New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

July 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dragonbane

July 27, 2015
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
©2015
343 pages ; 25 cm.
Series from book jacket.
"Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it's hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan. Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames"-- Provided by publisher.

The dinosaur lords

July 27, 2015
Milán, Victor, author.
New York : TOR, 2015.
445 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tor Book."
A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise but dinosaurs predominate, and they are the weapons of choice. Vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engage in battle. During the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac-and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.

The good, the bad, and the smug

July 27, 2015
Holt, Tom, 1961- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
374 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel beyond good and evil"--Cover.

Half a war

July 24, 2015
Abercrombie, Joe.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
366 pages ; 24 cm.
"The final book in a stirring new epic fantasy trilogy following Half a King and Half the World. Yarvi is the unlikely heir to the throne--a clever, thoughtful boy with a crippled hand who feels out of place in a violent, Viking-like society. Thorn is a young girl, determined to follow in the footsteps of her dead father and become a famous warrior, whatever it takes. Now Yarvi has avenged the murder of his father, and sets out on an epic journey with Thorn that will embroil his kingdom in all-out war"-- Provided by publisher.

The first confessor : the legend of Magda Searus

July 17, 2015
Goodkind, Terry. author.
©2012
604 pages ; 25 cm
A prequel to the Sword of Truth series follows the experiences of Magda Searus, who is shunned by her community members when she makes unsettling discoveries about her powerful husband's suicide and ventures out into a war-stricken world.

Dead man's reach

July 17, 2015
Jackson, D. B., author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
364 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Boston, 1770: The city is a powder keg as tensions between would-be rebels and loyalist torries approach a breaking point and one man is willing to light the match that sets everything off to ensure that he has his revenge. The presence of the British Regulars has made thieftaking a hard business to be in and the jobs that are available are reserved for Sephira Pryce. Ethan Kaille has to resort to taking on jobs that he would otherwise pass up, namely protecting the shops of Torries from Patriot mobs. But, when one British loyalist takes things too far and accidentally kills a young boy, even Ethan reconsiders his line of work. Even more troubling is that instances of violence in the city are increasing, and Ethan often finds himself at the center of the trouble. Once Ethan realizes why he is at the center of all the violence, he finds out that some enemies don't stay buried and will stop at nothing to ruin Ethan's life. Even if that means costing the lives of everyone in Boston, including the people that Ethan loves most"-- Provided by publisher.

The Drosten's curse

July 16, 2015
Kennedy, A. L., author.
©2015
361 pages ; 21 cm.
"Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel: receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency toward disappearance among the guests. She's tried talking to the manager; she's even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages on the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he's in Chicago. He knows he's in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn't do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand"-- Provided by publisher.

Last first snow

July 16, 2015
Gladstone, Max, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
382 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel of the Craft sequence"--Jacket.
"Forty years after the God Wars, Dresediel Lex bears the scars of liberation--especially in the Skittersill, a poor district still bound by the fallen gods' decaying edicts. As long as the gods' wards last, they strangle development; when they fail, demons will be loosed upon the city. The King in Red hires Elayne Kevarian of the Craft firm Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao to fix the wards, but the Skittersill's people have their own ideas"-- Provided by publisher.

The shores of Spain : a novel of the Golden city

July 16, 2015
Cheney, J. Kathleen, author.
New York : Roc, [2015]
415 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The seat of magic.
"Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power."-- Page [4] of cover.

The dove and the crow

July 16, 2015
Hirsch, Joseph, 1982- author.
©2015
130 pages ; 23 cm.
"Meet the crow. He's been around for hundreds of years. He took scalps in the time of Cortez and Columbus. He skins men and makes rugs of their hides, lassos of their intestines. Right now he's angry, and out for blood. Meet the dove. Matina's a whore at the Maison de Joie, with more mojo than you can shake a stick at. It's been said that, with just a bat of her eyelashes, she can turn pennyroyal tea into tincture of opium. Meet the tracker. Dognose Jones, the adopted son of a Cherokee medicine man, has a special gift. He can smell his prey like a bloodhound scenting its chase. Welcome to the wild, weird west.

