New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

May 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The end of magic

May 23, 2017
Benson, Amber, 1977- author.
New York : Ace, 2017.
310 pages ; 21 cm.
"Lyse MacAllister used to be like everyone else--blissfully ignorant of magic. But that was before her Aunt Eleanora died, leaving her in control of the Echo Park coven; before she found herself in the middle of the witches clash with the anti-magic zealots known as the Flood; before her blood sisters turned against her ... As the Flood begins turning humans across the globe against the witches, Lyse must find a way to regain the trust of her former magical family and once again unify them. Because the final battle between good and evil is looming--and if the witches don't stand against it together, all of humankind could be lost.."-- Back cover.

Million Junes

May 22, 2017
Henry, Emily, author.
©2017
391 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"For as long as Jack 'June' O'Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides--quite literally--with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has always know is thrown into chaos. Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June--an O'Donnell to her core--never questioned her late father's deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O'Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them. As Saul and June's connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations ..."--Provided by publisher.

The scribe of Siena : a novel

May 22, 2017
Winawer, Melodie, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
452 pages ; 24 cm
"Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother's affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined--a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city. After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague. Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love--not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena's very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs."-- Provided by publisher.

The empire's ghost

May 18, 2017
Steiger, Isabelle, 1989- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press, 2017.
419 pages ; 25 cm
The empire of Elesthene once spanned a continent, but its rise heralded the death of magic. It tore itself apart from within, leaving behind a patchwork of kingdoms struggling to rebuild. But when a new dictator, the ambitious and enigmatic Imperator Elgar, seizes power in the old capital and seeks to recreate the lost empire anew, the other kingdoms have little hope of stopping him. Prince Kelken of Reglay finds himself at odds with his father at his country's darkest hour; the marquise of Esthrades is unmatched in politics and strategy, but she sits at a staggering military disadvantage. And Issamira, the most powerful of the free countries, has shut itself off from the conflict, thrown into confusion by the disappearance of its crown prince and the ensuing struggle for succession. Everything seems aligned in Elgar's favor, but when he presses a band of insignificant but skilled alley-dwellers into his service for a mission of greatest secrecy, they find an unexpected opportunity to alter the balance of power in the war."--Provided by publisher.

Stillbright : book two of the paladin trilogy

May 17, 2017
Ford, Daniel M., 1978- author.
©2017
546 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"The adventure continues ... Ordained by an ancient goddess of mercy and light, former knight Allystaire Coldbourne has become a paladin, a hero out of legend. But evil stalks him, angry gods align against him, and greedy warlords want him dead. With the help of his friends, each blessed with extraordinary powers by the Goddess, Allystaire must escape the clutches of sorcerers and wicked rulers who will stop at nothing to destroy him as he continues his dangerous quest to bring peace and unity to the fractured and war-torn Baronies. With the Longest Night of mid-winter approaching, the Goddess weakens and armies march--armies determined to bring destruction and horror to the paladin and all who follow him. Allystaire is soon left with only his powers, his handful of friends, and his mission to be a beacon of hope, still and bright, in the encroaching darkness"-- Provided by publisher.

Space tripping

May 17, 2017
Edwards, Patrick.
San Francisco, CA : Inkshares ; 2017.
342 pages ; 21 cm.
Chuck never thought too deeply about whether aliens existed -- not until Jopp, an intergalactic transport pilot, drunkenly crashed on Earth and tried to steal his truck. Now, Chuck finds himself unwittingly roped into helping Jopp work off a debt to the universe's most powerful corporation, the Prime Partners Intergalactic Consortium. Through a series of mishaps and misfortune, the duo finds themselves in possession of a mysterious black case. In order to survive, they must fend off murderous marauders, an interplanetary police force, a peculiar crime boss, and escape a backwater planet inhabited by alien hillbillies. It's a big and scary universe out there, and Chuck and Jopp will be damned if they're going to face it sober.

Euphoria : a territories novel

May 16, 2017
Kramer, Scott J., author.
©2016
230 pages ; 21 cm
"The kingdom of Faldoa has thrived under its new queen. Euphoria has changed the land, yet evil lies in wait. During a mission to dispose of the last pieces of the magic mirror, she is attacked by a dark elf assassin using a mysterious box. Taylon, her captain of the Royal Guard is able to fight off the assailant, but not before damage is done to the queen, and the shards are stolen. Deep in the Territories, a strange prophecy comes forth from the elves, and Council Member Gantha on a mission to find a wizard of races. Little does he know that this little foretelling speaks of resurrection of pure evil. Soon the whole land will discover that leaving evil unchecked, is not a wise move"--Back cover.

