New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

October 13, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The rest of us just live here

October 12, 2015
Ness, Patrick, 1971- author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
317 pages ; 22 cm
What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Silver on the road

October 12, 2015
Gilman, Laura Anne, author.
382 pages : map ; 24 cm
"The Devil's West ; book one"--Title page.
Inadvertently trained by the Devil to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, sixteen-year-old Izzy is raised to be his left hand and travel circuit through his territory west of the Mississippi.

Closer to the heart

October 8, 2015
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
330 pages ; 24 cm.
"Mags was a Herald of Valdemar. But he had once lived the brutal life of a child slave. When he was Chosen by his Companion Dallen, his young life was saved, and he slowly adjusted to being well fed, educated, and treasured as a trainee in the Herald's Collegium at Haven. Singled out by the King's Own Herald, Mags would thrive in his secret training as a spy. His unusually strong Gift--an ability to Mindspeak and Mindhear anyone, not just others who were Gifted--made him a perfect undercover agent for the king" -- provided by publisher.

White trash zombie gone wild

October 8, 2015
Rowland, Diana, 1966- author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, 2015.
325 pages ; 18 cm.
"Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear--that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she’s built, and she’s determined not to rest until she finds out who’s behind it. Soon she’s neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It’s up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she’s outed as a monster. But Angel hasn’t quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past--not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she’s absolutely sure she can handle the drug’s unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys…or maybe she’s only one bad choice away from being dead meat--for real this time. Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own."--Provided by publisher.

Lady of magick

October 8, 2015
Hunter, Sylvia Izzo.
New York, NY : Ace Books, 2015.
viii, 432 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"A Noctis magicæ novel"--Cover.
In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So when her husband Gray is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie's hunger for magical knowledge can finally be nourished. But soon, Sophie must put her newly learned skills to the test.

About a vampire : an Argeneau novel

October 7, 2015
Sands, Lynsay, author.
[New York] : Avon Books, 2015.
379 p. ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Always (pages [361]-379)
Vampire Justin Bricker has a way with women, so he assumes that his courtship of his future life mate will be easy, until she flees from him and, after turning her to save her life, he discovers that she is already married.

A knight of the seven kingdoms

October 7, 2015
Martin, George R. R., author.
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
355 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The Hedge knight -- The Sworn sword -- The Mystery knight.
"Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals--in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg--whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two... as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits" -- Dust jacket flap.

Against a brightening sky

October 6, 2015
Moyer, Jaime Lee.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
335 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
By 1919 the Great War has ended, peace talks are under way in Paris, and the world has been forever changed. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco. As Delia prepares to meet friends at a St. Patrick's Day parade, the strange ghost of a European princess appears in her mirror. Her pleasant outing becomes a nightmare as the ghost reappears moments after a riot starts, warning her as a rooftop gunman begins shooting into the crowd. Delia rushes to get her friends to safety, and Gabe struggles to stop the killing-and to save himself. Delia and Gabe realize all the chaos and bloodshed had one purpose-to flush Alina from hiding, a young woman with no memory of anything but her name. As Delia works to discover how the princess ghost's secrets connect to this mysterious young woman, and Gabe tracks a ruthless killer around his city, they find all the answers hinge on two questions: Who is Alina...and why can't she remember?

The white rose

October 5, 2015
Ewing, Amy, author.
New York : HarperTeen, [2015]
308 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to The jewel.
"After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death, so along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude"-- Provided by publisher.


October 5, 2015
Smith, Lindsay, 1984- author.
New York, New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
394 pages : illustration, map ; 22 cm
"Livia can enter other people's bodies through their dreams, an ability that makes her an invaluable and dangerous spy for her kingdom"-- Provided by publisher.

An inheritance of ashes : a novel

October 5, 2015
Bobet, Leah, author.
391 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Now that the strange war is over, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister struggle to maintain their family farm, waiting to see who will return from the distant battlefield, soon hiring a veteran to help them but, as ugly truths about their family emerge, Hallie is taking dangerous risks and keeping desperate secrets while monsters and armies converge on the small farm.

Six of crows

October 1, 2015
Bardugo, Leigh, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first"-- Provided by publisher.

Last song before night

October 1, 2015
Myer, Ilana C.
New York : Tor, 2015.
415 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A high fantasy following a young woman's defiance of her culture as she undertakes a dangerous quest to restore her world's lost magic"

Shadows of self

October 1, 2015
Sanderson, Brandon.
New York : Tor, 2015.
383 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The ... author returns to the world of Mistborn with his first novel in the series since The Alloy of Law. With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a ... spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America.The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are 'twinborn,' meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic. Shadows of Self shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks."-- Provided by publisher.

The aeronaut's windlass

September 28, 2015
Butcher, Jim, 1971- author.
630 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion--to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory. And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity's ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake..."--Book jacket.

