New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

June 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Less than charming

June 28, 2016
Demarest, Rebecca A., author.
©2016
243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"... the story of a world beyond a veil in which all of the characters writers have ever created are alive and living in their own society. As writers in the other human world constantly write new characters into existence, those characters emerge into this mirror world. A hierarchy evolves as every retelling of existing characters is layered onto the original, adding to and changing their personality, knowledge base, and sometimes their emotional stability" -- Amazon.com.

Age of myth

June 28, 2016
Sullivan, Michael J., 1961- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2016]
xiii, 409 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"A new series set in the world of the Riyria Chronicles. In the land of the Rhune, trees can tell the future and the gods are beyond reproach. But when Raithe's father is slain, he does the unthinkable--he kills a god. From this act, rises the legend of the God Killer, the seeds of a rebellion, and the question of whether the gods are really immortal after all"-- Provided by publisher.

The Mexican flyboy

June 28, 2016
Véa, Alfredo, 1952- author.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2016.
338 pages ; 22 cm.
"What if we could travel back in time to save our heroes from painful deaths? What if we could rewrite history to protect and reward the innocent victims of injustice? In Alfredo Vea's daring new novel, one man does just that, taking readers on a series of remarkable journeys. Abandoned as a child, brooding and haunted as an adult, Simon Vegas, "the Mexican Flyboy," toils for years to repair a time machine that fell into his hands in Vietnam. With the help of his friend, eccentric Hephaestus Segundo, Simon uses the device to fly through time. Wherever acts of human cruelty take place, in the past or in the present, the machine lets him lift the suffering away and deliver them to a utopian afterlife. Blending magical realism, science fiction, history, and comic-book fantasy, The Mexican Flyboy swoops readers from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the vineyards of Northern California, from Ethel Rosenberg's execution to Joan of Arc's pyre, in a tale of justice, trauma, regret, and redemption. The dead pass through the narrative in a parade at once heartbreaking and hopeful, among them Vincent van Gogh and Malcolm X, Ernest Hemingway and Amadou Diallo. But the living--Simon's pregnant wife, Elena, his old friend Ezekiel Stein, prisoner Lenny Hudson--all throw doubt onto Simon's story. Is Simon truly a "magus," transporting martyrs to a shared community in paradise? Or is he just a man broken by loss, guilt, and the trauma of war, hopelessly lost in an illusion of his own making? Crossing genres and blending comedy with tragedy, Alfredo Vea imagines a world where we can rewrite our pasts and heal the wounds inflicted by history. Inviting comparisons to the work of James Joyce and Victor Borges, Junot Díaz and Michael Chabon, this powerful book is like nothing else you have ever read"-- Provided by publisher.

The seascape tattoo

June 28, 2016
Niven, Larry, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
394 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Aros of Azteca, a swordsman, and Neoloth-Pteor, a sorcerer, are deadly enemies who have been fighting for fifteen years. But when the princess Tahlia is kidnapped, Aros must pretend to be a lost princeling and infiltrate the deadliest cabal of necromancers in the world. To save the princess and prevent the most powerful and diabolical spell ever created from destroying the world, he needs Neoloth's help. They can't trust each other. They will betray or kill one another the first chance they get. But each is all the other has. -- adapted from book jacket.

Clean sweep

June 28, 2016
Andrews, Ilona, author.
[United States] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2013]
vi, 227 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Publisher as found on Amazon.com.
"On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shi-tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is ... different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can't leave the grounds because she's responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, 'normal' is a bit of a stretch for Dina. And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night ... Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans -- an alpha-strain werewolf -- and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she's facing is unlike anything she's ever encountered before. It's smart, vicious, and lethal; and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything."--Page 4 of cover.

Sweep In Peace

June 28, 2016
Andrews, Ilona, author.
[United States] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
xii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Publisher as found on Amazon.com.
"Dina DeMille isn't your typical Bed and Breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an Innkeeper"-- Provided by publisher.

