New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

August 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shifting shadows : stories from the world of Mercy Thompson

August 21, 2014
Briggs, Patricia.
New York : Ace Books, [2014].
450 pages ; 24 cm
"Includes four new stories together with six all-time favorites."
Silver -- Fairy gifts -- Gray -- Seeing eye -- Alpha and Omega -- The star of David -- Roses in winter -- In red, with pearls -- Redemption -- Hollow.
"Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has friends in high places--and in low, dark, scary ones. And in this must-have collection of stories, you'll meet new faces and catch up with old acquaintances--in all their forms... In a time of fresh starts, Mercy is asked to use an old talent--ghost hunting--in the all-new story "Hollow." You'll learn what happens when an ancient werewolf on his last legs befriends a vulnerable adolescent ("Roses in Winter") and how Mercy's friend Samuel Cornick became a werewolf ("Silver"). The werewolf Ben finds "Redemption," and Moira, a blind witch, assists on a search in "Seeing Eye." From Butte, Montana, the copper-mining town that vampire Thomas Hao calls home ("Fairy Gifts"), to Chicago, where the vampire Elyna buys and renovates the apartment she lived in while human ("Gray"), you'll travel the roads that originated with Mercy Thompson and the fertile imagination of Patricia Briggs. Roads that will lead you to places you've never been before.."-- Provided by publisher.

Maplecroft : the Borden dispatches

August 21, 2014
Priest, Cherie.
New York : Roc Trade, 2014.
435 pages ; 21 cm
" Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.... The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean's depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe. "-- Provided by publisher.

The midnight queen

August 21, 2014
Hunter, Sylvia Izzo.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
vi, 417 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"In the hallowed halls of Oxford's Merlin College, the most talented--and highest born--sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover... Gray's deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace--and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender's country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor's daughter. Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety. But against her father's wishes, Sophie has studied his ancient volumes on the subject. And in the tall, stammering, yet oddly charming Gray, she finally finds someone who encourages her interest and awakens new ideas and feelings. Sophie and Gray's meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king's closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed. They are determined to find out, no matter the cost.."-- Provided by publisher.

Voices from beyond

August 19, 2014
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014
296 pages ; 18 cm.
"Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute--JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses. In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a séance that goes terribly wrong. What--or who--ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells. Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students' very souls. All in a day's work--except the team doesn't know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds. And this time what is at stake is not four lives--but the very existence of all humanity"--Page [4] of cover.

The highlander next door

August 19, 2014
Chapman, Janet, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2014.
417 pages ; 18 cm.
"Legend has it love is carried on the rising mists of Spellbound Falls, and not even time-traveling highlanders are immune to its magic. Birch Callahan has seen the trouble men can cause. After witnessing her mother's four marriages, Birch now runs a women's shelter and doesn't want a man in her life. But there's something about her neighbor, Niall MacKeage. Birch can't figure out how the cop can be so big and gruff and yet so insightful and compassionate--and sexy. Or how she's falling for a man who acts like someone from the twelfth century. Niall knows that Birch is attracted to him, even if she seems to distrust all men"--Page [4] of cover.

The bullet-catcher's daughter

August 19, 2014
Duncan, Rod.
Nottingham, UK ; New York : Angry Robot, 2014.
373 p. ; 18 cm.
"Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life--as herself and as her brother, a private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better...."--from cover, p. [4].

Memory zero

August 19, 2014
Arthur, Keri, author.
New York : Dell, 2014.
385 pages ; 18 cm.
Originally published in different form in paperback in the United States by ImaJinn Books, Hickory Corners, MI, in 2004.
Includes preview to, Generation 18 (pages [363]-385).
"For Sam Ryan, life began at the age of fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her past. For the ten years that Sam's been with the State Police, she's searched for clues to her identity. But it's as if all mention of her family has been deliberately wiped off the system. Everything changes the night she agrees to meet her missing partner, Jack, and barely survives his attempt to kill her. Charged with his murder, Sam finds herself accepting help from Gabriel Stern-a shapeshifter with secrets of his own. As Sam delves into her partner's death, it soon becomes clear that the key to surviving the present lies in unravelling the threads of her past-and discovering not just who she is, but what she is"--Page [4] of cover.

The broken eye

August 15, 2014
Weeks, Brent.
New York, NY : Orbit, [2014].
795 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
Without the protection of Gavin Guile, who has been captured and enslaved and has lost his powers, Kip, Teia, and Karris fight to survive a secret war between the nobles, rebels, and an ancient order of stealthy assassins called The Broken Eye.