Taylon : a Territories novel

May 16, 2017
Kramer, Scott J., author.
©2016
205 pages ; 21 cm
"War has been declared and demon-possessed Queen Euphoria has struck the first blow against the Territories. Little does she know, Da'Lynn, a dark elf possessed by an evil herself, has command of the elf army and is moving in to defend the land. Kara, realizing the trouble brewing, seeks out her non-human friends, hoping to sort out the trouble ahead. But will Hambone, Snow, Ra'na, and the wizard Ynob be enough to stop the ensuing apocalypse?"--Back cover.

Avenged

May 12, 2017
Tintera, Amy, author.
©2017
407 pages ; 22 cm.
"The sequel to Ruined"--Dust jacket.
After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in Lera, a rival kingdom, Em has devised a plan that will rebuild Ruina to its former glory. But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn't mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir's betrothed in Lera, she's started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he's take the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, she faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies--and her blood--before she's the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Assassin's fate

May 12, 2017
Hobb, Robin, author.
©2017
847 pages : illustration ; 25 cm.
"Fitz's young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams--but just what part remains uncertain. As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside--a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return. For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with--deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge" --Inside jacket.

A face like glass

May 11, 2017
Hardinge, Frances, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2017.
487 pages ; 22 cm
In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear - at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed.

The Black Witch

May 11, 2017
Forest, Laurie, author.
©2017
601 pages : map ; 25 cm
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people --including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians --is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits --if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.

D'arc : a novel from the war with no name

May 11, 2017
Repino, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Soho, [2017]
386 pages ; 22 cm.
"The startling saga of Mort(e) continues. In the aftermath of the War With No Name, the Colony has been defeated, its queen lies dead, and the world left behind will never be the same. In her madness, the queen used a strange technology to uplift the surface animals, turning dogs and cats, bats and bears, pigs and wolves into intelligent, highly evolved creatures who rise up and kill their oppressors. And now, after years of bloodshed, these sentient beasts must learn to live alongside their sworn enemies--humans. Far removed from this newly emerging civilization, a housecat turned war hero named Mort(e) lives a quiet life with the love he thought he had lost, a dog named Sheba. But before long, the chaos that they escaped comes crashing in around them. An unstoppable monster terrorizes a nearby settlement of beavers. A serial killer runs amok in the holy city of Hosanna. An apocalyptic cult threatens the fragile peace. And a mysterious race of amphibious creatures rises from the seas, intent on fulfilling the Colony's destiny and ridding the earth of all humans. No longer able to run away, Sheba and Mort(e) rush headlong into the conflict, ready to fight but unprepared for a world that seems hell-bent on tearing them apart. In the twilight of all life on earth, love survives, but at a cost that only the desperate and the reckless are willing to pay"-- Provided by publisher.

Food of the Gods

May 11, 2017
Khaw, Cassandra, author.
Oxford, UK : Abaddon Books Publications, ©2017
238 pages ; 23 cm
Collected edition published in 2017 by Abaddon Books / Rebellion Intellectual Property Limited, Riverside House.
"Gods: powerful enemies, dubious friends, terrible employers." -- front cover
Part One / Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef © 2015 Rebellion -- Part Two / Rupert Wong and the ends of the Earth © 2017 Rebellion.
"By day, Rupert Wong - sorcerer, chef, former triad - prepares delicious meals of human flesh for a dynasty of ghouls in Kuala Lumpur ; by night, he's an administrator for the Ten Chinese Hells. It's a living, of sorts. When the Dragon of the South demands that Rupert investigate the murders of his daughter and her mortal husband, Rupert is caught in a war between gods that's as bewildering as it is bloody. If he's going to survive, he'll need to stay sharp, stay lucky, and always read the fine print..." - back cover.

A court of wings and ruin

May 10, 2017
Maas, Sarah J., author.
New York, New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2017.
705 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Feyre returns to the Spring Court on a reconnaissance mission about the invading king. As a spy, the future of the entire kingdom may rely on her ability to play her part perfectly, and her decisions about who to trust and which allies are best will decide the outcome of the coming war.

Spindle fire

May 8, 2017
Hillyer, Lexa, author.
©2017
355 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale"--Cover.
It all started with the burning of the spindles. No. It all started with a curse... Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close. And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood -- and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken. As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen. Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape... or the reason for her to stay.

