New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

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

Night shift

April 28, 2016
Harris, Charlaine, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
308 pages ; 24 cm.
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels--"the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed"*--comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day ... At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves--only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town. Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There's a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose--which just might happen--it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be.."-- Provided by publisher.

The Raven King : book IV of the Raven cycle

April 28, 2016
Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2016.
439 pages ; 22 cm.
Not believing in true love, Blue never thought the warning that she will cause her true love's death would be a problem, but as her life is entangled in the world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Fall of light

April 27, 2016
Erikson, Steven.
New York : Tor, 2016.
xix, 837 pages : maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Steven Erikson returns to the Malazan world with the second book in a dark and revelatory new epic fantasy trilogy. Fall of Light continues to tell the tragic story of the downfall of an ancient realm, a story begun in the critically acclaimed Forge of Darkness. It is a bitter winter and civil war is ravaging Kurald Galain. Urusander’s Legion prepares to march on the city of Kharkanas. The rebels’ only opposition lies scattered and weakened - bereft of a leader since Anomander’s departure in search of his estranged brother. The remaining brother, Silchas Ruin, rules in his stead. He seeks to gather the Houseblades of the Highborn families to him and resurrect the Hust Legion in the southlands, but he is fast running out of time.

One thousand words for war

April 26, 2016
Dallas, Texas : CBAY Books, [2016]
iii. 221 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction / Madeline Smoot and Hope Erica Schultz -- Shadowland / Valerie Hunter -- Before night fall / C.H. Spalding -- Unexpected guests / Laura Ring -- The commander / Steve DuBois -- Reflections / Susan Bianculli -- Exile / Bethany Marcello -- Beyond the promised land / Darrel Duckworth -- Jar of pickles / Sarah Lyn Eaton -- Threshold / Anthony R. Cardno -- Testing, testing, 1-2-3 / Susan Bianculli -- Eighteen roses / Ameria Lewis -- Alien truce / Nori Odoi -- Terror / Walt Socha -- Strands of grass / Renee Whittington -- In other words / Lisa Timpf -- Another sunset / Anne E. Johnson -- Mechanika / Mara Dabrishus -- Maverick / Cathy Bryant -- Where the death storms blow / Hope Erica Schultz.
"Imaginative and original, One thousand words for war explores in various fantastic settings the different types of conflict--from powerful internal and external conflicts with the potential to destroy the main character's world to the peace that comes from accepting change. Whether it's a transgendered girl standing up to bullies or a child soldier trying to save his fellows from war, this collection shows the powerful ways teens can overcome and embrace extraordinary circumstances."--Page [4] of cover.

The everything box

April 25, 2016
Kadrey, Richard, author.
352 pages ; 24 cm
"2000 B.C. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do field work, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion. And now it's time.The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity's doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. Looking over the Earth at all that could have been, the majestic angel utters a single word."Crap." 2015. A thief named Coop--a specialist in purloining magic objects--steals and delivers a small box to the mysterious client who engaged his services. Coop doesn't know that his latest job could be the end of him--and the rest of the world. Suddenly he finds himself in the company of The Department of Peculiar Science, a fearsome enforcement agency that polices the odd and strange. The box isn't just a supernatural heirloom with quaint powers, they tell him. It's a doomsday device. They think.And suddenly, everyone is out to get it"--Provided by publisher.

American gods : author's preferred text

April 25, 2016
Gaiman, Neil, author.
New York : William Morrow, [2011]
xiv, 541 pages ; 24 cm
Includes interview with the author and reading group discussion questions (pages 533-541).
"[This] version is about twelve thousand words longer than the one that won all the awards, and it's the verson of which I'm the most proud"--author's statement, page xiv.
Upon his release from prison, a widower accepts a job as a bodyguard and joins the battle between the gods of yore and the neoteric gods of present-day America.

A guardian's desire

April 25, 2016
Mya (Writer)
Carson Cuty, NV : Loose Id, ©2008.
271 pages ; 22 cm
Bounty hunter Freya Daniels becomes sexually involed with a pair of werewolves.

Down with the shine

April 22, 2016
Quinn, Kate Karyus, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
355 pages ; 22 cm
After the death of her best friend, Lennie takes some of her family's moonshine to a party where the wishes everyone makes before drinking seem to come true.

The star-touched queen

April 22, 2016
Chokshi, Roshani, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
ix, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Treated with scorn and fear in her father's kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.

Emperor of the Eight Islands

April 22, 2016
Hearn, Lian, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xi, 251 pages : map ; 19 cm.
"In the opening pages of the action-packed Book One of Lian Hearn's epic Tale of Shikanoko series a future lord is dispossessed of his birthright by a scheming uncle, a mountain sorcerer imbues a mask with the spirit of a great stag for a lost young man, a stubborn father forces his son to give up his wife to his older brother, and a powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne, the child who is the rightful heir to the emperor barely escaping the capital in the arms of his sister. And that is just the beginning. As destiny weaves its rich tapestry, a compelling drama plays out against a background of wild forests, elegant castles, hidden temples, and savage battlefields."-- Provided by publisher.

