New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

August 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wicked like a wildfire

August 22, 2017
Popović, Lana, author.
©2017
405 pages ; 22 cm
Twins Iris and Malina have been born with a gleam-- a unique way of using magic to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. They must keep their gifts a secret, and are not allowed to share their magic with anyone. Above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. When their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line. And the very magic that bonds them together may be destined to tear them apart forever.

Swarm and steel

August 22, 2017
Fletcher, Michael R.
New York : Talos Press, [2017]
375 pages ; 23 cm
"To escape the hell she created, a woman must team up with a novice warrior and return to her homeland in this gritty epic fantasy where delusions are literally made real. Zerfall awakens in an alley, wounded and unable to remember her past. Chased by an assassin out into the endless wastes of the desert, she is caught, disfigured, and left for dead. Her scabbard is empty, but the need for answers-and the pull of her sword-will draw her back to the city-states. When Jateko, a naive youth, accidentally kills a member of his own tribe, he finds himself outcast and pursued across the desert for his crimes. Crazed from dehydration, dying of thirst and hunger, he stumbles across Zerfall. Hunted by assassins and bound by mutual need, both Zerfall and Jeteko will confront the Tauschung, an ancient and deranged religion ruled by a broken fragment of Zerfall's mind. Swarm, the Tauschung hell, seethes with imprisoned souls, but where gods-real or imagined-meddle in the affairs of man, the cost is high. In Swarm and Steel, the power of belief can manifest and shape reality, and for political and religious leaders, faith becomes a powerful tool. But the insane are capable of twisting reality with their delusions as well, turning increasingly dangerous as their sanity crumbles. It is here that a long prophesied evil will be born, an endless hunger. The All Consuming will rise"-- Provided by publisher.

Death shall come

August 15, 2017
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2017
185 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been summoned to remote Cardavan House, home of the world's largest private collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, for the unveiling of George Cardavan's latest acquisition: a bone fide Egyptian mummy. When a bloodstained body is discovered beside the empty sarcophagus, Ishmael is dismissive of the theory that the mummy's curse is to blame. Instead he sets out to uncover the human killer responsible. But how can Ishmael explain the strange, shuffling footsteps that creep along the corridors? Who is playing games with them ... and why?"-- Dust jacket.

Age of assassins

August 15, 2017
Barker, R. J., author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
425 pages ; 21 cm
Girton Club-foot has no family, a crippled leg, and is apprenticed to the best assassin in the land. He's learning the art of taking lives, but his latest mission tasks him with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder.

7 trees of stone

August 14, 2017
Hunt, Leo, author.
©2017
341 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: 8 Rivers of Shadow
"Now that last year's nightmare is in the past, Luke and Elza have started college, and Luke's mum has moved on, too, with a new boyfriend named Darren. Life is returning to something like normal — until Luke and Elza spend New Year's Eve at Darren's cottage and find themselves transported to the forest near Dunbarrow with no knowledge of how they got there. Gray fog is spreading through town, the sky is awash with green light, and something is clearly very wrong: a great spirit from Deadside, known as the Barrenwhite Tree, has broken open the gateway between the living and spirit worlds, leaving Dunbarrow to be taken over by the world of the dead. Together with Luke's old friends from school, who seem oddly unaffected by the plague of insanity unleashed on the town, Luke and Elza need to find a way to close the gateway while they still can. Not only that, but the devilish Mr. Berkley is abroad in Dunbarrow with an agenda of his own — and he hasn't forgotten Luke's debt to him" --Amazon.com

The dinosaur princess

August 11, 2017
Milán, Victor, author.
New York : Tor, 2017.
463 pages : map ; 24 cm.
A primordial world with every species of dinosaur, large and small. And humans, who were brought to this world on the whim of the gods. Knights ride into battle on Triceratops; their heroes lead them on T-Rexes. Karyl Bogomirskiy is one such hero. Once, he held power. Betrayed by those closest to him, he was resurrected by the Fae, magical beings native to the world, who seek to use him in their eternal battle against alien gods. Karyl just wants to be left in peace, reluctant to be anyone's tool, much less a savior. But the gods have returned to judge their human experiment and to finally rid the planet of the Fae. And while Karyl doesn't feel like a hero, he's humanity’s last best hope.

Wendy Darling. Volume three, Shadow

August 9, 2017
Oakes, Colleen, author.
Tempe, Arizona : SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint, 2017.
271 pages ; 22 cm
"War has come to paradise, and the Neverland you know will never be the same. Wendy Darling finds herself once again in the arms of Peter Pan, a charming god-child who desires power above all things. Instead of the passion she once had for him, however, this time Wendy's heart burns with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the darkness that holds all Neverland hostage--the Shadow."--back cover.

