New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

August 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

8 Rivers of shadow

August 23, 2016
Hunt, Leo, author.
Dover, Massachussetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
358 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Thirteen Days of Midnight.
In a high-stakes sequel, reluctant necromancer Luke Manchett must call upon the most wicked and eerie ghosts of his dispelled Host to save two innocent souls.

Last descendants

August 23, 2016
Kirby, Matthew J., 1976- author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2016]
308 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"An Assassin's Creed series."


August 22, 2016
Carriger, Gail, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
352 pages ; 22 cm.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are is frightened.-- from book jacket.

It happened one doomsday

August 22, 2016
MacNaughton, Laurence, 1975- author.
279 pages ; 21 cm
"Light on angst and heavy on banter in a world where the four horsemen of the apocalypse drive muscle cars, this fresh urban fantasy plays with genre tropes with a heroine more likely to consult a book than swing a sword"-- Provided by publisher.

The kind folk

August 22, 2016
Campbell, Ramsey, 1946- author.
217 pages ; 22 cm
"Luke Arnold is a successful stage comedian who, with his partner Sophie Drew, is about to have their first child. Their life seems ideal and Luke feels that true happiness is finally within his grasp. This wasn't always the case. Growing up in a loving but dysfunctional family, Luke was a lonely little boy who never felt that he belonged. While his parents adored him, the whole family knew that due to a mix-up at the hospital, Luke wasn't their biological child. His parents did the best they could to make the lad feel special. But it was his beloved uncle Terence who Luke felt most close to, a man who enchanted (and frightened) the lad with tales of the "Other"--eldritch beings, hedge folks, and other fables of Celtic myth. When Terence dies in a freak accident, Luke suddenly begins to learn how little he really knew his uncle..."--Jacket.

Spellbreaker : book three of the Spellwright trilogy

August 22, 2016
Charlton, Blake, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
476 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Leandra Weal has a bad habit of getting herself in dangerous situations. While hunting neodemons in her role as Warden of Ixos, Leandra obtains a prophetic spell that provides a glimpse one day into her future. She discovers that she is doomed to murder someone she loves, soon, but not who. That's a pretty big problem for a woman who has a shark god for a lover, a hostile empress for an aunt, a rogue misspelling wizard for a father, and a mother who --especially when arguing with her daughter --can be a real dragon. Leandra's quest to unravel the mystery of the murder-she-will-commit becomes more urgent when her chronic disease flares up and the Ixonian Archipelago is plagued by natural disasters, demon worshiping cults, and fierce political infighting.

Dead man walking

August 19, 2016
Green, Simon R., 1955-
England : Severn House Publishers, 2016.
201 pages ; 23 cm.
"A rogue agent has come in from the cold and wants to spill his secrets. The Organisation wants Ishmael to find out if Frank Parker is who he says he is, what he really knows, and why he has emerged from the shadows after all this time. Ishmael heads to Ringstone Lodge in Yorkshire where Parker is being held to find that an atmosphere of fear and suspicion prevails. As he and his fellow residents are menaced by a series of alarming and inexplicable incidents, Ishmael sets out to prove that it's human trickery rather than any supernatural being behind the seemingly ghostly goings-on. But matters take an unexpected turn when one of their number is brutally murdered, and once again Ishmael must turn detective in order to entrap a twisted killer before they strike again"-Jacket.

Circle of Jinn

August 19, 2016
Goldstein, Lori (Lori A.), author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
393 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Becoming Jinn.
As she embraces her powers as a genie, sixteen-year-old Azra fights to help her fellow Jinns become free of a tyrannical leader.

The sight : a Devil's Isle novel

August 17, 2016
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
340 pages ; 21 cm.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampire novels, a brand new Devil's Isle Novel... The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning. Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire's secret is discovered she'll be locked into the walled district of Devil's Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city. Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire's secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam--and magical allies within Devil's Isle's towering walls--to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both.."-- Provided by publisher.

The tower of swallows

August 17, 2016
Sapkowski, Andrzej, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
457 pages ; 21 cm.
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting...

The further adventures of Langdon St. Ives

August 16, 2016
Blaylock, James P., 1950- author.
© 2016
395 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Langdon St. Ives, explorer, scientist, naturalist, and family man rarely has a restful day.. adventure befalls him and a colorful cast of characters around every seemingly innocent turn. In this chronicle, St. Ives descends beneath the quicksand of Morecambe Bay into a dark, unknown corner of the ocean littered with human bones and the castaway detritus of humanity in search of a strange, possible alien machine. Madness at the Explorers Club in London and the disappearance of St. Ives's wife Alice leads him to the underground lair of evil genius Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, who has undertaken to set the entirety of London into a lunatic frenzy. A simple excursion to the West Indies is interrupted by bloodthirsty pirates whose depredations pale before the fury of the pagan god that erupts from beneath the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. An inexplicable cataract of water falling from a cloudless sky sets into motion a ballooning adventure in which St. Ives disappears through a hole in the sky. And on a holiday in London, St. Ives investigates the insidious patent medicine salesman Diogenes, whose pills awaken strange longings and eons-old memories of man's ascent from the fishes.

The edge of the light

August 16, 2016
George, Elizabeth, 1949- author.
New York : Viking Books, published by Penguin Group, [2016]
389 pages ; 22 cm
"In the final book of the Whidbey Island saga, events build to an astonishing climax as secrets are revealed, hearts are broken, and lives are changed forever"--Provided by publisher.

