New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

March 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shadow scale

March 5, 2015
Hartman, Rachel, 1972- author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
xii, 596 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Seraphina, half-dragon and half-human, searches for others like her who can make the difference in the war between dragons and humans in the kingdom of Goredd"-- Provided by publisher.

Bones & all

March 5, 2015
DeAngelis, Camille, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Since she was a baby, Maren has had serious trouble accepting affection. Any time someone gets too close to her, she's overcome by the desire to eat them. Abandoned by her mother the day after her sixteenth birthday, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds much more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with a world of fellow eaters, potential enemies, and the prospect of love, Maren realizes she isn't only looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is: will she like who she finds?"--Publisher.

The orphan queen

March 4, 2015
Meadows, Jodi, author.
©2015
391 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom's capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace and Melanie's behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable. Wil can't trust anyone. She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina's magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil's magic, she will vanish like all the others"--Jacket.

The exile

March 4, 2015
Adams, C. T. (Cie T.), author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
318 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Let slip the dogs of war. The faerie world Brianna remembers from childhood was a place of wonders and delights. But by the time she was a teenager, the eternal jockeying over the succession had become a grim business of shifting allegiances and secrets bargains for power. Brianna and her mother--a human, a witch, and, for a time, the lover of the Fae king--fled to Earth. To protect her half-human, half-Fae, definitely royal daughter, Brianna's mother changed the Veil that separates the two worlds, making it impenetrable by faerie magic. Since then, Brianna has mostly lived as a human. She runs a small magic shop, selling herbs, magical objects, and the occasional spell--keeping always to First, Do No Harm--with the help of her best friend and protector, a living stone gargoyle. Brianna is unaware that in the Fae world, events foretold in an ancient prophecy begin to come to pass...placing everything and everyone she holds dear in dire jeopardy"--Page [4] of cover.

The Thorn of Dentonhill

March 3, 2015
Maresca, Marshall Ryan, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
vi, 388 pages : maps ; 17 cm.

The dragon conspiracy : a SPI files novel

March 3, 2015
Shearin, Lisa, author.
New York : Ace Books, [2015]
292 pages ; 17 cm
After solving The Grendel Affair, the agents have another SPI File to investigate. We're Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. We battle the real monsters of myth and legend, but this Halloween, we're searching for diamonds... A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan-- and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs. In the right mage's hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop. Together they have the power to "cure" the supernaturals of the tristate area-- but for many of those vampires and werewolves, that means turning into dust. I'm Makenna Fraser, a seer for SPI. With the help of my partner, Ian, and the other agents, I have twenty-four hours to prevent total global panic, find the diamonds, and save the supernatural community. No biggie...

Phantasm Japan : fantasies light and dark, from and about Japan

March 2, 2015
San Francisco : Haikasoru, [2014]
347 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction: the eight millionth and first spirit / Nick Mamatas -- Foreword / Masumi Washington -- A tale of Japan: in his wake / Zachary Mason -- Shikata ga nai: the bag lady's tale / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Scissors or claws, and holes / Yusaku Kitano -- Her last appearance / Lauren Naturale -- He dreads the cold / James A. Moore -- A tale of Japan: a successful ruse / Zachary Mason -- Girl, I love you / Nadia Bulkin -- The last packet of tea / Quentin S. Crisp -- The parrot stone / Seia Tanabe -- Kamigakari / Jacqueline Koyanagi -- A tale of Japan: the true Bodhisattva / Zachary Mason -- From the nothing, with love / Project Itoh -- Those who hunt monster hunters / Tim Pratt -- Inari updates the map of rice fields / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- The street of fruiting bodies / Sayuri Ueda -- A tale of Japan: mesalliance / Zachary Mason -- Chiyoko / Miyuki Miyabe -- Ningyo / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Thirty-eight observations on the nature of the self / Joseph Tomaras -- Sisyphean / Dempow Torishima -- A tale of Japan: Tengu of the wood / Zachary Mason.
"From the editors of the acclaimed science fiction anthology The Future Is Japanese comes Phantasm Japan, which collects new stories--from the best Western and Japanese fantasists--that explore new worlds, ancient worlds, and this world"-- Provided by publisher.

Binding ties

February 27, 2015
Butcher, Shannon K., author.
New York : Signet, 2015.
369 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: (pages [361]-369).
"A Signet book."
"They are the Sentinels. Three races descended from ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities in their battle to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now a warrior must protect his onetime enemy--without succumbing to his darkest desires. Lyka Phelan is a Slayer, sent to live among her enemy to guarantee lasting peace with the Theronai. Yet she has a secret--and it could make her a slave to their power. But when a pack of Synestryn destroys her home and captures her packmates, Lyka realizes her freedom is a small price to pay for the safety of her people. So she strikes a bargain with the leader of the Theronai--one that reveals her true identity and binds her to him forever. Joseph thought he knew better than to tangle with the beautiful, hot-blooded Lyka. One misstep could send their races straight back to war. But now he has no choice other than to help her. Forced to protect her with his life, Joseph finds himself increasingly drawn to Lyka. As they risk everything in their fight against the demons, he realizes he must convince her to surrender to him completely--otherwise she will never truly be his"--Page [4] of cover.