The luster of lost things

August 8, 2017
Keller, Sophie Chen, 1988- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
324 pages ; 21 cm
"A fablelike debut...in which a boy with an uncanny ability to find lost objects must embark on his most important search yet in order to save his mother's enchanted dessert shop, the only place he's ever called home. There's only one place in the world that lonely twelve-year-old Walter Lavender Jr. feels at home: The Lavenders, his mother's unusual West Village dessert shop, where meringues scud through displays like clouds, marzipan dragons breathe actual fire, and the airy angel food cake can make customers pounds lighter. When the mysterious and magical Book at the heart of the shop vanishes and a landlord threatens closure, it's up to Walter to find the Book and save the shop. Despite--or because of--a communication disorder that renders him speechless and friendless, Walter has a special ability to find lost things. In fact, the only thing he's failed to find is his father, a pilot lost in a presumed plane crash at sea before Walter was born. Accompanied by Milton, his best friend and overweight golden retriever, Walter's quest will take him around and under New York City, into subway tunnels and soaring over Central Park, from bottle collecting in Chinatown to racing through the Met, and introduce him to the extraordinary and forgotten people of this fantastical city. Along the way he will discover his voice and learn what it means to truly be found"-- Provided by publisher.

The talented Ribkins : a novel

August 8, 2017
Hubbard, Ladee, author.
©2017
295 pages ; 24 cm
"At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn't have such problems: He's got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it's curtains for Johnny. What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with rather super powers that are rather sad, but superpowers nonetheless. For example, Johnny's father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he's been there or not. In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves The Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last. Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny's on a race against the clock to dig up loot he's stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother's daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own."-- Provided by publisher.

The stone sky

August 8, 2017
Jemisin, N. K., author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
445 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season"-- Provided by publisher.

In other lands : a novel

August 8, 2017
Brennan, Sarah Rees, author.
Easthampton, Mass. : Big Mouth House : Distributed to the trade by Consortium, [2017]
437 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Despite his aversion to war, work, and most people (human or otherwise), teenaged Elliott, a human transported to a fantasy world where he attends a school for warriors and diplomatic advisers, finds that two unlikely ideas, friendship and world peace, may actually be possbile.

Reunited

August 7, 2017
Houck, Colleen, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2017]
451 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana's farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories. But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all. With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

The hawkweed legacy

August 3, 2017
Brignull, Irena, author.
©2017
374 pages ; 22 cm
"The epic sequel to The hawkweed prophecy"--Page [4] of cover.
"Poppy Hooper doesn't want to be the queen of the witches. But some problems can't be left behind. Some love stories can't be forgotten. Some friendships won't be broken. And some enemies won't stay dead...The battle for the throne isn't over yet. Poppy has only just discovered her position and her power as queen of the covens. Tormented by the loss of her would-be lover Leo to her best friend, Ember, and a past that shadowed by secrets, she's left her dangerous world of witches and flown to Africa. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo and , when she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him. Now as the girls come of age and Poppy's powers grow stronger, her mother, desperate for he daughter's return and forgiveness, sets into motion a plan that puts Poppy and Ember, the boy they love, and the world as they know it at risk"--Jacket.

The wood

August 2, 2017
Bobulski, Chelsea, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
313 pages ; 22 cm
After her father's disappearance, Winter takes over guardianship of the now-sinister magical wood behind her house where time travelers sometimes get lost.

The Bedlam stacks

August 1, 2017
Pulley, Natasha, author.
©2017
337 pages : map ; 24 cm
"In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg. . When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine--essential for the treatment of malaria--from deep within Peru, he knows it's a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who's made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape the strange events plaguing his family's crumbling estate, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for the edge of the Amazon. There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettling stories of impossible disappearances, cursed woods, and living stone. Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and gradually realizes that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by generations of Tremayne explorers before him..."--Back cover.

Venturess

August 1, 2017
Cornwell, Betsy, author.
Boston ; New York : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
311 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Mechanica.
An indomitable inventor and her loyal (and royal) friends cross the ocean to the lush world of Faerie, where they join a rising rebellion.

Urban enemies

August 1, 2017
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
vi, 440 pages ; 21 cm
Even hand / Jim Butcher -- Hounded / Kelley Armstrong -- Nigsu ga tesgu / Jeff Somers -- Sixty-six seconds / Craig Schaefer -- Kiss / Lilith Saintcrow -- The naughtiest cherub / Kevin Hearne -- The resurrectionist / Caitlin Kittredge -- Down where the darkness dwells / Joseph Nassise -- Bellum Romanum / Carrie Vaughn -- Altar boy / Jonathan Maberry -- Make it snappy / Faith Hunter -- Chase the fire / Jon F. Merz -- Unexpected choices / Diana Pharaoh Francis -- Reel life / Steven Savile -- The difference between deceit and delusion / Domino Finn -- Balance / Seanan McGuire -- Everywhere / Sam Witt.
"Villains have all the fun--everyone knows that--and this anthology takes you on a wild ride through the dark side! The top villains from seventeen urban fantasy series get their own stories--including the baddies of New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry. For every hero trying to save the world, there's a villain trying to tear it all down. In this can't-miss anthology edited by Joseph Nassise (The Templar Chronicles), you get to plot world domination with the best of the evildoers we love to hate! This outstanding collection brings you stories told from the villains' point of view, imparting a fresh and unique take on the evil masterminds, wicked witches, and infernal personalities that skulk in the pages of today's most popular series "-- Provided by publisher.

