New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

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

Stealing Snow

September 28, 2016
Paige, D. M., author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
375 pages ; 22 cm
When her very first kiss turns the recipient violent, Snow escapes the Whittaker Psychiatric hospital that houses them and races into the woods. There she finds herself in icy Algid-- with witches, thieves, an alluring boy named Kai. Is this her true home, does she really have a royal lineage-- or is the Whittaker where she truly belongs?

Crooked kingdom

September 28, 2016
Bardugo, Leigh, author.
©2016
546 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets--a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Blood Red Kiss

September 28, 2016
©2016
532 pages ; 17 cm
The warlord wants forever / Kresley Cole ; Forsaken by night / Larissa Ione ; Dark swan / Gena Showalter.
The vampire Nikolai Wroth will stop at nothing to find his bride, the one woman who can make his heart beat again. He can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted, a beautiful Valkyrie, awakens him, body and soul. She has eluded him for years, but he finally has power over her. Now, he will make her pay for the agonizing lust she subjected him to for half a decade...But is it really a punishment for Myst, or a fulfillment of her own deepest wants?

Red tide

September 28, 2016
Turner, Marc, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
540 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tor book".
The Augerans are coming. And their ships are sailing in on a red tide. The Rubyholt Isles are a shattered nation of pirate-infested islands and treacherous waterways shielding the seaboards of Erin Elal and the Sabian League, a region even dragons fear to trespass. The Augerans beseech the Warlord of the Isles, seeking passage for their invasion fleet through Rubyholt territory. But they are sailing into troubled waters. Their enemies have sent agents to sabotage the negotiations, and to destroy the Augeran fleet by any means necessary. The emperor of Erin Elal seeks to forge an alliance with the Storm Lords, hoping to repulse the Augerans with a united front. But the battle lines for the struggle are not as clearly drawn as it first appears, for the Emira of the Storm Isles mistrusts the Erin Elalese as much as she does their common enemy. And the Augerans might just be planning a little sabotage of their own. But nothing in the realm of mortals escapes the notice of their meddling gods; every step they take is shadowed, and every choice they make ensnared in a web so subtle and vast, its true shape may be fathomed only when it is far, far too late.

A shadow bright and burning

September 28, 2016
Cluess, Jessica, author.
©2016
407 pages ; 22 cm.
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers-- the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

Witch's pyre

September 28, 2016
Angelini, Josephine, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
376 pages ; 22 cm.
Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, and has chosen to face battle again. And after her recent losses and betrayal, she has learned more about grief than she ever wanted to know. Thrust once again into a strange society, Lily is determined to find a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices, and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Wendy Darling. Volume two, Seas

September 27, 2016
Oakes, Colleen, author.
Tempe, Arizona : SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint, a division of SparkPoint Studio, LLC, 2016.
273 pages ; 22 cm.
"Wendy Darling: Seas finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his blood-thirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies and pirate-feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream&#x;and the betrayals have just begun."--Publisher's description.

A shattered empire

September 23, 2016
Hogan, Mitchell, author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
574 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
"In the epic conclusion to the series that began with the award-winning A CRUCIBLE OF SOULS, Mitchell Hogan combines the wonder of classic sword-and-sorcery fantasy with the grit of the modern masters to create something at once familiar and unique for readers of all ages"-- Provided by publisher.

Jerusalem : a novel

September 22, 2016
Moore, Alan, 1953- author.
©2016
1266 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The boroughs -- Mansoul -- Vernall's inquest -- Afterlude.
"In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake's eternal holy city."-- Provided by publisher.

The Tengu's game of go

September 21, 2016
Hearn, Lian, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xi, 235 pages : map ; 19 cm.
"Unrest rules the country. Only Shika can end the madness by returning the Lotus Throne to its rightful ruler. As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields. This is the medieval Japan of Lian Hearn's imagination, where animal spirits clash with warriors and children navigate a landscape as serene as it is deadly."--Provided by publisher.

The reader : sea of ink and gold

September 20, 2016
Chee, Traci, author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
442 pages ; 22 cm.
"After her father is brutally murdered, Sefia flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped none of Sefia's survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book-- a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed."--Provided by publisher.

