New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

July 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

It's all fun and games

July 29, 2016
Barrett, Dave.
©2016
200 pages ; 21 cm
"When Allison's best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP (live-action roleplaying), she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime. TJ's weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures, and intense battles with his LARP group. Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same--to defeat the monsters and find the treasure. Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong. The fantasy world they've built has transformed, and the battle they're in the midst of is no longer make-believe. Now they must fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other deadly mythical creatures that come to life. Fortunately, the group's once-fictional magical powers have also become real--including Allison's newly acquired gifts as a healer. They'll need everything in their arsenal if they hope to make it home alive."--Page 4 of cover.

Red right hand

July 28, 2016
Black, Levi, author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
302 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"--Title page verso.
Charlie isn't a hero--she's a survivor, always wrestling with the demons from her past. Arriving home one night, she finds herself attacked by three monstrous skinhounds straight out of a nightmare. Just when she's about to give up hope, she is saved by a sinister Man in Black, dressed in a dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and wielding a black-bladed sword in his red right hand. In exchange for her rescue, the Man in Black, a diabolical elder god, demands her service as his Acolyte and her involvement in a dark magick she never knew she possessed. To ensure her obedience, he takes her best friend Daniel hostage. As Acolyte, Charlie must help track down and destroy the other elder gods, which the Man in Black says will save humanity from being devoured. But is the Man in Black truly the lesser of two evils? Or is he a menace more treacherous than the eldritch horrors she's battling in his name?

Darkwar

July 28, 2016
Cook, Glen.
San Francisco : Night Shade Books, c2010.
570 pages ; 23 cm
Previously published separately, 1985-1986.
Doomstalker -- Warlock -- Ceremony.
As Marika's power grows, she begins to change her world, embracing new technologies and ever darker magics, gathering the packsteads together under her command. But the world grows ever colder. Will Marika save her dying sphere, or will she be the one to destroy it utterly?

Dragonmark

July 27, 2016
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
344 pages ; 25 cm.
"Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed- a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved. Now he has a chance to regain what's been lost-- to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn't the cost his happiness might incur, it's the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon's heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone- to see the entire world burn."--Provided by publisher.

Empire of dust

July 26, 2016
Herman, Eleanor, 1960- author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2016]
372 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Includes questions for discussion.
After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands--but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt. The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon's undoing. And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome--and deadly--captor.

Riverkeep : a novel

July 26, 2016
Stewart, Martin J., author.
New York, New York : Viking 2016.
403 pages : map ; 22 cm
When 15-year-old Wulliam's father is possessed by a dark spirit, Wull must care for him and take on his family's mantle of Riverkeep, tending the Danék. Wull finds out there is a cure for his father's illness, and embarks on an epic journey to kill the great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach.--Provided by publisher.

Four roads cross

July 26, 2016
Gladstone, Max, author.
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.
414 pages ; 22 cm.
"A novel of the craft sequence" --Cover.
The great city of Alt Coulumb is in crisis. The moon goddess Seril, long thought dead, is back--and the people of Alt Coulumb aren't happy. Protests rock the city, and Kos Everburning's creditors attempt a hostile takeover of the fire god's church. Tara Abernathy, the god's in-house Craftswoman, must defend the church against the world's fiercest necromantic firm--and against her old classmate, a rising star in the Craftwork world.

Valley of the moon : a novel

July 26, 2016
Gideon, Melanie, 1963- author.
©2016
394 pages ; 25 cm
"Lux is a single mom struggling to make her way in the world when she stumbles across an idyllic town in the Sonoma valley where she feels instantly at home. It seems like a place from another time--until she realizes it actually is. One night in 1906, an earthquake left Greengage stuck in the past. Lux must keep one foot in her world, raising her son as well as she can with the odds stacked against her, but every day she is more strongly drawn in by the sweet simplicity of life in Greengage, and by the irresistible connection she feels with a man born decades before her time. Soon she finds herself torn between her ties to the modern world-- her adored son--and the first place she has ever felt truly at home."--Provided by publisher.

Beauty and the clockwork beast

July 26, 2016
Allen, Nancy Campbell, 1969- author.
©2016
335 pages ; 23 cm
A retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. When Lucy, a botanist famous for her research on ways to counter vampires, arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her sick cousin, she finds that mysteries abound. A restless ghost roams the hallways, and Lord Miles is clearly hiding a secret. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor.

Bright blaze of magic

July 20, 2016
Estep, Jennifer, author.
©2016
308 pages ; 21 cm.
As a thief, I'm good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls. Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families--and kill every last Sinclair. What they don't know is that I'm on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I've got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side...

Wasteland king

July 19, 2016
Saintcrow, Lilith, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
341 pages ; 21 cm.
"The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow's services for a very delicate mission--and the prize for success is survival itself. In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the unspeakable.."-- Provided by publisher.

The dragon round

July 19, 2016
Power, Stephen S., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
320 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik--when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation"-- Provided by publisher.

