New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

October 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Snow summer

October 26, 2016
Peel, Kit, 1974- author.
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2016.
223 pages ; 23 cm
Massive climate change has caused a winter that will not thaw, and it seems that the forces of nature have turned on humanity itself. In the sleepy British village of Pateley, Wyn, an orphan, has always known that she is different. Unable to feel the biting cold of wind and snow, she does what she can to blend in. When mysterious figures start to appear in the village, insisting that she may have the power to restore order to the natural world, Wyn must look deep inside herself to face the secrets of her past that she has kept hidden even from herself.

A feast of sorrows : stories

October 26, 2016
Slatter, Angela, author.
303 pages ; 23 cm
Stories from Angelia: an introduction / Theodora Goss -- Sourdough -- Dresses, three -- Bluebeard's daughter -- The Jacaranda wife -- Light as mist, heavy as hope -- The coffin-maker's daughter -- By the weeping gate -- St. Dymphna's school for poison girls -- By my voice I shall be known -- Sister, sister -- The badger bride -- The tallow-wife -- What shines brightest burns most fiercely -- Bearskin.
"A Feast of Sorrows, Angela Slatter's first U.S. collection, features twelve of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning Australian author's finest, darkest fairy tales, and adds two new novellas to her marvelous cauldron of fiction. Stories peopled by women and girls, fearless, frightened, brave, bold, frail, and fantastical, who take the paths less traveled by, accept (and offer) poisoned apples, and embrace transformation in all its forms."


October 25, 2016
Banks, Anna, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
359 pages ; 22 cm
The spectorium Princess Sepora createe provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it. Fleeing, she escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must deal with a plague sweeping killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. Sepora knows her gift could save the kingdom. Should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

Conspiracy of ravens

October 25, 2016
Bowen, Lila, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
359 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"The sequel to Wake of Vultures, where a rich, secret world is hiding beneath the surface. Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life. When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?"-- Provided by publisher.

Closer to the chest

October 25, 2016
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
376 pages ; 24 cm.
Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar's Herald Spy, has been developing a network of young informants who operate on the streets and also in the halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. His wife Amily is King's Own Herald and finds it useful to be underestimated for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven. Someone has discovered many secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia and is using those secrets to terrorize and bully them. Mags and Amily will have to track down someone who leaves few clues behind.

Color blind

October 25, 2016
Sobel, Sheila, 1952- author.
Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., [2016]
253 pages ; 23 cm
"After her father dies, nobody's left to take April in except her mom's sister, a free spirit who's a chef in New Orleans. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Miles, a bayou boy, brings April into the heart of the Big Easy. He takes her to the cemetery where nineteenth-century voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried, and there, April gets a shocking clue about her own past"--Provided by publisher.

Goldenhand : an Old Kingdom novel

October 24, 2016
Nix, Garth, author.
344 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind. She's also a Remembrancer, wielder of the Dark Mirror. Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When Lirael finds Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious after being attacked by a hideous Free Magic creature, she uses her powers to save him. But Nicholas is deeply tainted with Free Magic. Fearing it will escape the Charter mark that seals it within his flesh and bone, Lirael seeks help for Nick at her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier. Even as Lirael and Nick return to the Clayr, a young woman from the distant north braves the elements and many enemies in a desperate attempt to bring a message to Lirael from her long-dead mother, Arielle. Ferin brings a dire warning about the Witch With No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Once more a great danger threatens the Old Kingdom, and it must be forestalled not only in the living world, but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

The black key

October 24, 2016
Ewing, Amy, author.
295 pages ; 22 cm.
Conclusion to the Jewel trilogy.
Violet's sister Hazel has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake, and she must save both Hazel and the future of the Lone City.

Moon chosen

October 24, 2016
Cast, P. C., author.
viii, 597 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has cast her duties aside until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before. Now, evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready to save her people, herself and Nik, and ready to embrace her true destiny--and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.-- adapted from dust jacket.

Aerie : a Magonia novel

October 24, 2016
Headley, Maria Dahvana, 1977- author.
307 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Magonia.
"The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley's critically acclaimed Magonia tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes--and two versions of herself. Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She&#x;s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you&#x;ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world. As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground. When Jason&#x;s paranoia over Aza&#x;s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever." Publisher's descriptions.

