New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A conspiracy of princes

November 25, 2015
Somper, Justin.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
482 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
"The newly crowned Prince Jared, ruler of All Archenfield, has inherited a kingdom on the brink of invasion. As he travels to neighboring kingdoms seeking allies, an even more dangerous plot hatches within the court"-- Provided by publisher.

Of sorrow and such

November 24, 2015
Slatter, Angela.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty 2015.
149 pages ; 21 cm
Mistress Gideon is a witch. The locals of Edda's Meadow, if they suspect it of her, say nary a word-Gideon has been good to them, and it's always better to keep on her good side. Just in case. When a foolish young shapeshifter goes against the wishes of her pack, and gets herself very publicly caught, the authorities find it impossible to deny the existence of the supernatural in their midst any longer; Gideon and her like are captured, bound for torture and a fiery end. Should Gideon give up her sisters in return for a quick death? Or can she turn the situation to her advantage?

The last witness

November 24, 2015
Parker, K. J., author.
141 pages ; 21 cm
"A book"--Title page verso.
When you need a memory to be wiped, call me. Transferring unwanted memories to my own mind is the only form of magic I've ever mastered. But now, I'm holding so many memories I'm not always sure which ones are actually mine, any more. Some of them are sensitive; all of them are private. And there are those who are willing to kill to access the secrets I'm trying to bury...

The exiled Earthborn

November 24, 2015
Tassi, Paul.
New York, NY : Talos Press, [2015]
414 pages ; 21 cm
"The Earthborn trilogy book 2"--Title page.
"Lucas and Asha's continued survival hinges on gaining new allies they never could have imagined."-- Provided by publisher.

Legends and liars

November 24, 2015
Knight, Julia, 1969- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
390 pages ; 21 cm
"The duelists trilogy ; book 2"--Title page.
Wanted for murder and pursued by adversaries who want them dead, siblings Vocho and Kacha form an uneasy truce to battle their enemies together.

Reap the wind : a Cassie Palmer novel

November 24, 2015
Chance, Karen, author.
514 pages ; 18 cm.
"You'd think that being chief seer for the supernatural world would come with a few perks. But as Cassie Palmer has learned, being Pythia doesn't mean you don't have to do things the hard way. That's why she finds herself on a rescue mission skipping through time--even though she doesn't entirely understand her dimension-bending new power. Rescuing her friend John Pritkin should have been an in-and-out kind of deal, but with the near-immortal mage's soul lost in time, Cassie has to hunt for it through the ages--with Pritkin's demon dad in tow. He's the only one who can reverse Pritkin's curse, but with the guardians of the timeline dead set on stopping anyone from mucking about, Cassie will have to figure out how to get her friend back without ruffling too many feathers--or causing a world-ending paradox or two..."-- Page [4] of cover.

Triple moon

November 20, 2015
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
xii, 354 pages ; 22 cm.
Twin witches (and Norse goddesses) Molly and Mardi Overbrook are sent to North Hampton for the summer where they must learn to control their powers before the White Council exiles them to Limbo.


November 18, 2015
Goodkind, Terry, author.
New York, NY : Tor, 2015.
463 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"All is lost. Evil will soon consume the D'Haran Empire. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything. Except what isn't lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever. "Warheart" is the direct sequel to, and the conclusion of, the story begun in "The Omen Machine," "The Third Kingdom," and "Severed Souls.""