Valor

August 15, 2014
Gwynne, John, 1968- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
xi, 673 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but he soon discovers that there is no haven in the west as the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step. Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King's side. But he has witnessed both combat and betrayal and his duty weighs heavily upon him. Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pit-fighting stand in his way. Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on. Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose."--Amazon.com.

The widow's house

August 15, 2014
Abraham, Daniel.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
530 pages ; 24 cm.
"THE RISE OF THE DRAGON AND THE FALL OF KINGS Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall. And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester learn the terrible truth that links this war to the fall of the dragons millennia before, and that to save the world, Cithrin must conquer it"-- Provided by publisher.

Storm siren : book one in the Storm siren trilogy

August 12, 2014
Weber, Mary.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
341 pages : map ; 22 cm
"My hair slips down my back and shoulders and around my face like fresh snow falling on the forest floor. Pure white. I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don't want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you. It's what I do. Seventeen-year-old slave girl, Nym, should not exist. In a world where Elementals are only born male, and always killed at birth, she is an anomaly at best. At worst, people around her die. When a court emissary identifies her weather-manipulating ability as a weapon, Nym is purchased and put to work honing her skills. With time running out for the kingdom of Faelen, Nym might be all that stands between it and the technologically-advanced horror racing down upon them--not to mention the rumored reemergence of the monstrous shapeshifter, Draewulf. But some elements even she can't control. Nym must decide whom to trust as she's unleashed into a world of assassins and political betrayal surrounding a young king fighting for his throne, a tired nation that has forgotten its calling, and her handsome tutor whose dark secrets could destroy both her people and her heart"-- Provided by publisher.

The godless

August 12, 2014
Peek, Ben.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
398 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm.
"Children : book one"--Title page.
"The Gods are dying. Fifteen thousand years after the end of their war, their bodies can still be found across the world. They kneel in forests, lie beneath mountains, and rest at the bottom of the world's ocean. For thousands of years, men and women have awoken with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. The city Mireea is built against a huge stone wall that stretches across a vast mountain range, following the massive fallen body of the god, Ger. Ayae, a young cartographer's apprentice, is attacked and discovers she cannot be harmed by fire. Her new power makes her a target for an army that is marching on Mireea. With the help of Zaifyr, a strange man adorned with charms, she is taught the awful history of 'cursed' men and women, coming to grips with her new powers and the enemies they make. Meanwhile, the saboteur Bueralan infiltrates the army that is approaching her home to learn its terrible secret. Split between the three points of view, Immolation's narrative reaches its conclusion during an epic siege, where Ayae, Zaifyr and Bueralan are forced not just into conflict with those invading, but with those inside the city who wish to do them harm. The first installment of an exciting new epic fantasy series, Immolation is a fast-paced page turner set in an enthralling new world, perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Brent Weeks"-- Provided by publisher.

Silver links

August 11, 2014
Todd, Lori, author.
©2014
289 pages ; 22 cm
Kate Ennis was not weird, or stupid, or crazy, or conniving, or any of the things that make a person super interesting. She was normal, but normal came to a screeching halt when she was awakened in the night to find an enormous man sitting at her table like he owned the place. After a brief struggle, he informed her that she is no longer Kate Ennis, but actually the only female descendant of Irish Royalty and if that weren't enough, she was cursed Irish Royalty. To break the curse she would have to face many obstacles... meaning crazy, weird, and mythical complications to be encountered to solve the puzzle, calm a curse, and save a country.

Hellhole : inferno

August 8, 2014
Herbert, Brian.
New York : Tor, 2014.
446 pages ; 25 cm
"Book three in the Hellhole trilogy"--Title page.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"After the events of Hellhole Awakening, the people of Hellhole and the shadow-Xayans scramble to rally against the threat from the still-living rogue Xayans. Back on Sonjeera, the Monarchy is in an uproar after their surprising defeat and the breakaway of the Deep Zone planets. But after touring Hellhole, Queen Michella is shaken, and begins to realize that she can never have the old Monarchy back. Before the Queen can return to Sonjeera, she's captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans had developed their minds to the point where they could evolve and, in so doing, trigger another Big Bang, wiping out everything. Now, twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort. Can all these lives and the planet itself be saved?" -- Provided by publisher.

Land keep

August 6, 2014
Savage, J. Scott (Jeffrey Scott), 1963-
Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain, 2013.
ix, 374 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
Having discovered that his destiny is tied to that of Farworld, Marcus, despite his growing power over water, struggles with physical pain and inner doubts as, with the help of his companions, he tries to complete the quest to find the other elementals that will help destroy the evil force of the Dark Circle.

Black ice

August 6, 2014
Krinard, Susan.
New York : Tor, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2014.
382 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tor Book."

