New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

June 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Midnight jewel

June 27, 2017
Mead, Richelle, author.
©2017
399 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: The Glittering Court.
When she gains entry into the Glittering Court, war refugee Mira continues to endure persecution while learning skills that help her earn anonymity, forging friendships that inspire her to hatch a daring but dangerous plan.

The waking land

June 27, 2017
Bates, Callie, author.
New York : Del Rey, 2017.
388 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A young girl is kidnapped by the king to punish her father's rebellion against him. Years later, she returns home a fugitive, while grappling with a repressed magic that could, if mastered, make her the most powerful person in two kingdoms"-- Provided by publisher.

The witchwood crown

June 27, 2017
Williams, Tad, author.
©2017
viii, 721 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
More than thirty years have passed since the events of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, and the world has reached a critical turning point once again. The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns--the long-vanquished elvish foe--are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs....

Seven stones to stand or fall : a collection of Outlander fiction

June 26, 2017
Gabaldon, Diana, author.
©2017
xvi, 526 pages ; 25 cm.
The custom of the army -- The space between -- A plague of zombies -- A leaf on the wind of all hallows -- Virgins -- A fugitive green -- Besieged.
A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring character Jamie Fraser.

The diary of an immortal (1945-1959)

June 22, 2017
Castello, David, author.
©2016
307 pages ; 23 cm
The story of twenty-one-year-old U.S. Army combat medic Steven Ronson, a man who escapes the constant inundation and threat of death in World War Two after he discovers an immortality formula designed for Adolf Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945.

The strange case of the alchemist's daughter

June 21, 2017
Goss, Theodora, author.
©2017
402 pages ; 22 cm
Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' death, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capturea reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Masquerade

June 21, 2017
Lam, Laura, 1988- author.
©2017
374 pages ; 20 cm.
Maske's age-old rivaly, yet despite this glory, trouble still looms. Imachara is under attack by either the anti-monarchy Foresters, or a group even more dangerous. One blast damages the Kymri Theatre, forcing Micah and the others to flee to dingy rooms in a bad part of town and perform street magic to keep their skills sharp. Micah has a vision of the end of the world, and strange dreams of a grave robber stealing bodies. He that discovers many people in his life are lying to him, and he has no idea who he can trust.

Obsidian and stars

June 20, 2017
Eshbaugh, Julie, author.
©2017
359 pages ; 22 cm
While working to secure her future with Kol, Mya finds herself facing an impossible choice when she learns her brother has arranged an unfavorable marriage.

Julia defiant

June 20, 2017
Egan, Catherine, 1976- author.
©2017
445 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Julia vanishes.
With a band of assassins pursuing them, Julia and her companions continue their search for the witch Ko Dan while Julia struggles with her ability to vanish.

The bone queen : Pellinor : Cadvan's story

June 20, 2017
Croggon, Alison, 1962- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017.
x, 404 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most brilliant Bards of his generation, has been exiled for a terrible crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen and wrought destruction across Annar. Meanwhile, in Lirigon, several unnerving events suggest that the Dark is growing in strength again, and that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in the world. Cadvan must once again face the evil that almost destroyed him.

Thief's cunning

June 20, 2017
Ahiers, Sarah, author.
©2017
407 pages ; 22 cm
All her life, Allegra, niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, has had to keep her identity hidden. She and her family are constantly watching their backs for an attack from the Da Vias, a rival family whose thirst for retaliation has lasted for almost two decades. But what really happened the night Lea made the Da Vias pay for murdering her family? Allegra wants to know--just like she wants to know her parents' identity, another secret Lea and Uncle Les are keeping from her. When Allegra finally learns the truth, her world crumbles. She is a Da Via. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted most, Allegra turns to Nev, an intoxicating Traveler boy who makes her feel alive in ways she's only dreamed of. But Nev has secrets too, and when Allegra is kidnapped by his group and taken to their desert home, she soon learns their pasts are tangled in ways she couldn't have guessed. And if she can't escape back to Yvain soon, her life and that of her family's could be forever changed.--Adapted from publisher description.

The changeling : a novel

June 20, 2017
LaValle, Victor D., 1972- author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
431 pages ; 24 cm
"Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business called Improbabilia, he is just beginning to settle into his new life as a committed and involved father, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Disconnected and uninterested in their new baby boy, Emma at first seems to be exhibiting all the signs of post-partum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go far beyond that. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act--beyond any parent's comprehension--and vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Thus begins Apollo's odyssey through a world he only thought he understood to find a wife and child who are nothing like he'd imagined. His quest begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma's whereabouts. Apollo then begins a journey that takes him to a forgotten island in the East River of New York City, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest in Queens where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever. This dizzying tale is ultimately a story about family and the unfathomable secrets of the people we love"-- Provided by publisher.