The darkest magic

June 27, 2016
Rhodes, Morgan, author.
New York : Razor Bill, 2016.
426 pages ; 24 cm.
After a near-death escape from Markus King's Hawkspear Society, Becca Hatcher is finally safe at home in Toronto, with the Bronze Codex. But her battle isn't over; she may be the only one who can stop the magical war raging in faraway Mytica. Crys, Becca's older sister, tries to protect Becca, even by keeping some life-changing secrets that might put Becca in harm's way. But a chance encounter with Farrell Grayson puts Crys back in his sights, and puts Farrell one step closer to cornering the Hatcher family and bringing them back to his master, Markus. And unbeknownst to those in Toronto, Maddox's necromancy magic from Mytica has begun to influence the magic in the Bronze Codex, and the fates of everyone involved.-- Adapted from book jacket.

Darkest flame

June 27, 2016
Grant, Donna, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
372 pages ; 17 cm.
In Darkest Flame by Donna Grant, the Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender--body and soul?

In the shadow of the gods : a bound gods novel

June 22, 2016
Dunne, Rachel.
New York : Harper Voyager, 2016.
389 pages ; 20 cm.
"A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world"-- Provided by publisher.

The weaver's lament

June 22, 2016
Haydon, Elizabeth, author.
©2016
352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
"The final adventure in The symphony of ages"--Dust jacket.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"For a thousand years, the lands ruled by the Cymrian Alliance have been at peace. When the brutal death of a dear friend catapults the kingdom to the brink of civil war, Rhapsody finds herself in an impossible situation: forced to choose between her beloved husband, Ashe, and her two oldest friends, Grunthor and Achmed. Choosing her husband will mean the death of thousands of innocents. Siding against him will cost Rhapsody the other half of her soul, both in this life and the next." -- Amazon.com.

Hope and Red

June 22, 2016
Skovron, Jon, author.
©2016
532 pages : map ; 19 cm
"The Empire of storms: book one"--T.p.
Hope, the lone survivor when her village is massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist. Together they will take down an empire.

The vanishing throne

June 20, 2016
May, Elizabeth, 1987- author.
©2014
458 pages ; 22 cm.
"Book two of the Falconer trilogy" --Cover.
Aileana Kameron is the Falconer, born to hunt and slay the faeries who prey on mankind--but now, in 1847, the great battle is past, Edinburgh lies in ruins, and Aileana is a prisoner of the Fae prince Lonnrach, whose sister murdered her mother, and somehow she must find a way to escape, before he can steal her memories.

The wolf in the attic

June 17, 2016
Kearney, Paul, author.
Oxford : Solaris, 2016.
280 pages ; 23 cm.
The fantastical appears in the middle of 1920's Oxford as a young refugee looking to escape her grim reality rubs shoulders with two of the founding fathers of modern fantasy, Tolkien and Lewis. 1920s Oxford: home to C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien... and Anna Francis, a young Greek refugee looking to escape the grim reality of her new life. The night they cross paths, none suspect the fantastic world at work around them. Anna Francis lives in a tall old house with her father and her doll Penelope. She is a refugee, a piece of flotsam washed up in England by the tides of the Great War and the chaos that trailed in its wake. Once upon a time, she had a mother and a brother, and they all lived together in the most beautiful city in the world, by the shores of Homer's wine-dark sea. But that is all gone now, and only to her doll does she ever speak of it, because her father cannot bear to hear. She sits in the shadows of the tall house and watches the rain on the windows, creating worlds for herself to fill out the loneliness. The house becomes her own little kingdom, an island full of dreams and half-forgotten memories. And then one winter day, she finds an interloper in the topmost, dustiest attic of the house. A boy named Luca with yellow eyes, who is as alone in the world as she is. That day, she ll lose everything in her life, and find the only real friend she may ever know.

The sword of Midras : a shroud of the Avatar novel

June 16, 2016
Hickman, Tracy, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
332 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A captain in the Obsidian Army discovers a magical sword that only he can use, and is purported to have been once used by the legendary Avatars.

My Lady Jane

June 15, 2016
Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author.
©2016
491 pages ; 22 cm
Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?

Ivory and Bone

June 15, 2016
Eshbaugh, Julie, author.
©2016
376 pages ; 22 cm
Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe--that's the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless--and nearly grave--mistake. However, there's something more to Mya's cool disdain ... a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya's past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he's trusted.