City of miracles : a novel

May 8, 2017
Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984- author.
New York : Broadway Books, 2017.
451 pages ; 21 cm
Revenge. It's something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing. So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do--and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara's killers deserve. Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara's death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And--perhaps most daunting of all--finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.

The battlemage

May 5, 2017
Matharu, Taran, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2017.
377 pages ; 22 cm.
Fletcher and his classmates from Vocans Academy--including the elf Sylva and the dwarf Othello--travel through the ether, where they must pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. As he leads a small army of soldiers, Fletcher will face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc, Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher loves. -- book jacket.

Legion

May 4, 2017
Kagawa, Julie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2017]
380 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Soldier.
Devastated by revelations about the Talon dragon organization, hatchling Ember Hill stands beside the rogue dragon, Riley, against her heir-apparent brother, Dante, who has threatened to unleash the greatest threat dragonkind has ever known.

Cold reign

May 3, 2017
Hunter, Faith, author.
New York : Ace, 2017. ©2017
371 pages ; 18 cm.
"Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker and the woman rogue vampires fear most. Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo's reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions. And there's another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down--and discovers there's something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen. Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds."--Back cover.

Wicked abyss

May 2, 2017
Cole, Kresley, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
383 pages ; 24 cm.
"He never wanted to be a beast ... As an ungainly demon boy, Abyssian "Sian" Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty. When he grew into a breathtaking demon, Sian fantasized about seducing and spurning her, but she died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has amplified his hell-demon blood, transforming him into an unrecognizable monster--just as she's been reincarnated. He can retain his former appearance for only one hour a day. She never wanted to be a beauty ... When Gabrielle "Brie" Barbot inexplicably stops aging, her acting fame becomes a nightmare. Her unique look--that kept her from landing serious roles--forces her into hiding. She has no idea supernatural beings exist until the night a beastly demon enslaves her. Calling her a fey immortal and vowing revenge for betrayals she can't remember, the beast punishes her with grueling labor within his mystical castle. Her only solace is spending time with fellow prisoner Dominick, a devastatingly gorgeous male who is allowed to see her for only one hour a day. Can they break the spell before it's too late. . .? In the guise of "Dominick," Sian toys with Gabrielle's heart and body. Yet as she falls deeper under Dominick's spell, Brie can't help but respond to the beast's vulnerability and pain, and her sympathy develops into something more. When truths from a far distant past are revealed and identities discovered, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit--and a looming supernatural war?"-- Provided by publisher.

Snared

May 2, 2017
Estep, Jennifer, author.
©2017
371 pages ; 17 cm.
"Pocket Books urban fantasy"--Spine.
If you dont know Gin "the Spider" Blanco, you dont know dangerous female heroines. Irony 101. The Spider herself snared in someone elses web. Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the citys underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl. My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, Im not holding out much hope that shes still alive. A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, Im used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemyone who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

Dear sweet filthy world

May 1, 2017
Kiernan, Caitlín R., author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2017.
297 pages ; 24 cm
Short stories.
Originally published in the subscription-only Sirenia digest.
Werewolf smile -- Vicaria Draconis -- Paleozoic annunciation -- Charcloth, firesteel, and flint -- Shipwrecks above -- The dissevered heart -- Exuvium -- Drawing from life -- The eighth veil -- Aspinthion -- Three months, three scenes, with snow -- Workprint -- Tempest witch -- Fairy tale of the maritime -- 30 -- The carnival is dead and gone -- Scylla for dummies -- Figurehead -- Down to Gehenna -- The granting cabinet -- Evensong -- Latitude 41°21'45.89"N, longitude 71°29'0.62"W -- Another tale of two cities -- Blast the human flower -- Camuffare -- Here is no why -- Hauplatte/Gegenplatte -- Sanderlings -- Interstate love song (Murder ballad no. 8).

Within the sanctuary of wings : a memoir by Lady Trent

April 28, 2017
Brennan, Marie, author.
New York : Tor, [2017]
333 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the conclusion to Marie Brennan's thrilling Lady Trent Memoirs After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent--dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field. And yet--after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia--the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure--scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland's enemies--and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.

Blade bound : a Chicagoland vampires novel

April 27, 2017
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, [2017]
vi, 373 pages ; 21 cm.
"The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill's New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it might usher in the fall of Cadogan House ... Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago's Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side. When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything--and everyone--she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

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