Pocket apocalypse

February 27, 2015
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., 2015.
352 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes: Price family field guide to the cryptids of North America and Australia (pages [343]-347) and a music playlist (page [349]).
"Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family--no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he's starting to feel like he's got the hang of things...at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it's just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don't like their "visiting expert" very much. Australia is a cryptozoologist's dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it's also filled with Shelby's family, who aren't delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex. Survival is hard enough when you're on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there's one thing he knows for sure: he's not going down without a fight"--Page [4] of cover.

Vision in silver

February 27, 2015
Bishop, Anne.
New York : Roc, [2015]
400 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"The New York Times bestselling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest-where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before-both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn's help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him. Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon's only hope of ending the conflict. For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon's doorstep..."-- Provided by publisher.

The mechanical : The alchemy wars, book one

February 27, 2015
Tregillis, Ian.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
471 pages ; 21 cm
"The Clakker: a mechanical man, endowed with great strength and boundless stamina -- but beholden to the wishes of its human masters. Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the 17th Century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower. Three centuries later, it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men -- flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America. But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne."-- Provided by publisher.

Werewolf cop : a novel

February 27, 2015
Klavan, Andrew, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he's a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld.

The winner's crime : a novel

February 26, 2015
Rutkoski, Marie, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
405 pages ; 22 cm.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria's crown prince is the event of a lifetime, but to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making, so as she aches to tell the truth about her engagement, she becomes a skilled practitioner of deceit and as a spy passes information and gets close to uncovering a shocking secret.

Deviate

February 26, 2015
Clark, Tracy, author.
Fort Collins, Colorado : Entangled Teen, 2015.
383 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must all except one bitter betrayal. Finn Doyle--the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul--is Arrazi"--Back cover.

Above us only sky

February 26, 2015
Young-Stone, Michele, author.
[New York] : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
237 pages ; map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
" On March 29, 1973, Prudence Eleanor Vilkas was born with a pair of wings molded to her back. Considered a birth defect, her wings were surgically removed, leaving only the ghost of them behind. At fifteen years old, confused and unmoored, Prudence meets her long-estranged Lithuanian grandfather and discovers a miraculous lineage beating and pulsing with past Lithuanian bird-women, storytellers with wings dragging the dirt, survivors perched on radio towers, lovers lit up like fireworks, and heroes disguised as everyday men and women. Prudence sets forth on a quest to discover her ancestors, to grapple with wings that only one other person can see, and ultimately, to find out where she belongs. Above Us Only Sky spans the 1863 January Uprising against Russian Tsarist rule in Eastern Europe to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Lithuania gaining its independence in 1991. It is a story of mutual understanding between the old and young; it is a love story; a story of survival, and most importantly a story about where we belong in the world" -- provided by publisher.

Dead heat

February 26, 2015
Briggs, Patricia, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
324 pages ; 24 cm.
"For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles's role as his father's enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal-or at least it starts out that way... Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up--and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire" -- from publisher's web site.

The crow of Connemara

February 26, 2015
Leigh, Stephen, author.
©2015
x, 304 pages ; 24 cm
"The Crow of Connemara is a contemporary Celtic fantasy set primarily in Ireland. Picking up threads from ancient Irish mythology and folktales, this story is fantasy, drama, and tragic romance all at once, a tale caught in the dark places where the world of ancient myth intersects our own, where old ways and old beliefs struggle not to be overwhelmed by the modern world. Colin Doyle is young Irish-American musician from Chicago, whose interest is traditional Irish music. Maeve Gallagher is an Oileánach, an "Islander" from Ireland's west coast. Islanders are outcasts treated with suspicion by the locals, who think them responsible for wild and strange happenings in the area. Colin soon discovers that he's connected to Maeve in ways he never could have imagined."--Publisher's description.

Madness in Solidar

February 26, 2015
Modesitt, L. E., Jr., 1943-
New York : Tor, 2015.
460 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Alastar finds himself in the middle of a power struggle after taking the helm of the declining Solidar's Collegium of Imagers.

Infinity bell

February 25, 2015
Monk, Devon.
New York : Roc, 2015.
358 p. ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from next House immortal novel, Crucible zero.
"A House Immortal novel"--Title page.
"A century ago, the eleven Houses united their far-reaching power, casting an uneasy peace over the world. But their treaty has been broken, and no one--not even the immortal galvanized--is safe...."--Cover, p. [4]

The buried giant

February 25, 2015
Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-
©2015.
317 pages ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"The Romans have long since departed, and the Britian is steadily declining into ruin. But, at least, the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, decide that now is the time, finally, for them set off across this troubled land of mist and rain to find the son they have not seen for years, the son they can scarcely remember"--Dust jacket.