Tower of thorns

November 17, 2015
Marillier, Juliet, author.
xi, 415 pages ; 24 cm.
Award-winning author Juliet Marillier's lavishly detailed Blackthorn & Grim series continues as a mysterious creature holds an enchanted and imperiled ancient Ireland in thrall. Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn's bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim. Lady Geileis, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada's help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land--one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, it threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. With no ready solutions to offer, the prince consults Blackthorn and Grim. As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together, it's apparent that a powerful adversary is working behind the scenes. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle--a conflict in which even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides. * Publishers Weekly

Moth Flight's vision

November 16, 2015
Hunter, Erin.
479, 7 pages, 12 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"Exclusive manga adventure inside!, [12] p."--Cover.
"Strange visions drive a young WindClan cat named Moth Flight to leave her home on a journey that will change the future of the new warrior Clans forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The iron warrior

November 10, 2015
Kagawa, Julie, author.
346 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: The iron traitor.
Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away, allowing the Forgotten Queen's power to increase and her Forgotten Army to battle against the courts of Faery with Keirran, the traitor son of the Iron Queen, at the head of her armies. To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten.

The shock of night

November 10, 2015
Carr, Patrick W.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
459 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"In a troubled realm, city watchman Willet Dunham begins to investigate a mysterious murder, and after a powerful encounter with a dying priest, he leaves with few answers but a rare gift"-- Provided by publisher.

The improbability of love

November 10, 2015
Rothschild, Hannah, 1962-
New York : Knopf, 2015.
407 pages ; 24 cm
"Annie McMorrow, 31 and not recovered from the end of her long-term relationship, is an assistant to film producer Carlo Spinetti and then to his chilling wife Rebecca Winkleman Spinetti whose father started Winkleman Fine Art in Curzon St. Annie has spent her meager savings on a dusty painting from a junk shop to give to her new, unsuitable, boyfriend who never shows up for his birthday dinner. The painting now hers, talks, but only to us. Shrewd, spoiled, charming, world weary and cynical, he comments perceptively on Annie, and the modern world and tells tales about his previous owners: Louis XV, Voltaire, Catherine the Great among others."-- Provided by publisher.

Black wolves

November 10, 2015
Elliott, Kate, 1958-
New York : Orbit, 2015.
821 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
SOME CHOICES CAN NEVER BE UNDONE.He lost his honor long ago. Captain Kellas was lauded as the king's most faithful servant until the day he failed in his duty. Dismissed from service, his elite regiment disbanded, he left the royal palace and took up another life. Now a battle brews within the palace that threatens to reveal deadly secrets and spill over into open war. The king needs a loyal soldier to protect him. Can a disgraced man ever be trusted?

Heart legacy

November 9, 2015
Owens, Robin D.
New York, NY : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
x, 358 pages ; 22 cm.
"The award-winning author returns to her "wonderfully imaginative"* world of Heart Fire and Heart Fortune for an all-new Celta novel about a young woman's destiny, and the one man whose love could be her downfall. After the death of GrandLord Yew years ago, the Yews withdrew to their self-sustaining estate and disappeared from Celtan society. The current head of the household is believed to be eighteen-year-old Loridana. To find out, Draeg Blackthorn has been sent to the estate to spy, undercover as a stableman for the stridebeasts--beautiful creatures that hold a place in Lori's heart no member of her family ever could. Bullied by her family, Lori has decided to abandon her bloodline and live on her own with her true family--her animals. When Draeg discovers she's rejecting her heritage, he's appalled. He's come to love the land as much as the woman, even spinning small fantasies of marrying Lori and becoming Lord and Lady of the manor. Draeg wants her to stay and fight her elders. For Lori, it's an alternative that could render her absolutely powerless to pursue her own destiny, and drive her further away from her perfect dreams and the man she loves, Draeg. *Romance Junkies "-- Provided by publisher.

Air and darkness

November 9, 2015
Drake, David, 1945-
348 pages ; 24 cm.
Corylus, a soldier, emerges as one of the most compelling heroic figures in contemporary fantasy. Battling magicians, spirits, gods, and forces from supernatural realities, Corylus and his companions from the family of the nobleman Saxa-especially Saxa's impressive wife Hedia, and his friend (and Saxa's son) Varus-must face constant deadly and soul-destroying dangers, climaxing in a final battle not between good and evil but in defense of logic and reality.