The monstrous child

June 20, 2017
Simon, Francesca, author.
London : Faber & Faber/Profile Books, 2017.
286 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Meet Hel, teenager and Queen of the Dead... Hel never wanted to be queen, but being a normal teenager wasn't an option either. Now she's stuck ruling the underworld. For eternity. She doesn't want your pity. But she does demand you listen. It's only fair you hear her side of the story..."-- Back cover.

The prey of gods

June 20, 2017
Drayden, Nicky, author.
©2017
ix, 381 pages ; 21 cm

Silver silence

June 20, 2017
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
©2017
452 pages ; 24 cm.
"Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that's exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him. Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence--her mind clear of all emotion--Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That's what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious"--Provided by publisher.

The management style of the Supreme Beings

June 20, 2017
Holt, Tom, 1961- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
390 pages ; 21 cm
When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn't for them any more, it's inevitable that things get a bit of a shake-up.It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things. Take Good and Evil, for example. For them, it's an outdated concept that never worked particularly well in the first place. Unfortunately, the sudden disappearance of right and wrong, while welcomed by some, raises certain concerns amongst those still attached to the previous team's management style. In particular, there's one of the old gods who didn't move out with the others. A reclusive chap, he lives somewhere up north, and only a handful even believe in him. But he's watching. And he really does need to know if you've been naughty or nice.

The darkest promise

June 20, 2017
Showalter, Gena, author.
©2017
428 pages ; 24 cm.
"Includes Lords of the Underworld timeline and Bonus story!"--Back cover.
"Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn't allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him-- until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile... and seduce her into his bed. As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they've forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever..." -- Amazon.com.

Mightier than the sword

June 20, 2017
Parker, K. J., author.
©2017
134 pages ; 22 cm
Special signed edition limited to 1000 numbered copies.
"An Imperial legate is called in to see his aunt, who just happens to be the empress running the civilized world while her husband's in his sick bed. After some chastisement, she dispatches her nephew to take care of the dreaded Land and Sea Raiders, pirates who've been attacking the realm's monasteries. So begins a possibly doomed tour of banished relatives and pompous royals put in charge of monasteries like Cort Doce and Cort Malestan, to name a few. While attempting to discover the truth of what the pirates might be after, the legate visits great libraries and halls in each varied locale and conducts a romance of which he knows - but doesn't care - his aunt will not approve. With enough wit and derring-do (and luck), the narrator might just make it through his mission alive...or will he?" --Dust jacket.

The space between the stars

June 19, 2017
Corlett, Anne, author.
©2017
viii, 350 pages ; 24 cm
"All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn't forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit ... Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that's left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive. Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie's own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be . . ."-- Provided by publisher.

Cormorant run

June 19, 2017
Saintcrow, Lilith, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
388 pages ; 21 cm
"There was an Event, the Rifts opened up, and everyone caught inside died. Since the Event certain people have gone into the drift ... and come back, bearing priceless technology that's almost magical in its advancement. When Ashe -- the best Rifter of her generation -- dies, the authorities offer her student, Svinga, a choice: go in and bring out the thing that killed her, or rot in jail. But Svin, of course, has other plans ... How far would you go and what would you risk to win the ultimate prize?"-- Provided by publisher.

Roar

June 16, 2017
Carmack, Cora, author.
©2017
380 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She's intelligent and brave and honorable. But she's yet to show any trace of the magic she'll need to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora's mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He'll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks--storm magic. And the people selling it? They're not Stormlings. They're storm hunters. Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there's a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she's brave enough.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Down among the sticks and bones

June 16, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York : A Tor.com Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
187 pages ; 22 cm
The sequel to Every heart a doorway.
"Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children ... Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices."-- Dust jacket flap.

Soleri : a novel

June 16, 2017
Johnston, Michael (Michael Anthony), 1973-
New York : TOR, 2017.
364 pages : map ; 24 cm
Includes glossary
The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever. On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister's help, and Kepi has her own ideas. Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god's cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.

The witch who came in from the cold. Season 1

June 16, 2017
London : Saga Press, Serial Box, 2017.
616 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published in e-serial format online"--Title page verso.

Moving the palace

June 16, 2017
Majdalani, Charif, 1960- author.
©2017
198 pages ; 21 cm.
First published in French in 2007 as Caravansérail. Copyright ©2007 Éditions du Seuil. Translation copyright ©2017 Edward Gauvin.
"This book has been translated with the assistance of the Sharjah International Book Fair Translation Grant Fund." - CIP
"At the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service. In this lush chronicle of far-flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continent on a camel caravan. The protagonist soon takes charge of this hoard or architectural fragments, ferrying the dismantled landmark through Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, attempting to return to his native Beirut with this moveable real estate. Along the way, he encounters skeptic sheikhs, suspicious tribal leaders, bountiful feasts, pilgrims bound for Mecca and T.E. Lawrence in a tent. This is a captivating modern-day Odyssey in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux." -- back cover.

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