Ride the storm : a Cassie Palmer novel

July 31, 2017
Chance, Karen.
New York, NY : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
597 pages ; 17 cm.
"Cassie Palmer can see the future, talk to ghosts, and travel through time--but nothing's prepared her for this. Ever since being stuck with the job of pythia, the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up to the lifetime's worth of training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the fabled pythian court. Catch up to the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It's been a trial by fire that has left her more than a little burned. But now she realizes that all that was the just the warm up for the real race. Ancient forces that once terrorized the world are trying to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them" -- provided by publisher.

In 27 days

July 27, 2017
Gervais, Alison, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Blink, [2017]
349 pages ; 22 cm
Includes interview with the author and discussion questions (pages 345-348).
Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn't know the quiet, reserved guy that well, but that doesn't stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer's funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back twenty-seven days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death's terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known. Hadley soon discovers Archer's reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn't as bad as he'd always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everying - including her life - to keep Archer alive.

Dragonsworn

July 25, 2017
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
ix, 336 pages ; 24 cm.
"There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity, except Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he'd ever cared for. Now he waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin. Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to stand by and watch him take everything she loves from her again. This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object. She is the unstoppable force. When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she's unleashed total Armageddon. If she can't find some way to control the dragon before it's too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is world annihilation?"-- Provided by publisher.

The unholy consult

July 25, 2017
Bakker, R. Scott, author.
©2017
620 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
As the grand crusade of the Great Ordeal devolves into cannibalism and chaos, Exalt-General Proyas attempts to gain control of the lost Men--but it rapidly becomes clear that the lost Lord-and-Prophet hasn't given up. When Sorweel, Believer-King of Sakarpus, and Serwa, daughter of the Aspect-Emperor, join the Great Ordeal, they discover the Shortest path is not always the most obvious, or the safest. Souls, morality, and relationships are called into question when no one can be trusted, and the price for their sins is greater than they imagined. -- from dust jacket.

The three heretics

July 25, 2017
Hale, Scott, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Scott Hale], 2016.
501 pages : map ; 23 cm
Sequel to: The Bones of the Earth.
"Book two"--Spine.
"Through hell, we find heaven. Vrana, now a grotesque shadow of her former self, has been enslaved by the Witch and forced into the Void. Meanwhile, the Corrupted involved in the genocide of Geharra and the birth of the Red Worm have begun to impose their worldviews on others. King Edgar is abandoned in the Nameless Forest and forced into a murderous mission that not only reveals the origins of the vermillion veins, but the unholy events that have led to his rule of Eldrus. Atticus, the undying gravedigger, seeks revenge against the king for the death of those he loves, while finding a way through the Black Hour itself to resurrect the dead. Felix, the Holy Child, plagued by visions of Vrana in his sleep, tries to find a way to liberate her from her torment. Unsure who he can trust, he is pulled further into the darkness and treason all around him. Taking place before, during, and after Vrana's journey, The Three Heretics explores those three Corrupted who have, through subterfuge and slaughter, righteousness and reluctance, manipulated the world to their liking, while inadvertently bringing it closer to another Trauma."--Back cover.

The bones of the Earth

July 25, 2017
Hale, Scott, 1987- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
i, 301 pages ; 23 cm
It's been two hundred years since the Trauma, a catastrophic event of a now forgotten origin, wreaked havoc upon the Earth, reducing the human population from billions to thousands, and leaving the survivors as prey to humanoid hunters. Vrana of the Raven is one of these hunters. Her tribe has made killing humans, now known as the Corrupted, its purpose--to "keep the balance"--to ensure that the Corrupted do not rise to power and lay the Earth to ruin once more. But, one night, in the great northern city-state of Geharra, over ten thousand Corrupted disappear. And if so many can disappear so quickly, what's to stop it from happening again elsewhere, or to Vrana's own? Geharra, however, is not the only place to suffer from strange happenings. In Caldera, Vrana sleeps fitfully, dreaming of a Void and the Witch trapped within. When she is called upon to travel with Serra, Lucan, and Deimos to the abandoned city, she accepts, but only to get away from Caldera, because the Witch that haunts her nightmares has begun to haunt her days.

Talon of God

July 24, 2017
Snipes, Wesley, author.
New York, NY : HarperVoyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
346 pages : map ; 24 cm
Urban fantasy in which a holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith, good and evil, damnation and salvation.

Assassin's price

July 24, 2017
Modesitt, L. E., Jr., 1943- author.
©2017
526 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Six years have passed since the failed uprising of the High Holders, and Charyn, the rex's heir, has come of age and wants to learn to be an effective rex after his father. His father disagrees, so Charyn sets out to educate himself. But when privateers attack the rex's ships and threats escalate against the rex and his family, Charyn will realize that no one is safe--for an assassin stalks them all.-- from dust jacket.

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