Forever Doon

October 20, 2016
Corp, Carey, author.
380 pages ; 21 cm.
With the Witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica puts her grief aside and prepares her remaining followers for an impending battle. But then she discovers that Jamie might be alive, fighting a battle of his own. Because the Brig o' Doon is destroyed and the portal fragmented, Kenna and Duncan must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their army. For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.

Immortal nights

October 19, 2016
Sands, Lynsay. author.
375 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes and excerpt from "Falling for the Highlander" ©2017
An impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity. Abigail Forsythe's life hasn't been easy lately. Still, if there's one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it's a naked man locked in a plane's cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival ... a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch. Tomasso Notte knows he's found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They're miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso's abilities, or of how intensely pleasureable their unique connection can be. But he's about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night.

When the moon was ours

October 19, 2016
McLemore, Anna-Marie, author.
viii, 273 pages ; 22 cm
"Thomas Dunne Books".
"A novel" -- Dust jacket.
"To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrists, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up." -- From dust jacket.

The motion of puppets

October 19, 2016
Donohue, Keith, author.
260 pages ; 25 cm
"In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey: of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own"--Provided by publisher.

Dark days

October 19, 2016
Landy, Derek.
London : HarperCollins Children's, 2010.
414 pages ; 20 cm.
Skulduggery is gone. All our hopes rest with Valkyrie. The world's weight is on her shoulders, and its fate is in her hands.

Mortal coil

October 19, 2016
Landy, Derek.
London : HarperCollins Children's, 2011.
571 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published: 2010.
"The blonde girl with the black lips turned to Valkyrie. 'We know, ' she said. 'We've seen the future. We know you're going to kill the world!'" Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back -- just in time to see their whole world get turned upside down. With Valkyrie struggling to protect her dark secret, Skulduggery and the gang are more vulnerable than ever, just as a plague of body-snatching Remnants are released upon the world!

The wall of storms

October 18, 2016
Liu, Ken, 1976- author.
New York : Saga Press, [2016]
858 pages ; 24 cm.
"Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara--and chaos results. But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara's savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history"-- Provided by publisher.

A city dreaming

October 18, 2016
Polansky, Daniel, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2016.
295 pages ; 24 cm
"M is an ageless drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and the ability to bend reality to his will, ever so slightly. He's come back to New York City after a long absence, and though he'd much rather spend his days drinking artisanal beer in his favorite local bar, his old friends-- and his enemies-- have other plans for him. One night M might find himself squaring off against the pirates who cruise the Gowanus Canal; another night sees him at a fashionable uptown charity auction where the waitstaff are all zombies. A subway ride through the inner circles of hell? In M's world, that's practically a pleasant diversion. Before too long, M realizes he's landed in the middle of a power struggle between Celise, the elegant White Queen of Manhattan, and Abilene, Brooklyn's hip, free-spirited Red Queen, a rivalry that threatens to make New York go the way of Atlantis. To stop it, M will have to call in every favor, waste every charm, and blow every spell he's ever acquired-- he might even have to get out of bed before noon. Enter a world of Wall Street wolves, slumming scenesters, desperate artists, drug-induced divinities, pocket steampunk universes, and demonic coffee shops. M's New York, the infinite nexus of the universe, really is a city that never sleeps-- but is always dreaming."--Provided by publisher.


October 18, 2016
Squailia, Gabriel, author.
New York : Talos Press, [2016]
295 pages ; 21 cm
"A woman with strange abilities travels across a bizarre war-torn land in an inventive and gruesomely comic fantasy tale. The Endless War is so ancient a conflict that most of those fighting in it cannot point to its origins. The war has devastated the lands surrounding the city of Eth, turning both the city and its surroundings, including those who inhabit it, into one boiling cauldron of violence. In catacombs underneath the city, the calcified organs of long-dead gods radiate eldritch power, and the land is ruled by and fought over by those looking to hardness the complexities of dark magick. Among these desperate struggles, one woman stands apart: Ashlan Ley, who's survived much longer than most through the war and is connected to Eth in unanticipated ways. Self-exiled and stewing through old memories and regretted choices, a unexpected meeting breathes new hope into her long-simmering quest for control of the city. Through ruined temples and cursed battlefields, with freaks and junkies as her only allies, Ashlan knows the only way to fight is with everything she's got - guts and all. A darkly comic tale of characters who will be difficult to forget, Viscera drags classic swords and sorcery through the mire of modern grimdark, through a world whose weirdness gleams from every nook and cranny. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors"-- Provided by publisher.

