New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

May 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Heir to the sky

May 26, 2016
Sun, Amanda, author.
©2016
293 pages ; 22 cm
"As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she's ever known, a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth long since uninhabited by humans. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself."--Page [4] of cover.

Magruder's curiosity cabinet : a novel

May 23, 2016
Wood, H. P. (Hilary Poole), author.
©2016
363 pages ; 21 cm
Includes author's note and reading group guide.
"After Kitty Armstrong's mother vanishes from their Coney Island hotel in 1904, Kitty finds herself alone, hungry, penniless, and far away from her native England. The last people she'd expect to help her are the cast of characters at Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities that is home to a handful of freaks. But even the unusual inhabitants of Magruder's may not be a match for the insidious sickness that is plaguing Coney Island ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Smoke : a novel

May 20, 2016
Vyleta, Dan, author.
©2016
xii, 431 pages ; 25 cm
In an alternate England, where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours from their bodies, Thomas, Charlie, and Livia notice that some people appear to be able to lie without triggering Smoke. As they dig deeper, they discover teachers who have mysterious ties to warring political factions, a sumptuous estate which hides attic rooms and laboratories, revolutionaries who are fighting against a secret police force. They begin to suspect that everything they have been taught about Smoke is a lie; but if that is a lie, what else about their world is lies? What is their place in the struggle between faith and reason, between good and evil? And who can they trust?

A blade of black steel

May 19, 2016
Marshall, Alex (Novelist), author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
536 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"After five hundred years, the Sunken Kingdom has returned, and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the Star. As an inhuman army gathers on its shores, poised to invade the Immaculate Isles, the members of the Cobalt Company face an ugly choice: abandon their dreams of glory and vengeance to combat a menace from another realm, or pursue their ambitions and hope the Star is still there when the smoke clears. Five villains. One legendary general. A battle for survival. "--Provided by publisher.

Will do magic for small change : a novel of what might have been

May 19, 2016
Hairston, Andrea.
Seattle : Aqueduct Press, 2016.
455 pages ; 23 cm
"Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5'10" and 180 pounds, she's theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her older brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer, a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon's family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together. "--Publisher website.

The sorcerer's daughter : the defenders of Shannara

May 18, 2016
Brooks, Terry, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2016]
334 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
"The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the world of Shannara is brimming with untold stories and unexplored territory. Now bestselling author Terry Brooks breaks new ground with a standalone adventure that's sure to thrill veteran readers and recent converts alike"-- Provided by publisher.

The crown's game

May 17, 2016
Skye, Evelyn, author.
©2016
399 pages ; 24 cm
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threaten to attack, the tsar wants a powerful enchanter by his side, and as an advisor for the prince, Pasha. He initiates the Crown's Game, a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become his Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. For Vika and Nikolai, the game is a chance of a lifetime, but they come to realize that their growing regard for each other makes the game impossible to win. And as long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes increasingly clear to them that the Crown's Game is not one to lose.

The Vagrant

May 17, 2016
Newman, Peter.
c2015.
406 pages ; 22 cm
Years have passed since the demon swarm-- and humanity's destruction-- emerged from the Breach. As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. The Vagrant is friendless and alone, walking across the desolate, war-torn landscape. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war. But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place....

Murder in time : a novel

May 17, 2016
McElwain, Julie, author.
©2016
498 pages ; 24 cm.
Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates. While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact. Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman. ̃Book jacket.

Casters : frozen session

May 17, 2016
De Marco, Dominic, author.
North Charleston, SC : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
258 pages ; 25 cm
"Lugaar comes to the capital of Forcette seeking vengeance, but an ill-timed fight leaves him in the royal dungeons. Imprisoned and forced to fight in the coliseum. Any hope of finding the man who killed his father seems lost. While Lugaar battles King Nolan’s gladiator, an explosion rips through the coliseum. In the ensuing chaos, the young man escapes into the city streets. The explosion itself could only come from one source: a rogue Caster. Casters, masters of fire, are considered little more than tools by the human population. Now one has attacked the coliseum, a symbol of King Nolan’s power. Nolan knows he cannot let this challenge to his authority go unanswered, but hasn't forgotten the impetuous young man who fought toe-to-toe with the gladiator. The hunt is on for Lugaar, even as he comes ever closer to the man who slaughtered his father. The first volume in Dominic De Marco’s Casters series, Casters: Frozen Session introduces readers to a society where courtly etiquette exists alongside brutal reality and where a young man begins to realize his destiny is not what it seems."--Amazon.com

Roses and rot

May 13, 2016
Howard, Kat, author.
New York, NY : Saga Press, 2016.
307 pages ; 22 cm
Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, she used to lie in bed wishing that her life would become one of these tragic fairy tales because she couldn't imagine how a stepmother could be worse than her mother now. As adults, Imogen and her sister Marin are accepted to an elite post-grad arts program; Imogen as a writer and Marin as a dancer. Soon enough, though, they realize that there's more to the school than meets the eye. Imogen might be living in the fairy tale she's dreamed about as a child, but it's one that will pit her against Marin if she decides to escape her past to find her heart's desire.