Mood indigo

August 5, 2014
Vian, Boris, 1920-1959, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
vii, 213 pages ; 19 cm.
Presents a story in which a husband must try to keep his ill wife alive by constantly surrounding her with fresh flowers.

Fool's assassin

August 5, 2014
Hobb, Robin.
New York : Del Rey, [2014].
667 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm..
Illegitimate royal and former assassin FitzChivalry Farseer masquerades as a country squire with his beloved wife, only to be drawn back to his former life by old allegiances.

Sunblind

July 31, 2014
Griffo, Michael, author.
New York : KTeen, 2013.
390 pages ; 21 cm.

Dust and light : a sanctuary novel

July 31, 2014
Berg, Carol.
New York, New York : Roc Trade, 2014.
pages cm
"How much must one pay for an hour of youthful folly? The Pureblood Registry accused Lucian de Remeni-Masson of "unseemly involvement with ordinaries," which meant only that he spoke with a young woman not of his own kind, allowed her to see his face unmasked, worked a bit of magic for her....After that one mistake, Lucian's grandsire excised half his magic and savage Harrowers massacred his family. Now the Registry has contracted his art to a common coroner. His extraordinary gift for portraiture is restricted to dead ordinaries--beggars or starvelings hauled from the streets. But sketching the truth of dead men's souls brings unforeseen consequences. Sensations not his own. Truths he cannot possibly know and dares not believe. The coroner calls him a cheat and says he is trying to weasel out of a humiliating contract. The Registry will call him mad--and mad sorcerers are very dangerous..."-- Provided by publisher.

The ghost in the electric blue suit : a novel

July 31, 2014
Joyce, Graham, 1954-
©2013
276 pages ; 22 cm
"Critically acclaimed author Graham Joyce returns with a sexy, suspenseful,and slightly supernatural novel set 1976 England during the hottest summer in living memory, in a seaside resort where the past still haunts the present. David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family because it was at this resort where David's biological father disappeared fifteen years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there. A deeper otherworldliness lies beneath the surface of what we see. The characters have a suspicious edge to them. David is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child, and the resort is under siege by a plague of ladybugs. Something different is happening in this town. When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn more and more menacing. And through it all, David feels as though he is getting closer to the secrets of his own past. This is a darkly magic and sexy book that has a strong suspense line running through it. It's destined to continue to pull in a wider circle of readers for the exceptionally talented Graham Joyce"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark Skye

July 31, 2014
Cole, Kresley.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
420 pages ; 24 cm.
"Eternal Obsession. Though centuries have past since Thronos, Lord of Skye Hall, lost the one woman meant for him, nothing can cool his never-ending need for Melanthe. She was the girl he loved and lost as a boy, the girl who nearly destroyed him. Desperate Yearning Lanthe, a once-powerful sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she's never forgotten Thronos, the fallen angel who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. Friends to enemies to . . . lovers? With their families at war and the world burning around them, will they succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or can the two rekindle their childhood love in time?"-- Provided by publisher.

Under these restless skies

July 29, 2014
Bryan, Lissa, author.
Cherrybrook, NSW : The Writer's Coffee Shop, 2014.
349 pages ; 23 cm
"Journey back in time to Tudor England with a tale of romance, intrigue, and the Celtic legends of the selkies. Will Somers has spent his life alone, thinking himself unlovable. Emma is a selkie; a creature of myth and magic, one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea. When Will finds her sleeping on a beach, he recalls the tales his grandmother told him of selkie maidens taken for wives. He seizes this unexpected chance to have a wife and family of his own and steals her pelt, binding her to him. Only when it is willingly returned will she be free. Emma has never experienced life on land and can barely contain her excitement and curiosity. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, for Will is headed to the glittering, dangerous court of Henry VIII to serve as the king's fool. It's a world where careless words can lead to the scaffold and the smallest gesture is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma's naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Anne is soon to become a wife herself, and the Queen of England. But wearing the crown does not ensure her own safety, and at Anne's side, Emma becomes entangled in the dark intrigues of the court, trying to stay afloat in the turbulent seas swept by the storms of the mercurial king. Can Will protect the woman he loves from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Emma uses her selkie magic to soothe the king's temper, and Will uses his humor, but Henry's moods become increasingly erratic. Theirs is a vocation that provides them some protection, but in Henry VIII's court, no one is safe. Circa regna tonat: Around the throne, the thunder rolls."--Publisher's website.

Point of knives : a novella of Astreiant

July 25, 2014
Scott, Melissa.
Maple Shade, NJ : Lethe Press, c2012.
111 p. ; 24 cm.

Fairs' point : a novel of Astreiant

July 25, 2014
Scott, Melissa.
Maple Shade, NJ : Lethe Press, 2014.
239 pages ; 23 cm

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