New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

May 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The choosing

May 26, 2015
Dekker, Rachelle, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xii, 434 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A seer novel"--Title page verso.
"Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she'd spent a lifetime preparing for--her Choosing Ceremony--to end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she'll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it's her duty to follow the true way of the Authority. As Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. Though the whispers contradict everything she's been told, they resonate deep within"--Dust jacket flap.

Seriously wicked

May 22, 2015
Connolly, Tina, author.
New York : Tor Teen, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2015.
208 pages ; 22 cm
Camellia's adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom's a seriously wicked witch. Cam's used to stopping the witch's crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose -- and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Suddenly Cam's got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance. To stop the demon before he destroys Devon's soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she's willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she's wicked too?

The gracekeepers : a novel

May 19, 2015
Logan, Kirsty, author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
308 pages ; 22 cm
"As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance. In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ('landlockers') and those who float on the sea ('damplings'), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives"--Amazon.com.

Ang banal na anklat ng mga kumag

May 19, 2015
Derain, Allan N., author, illustrator.
© 2013.
xiii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Published in 2013 by Cacho Publishing House, re-published in 2014 by Anvil publishing House. Both editions have the same number of pages and same ISBN. Record was originally cataloged based on the 2013 Cacho Publishing House edition and replaced based on the 2014 Anvil publishing House edition.
"The author borrowed ideas from well-known Filipino folklore and religious tales to come up with a highly imaginative tale about Benito, a lizard (tuko), that resides in the attic of an old church, whose sole occupation is to say prayers for insects like spider, ants, cockroaches, etc."-- catalogers summary based on K.D. Absolutely on http://www.goodreads.com/

Sōga bōkoku no gunshi to sōsoku no bushō

May 19, 2015
|6880-01 Shindō, Tatsuki, author.
©2014
252 pages ; 15 cm.

When the heavens fall

May 18, 2015
Turner, Marc.
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
544 pages : map ; 24 cm
"If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering. A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost. However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire"--Provided by publisher.

Tales of the primal land

May 15, 2015
Lumley, Brian.
Burton, M.I. : Subterranean, 2015.
607 p. ; 24 cm.

Radiant state

May 14, 2015
Higgins, Peter, 1961- author.
©2015
282 pages ; 25 cm
"The Wolfhound Century trilogy."
"3"--Spine on jacket.
"The Vlast stands two hundred feet tall, four thousand tons of steel ready to be flung upwards on the fire of atom bombs. Ready to take the dream of President-Commander of the New Vlast General, Osip Rizhin, beyond the bounds of this world. But not everyone shares this vision. Vissarion Lom and Maroussia Shaumian have not reached the end of their story, and in Mirgorod a woman in a shabby dress carefully unwraps a sniper rifle. And all the while the Pollandore dreams its own dreams."--Page 2 of book jacket.

The boys of fire and ash

May 13, 2015
McIsaac, Meaghan, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2015.
327 pages ; 22 cm
Urgle and two other Brothers of the Ikkuma Pit, where boys are abandoned at birth and learn to fend for themselves and rear their younger brothers, embark on a quest to rescue Urgle's brother, Cubby, who has been carried off by monsters into the forest from which no one has ever returned.

Uprooted

May 13, 2015
Novik, Naomi.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
438 pages ; 22 cm.
"Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows--everyone knows--that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose"-- Provided by publisher.

The big fix

May 11, 2015
Grimes, Linda.
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
318 pages ; 22 cm.
"Linda Grimes's sexy and hilarious urban fantasy series that began with In a Fix and Quick Fix continues in The Big Fix. Aura adaptor extraordinaire Ciel Halligan, who uses her chameleon-like abilities to fix her clients' problems--as them--is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. There's only one thing Jack fears more than snakes, and that's the possibility of his fans finding out he screams at the sight of one. Going from hero to laughing stock isn't part of his career plan. Seems like a simple enough job to Ciel, who doesn't particularly like snakes, but figures she can tolerate an afternoon with them, for the right price--which Jack is offering, and then some. What she doesn't count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder. Ciel begins to suspect Jack's phobia was phony, and that he only hired her to provide him with an alibi--but if she goes to the police, she'll have to explain how she knows he wasn't really on set. Up against a wall, Ciel calls on her best-friend-turned-love-interest Billy, and her not-so-ex-crush Mark, to help her set up the sting of a lifetime"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreams of shreds & tatters

May 8, 2015
Downum, Amanda, author.
Oxford, UK : Solaris, 2015.
255 pages ; 20 cm.
"When Liz Drake's best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him. She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover's life -- in her dreams he drowns. Blake's new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can't fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the Dreamlands."-- Publisher's web site.

Where

May 8, 2015
Reed, Kit, author.
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
236 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"In a coastal town on the Outer Carolina Banks, David Ribault and Merrill Poulnot are trying to revive their stale relationship and commit to marriage, and a slick developer claiming to be related to a historic town hero, Rawson Steele, has come to town and is buying up property. Steele makes a romantic advance on Merrill and an unusual 4:30 a.m. appointment outside of town with David. But Steele is a no-show, and at the time of the appointment everyone in the town disappears, removed entirely from our space and time to a featureless isolated village--including Merrill and her young son. David searches desperately but all seems lost, for Steele is in the other village with Merrill. Reed's 'Where' is a spooky, unsettling speculative fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Born of defiance

May 5, 2015
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
518 pages ; 25 cm
When his companion's brother draws him into a plot against the Andarion crown, outcast Talyn Batur finds himself torn between the loyalty to their planetary government and his own beliefs of justice and right. But when old enemies align with new ones, it's more than just his own life at risk. And more than just his homeworld that will end should he fail.

Midnight's kiss

May 5, 2015
Harrison, Thea, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.

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.

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