New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

December 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sword art online. 1, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo."
In the year 2022, some six thousand gamers excitedly explore the new Sword Art Online, which manipulates users' brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience, but soon learn it lacks a log-out button and to escape they must conquer all one hundred floors--or die trying.

The vault

December 16, 2014
McKay, Emily.
New York : Berkley Trade, 2014.
x, 383 pages ; 21 cm
"A farm novel"--Title page verso.
"There is no rest for the damned in this thrilling follow-up to Emily McKay's The Lair and The Farm, in a series New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill calls, "Equal parts Resident Evil and Hunger Games." In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice-resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter. With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it's up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire. Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure. That is, if he's still alive after she staked him to the ground. Now her worst enemy may be their best hope for curing Lily-and saving the human race"-- Provided by publisher.


December 11, 2014
Hamilton, Laurell K., author.
New York : Jove, 2014.
292 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes a special preview of the new Anita Blake novel Dead Ice"--Front cover.
"An all-new Anita Blake, vampire hunter novel. Never before published"--Front cover.
Anita Blake, who is having relationship problems of her own with her first female lover, has an unforgettable experience when she agrees to help her good friend, werewolf Jason Schuyler, handle his bisexual lover.

The night of the swarm

December 8, 2014
Redick, Robert V. S.
New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, [2012]
699 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in hardcover and trade paperback in the United Kingdom by Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd."--T.p. verso.
Heroes and star-crossed lovers Pavel and Thasha confront the Swarm, a nightmarish supernatural force that threatens to destroy their world.

Genocide of one : a thriller

December 1, 2014
Takano, Kazuaki, 1964-
New York : Mulholland Books, 2014.
506 pages ; 25 cm
"During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is informed of a threat to national security: a three-year-old boy named Akili, who is already the smartest being on the planet. Representing the next step in human evolution, Akili can perceive patterns and predict future events better than most supercomputers, and is capable of manipulating grand-scale events like pieces on a chess board. And yet, for all that power, Akili has the emotional maturity of a child--which might make him the most dangerous threat humanity has ever faced. An American soldier, Jonathan Yeager, leads an international team of elite operatives deep into the heart of the Congolese jungle under Presidential orders to destroy this threat to humanity before Akili's full potential can be realized. But Yeager has a very sick child, and Akili's advanced knowledge of all things, medicine included, may be Yeager's only hope for saving his son's life. Soon Yeager finds himself caught between following his orders and saving a creature with a hidden agenda, who plans to either save humanity as we know it--or destroy it"-- Provided by publisher.

Immortals of Meluha

December 1, 2014
342 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Originally published in India by Tara Press in 2010"--Title page verso.
1900 BC in what modern Indians call the Indus Valley Civilization and the inhabitants called the land of Meluha: a near-perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram--one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived--faces peril as its primary river, the Saraswati, is slowly drying to exctinction. The Suryavanshi rulers are challenged with devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracized and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills. The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, a hero will emerge. Is the unexpected, rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva that hero? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, duty, and by love, Shiva will attempt to move mountains and lead the Suryavanshi to destroy evil.

City of eternal night

December 1, 2014
Painter, Kristen L.
New York : Orbit, 2014.
387 pages ; 21 cm.
"Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. Although with Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides, they do not have an easy road ahead. But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest fae event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die"-- Provided by publisher.

Dangerous women 3

November 28, 2014
370 pages ; 18 cm
Previously published with Dangerous women 1 and 2 in a single hardcover edition under the title Dangerous women.
"All-new tales of women making a difference-- long ago, now, and in the worlds to come"--Cover image.
Bombshells / Jim Butcher -- City Lazarus / Diana Rowland -- Hell hath no fury / Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Some desperado / Joe Abercrombie -- The hands that are not there / Melinda Snodgrass -- Caretakers / Pat Cadigan -- Shadows for silence in the forest of hell / Brandon Sanderson.

The beautiful and the wicked

November 28, 2014
Spector, Liv.
New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, [2014]
341 pages ; 21 cm
"A Lila Day novel"--Title page.

Darkness falls

November 28, 2014
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Book, [2014]
392 pages ; 18 cm.
The search for the last key to the gates of hell has begun, and half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is in more danger than ever--and one misstep could prove ruinous. It's only a matter of time before Madeleine Hunter, the dangerous head of the vampire council, begins her hunt for complete domination. And for Risa, that comes with an alarming ultimatum: hand over the last key to Hunter or, one by one, her loved ones will die. Now, it's a race against time for Risa to save those she loves, and to stop Hunter's apocalyptic plan to open the very gates of hell.