First time with a highlander

September 28, 2015
Cready, Gwyn.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
405 pages ; 18 cm
To keep her estate, Sarabeth, one of 18th-century Scotland's rare, powerful women, must find a husband fast and sets her sights on an American man who happens to be a womanizing ad executive from the future, taking him captive with no intention of ever freeing him.


September 22, 2015
Halpern, Jake, author.
346 pages : maps, music ; 22 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"On a distant island where day and night exist on fourteen-year cycles, and the islanders migrate south each sunset, three children get left behind and must find a way off the island before the Night finds them"-- Provided by publisher.

The sorcerer of the Wildeeps

September 22, 2015
Wilson, Kai Ashante, author.
212 pages ; 21 cm
"Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors' artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom is stalked by a necromantic terror. Demane may have to master his wild powers and trade humanity for godhood if he is to keep his brothers and his beloved captain alive"-- Provided by publisher.


September 22, 2015
Vincent, Rachel, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA Books, 2015.
429 p. ; 25 cm.
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume "performs" in town after town. Despite the breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival and despite the kindness of the cryptic handler Gallagher, she and her fellow menagerie of mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies struggle for their freedom.


September 21, 2015
Aryan, Stephen, author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
512 p. ; 24 cm
"Balfruss is a battlemage, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears and despises his kind. Vargus is a common soldier -- while mages shoot lightning from the walls of the city, he's down in the front lines getting blood on his blade. Talandra is a princess and spymaster, but the war may force her to risk everything and make the greatest sacrifice of all. Magic and mayhem collide in this epic fantasy."--Provided by publisher.

The entropy of bones

September 18, 2015
Jama-Everett, Ayize, 1974-
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, [2015]
219 pages ; 22 cm
"A young martial artist finds there is more to the world than she can kick, more than she can see."--Page 4 of cover.

Dark alchemy

September 17, 2015
Bickle, Laura, author.
[New York, New York] : Harper Voyager Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
371 pages ; 17 cm
"Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming seeking clues to her father's disappearance years ago. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up--desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can't scientifically explain--her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town's most powerful interests. Petra's father wasn't the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn't understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast--or die next."-- Back cover.

The traitor Baru Cormorant

September 15, 2015
Dickinson, Seth.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
399 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Baru Cormorant believes any price is worth paying to liberate her people--even her soul. When the Empire of Masks conquers her island home, overwrites her culture, criminalizes her customs, and murders one of her fathers, Baru vows to swallow her hate, join the Empire's civil service, and claw her way high enough to set her people free. Sent as an Imperial agent to distant Aurdwynn, another conquered country, Baru discovers it's on the brink of rebellion. Drawn by the intriguing duchess Tain Hu into a circle of seditious dukes, Baru may be able to use her position to help. As she pursues a precarious balance between the rebels and a shadowy cabal within the Empire, she orchestrates a do-or-die gambit with freedom as the prize. But the cost of winning the long game of saving her people may be far greater than Baru imagines"--Provided by publisher.

Dragon coast

September 15, 2015
Van Eekhout, Greg.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
316 pages ; 22 cm
Daniel's adopted son Sam, made from the magical essence of the tyrannical Hierarch of Southern California whom Daniel overthrew and killed, is lost-consumed by the great Pacific firedrake secretly assembled by Daniel's half-brother, Paul. But Sam is still alive and aware, in magical form, trapped inside the dragon as it rampages around Los Angeles, periodically torching a neighborhood or two. Daniel has a plan to rescue Sam. It will involve the rarest of substances, axis mundi, pieces of the bones of the great dragon at the center of the Earth. Daniel will have to go to the kingdom of Northern California, boldly posing as his half-brother, come to claim his place in the competition to be appointed Lord High Osteomancer of the Northern Kingdom. Only when the Northern Hierarch, in her throne room at Golden Gate Park, raises her scepter to confirm Daniel in his position will he have an opportunity to steal the axis mundi-under the gaze of the Hierarch herself. And that's just the first obstacle.

The edge of dawn

September 11, 2015
Snodgrass, Melinda M., 1951- author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC , 2015.
348 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"What do you do when the Earth is under assault from monstrous creatures by alternate dimensions and you're the only person who can wield the weapon that can destroy them? That's the situation facing Richard Oort, hero of the Edge novels. Lonely and overwhelmed after a series of terrifying, catastrophic global and personal events, Richard is still determined to save the world from the horrific Old Ones. He goes undercover in a Christian fundamentalist compound, playing house with an attractive FBI agent. At first, this only serves to increase his loneliness, missing his real family, but against all odds discovers another unique human who can use the paladin's weapon, one who might be able to join him and lighten the burden of responsibility. There's only one problem -- Mosi is a nine year old Navajo girl. Their enemies are trying to kill both Richard and Mosi--and have already killed Mosi's family. To keep her safe Richard becomes her guardian, but an error in judgement leads to disaster and betrayal, and now the odd pair will need to summon all their strength to survive the coming battle. From the American southwest to a secret society in Turkey, the paladin and his ward try to stay in front of their enemies, but the world is at stake--and time is running short"-- Provided by publisher.

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