Little nothing

September 20, 2016
Silver, Marisa, author.
©2016
336 pages ; 24 cm
In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, fervently anticipated and conceived in part by gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, stuns her parents and brings outrage and scorn from her community. Pavla has been born a dwarf, beautiful in face, but as the years pass, she grows no farther than the edge of her crib. When her parents turn to the treatments of a local charlatan, his terrifying cure opens the floodgates of persecution for Pavla. Little Nothing unfolds across a lifetime of unimaginable, magical transformation in and out of human form, as an outcast girl becomes a hunted woman whose ultimate survival depends on the most startling transfiguration of them all. Woven throughout is the journey of Danilo, the young man entranced by Pavla, obsessed only with protecting her. Part allegory about the shifting nature of being, part subversive fairy tale of love in all its uncanny guises, Little Nothing spans the beginning of a new century, the disintegration of ancient superstitions, and the adoption of industry and invention.

The sound of seas

September 20, 2016
Anderson, Gillian, 1968- author.
New York : Simon451, 2016.
xx, 277 pages ; 24 cm.
"After discovering the secrets to the Gaalderkhani tiles -- ancient computers that house not just memories, but untold destructive force -- Caitlin O'Hara's son gets accidentally thrust back in time. In order to save him she must master the power of the tiles and figure out what the Gaalderkhani's modern relatives are searching and killing for. Can she put the pieces together and bring her son back home again?"-- Provided by publisher.

The cosmic puppets

September 20, 2016
Dick, Philip K., author.
©1957
136 pages ; 21 cm

Once broken faith

September 15, 2016
McGuire, Seanan, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2016]
x, 420 pages : map ; 17 cm.
Includes novella: Dreams and slumbers.
When King Anthony Robinson of Angels is murdered during the grand convocation to discuss the newly-discovered elf-shot cure, Toby works to solve the murder, clear her own name, and unmask a killer with his own agenda.

The hawkweed prophecy

September 14, 2016
Brignull, Irena, author.
©2016
362 pages ; 22 cm
Poppy Hooper is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember Hawkweed is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. The two outsiders become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. They don't know that an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal, are the reason they are connected to each other. Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who befriends them both. Can their friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?

Chapel of ease

September 14, 2016
Bledsoe, Alex, author.
©2016
315 pages ; 22 cm.
"A novel of the Tufa"--Jacket.
"When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for "Chapel of Ease," an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show's writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray's people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show's script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease? As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep. Matt and the cast are distraught, but there's no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week and Matt volunteers to take Ray's ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while he's there, to find out more of the real story behind the play and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave. Matt's journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried."-- Provided by publisher.

Guardian's mate

September 14, 2016
Ashley, Jennifer, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2016.
326 pages ; 18 cm.
The New York Times bestselling author of White Tiger returns as primal desire draws two lone shifters into each other's arms... She wasn't ready to lead... Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition--for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities. He wasn't ready to love... A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae's home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger...and to each other.

While the black stars burn : collected fiction

September 14, 2016
Snyder, Lucy A., 1971- author.
Bowie, MD : Raw Dog Screaming Press, [2015]
161 pages ; 23 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Mostly monsters -- Spinwebs -- The strange architecture of the heart -- Approaching lavender -- Dura mater -- The still-life drama of passing cars -- Through thy bounty -- Cthylla -- While the black stars burn -- The abomination of Fensmere -- The girl with the star-stained soul -- Jessie Shimmer goes to Hell -- Fable fusion.
"Lucy Snyder's stories are the sort that carry you away to unusual places, usually dark ones, and this collection is a perfect example. As the follow-up to the Bram Stoker Award winning collection Soft Apocalypses, it contains plenty of darkly imaginative tales. Many of these stories, including the title piece, are heavily influenced by the work of H.P. Lovecraft and The King in Yellow mythos. They whisper madly among each other creating weird echoes. Like the black stars of theoretical astronomy they are dense entities born from polarization so strong that instead of collapsing into nothingness, a black hole, they instead form dark constellations burning dimly with spectral light."--Publisher's website.

Summerlong

September 13, 2016
Beagle, Peter S., author.
San Francisco : Tachyon, 2016.
236 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel" -- Cover.
"It is a dark and stormy Puget Sound winter--until the arrival of Lioness Lazos. Even the weather takes notice when Lioness appears, as if out of nowhere, waiting tables in a diner. As though compelled, a complicated family brings the young woman into their lives. Energetic Joanna, academic Abe, and lovelorn Lily each fall under Lioness's spell, and she in turn awakens their long-hidden dreams and desires. As an impossibly beautiful spring leads into a perfect summer, Lioness's influence only grows. But lingering in her past is a dark secret--and summer days must pass --Back cover.