No true way : all-new tales of Valdemar

November 28, 2014
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., [2014]
vi, 340 pages ; 18 cm.
The whitest lie / Stephanie D. Shaver -- Old loom, new tapestry / Dayle A. Dermatis -- The barest gift / Brenda Cooper -- Consequences unforeseen / Elizabeth A. Vaughan -- Written in the wind / Jennifer Brozek -- Nwah / Ron Collins -- Spun magic / Kristin Schwengel -- Weavings / Diana L. Paxson -- A wake of vultures / Elisabeth Waters -- Maiden's hope / Michele Lang -- Ex libris / Fiona Patton -- A dream reborn / Dylan Birtolo -- Forget me never / Cedric Johnson -- Beyond the fires / Louisa Swann -- A brand from the beginning / Rosemary Edghill & Rebecca Fox -- Vixen / Mercedes Lackey.

Spirit of the wolves

November 28, 2014
Hearst, Dorothy, 1966-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
356 pages ; 24 cm.
"Simon & Schuster fiction original hardcover"
"A novel"--Cover.
"Weaving together original research, series characters and a dynamic plot, Spirit of the Wolves is the final title in The Wolf Chronicles trilogy" -- Provided by publisher.

The lady

November 28, 2014
Johansen, K. V. (Krista V.), 1968-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2014.
443 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"Marakand, volume 2"--Title page.
"Possessed by a ghost who feeds on death, the undying assassin Ahjvar the Leopard has been captured by the Lady of Marakand, enslaved by necromancy to be captain of her Red Masks. His shield-bearer Ghu, a former slave with an uncanny ability to free the captive dead, follows Ahjvar into the war-torn lands of the Duina Catairna to release him, even if that means destroying what is left of Ahj's tormented soul. Deyandara, the last surviving heir of the Catairnan queen, rides into a land ravaged by disease and war, seeking the allies she abandoned months before, though they have no hope of standing against the army led by the invulnerable Red Masks of Marakand and the divine terror of the Lady. In the city of Marakand, former enemies ally and old friends seek one another's deaths as loyalists of the entombed gods Gurhan and Ilbialla raise a revolt, spearheaded by the Grasslander wizard Ivah, the shapeshifting Blackdog, and the bear-demon Mikki. The Lady's defenses are not easily breached, though, and the one enemy who might withstand her, the Northron wanderer Moth, bearer of the sword Lakkariss, has vanished. "-- Provided by publisher.

The broken isles

November 28, 2014
Newton, Mark Charan, 1981- author.
London : Tor, 2013.
403 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published: 2012.

The strange library

November 21, 2014
Murakami, Haruki, 1949-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 21 cm
In a fantastical illustrated short novel, three people imprisoned in a nightmarish library plot their escape.

The king's deryni

November 21, 2014
Kurtz, Katherine.
New York, NY : Ace Books, 2014.
550 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Alaric Morgan always knew his purpose in life--to stand alongside the king of Gwynedd. The old king knew that whichever of his sons succeeded to the throne would benefit from having a Deryni at his side. Alaric and the young Prince Brion Haldane were bound together by magic--a magic to be called upon when Brion was most in need. Now eighteen, Brion has ascended to the throne and seven-year-old Alaric has come to court. Through the coming years, both will grow to manhood and come to realize their destinies. Brion will strive to solidify his power and position, seek out a bride to secure his legacy, and ultimately, when faced with an unbeatable foe, call upon Alaric to fulfill his oath. Meanwhile, Alaric slowly learns the extent of his powers and how to use them, and will face the prejudice that many have against Deryni in its ugliest form. He will experience bittersweet first love, great personal loss, and the hard lessons one gains from both. And he will be there to unleash the full power of his Deryni magic at Brion's command. For Alaric is--and always will be--the King's Deryni"-- from publisher's web site.


November 20, 2014
Kristoff, Jay.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
xviii, 412 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"With Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff came roaring onto the fantasy scene--he has been praised as "the master of unique and intense plots and huge twists" (, while critics raved about the novel, calling it "[A] fast-paced, fantastical adventure [that] is sharp as a Shogun's sword." (The LA Times). And with healthy sales in hardcover and electronic--fueled by Jay's inventive, enthusiastic, and relentless promotion on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere--we know readers are hungry for the finale to his wildly inventive Lotus War saga.As civil war sweeps across the Shima Imperium, the Lotus Guild unleashes their deadliest creation--a mechanical goliath, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends. But the ghosts of Buruu's past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin's betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth. An exciting, vivid conclusion to a critically acclaimed series, Endsinger is sure to have fans racing through the pages to savor every last revelation"-- Provided by publisher.

The darkest touch

November 20, 2014
Showalter, Gena, author.
Dons Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, 2014.
484 pages ; 18 cm
Torin, a host to the demon of Disease, knows his touch could kill Keeleycael, the Red Queen, but he finds it difficult to ignore this powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities.

The tears of the rose

November 20, 2014
Kennedy, Jeffe, 1966- author.
New York : Kensington Books, [2014]
326 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir;the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition;and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous. Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs-and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive... Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn-or a queen?" -- from author's web page.