The geomancer : vampire empire: a Gareth and Adele novel

November 9, 2015
Griffith, Clay.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
331 pages ; 21 cm
The uneasy stalemate between vampires and humans is over. Adele and Gareth are bringing order to a free Britain, but bloody murders in London raise the specter that Adele's geomancy is failing and the vampires might return. A new power could tilt the balance back to the vampire clans. A deranged human called the Witchfinder has surfaced on the Continent, serving new vampire lords. This geomancer has found a way to make vampires immune to geomancy and intends to give his masters the ability to kill humans on a massive scale.

Mind magic

November 9, 2015
Wilks, Eileen, 1952-
404 pages ; 18 cm.
"Thanks to the mindspeech lessons she's receiving from the black dragon, Lily is temporarily benched from Unit Twelve--until her brain acclimates and the risk of total burnout passes. At least she has her new husband, lupi Rule Turner, to keep her occupied. But when her mentor calls in a favor and sends Lily to a murder scene, she's suddenly back on active status--despite the hallucinations she can't keep at bay. With one touch, Lily knows the man was killed by magic, but her senses don't warn her how far the conspiracy goes..."

The key

November 6, 2015
Elfgren, Sara B.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
856 pages ; 21 cm
"The Engelsfors trilogy ; book III"--Title page.
"The Chosen Ones face struggles from both inside and outside their circle as they race to save the world from the demons"-- Provided by publisher.


November 6, 2015
Denzel, Jason, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
319 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Mystic. Powerful, revered, and often reclusive, Mystics have the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst: the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe. Once in a very great while, they take an apprentice, always from the most privileged sects of society. Such has always been the tradition--until a new High Mystic takes her seat and chooses Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate."-- Provided by publisher.

Word puppets : stories

November 6, 2015
Kowal, Mary Robinette, 1969- author.
Gaithersburg, MD : Prime Books, [2015]
319 pages ; 23 cm
"With an introduction by Patrick Rothfuss"--back cover.
The bound man -- Chrysalis -- Rampion -- At the edge of dying -- Clockwork chickadee -- Body language -- Waiting for rain -- First flight -- Evil robot monkey -- The consciousness problem -- For solo cello, op.12 -- For want of a nail -- The shocking affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland -- Salt of the earth -- American changeling -- The white phoenix feather: a tale of cuisine and ninjas -- We interrupt this broadcast -- Rockets red -- The lady astronaut of Mars.
"Celebrated as the author of five acclaimed historical fantasy novels in the Glamourist series, Mary Robinette Kowal is also well known as an award-winning author of short science fiction and fantasy. Her stories encompass a wide range of themes, a covey of indelible characters, and settings that span from Earth's past to its near and far futures as well as even farther futures beyond. Alternative history, fairy tales, adventure, fables, science fiction (both hard and soft), fantasy (both epic and cozy)-nothing is beyond the reach of her unique talent. Word Puppets, the first comprehensive collection of Kowal's extraordinary fiction, includes her two Hugo-winning stories, a Hugo nominee, an original story set in the world of "The Lady Astronaut of Mars," and fourteen other show-stopping tales."--provided by publisher.

Born of betrayal

November 4, 2015
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
501 pages ; 25 cm.
"Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancé. Even his name. Now decades later, everything has changed. He's built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he's vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again. But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he's caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancé back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all. It's killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce...Or more fun"-- Provided by publisher.

Son of the black sword

November 4, 2015
Correia, Larry, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Publishing Enterprises, [2015]
412 pages : map ; 25 cm
Map on endpapers.
"A Baen Books original."
"After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Yet as centuries passed, Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The Age of Law began."--Book jacket.

Our lady of the ice

November 4, 2015
Clarke, Cassandra Rose, 1983- author.
419 pages ; 24 cm
"A female P.I. comes into conflict with a ruthless gangster just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in a domed Argentinian colony in Antarctica."--Publisher.

After Alice

November 3, 2015
Maguire, Gregory, author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
273 pages ; 22 cm
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance? Ada, a friend of Alice's mentioned briefly in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late--and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world.

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