The unknown

July 15, 2015
Evans, Taylor, author.
©2014
ii, 242 pages ; 23 cm
"First book in the Sorcerers' Prophecy series"--about the author page.
Teen sisters Casey and Kate discover the hidden world of Alagia, and their lives are changed forever. They learn of a prophecy that says one sister must turn against the other in order to end Alagia's turmoil. Though the prophecy is clear about the sisters' fate, Casey and Kate struggle to find it within themselves to betray each other for the sake of peace in Alagia.

Cold iron

July 13, 2015
Leicht, Stina, author.
New York, New York : Saga Press, 2015.
657 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"The Malorum Gates ; book one"--Title page.
Prince Nels is the scholarly runt of the ancient Kainen royal family of Eledore, disregarded as flawed by the king and many others. Only Suvi, his fraternal twin sister, supports him. When Nels is ambushed by an Acrasian scouting party, he does the forbidden for a member of the ruling family: He picks up a fallen sword and defends himself. Disowned and dismissed to the military, Nels establishes himself as a leader as Eledore begins to shatter under the attack of the Acrasians, who the Kainen had previously dismissed as barbarians. But Nels knows differently, and with the aid of Suvi, who has allied with pirates, he mounts a military offensive with sword, canon, and what little magic is left in the world.

The shapeshifters

July 9, 2015
Spjut, Stefan, 1973- author.
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
587 pages : map ; 21 cm
Translation of: Stallo.
"Mariner books."
"Summer 1978. A young boy disappears without a trace from a moutain cabin. His mother claims he was carried away by a giant. He is never found. Twenty-five years later, another child goes missing. This time there's a lead: a single photograph taken by Susso Myren. Myren has devoted her life to the search for trolls, legendary giants known as stallo, who can control human thoughts and assume animal form. Convinced that trolls are real, she follows the trail of missing children to northern Sweden"--Page 4 of cover.

Wicked embers : a souls of fire novel

July 9, 2015
Arthur, Keri.
New York, New York : Signet Select, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
375 pages ; 17 cm
As the plague-like virus spawned from a failed government continues to spread, Emberly Pearson, a phoenix that can transform into human form, and her partner, Jackson Miller, must find the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic.

Flight from death

July 9, 2015
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961-
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
320 pages ; 17 cm.
"I'm Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody's trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All's fair in love and bounty hunting... When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we're on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest."-- From back cover.

Cold burn of magic

July 9, 2015
Estep, Jennifer.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
340 p. ; 21 cm
Living under the library in a magical city of monsters and rival families, a reluctant young bodyguard and thief risks her life to save a boy only to be targeted by powerful adversaries.

The Hollow Queen

July 6, 2015
Haydon, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Tor/a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
415 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"Acclaimed author Elizabeth Haydon returns with a heartbreaking tale of love and valor in The Hollow Queen, the eighth installment of her USA Today bestselling Symphony of Ages series that began with Rhapsody. Beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance finds itself in desperate straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the battle, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her True Name in hiding with her infant son. Ashe tries to enlist the aid of the Sea Mages. Within their Citadel of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire that could hold the key to unraveling the full extent of Talquist's machinations. Achmed journeys to the reportedly unassailable palace of Jierna Tal, to kill emperor Talquist--all the while knowing that even if he succeeds, it may not be enough to stop the momentum of the war. As they struggle to untangle the web of Talquist's treachery, the leaders of the Cymrian alliance are met with obstacles at every turn. Rhapsody soon realizes that the end of this war will come at an unimaginable price: the lives of those she holds dearest. "-- Provided by publisher.

The Blumhouse book of nightmares : the haunted city

July 6, 2015
New York : Blumhouse Books/Doubleday, 2015.
viii, 370 pages ; 21 cm
"A stunning collection of original, terrifying fiction from a unique cast of master storytellers. Jason Blum invited an impressive group of authors, filmmakers, and screenwriters to envision a city of their choosing. and to let their demons run wild. Taken together, the provocative stories in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City create the unforgettable cityscape of a new world of horror. Disturbing, suspenseful, devious, and entertaining, each tale showcases an innovative voice featured in a definitive collection that could only come from Jason Blum"-- Provided by publisher.