Black widow : an elemental assassin book

November 20, 2014
Estep, Jennifer.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
357 p. ; 18 cm.
"Pocket Books urban fantasy."
After unfortunate "coincidences" befall her friends, Gin Blanco, aka the Spider, discovers that she has a new enemy, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who, trying to get her framed for murder, has a master plan that will take more than her powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop.

The mammoth book of warriors and wizardry

November 18, 2014
Philadelphia : Running Press, 2014
ix, 515 p. ; 20 cm.
Small magic / Jay Lake -- King Rainjoy's tears / Chris Willrich -- A rich full week / K.J. Parker -- The woman in scarlet / Tanith Lee -- Flotsam / Bradley P. Beaulieu -- A warrior's death / Aliette de Bodard -- A siege of cranes / Benjamin Rosenbaum -- Fox bones. Many uses / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- Where virtue lives / Saladin Ahmed -- The effigy engine: a tale of the red hats / Scott Lynch -- Strife lingers in memory / Carrie Vaughn -- A sweet calling / Tony Pi -- The narcomancer / N.K. Jemisin -- Golden daughter, stonewife / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Effigy nights / Yoon Ha Lee -- Wearaway and flambeau / Matthew Hughes -- At the edge of dying / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Vici / Naomi Novik -- Abjure the realm / Elizabeth Bear -- The word of Azrael / Matthew David Surridge -- Lady of the ghost willow / Richard Parks -- The singing spear / James Enge -- So deep that the bottom could not be seen / Genevieve Valentine -- Warrior dreams / Cinda Williams Chima -- The magician and the maid and other stories / Christie Yant.

Abracadaver : an Esther Diamond novel

November 18, 2014
Resnick, Laura, 1962-
New York : Daw Books, 2014
328 p. ; 18 cm.
"An Esther Diamond novel".
Finally catching a break, struggling actress Esther Diamond, while guest starring on a TV crime drama, discovers that her NYPD detective boyfriend's new partner is involved in the supernatural reanimation of the deceased downtown and must find a way to stop him.

Tainted blood

November 17, 2014
Brennan, M. L., author.
New York, New York : Roc, 2014
x, 306 pages ; 17 cm.
"Roc urban fantasy"--Spine.
When the leader of a powerful faction of shifters is murdered, former film student Fortitude Scott, tracking down a killer while navigating dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges and hidden agendas, becomes trapped in the middle of a massive power shift within his sociopathic vampire family.

Heritage of Cyador

November 14, 2014
Modesitt, L. E., Jr., 1943- author.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
525 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Sequel to: Cyador's heirs.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Cigoerne's Mirror Lances commander Lerial leads three troops on a mission to protect Afrit and Cigoerne from a Heldya invasion, an effort that is complicated by Lerial's troubled past.

Dead but not forgotten : stories from the world of Sookie Stackhouse

November 13, 2014
New York : Ace Books, [2014]
343 pages ; 24 cm
Nobody's business / Rachel Caine -- Tyger, tyger / Christopher Golden -- The real Santa Claus / Leigh Perry -- Taproot / Jeffrey J. Mariotte -- Knit a sweater out of sky / Seanan McGuire -- Love story / Jeanne C. Stein -- The million-dollar hunt / Jonathan Maberry -- Borderline dead / Nicole Peeler -- Extreme makeover vamp edition / Leigh Evans -- Don't be cruel / Bill Crider -- What a dream I had / Nancy Holder -- Another dead fairy / Miranda James -- The bat-signal / Suzanne McLeod -- The sun, the moon, and the stars / Dana Cameron -- Widower's walk / MaryJanice Davidson.
"Sookie Stackhouse attracted vampires, werewolves, and various otherworldly creatures. Even fellow authors fell in love with her and Charlaine Harris's "magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories" (Houston Chronicle). And though Sookie's story has come to an end, these tales of her and the characters who populated her world will give you a different perspective on the series you thought you knew... In "Wing and a Prayer," Rachel Caine sends Kenya Jones and Kevin Pryor to Dallas on a search for a not-too-bright robbery/murder suspect--who just happens to be connected to a ring of criminals led by a dangerous vampire. Witch Amelia Broadway decides to test a folk legend about witches being able to communicate with the winds, but she isn't prepared for the stormy consequences, in Seanan McGuire's "Knit a Sweater out of Sky." While Sookie and Bill Compton are in Dallas, a Food Network crew unexpectedly shows up to shoot at Merlotte's, but what they're really cooking up is a deadly surprise for Bill, in Jeff Mariotte's "Taproot." In "Widower's Walk" by MaryJanice Davidson, Eric Northman is passing through twenty-third-century Baton Rouge, which, for the first time in an age, doesn't have a vampire king but rather a shifter queen--from the famed and formidable Stackhouse-Merlotte clan... "Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures" (The Toronto Star). And now fifteen of today's most popular authors have come along for the ride"-- Provided by publisher.

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