The king slayer : a sequel to The witch hunter

June 15, 2016
Boecker, Virginia, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
377 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Set in an alternative 16th-century England, former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding out in the magical town of Harrow, avoiding the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, and gearing up for a war that will test her both physically and emotionally"--Provided by publisher.

Untamed city

June 15, 2016
Marr, Melissa, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
337, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Carnival of secrets, formally published as Carnival of souls ; Carnival of lies, prequel of Carnival of secrets . -- From cover
Carnival of secrets -- Carnival of lies.
"A centuries-long war between daimons and witches sets the stage for three teens caught up in a deadly struggle for power and autonomy in the exotic and otherworldly Carnival of Souls, the mercantile center of the daimon dimension"--Provided by publisher.

League of dragons

June 14, 2016
Novik, Naomi, author.
©2016
380 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series. The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory...but at a terrible price. Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the fleeing French army back west, but are demoralized when Napoleon makes it back to Paris unscathed. Worse, they soon learn that the French have stolen Termeraire and Iskierka's egg. Now, it is do or die, as our heroes not only need to save Temeraire's offspring but also to stop Napoleon for good!"-- Provided by publisher.

Steeplejack

June 14, 2016
Hartley, A. J., author.
©2016
334 pages ; 24 cm
Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers. Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

The insides : a novel

June 14, 2016
Bushnell, Jeremy P., author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2016.
286 pages ; 19 cm
"The highly anticipated follow-up to Jeremy P. Bushnell's "wonderfully weird and entertaining" (Esquire) debut, The Weirdness Ollie Krueger's days as a punk kid practicing street magic are are mostly behind her. Now she's a butcher at Carnage, a high-end restaurant offering deconstructed takes on meat, and on the busiest nights of the week she and her partner, Guychardson, race to see who can produce more finished cuts. Ollie's the better butcher, but somehow Guychardson almost always wins. And Ollie thinks maybe it's because the mysterious knife he uses is magic. Before she knows it, Ollie's interest in the knife has thrown her square in the path of a dangerous ex-marine called "Pig" and his hired psychic, Maja, who are on the hunt for the knife too--who want it so badly, in fact, that they might kill for it. Now, magic is back in Ollie's life and she's being chased through New York City, with the fabric of space-time tattering around her and weird inter-dimensional worms squirming their way into her kitchen. And before all this is over she's going to need to face up to the Possible Consequences of some bad decisions, to look at the uncomfortable truths that she stuffed away long ago, deep down inside"-- Provided by publisher.

Allegiance of honor

June 14, 2016
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
©2016
xiv, 478 pages ; 24 cm.
"The "unparalleled romantic adventure"* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as a new dawn begins for the Psy-Changeling world ... The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: old enemies, new allies, wary loners. But a century of distrust and suspicion can't be so easily forgotten, and it threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman's cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy ... and changeling. To find the lost and protect the vulnerable--and to save Trinity--no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst? *Publishers Weekly on Shards of Hope"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreams of distant shores

June 14, 2016
McKillip, Patricia A., author.
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications LLC, 2016.
274 pages ; 19 cm
Weird -- Mer -- The gorgon in the cupboard -- Which witch -- Edith and Henry go motoring -- Alien -- Something rich and strange.

Spells of blood and kin : a dark fantasy

June 14, 2016
Humphrey, Claire, author.
©2016
viii, 309 pages ; 22 cm
"When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, 22-year-old Lissa Nevsky is left with no choice but to take over her grandmother's magical position in their small folk community. That includes honoring a debt owed to the dangerous stranger who appears at Lissa's door. Maksim Volkov needs magic to keep his brutal nature leashed, but he's already lost control once: his blood-borne lust for violence infects Nick Kaisaris, a charming slacker out celebrating the end of finals. Now Nick is somewhere else in Toronto, going slowly mad, and Maksim must find him before he hurts more people."-- Provided by publisher.

The marked girl

June 13, 2016
Klingele, Lindsey, author.
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
382 pages ; 22 cm
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his royal friends find themselves stranded in modern-day Los Angeles, via a magic portal and the evil traitor Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum as soon as possible. As they explore possibilities, they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the foster system and on with her life. As she and Cedric become friends, they discover that she's more connected to his world than they ever could have imagined, and that finding home is no easy task.

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