Mongrels

May 11, 2016
Jones, Stephen Graham, 1972- author.
©2016
300 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel" -- Cover.
Set in the deep South, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, and surprisingly funny novel that follows an unnamed narrator as he comes of age under the care of his aunt and uncle; who are werewolves.

Children of earth and sky

May 10, 2016
Kay, Guy Gavriel, author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2016]
571 pages : map ; 24 cm
"The bestselling author of the groundbreaking novels Under Heaven and River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay is back with a new novel, Children of Earth and Sky, set in a world inspired by the conflicts and dramas of Renaissance Europe. Against this tumultuous backdrop the lives of men and women unfold on the borderlands--where empires and faiths collide. From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request--and possibly to do more--and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman posing as a doctor's wife but sent by Seressa as a spy. The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he's been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif--to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming. As these lives entwine, their fates--and those of many others--will hang in the balance when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world..."-- Provided by publisher.

Ruined

May 9, 2016
Tintera, Amy, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2016.
355 pages ; 22 cm
"Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined--completely lacking any magic--she is determined to get revenge by infiltrating the enemy's kingdom, posing as the crown prince's betrothed"--Provided by publisher.

The Skeleth

May 9, 2016
Jobin, Matthew, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2016]
390 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Book 2 of the Nethergrim epic"--T.p.
Young Edmund, innkeeper's son and would-be wizard, calls on his friends Katherine and Tom to help stop the Skeletheerie, otherworldly beings said to be unstoppable in battle.

Shattered spear

May 3, 2016
Campbell, Jack (Naval officer), author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
x, 342 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Syndicate Worlds continues to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they're establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule undermines their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders' promises of freedom from tyranny. Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with another threat. An enigma warship has appeared and vanished near a Syndic colony. If the aliens are capable of jumping into other human-occupied star systems, then billions of people could be vulnerable to a hostile invasion fleet anywhere it chooses to strike. But an even greater liability lies with Iceni and Drakon as a once-trusted adviser turned saboteur plans revenge.."--Provided by publisher.

Shadow's blade /cDavid B. Coe.

May 3, 2016
Coe, David B., author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2016.
311 pages ; 25 cm.
"Justis Fearsson is a weremyste and a private detective. He wields potent magic, but every month on the full moon he loses his mind which has cost him his job as a cop; he can't afford to let it interfere with his latest case. Phoenix has become ground zero in a magical war, and an army of werecreatures, blood sorcerers and necromancers has made Jay its number one target. When he is hired to track down a woman who has gone missing with her two young children, he has a hunch the dark ones are to blame. But then a police murder investigation implicates this same woman. Soon he is caught up in a deadly race to find not only the young family but also an ancient weapon that could prove decisive in the looming conflict"-- Provided by publisher.

Naruto: Sakura's story : Love riding the spring breeze

May 2, 2016
Ohsaki, Tomohito, author.
San Francisco : VIZ Media, [2016]
183 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
First published in Japan by Shueisha Inc.
The Great Ninja War did not only harm adults, but left many damaged children behind. Medical ninja Sakura travels the land, opening clinics dedicated to healing children of the mental trauma they experienced. She learns of a series of attacks against Konoha, and her investigation leads to an impossible conclusion: Sasuke is the terrorist mastermind behind them all! Using her skills and her heart, Sakura strives to clear Sasuke’s name and bring the real perpetrator to justice.

To kill a kettle witch : a novel of the mist-torn witches

May 2, 2016
Hendee, Barb, author.
New York, New York : Roc, [2016]
328 pages ; 18 cm
" Powerful prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band nomadic Móndyalítko who summer in the meadow below his castle--and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary. When Céline and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Móndyalítko, learn that their mother’s people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins. Now it’s up to the sisters--along with their motley escort, including a prince’s lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past--to discover the  source of the curse to restore life to the ravaged land and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance."--Page [4] of cover.

The summer dragon : first book of the Evertide

May 2, 2016
Lockwood, Todd, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2016]
v, 496 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Elizabeth R. Wollheim, Sheila E. Gilbert Publishers."
"Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon -- one of the rare and mythical High Dragons -- makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas. And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors -- thralls of the enemy -- and a faceless creature drawn from her fears. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself."--provided by publisher.

Spellstorm

May 2, 2016
Greenwood, Ed, author.
Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, [2015]
320 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"Forgotten realms."
Gathered together in a merchant's mansion to gain possession of the mythical Lost Spell, a powerful enchantment designed centuries ago by the presumed dead god of spells, archwizards become trapped in a vicious spellstorm as they face down the infamous Elminster of Shadowdale, who claims he's just there to decide who gets the Lost Spell, but who clearly has an agenda of his own. But then the archwizards start dying.

Hex : a novel

April 29, 2016
Blackman, Sarah, 1980- author.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama : FC2, an imprint of The University of the Alabama Press, [2016]
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Hex is a novel set in Western North Carolina that features a character named Alice Small and her deceased friend Ingrid, whom Alice calls "Thingy." Alice is raising Thingy's daughter, Ingrid the Second, and tells her stories that comprise the novel's narrative, which explores themes of love, friendship, fear, greed, and broken or reinvented histories"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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