The chart of tomorrows

July 6, 2015
Willrich, Chris, 1967-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
541 pages : map ; 23 cm
"A Gaunt and Bone novel"--Title page.
"The poet Persimmon Gaunt and the thief Imago Bone had sought only to retire from adventuring and start a family, but they never reckoned on their baby becoming the chosen vessel of the mystical energies of a distant Eastern land. With their son Innocence hunted by various factions hoping to use him as a tool, they kept him safe at the cost of trapping him in a pocket dimension of accelerated time. Now free, the thirteen-year-old Innocence has rejected his parents and his "destiny" and has made dangerous friends in a barbaric Western land of dragon-prowed ships and rugged fjords. Desperately, Gaunt and Bone seek to track him down, along with their companion Snow Pine and her daughter A-Girl-Is-A-Joy, who was once trapped with Innocence too. But as the nomadic Karvaks and their war-balloons strike west, and a troll-king spins his webs, and Joy is herself chosen by the spirit of the very land Innocence has fled to, Gaunt and Bone find themselves at the heart of a vast struggle -- and their own son is emerging from that conflict as a force of evil. To save him and everything they know, they turn to a dangerous magical book, The Chart of Tomorrows, that reveals pathways through time. Upon the treacherous seas of history, Gaunt and Bone must face the darkness in each other's pasts, in order to rescue their future"-- Provided by publisher.

The heart of betrayal

July 2, 2015
Pearson, Mary (Mary E.), author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
473 pages ; 22 cm.
Map on lining papers.
Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Princess Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape--and even less of being together--as the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs crumble beneath her while she wrestles with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people, and her own destiny.

Bell weather : a novel

July 2, 2015
Mahoney, Dennis, 1974- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
384 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Map on lining papers.
When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from a flooded river, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root-an isolated settlement deep in a strange wilderness. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its young visitor, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorize the surrounding woods. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly's past spills into the present. A desperate voyage. A genius brother. A tragedy she hasn't fully escaped. Molly and Tom must then decide between surviving apart or risking everything together. Dennis Mahoney's Bell Weather is an otherworldly and kinetic story that blends history, fantasy, mystery, and adventure, to mesmerizing effect.

The unnoticeables

July 2, 2015
Brockway, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2015.
286 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us: they watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is 'you' gets solved. Carey doesn't much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends"-- Provided by publisher.

Journey to fire's keep

July 2, 2015
Owens, Grady L., 1985- author.
©2010
137 pages : map ; 23 cm
"The return to the temple, book one."
"Springsboro: A sleepy isolated town on the edge of the Emerald Forest. An unassuming glimmer of man's influence on the world, a simple town of simple people. A town torched to the Earth. Stephen and Angelo, the only lucky survivors of the mysterious blaze, charge themselves with discovering and eradicating the source of their livelihood's destruction; they learn, however, that the world is far larger and more diverse than they ever imagined. And when one doesn't have a weapon and the other doesn't have a clue, where are they to begin? They may find powerful allies, or they may just invoke the wrath of the very forces holding the world from chaos"--Back cover.

The price of valor

July 1, 2015
Wexler, Django.
New York, N.Y. : ROC, [2015]
viii, 512 pages : map ; 24 cm.

The philosopher kings

June 30, 2015
Walton, Jo, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
348 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"From acclaimed, award-winning author Jo Walton: Philosopher Kings, a tale of gods and humans, and the surprising things they have to learn from one another. Twenty years have elapsed since the events of The Just City. The City, founded by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, organized on the principles espoused in Plato's Republic and populated by people from all eras of human history, has now split into five cities, and low-level armed conflict between them is not unheard-of. The god Apollo, living (by his own choice) a human life as "Pythias" in the City, his true identity known only to a few, is now married and the father of several children. But a tragic loss causes him to become consumed with the desire for revenge. Being Apollo, he goes handling it in a seemingly rational and systematic way, but it's evident, particularly to his precocious daughter Arete, that he is unhinged with grief. Along with Arete and several of his sons, plus a boatload of other volunteers--including the now fantastically aged Marsilio Ficino, the great humanist of Renaissance Florence--Pythias/Apollo goes sailing into the mysterious Eastern Mediterranean of pre-antiquity to see what they can find--possibly the man who may have caused his great grief, possibly communities of the earliest people to call themselves "Greek." What Apollo, his daughter, and the rest of the expedition will discover...will change everything. "-- Provided by publisher.

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