this seventh installment in the Demon series, Louisiana homicide detective and demon summoner Kara Gillian must save her closest friends from demons while investigating a supernatural crime.

Jinn and juice

April 3, 2015
Peeler, Nicole, 1978- author.
©2014
374 pages ; 21 cm
Includes excerpts from Tempest rising (Nicole Peeler), and House of the rising sun, (Kristen Painter).
"Born in ancient Persia, Leila turned to her house Jinni, Kouros, for help escaping an arranged marriage. Kouros did make it impossible for her to marry--by cursing Leila to live a thousand years as a Jinni herself. Unfortunately, becoming Bound may risk more than just her chance to be human once more: it could risk her very soul"-- Provided by publisher.

A crown for cold silver

April 3, 2015
Marshall, Alex (Novelist)
New York : Orbit, 2015.
646 pages ; 25 cm
"Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history. Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark heir : a Jane Yellowrock novel

April 2, 2015
Hunter, Faith.
New York : Roc, 2015.
372 p. ; 17 cm.
When one of the most powerful vampire witches of the European Council arrives in New Orleans, bent on bloody destruction, Jane Yellowrock, with the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, must track him down before things turn deadly in the Big Easy.

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