The great ordeal

July 19, 2016
Bakker, R. Scott.
New York : Overlook Press, [2016].
501 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Sequel to The white-luck warrior.
"As Fanim war-drums beat just outside the city, the Empress Anasûrimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace for her missing son Kelmomas. Meanwhile untold leagues away, Esmenet's husband's Great Ordeal continues its epic crusade ever northward...."--Dust jacket, p. [2]

A natural history of hell : stories

July 18, 2016
Ford, Jeffrey, 1955- author.
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, [2016]
279 pages ; 22 cm
The blameless -- Word doll -- The angel seems -- Mount Chary Galore -- A natural history of autumn -- Blood drive -- A terror -- Rocket ship to hell -- The fairy enterprise -- The last triangle -- Spirits of salt : A tale of the coral heart -- The thyme fiend -- The prelate's commission.
"A book of fantastic stories about the hell on earth that is living"-- Provided by publisher.

Starship Grifters : a Rex Nihilo adventure

July 14, 2016
Kroese, Robert, author.
Seattle : 47North, [2014]
242 pages ; 21 cm
"A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet... and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front--and trying to double-cross them both--may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists ... while still keeping Rex's martini glass filled." --cover.

The shadow hour

July 12, 2016
Grey, Melissa, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2016.
425 pages ; 22 cm.
"With the firebird awakened, the war has become even more dangerous for Echo and her friends. There is a darkness spreading, and staying in hiding might not be enough to keep them alive"--Provided by publisher.

This savage song : a Monsters of Verity novel

July 12, 2016
Schwab, Victoria, author.
©2016
xxiii, 427 pages ; 22 cm.
"As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between"--Provided by publisher.

Necessity

July 12, 2016
Walton, Jo.
New York : Tor, 2016.
334 pages ; 22 cm.
"More than sixty-five years ago, Pallas Athena founded the Just City on an island in the eastern Mediterranean, placing it centuries before the Trojan War, populating it with teachers and children from throughout human history, and committing it to building a society based on the principles of Plato's Republic. Among the City's children was Pytheas, secretly the god Apollo in human form. Sixty years ago, the Just City schismed into five cities, each devoted to a different version of the original vision. Forty years ago, the five cities managed to bring their squabbles to a close. But in consequence of their struggle, their existence finally came to the attention of Zeus, who can't allow them to remain in deep antiquity, changing the course of human history. Convinced by Apollo to spare the Cities, Zeus instead moved everything on the island to the planet Plato, circling its own distant sun. Now, more than a generation has passed. The Cities are flourishing on Plato, and even trading with multiple alien species. Then, on the same day, two things happen. Pytheas dies as a human, returning immediately as Apollo in his full glory. And there's suddenly a human ship in orbit around Plato--a ship from Earth." --Amazon.com.

Stars askew

July 12, 2016
Davidson, Rjurik.
New York, NY : Tor, 2016.
411 pages ; 22 cm.
"With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving. When the moderate leader Aceline is murdered, the trail leads Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its center is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Armand is vying for control of the Directorate, the highest political position in the city, until Armand is betrayed and sent to a prison camp to mine deadly bloodstone. Meanwhile, Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya. Aya leads Max to the realm of the Elo-Talern to seek a power source to remove Aya from Max's brain. But when Max and Aya return, they find the vigilants destroying the last remnants of House power. It seems the seditionists' hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught, and every attempt to improve the situation makes it worse. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max, and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but if they can escape with their lives."--Provided by publisher.

The devourers

July 11, 2016
Das, Indra, author.
New York : Del Rey, 2015.
303 pages ; cm
"A dreamlike novel about a young historian and a persuasive and beguiling stranger coming together in modern-day Kolkata, India to transcribe an ancient journal. A collection of paper, parchment, and skins, the journal tells of bloodshed, kidnapping, magic and shapeshifting, set against the harsh landscapes of the 17th-Century Mughal Empire. It reveals the story of hunters and prey, lovers and the beloved, and, in the end, the choice to be transformed, or be quarry"--Provided by publisher.

Red Queen : the chronicles of Alice

July 11, 2016
Henry, Christina, 1974- author.
New York, NY : Ace, 2016.
291 pages ; 21 cm
"The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll ... The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash--and hope is nowhere to be found. Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful--the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen.."-- Provided by publisher.

The perdition score

July 7, 2016
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2016
375 pages ; 19 cm.
" The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn't come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who's most recently met Death and death's killer a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy and help uncover council members who might be tied to Wormwood's power brokers. Stark's plans change when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war between angels who want to allow human souls into Heaven and rebel angels willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark's closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place where they might find a cure: Hell. But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they've struck with the rebel angels is darker than anything Stark has encountered. Not only does the fate of the world hang in the balance, but also the souls of everyone in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to LA in one piece here an old enemy waits to finish him once and for all"--Provided by publisher.

Billionaire in wolf's clothing

July 7, 2016
Spear, Terry.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
344 pages ; 18 cm.
Billionaire werewolf Rafe Denali always gets what he wants, and he always trusts his gut. When sexy she-wolf Jade Ashton nearly drowns outside his beach house, he knows better than to bring her into his life. But there's something about the fierce wolf that triggers his most primal instincts...and having seen her, he knows she will be his.

The harrows of spring

July 6, 2016
Kunstler, James Howard, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2016]
317 pages ; 22 cm
The residents of Union Grove, New York, struggle to get through early spring after a local tycoon halts the Hudson River trade route.

The dinosaur knights

July 6, 2016
Milán, Victor, author.
©2016
444 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often cruel world. There are humans on Paradise but dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden, and of war. Armored knights ride dinosaurs to battle legions of war-trained Triceratops and their upstart peasant crews.

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