Fields of wrath

February 20, 2015
Reichert, Mickey Zucker, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books Inc., 2015.
564 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Includes appendices (pages 541-564).
"Nearly two decades ago, Mickey Zucker Reichert introduced fantasy readers to her greatest creation--the Renshai, a race of warriors who lived for battle and swordcraft, and who began training in the art of war from the moment their fingers could grasp a weapon. Set in a world enriched by Norse mythology, Mickey's first two trilogies about the Renshai--The Last of the Renshai and The Renshai Chronicles--captivated readers as they followed the adventures of these legendary warriors who fought their way back from almost total extinction to claim a new homeland and find allies in a world where far too many still feared and despised them. Flight of the Renshai and Fields of Wrath continue the Renshai saga begun in the previous two trilogies. Opening eighteen years after The Children of Wrath ended, Flight of the Renshai focuses on the main characters from the second trilogy, as well as their now-grown children. At the center of the story are the three sons of Kevral Tainharsdatter. While Flight brings readers into the heart of the long-dreaded Great War, Fields of Wrath picks up the story in the aftermath of that war. With the Great War over, the Renshai have won back the Fields of Wrath. However, Tae Kahn--Subikahn's father--becomes ever more certain that a far larger and fiercer wave of enemy soldiers is headed toward them. One Kjempemagiska and an army of their man-sized servants nearly defeated the entirety of the continent. This time, Tae is certain, the ranks will include hundreds of these strong, magical, Island-dwelling giants. The only hope for the peoples of the continent is to regather their war-weary troops and find a way to convince the few magical beings of their own world to assist them. Unfortunately for Tae, no allies are available to assist. It becomes a race against time as Tae and his friends struggle to convince the various Continental generals of the danger, attempt to turn reluctant, antagonistic mages and elves into allies, spy on the giant Kjempemagiska sorcerers, and seek some means to defeat an enemy powerful beyond contemplation"--Jacket.

A darker shade of magic

February 20, 2015
Schwab, Victoria.
New York : Tor, 2015.
400 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne--a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see--a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive--and that is proving trickier than they hoped. "-- Provided by publisher.

Feral pride

February 19, 2015
Smith, Cynthia Leitich, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
290 pages ; 21 cm.
The explosive finale to the Feral series by New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Anti-shifter sentiment is at an all-time high when Kayla's transformation to werecat is captured on video and uploaded for the world to see. Suddenly she becomes a symbol of the werebeast threat and--along with fellow cat Yoshi, lion-possum Clyde, and human Aimee--a hunted fugitive. Meanwhile, a self-proclaimed weresnake has kidnapped the governor of Texas and hit the airwaves with a message of war. In retaliation, werepeople are targeted by law enforcement, threatened with a shift-suppressing vaccine, terrorized by corporate conspiracy, and enslaved by a top-secret, intelligent Cryptid species. Can Clyde rally his inner lion king to lead his friends--new and old--into battle against ruthless, media-savvy foes? A rousing blend of suspense, paranormal romance, humor, and high action.

Dead spots

February 19, 2015
Frater, Rhiannon, author.
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
412 pages ; 21 cm
"The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers. Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life--but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly. Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive.... As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination" -- provided by publisher.

Empire

February 19, 2015
Connolly, John, 1968-
New York, NY : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, [2015]
439 pages ; 24 cm.
"Following Conquest, the first part in a stunning new science fiction trilogy that "should not to be missed" (The Guardian), Empire continues the journey of Syl and Paul as they fight to regain planet Earth from a ruthless alien species. She is the trophy of a civilization at war with itself. He is its rebel captive. Separated by millions of light years, they will fight to be united... Earth has been conquered and occupied. The war is lost. The Resistance still fights the invaders, but they are nothing more than an annoyance to the Illyri, an alien race of superior technology and military strength. When caught, the young rebels are conscripted. Part soldiers, part hostages, they join the Brigades, sent to fight at the edges of the growing Illyri Empire. Paul Kerr is one such soldier--torn from his home and his beloved Syl Hellais. She is the first alien child born on Earth, a creature of two worlds--and a being possessed of powers beyond imagining. Now both must endure the terrible exile that Syl's race has deemed just punishment for their love. But the conquest of Earth is not all it seems. There is another species involved, known only as the Others, and the Illyri will kill to keep their existence secret. Light years from Earth and millions of miles apart, Paul and Syl must find a way to reveal the horrifying truth behind the Empire, and save all that they hold dear from the hunger of the Others. Even at the cost of their own lives.."-- Provided by publisher.

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