Otherworld chills : final tales of the otherworld

October 17, 2016
Armstrong, Kelley, author.
457 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in Canada by Random House, 2015"--Title page verso.
Brazen -- Chaotic -- Amityville horrible -- Sorry seems to be the hardest word -- Off-duty angel -- The puppy plan -- Baby boom.
In the final installment of the Otherworld anthology series, Armstrong brings the clever wit, dark twists and intense suspense her readers have come to expect.

Like a river glorious

October 17, 2016
Carson, Rae, author.
406 pages : map ; 22 cm
After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home, one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson, her longtime best friend, hasn't stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes. But her uncle Hiram hasn't given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she's kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncle's villainy. Yet Lee's magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?

The white spell

October 17, 2016
Kurland, Lynn, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2016.
384 pages ; 21 cm.
"Acair of Ceangail, youngest bastard son of the worst black mage in history, has followed in his father's footsteps, wreaking havoc throughout the world and leaving powerful enemies in his wake. After a year of reparation, he owes a final bit of penance: twelve months spent working in a barn without using his magic. Lérsinn of Sàchte understands horses, stable work, and how to judge men's hearts. When she starts seeing shadows where there should only be light, she knows there is evil afoot. Unfortunately, it's something she can't fight on her own. Acair's attempts to aid Lérsinn only draw the notice of dangerous mages against whom he is currently defenseless. With only each other to rely on, Acair and Lérsinn find themselves suddenly in a race to save the world before it's consumed by darkness."-- Provided by publisher.

Strangers among us : tales of the underdogs and outcasts

October 17, 2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada : Laksa Media Groups Inc., 2016.
361 pages ; 23 cm.
"Laksa anthology series: speculative fiction" --Cover
Introduction / Julie E. Czerneda -- The culling / Kelley Armstrong -- Dallas's booth / Suzanne Church -- What harm / Amanda Sun -- How objects behave on the edge of a black hole / A. C. Wise -- Washing Lady's hair / Ursula Pflug -- The weeds and the wildness / Tyler Keevil -- Living in Oz / Bev Geddes -- I count the light / Edward Willett -- The dog and the sleepwalker / James Alan Gardner -- Carnivores / Rich Larson -- Tribes / A. M. Dellamonica -- Troubles / Sherry Peters -- Frog song / Erika Holt -- Wrath of Gaia / Mahtab Narsimhan -- Songbun / Derwin Mak -- What you see (when the lights are out) / Gemma Files -- The age of miracles / Robert Runté -- Marion's war / Hayden Trenholm -- The intersection / Lorina Stephens -- Afterword / Susan Forest.
Nineteen science fiction and fantasy authors tackle the division between mental health and mental illness; how the interplay between our minds' quirks and the diverse societies and cultures we live in can set us apart, or must be concealed, or become unlikely strengths.

Undead and done

October 14, 2016
Davidson, MaryJanice, author.
xiii, 285 pages ; 21 cm
"Vampire Queen Betsy Taylor continues her rule in Hell in the scorchingly funny finale to the Undead series from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson. It had been a well-kept secret for centuries, but now the existence of vampires is all over the news, thanks to Betsy Taylor's half sister (and frustrated former Antichrist), Laura. Life for the undead will never be the same, and it's up to Betsy to do some damage control. But her interview on the local news doesn't exactly put out the fire. It more or less pours kerosene on it. With all the added attention on supernatural beings, the werewolves are more than a little agitated (never a good thing) and demand that Betsy gets her interview skills, and her family, in order. And while things go from bad to worse in the world, Hell continues to be hell--especially when Betsy's new parole program gets about as complicated as you'd expect. With a PR team launching a vampire-friendly campaign, the Devil at large and out to make trouble, and mermaids on hand to see who falls--and how hard--the end isn't just near. It's here. And if anyone knows how to go out with a bang, it's the Queen of Hell"-- Provided by publisher.

Forge of darkness

October 12, 2016
Erikson, Steven, author.
xxiii, 662 pages : maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
It's a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power, and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners' great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark's hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions. The impending clash sends fissures throughout the realm, and as the rumors of civil war burn through the masses, an ancient power emerges from the long dead seas. Caught in the middle of it all are the First Sons of Darkness, Anomander, Andarist, and Silchas Ruin of the Purake Hold.

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