Downfall of the gods

April 20, 2016
Parker, K. J, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2016.
110 pages ; 21 cm

The house of Daniel

April 20, 2016
Turtledove, Harry.
New York : Tor , 2016.
332 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In a Depression-era America that is woven with magic, zombies, and flying carpets, a down-and-out man escapes a local thug by joining a barnstorming minor league baseball team.

In shining armor

April 19, 2016
James, Elliott, author.
New York : Orbit, 2016.
454 pages ; 21 cm
"This fairy godmother's got claws. When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it's bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it's even worse news. They're at each other's throats before they've even begun to look for baby Constance. But whoever kidnapped Constance didn't count on one thing: she's also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragon slayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother."-- Provided by publisher.

Sharp ends : stories from the world of the first law

April 18, 2016
Abercrombie, Joe, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
290 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
"Sharp Ends is the ultimate collection of award winning tales and exclusive new short stories from the master of grimdark fantasy, Joe Abercrombie. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law."--Provided by publisher.

Smoke and fire

April 14, 2016
Grant, Donna, author.
New York : St Martin's Press, 2016.
370 pages ; 17 cm.
Dragon shapeshifter and computer expert Ryder must fight his attraction to Kinsey if he is to fulfill his mission and guard Glasgow after a catastrophic Dark attack.


April 14, 2016
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"When a mercenary from the vampires' inner circle proposes a daring plan to bring down the empire of Midnight, Malachi must feign support for his unstable sister so his prophecy can be fulfilled. He must do it for his family, for his people--and for their freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

The regional office is under attack!

April 13, 2016
Gonzales, Manuel, 1974-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
xiv, 400 pages ; 22 cm
When a prophecy suggests that an insider might bring about the downfall of a powerful underground organization known as the Regional Office, devoted recruit Sarah and young assassin Rose find their respective lives clashing in a dispute that threatens everything they know.

A shadow all of light

April 13, 2016
Chappell, Fred, 1936-
New York : Tor, 2016.
383 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."


April 13, 2016
King, William, 1959- author.
318 pages : map ; 24 cm
Illidan prepares for the final confrontation in the alien realm of Outland.

Desert rising

April 13, 2016
Grant, Kelley, author.
New York : Harper Voyager Impulse, 2015.
351 pages ; 17 cm
The Temple at Illian is the crown jewel of life in the Northern Territory. There, pledges are paired with feli, the giant sacred cats of the One god, and are instructed to serve the One's four capricious deities. Yet Sulis, a young woman from the Southern Desert, has a different perspective one that just might be considered heresy, but that is catching on rather quickly ...Sulis's twin, Kadar, meanwhile, is part of a different sort of revolution. When Kadar falls in love with a woman from a Forsaken caste, he finds he's willing to risk anything to get these people to freedom. But with Sulis drawing a dangerous level of attention from the deities, and war about to break out on two fronts, change may not come as easily as either twin had hoped. An astonishing debut, Kelley Grant's Desert Rising brings to life a powerful new epic fantasy tale of determination and self-discovery. -- page [4] of cover

The mirror king

April 12, 2016
Meadows, Jodi, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
531 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Although Princess Wilhelmina is ready to take her crown in her own land, she knows that to do so would mean war, and with the wraith already striking Indigo Kingdom villages, she will be needed to protect both kingdoms.

Death Bringer

April 12, 2016
Landy, Derek.
London, United Kingdom : HarperCollins Children's, 2012.
602 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published in hardback : 2011.
The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that's a good thing. The catch? They don't need her any more because they've found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death. And that's a very, very bad thing ...


April 11, 2016
Laster, Eric, author.
Los Angeles, CA : Automatic Publishing, [2016]
331 pages ; 23 cm
"When Curtis Brooks starts receiving phone calls from his older brother Wilt, who's been dead a week, he's sure it's to help him find evidence that will lead to a murderer's arrest. But Wilt claims he wasn't murdered; his calling, meant to help him adjust, is standard protocol for newly deceased at the Aftermart--a kind of inescapable, ever-expanding Walmart filled with discontinued products. Wilt's death ruled a homicide, Curtis embarks on a dangerous plan to find the killer, which soon has him scheming against a billionaire and floundering toward love with his brother's ex-girlfriend Suzy, all while struggling through high school and his single mom's poor choices. Why does Wilt help Curtis win over Suzy, even as he organizes a rebellion at the Aftermart? Who'd wanted him dead? Curtis risks his life to answer these questions, in the process forging a bond with his brother unlike any they've ever had."--Publisher's description.

Jericho : a novel

April 11, 2016
Gordon, Alex (Suspense fiction writer), author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, [2016]
385 pages ; 21 cm
"In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil. In unearthing her father's secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the "thin places" areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate. Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp's dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren's darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life. even if it costs her soul"-- Provided by publisher.

Wandering wild

April 11, 2016
Taylor, Jessica, 1985- author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, 2016.
357 pages ; 22 cm
A teenage girl from a family of wanderers must choose between the hustling, rambling way of life she has always known and the townie boy for whom she falls.

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