The masked city : an invisible library novel

September 12, 2016
Cogman, Genevieve, author.
New York, New York : ROC, [2016]
372 pages ; 22 cm
"The written word is mightier than the sword--most of the time... Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai--a dragon of royal descent--is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble. Kai's abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions..."-- Provided by publisher.

Gods of Nabban

September 12, 2016
Johansen, K. V. (Krista V.), 1968- author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2016.
575 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
Sequel to The Lady.
"The fugitive slave Ghu has ended the assassin Ahjvar's century-long possession by a murderous and hungry ghost, but at great cost. Heir of the dying gods of Nabban, he is drawn back to the empire he fled as a boy, journeying east on the caravan road with Ahjvar at his side. Haunted by memory of those he has slain, Ahjvar is ill in mind and body, a danger to those about him and to the man who loves him most of all. Tortured by violent nightmares, he believes himself mad. Only his determination not to leave Ghu to face his fate alone keeps Ahjvar from asking to be freed at last from his unnatural life. Innocent and madman, god and assassin --two men to seize an empire from the tyrannical descendants of the devil Yeh-Lin. But in war-torn Nabban, enemies of gods and humans stir in the shadows. Yeh-Lin herself meddles with the heir of her enemies and his soul-shattered companion, as the fate of the empire rests on their shoulders"-- Provided by publisher.

My wild Irish dragon

September 12, 2016
Chase, Ashlyn, author.
©2016
342 pages ; 18 cm.
"Dragon shifter Chloe Arish is hell-bent on becoming a Boston firefighter. She uses her Irish charm and fake documents to score an interview, knowing she has to work every bit as hard as a man--harder if she wants their respect. Born into a legendary Boston firefighting family, phoenix shifter Ryan Fierro can't possibly let someone best him on the training course or the job. He'd never hear the end of it. When a feisty new recruit comes along who's determined to do just that, Ryan plots to kick her out--until their sizzling chemistry turns explosive..."--Page 4 of cover.

Of sand and malice made : a shattered sands novel

September 9, 2016
Beaulieu, Bradley P., author.
©2016
228 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of Sharakhai. She's made her name in the arena as the fearsome White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged aeons ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are desert dwellers, but for centuries Rümayesh has lurked in the dark corners of Sharakhai, combing the populace for human "jewels" that might interest her. Some she chooses to stand by her side, until she tires of them and discards them. Others she abducts to examine more closely, leaving them ruined, worn-out husks. Çeda flees the ehrekh's attentions, but that only makes Rümayesh covet her more. Rümayesh grows violent, threatening to unmask Çeda as the White Wolf--but the danger grows infinitely worse when she turns her attention to Çeda's friends. As Çeda fights to protect the people dearest to her, Rümayesh comes closer to attaining her prize, and the struggle becomes a battle for Çeda's very soul.

Prince of outcasts : a novel of the Change

September 9, 2016
Stirling, S. M., author.
New York : Roc, 2016.
viii, 418 pages : map ; 24 cm.
""[An] epic series, "* the Novels of the Change by New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling chronicle a postapocalyptic landscape of medieval and mystical monarchies ruling and warring across a world where mysterious Powers removed advanced technology. A new alliance has been forged between the High Kingdom of Montival and the Empire of Great Japan, but at the cost of a lost prince ... John Arminger Mackenzie wanted to be a troubadour, but fate made him the son of the King of Montival. His sister Princess Ólaith will deservedly inherit the throne of the High Kings, and it will pass on to him only in the event of her death, leaving the young prince on an unknown path to discover his true role in the family. The opportunity to prove his mettle comes when John's ship, the Tarshish Queen, is caught in the fierce storm raised against the enemies of the alliance. When the clouds recede and the skies clear, John and his crew find themselves on the other side of the Pacific, in the island chains of the Ceram Sea, fighting to survive against vicious pirates and monstrous creatures of the deep while meeting new allies and mysterious enemies of this world and another. Now Prince John must seize his birthright and lead his people in battle against the darkest forces man and nature can conjure against them"-- Provided by publisher.

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