The Devil's banshee

August 16, 2016
Hosie, Donna, author.
New York : Holiday House, 2016.
324 pages ; 22 cm
Team DEVIL is back--this time, led by the indomitable Viking prince Alfarin to wrest a banshee from her hiding place in the Nine Circles of Hell.

The last days of new Paris : a novella

August 15, 2016
Miéville, China, author.
205 pages ; 22 cm
In the chaos of wartime Marseille, 1941, American engineer--and occult disciple--Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever. In 1950, a lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts--and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties--to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself."--Provided by publisher.

The almost king

August 12, 2016
Saxon, Lucy, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2016.
396 pages : map ; 22 cm
After a taste of the brutality of army life, seventeen-year-old Aleks Vasin deserts and finds love, adventure, and a skyship full of technological discoveries, while pursued by vengeful soldiers.

Ghost talkers

August 11, 2016
Kowal, Mary Robinette, 1969- author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
304 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing."

Not so much said the cat

August 11, 2016
Swanwick, Michael, author.
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon, 2016.
285 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- The man in grey -- The Dala horse -- The scarecrow's boy -- Passage of Earth -- 3 a.m. in the Mesozoic Bar -- Of finest scarlet was her gown -- The woman who shook the world-tree -- Goblin Lake -- From Babel's fall'n glory we fled ... -- For I have lain me down on the stone of loneliness and I'll not be back again -- Libertarian Russia -- Tawny petticoats -- Steadfast castle -- Pushkin the American -- An empty house with many doors -- The she-wolf's hidden grin -- The house of dreams.

The well of prayers

August 11, 2016
Levy, Anne Boles, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2016]
354 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
Hadara, now sixteen years old, is still recovering from the night she assisted the Azwans, but when a temple guard who she once thought was dead comes back into her life he points her toward new truths and a new sense of purpose.

The dream-quest of Vellitt Boe

August 11, 2016
Johnson, Kij, author.
169 pages : map ; 21 cm
Vellitt's quest to find a former student who may be the only person who can save her community takes her through a world governed by a seemingly arbitrary dream logic in which she occasionally glimpses an underlying but mysterious order, a world ruled by capricious gods and populated by the creatures of dreams and nightmares.

The guns of empire

August 10, 2016
Wexler, Django, author.
New York City : ROC, [2016]
464 pages ; 24 cm.
"As the roar of guns subsides and the smoke of battle clears, the country of Vordan is offered a fragile peace ... After their shattering defeats at the hands of brilliant General Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table in hopes of securing an end to the war. Queen Raesinia of Vordan is eager to see the return of peace, but Janus insists that any peace with the implacable Sworn Church of Elysium is doomed to fail. For their Priests of the Black, there can be no truce with the heretics and demons they seek to destroy, and the war is to the death. Soldiers Marcus d'Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass find themselves caught between their general and their queen. Now each must decide which leader truly commands their loyalty--and what price they might pay for final victory. And in the depths of Elysium, a malign force is rising--and defeating it could mean making sacrifices beyond anything they have ever imagined"-- Provided by publisher.


August 10, 2016
Kristoff, Jay, author.
427 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church's halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she'll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge."-- Provided by publisher.

Eterna and Omega

August 10, 2016
Hieber, Leanna Renee.
332 pages ; 22 cm.
The hidden occult power that menaces both England and America continues to grow. Far from being dangerous, Eterna may hold the key to humanity's salvation.

The bastard's grimoire

August 10, 2016
Hirsch, Joseph, 1982- author.
235 pages ; 23 cm
"Once upon a time an evil wizard waved his wand over a sullen wretch named Casper Namlos. This wizard recited a bit of the biblical vulgate backwards, entreating the lad to be fruitful and multiply. And so the boy obeyed the magician’s spell, wandering the land and sowing his demon seed whenever and wherever he could, until parts of the kingdom lay in ruins, while the rest of the realm waited in terror for that final day when the boy was prophesied to bring forth the Great Beast to stalk the land. Now the only thing keeping Satan from reigning on Earth is another young lad who appears laughably weak compared to the demon hordes. Meet Martin Stolzer, an orphan who lives in a whorehouse in the city of Koln. He doesn't know it yet, but the boy is about to get more adventure than he can handle"--Backcover.

Lord of the Darkwood

August 9, 2016
Hearn, Lian, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xi, 220 pages : map ; 19 cm.
"A self-assured warrior stumbles into a game of Go that turns fatal. An ambitious lord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands. A stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother. A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne. A woman of the Old People seeks five fathers for her five children, who will go on to found the Spider Tribe and direct the fate of the country."--Provided by publisher.

The girl in a coma

August 9, 2016
Moss, John George, 1940- author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pencil, an imprint of Poisoned Pen Press, [2016]
viii, 304 pages ; 22 cm
"Allison Briscoe is your average fifteen-year-old--until someone tries to kill her. Shot in the head, her doctors and family think she is in a coma, but in fact, though she cannot move, she can think, she can hear, and she can dream. Each night, Allison lives vicariously through her pioneer ancestors, experiencing their adventures through their eyes. First, she enters the world of Rebecca Haun, a fifteen-year-old rebel who lived in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. To prove a friend innocent of murder, Rebecca betrays her Mennonite beliefs and joins the Women's Brigade with George Washington's rag-tag army at Valley Forge. And each day, Allison struggles to find a way to show her family that she is awake--a goal that becomes increasingly desperate when she realizes that whoever shot her has come back to finish the job."--Page [4] of cover.

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