New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

June 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Storm and fury

June 14, 2019
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Ink Yard Press, [2019]
504 pages ; 22 cm.
"Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow, who is losing her sight, has a well-kept secret. She can see and talk to the dead and must remain in a compound that is guarded by Wardens who are shape-shifting gargoyles. They must protect her from demons who want to capture her to take on her special powers. However, a new threat arrives, and Trinity joins forces with Zayne, a Warden from another clan, in order to save her family."-- Publisher's description.

The affair of the mysterious letter

June 14, 2019
Hall, Alexis J., author.
New York, NY : Ace, 2019.
340 pages ; 21 cm
"Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation. When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham finds himself drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark. But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas' stock-in-trade"--Provided by publisher.

The changeling of Fenlen Forest

June 14, 2019
Magyarody, Katherine, author.
WInnipeg, Manitoba : Yellow Dog, [2019]
219 pages ; 22 cm
"Elizabeth thinks she knows the gloomy Fenlen Forest. But when her treasured unicorn fawn, Sida, goes missing, Elizabeth tracks her into a strange land where the people think Elizabeth is a changeling, a malignant being who too-closely resembles a missing girl. If Elizabeth can find her fawn and uncover the fate of her lost double, can she stop the fear from turning into hate? To solve the deepening mystery, Elizabeth befriends a handsome, skeptical young shepherd whose stories hint at a dark secret lurking at the forest's edge and tames a herd of wild unicorns with the ability to unlock the past."-- Provided by publisher.

The grand dark

June 13, 2019
Kadrey, Richard, author.
New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
421 pages ; 24 cm

The fall

June 11, 2019
Townsend, Tracy, 1979- author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2019.
465 pages ; 21 cm
"An apothecary clerk and her ex-mercenary allies travel across the world to discover a computing engine that leads to secrets she wasn't meant to know--secrets that could destroy humanity"-- Provided by publisher.

Stronger than a bronze dragon

June 11, 2019
Fan, Mary, 1988- author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., [2019]
375 pages ; 22 cm
"As a warrior who protects her village from shadow spirits, Anlei has never been beyond the borders of her town. All of that changes the day the viceroy and his fleet of mechanical dragons arrives. It's the protection her village is desperate for, but it will only be given in exchange for Anlei's hand in marriage. Torn between wanting to protect her village and her own freedom, Anlei is forced to make a sacrifice. The day before her wedding, she encounters Tai, a young thief who is also trying to save his people. Tempted by his quest and the thrill of glory it promises, the two embark on an epic journey to the Courts of Hell to discover where the shadow spirits come from. But the secret of their existence isn't so easily solved. Amid dark experiments and battles on magic-fueled airships, Anlei must summon the courage to be the hero; to live the life she has always dreamed of."--Jacket flap.

Air logic

June 11, 2019
Marks, Laurie J., author.
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, [2019]
v, 361 pages ; 22 cm
In the aftermath of war and an assassination attempt, Karis and those who love her must figure out how to bring together Sainnites and Shaftalese in a country where old wounds and enmities fester and all must work to find what their place in the world may yet be.


June 10, 2019
Goodlett, Ellen, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
345 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Rule, 2018.
"Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, but their pasts continue to haunt them as their blackmailer threatens everyone and everything they hold dear"-- Provided by publisher.

Time after time : a novel

June 7, 2019
Grunwald, Lisa, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
401 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
"On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don't seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again--and again--will become the focus of his love and his life. Nora, an aspiring artist and fiercely independent, is shocked to find she's somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn't until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the astrological phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge. As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined. With infinite love in a finite space, they take full advantage of the "Terminal City" within a city, dining at the Oyster Bar, visiting the Whispering Gallery, and making a home at the Biltmore Hotel. But when the construction of another historic landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love. Delving into Grand Central's rich past, Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age, class, place, and even time"-- Provided by publisher.

The beholder

June 6, 2019
Bright, Anna, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
429 pages ; 22 cm
After a public humiliation, Selah sets sail across the Atlantic in order to find a life partner among the European royal houses who can help secure the future of her Potomac people, a journey that sees her interacting with figures from legend and mythology.


June 5, 2019
Walton, Jo, author.
382 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Young Girolamo's life is a series of miracles. It's a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It's a miracle that he's friends with Pico della Mirandola, the Count of Concordia. It's a miracle that when Girolamo visits the deathbed of Lorenzo "the Magnificent," the dying Medici is wreathed in celestial light, a surprise to everyone, Lorenzo included. It's a miracle that when Charles VIII of France invades northern Italy, Girolamo meets him in the field, and convinces him to not only spare Florence but also protect it. It's a miracle than whenever Girolamo preaches, crowds swoon. It's a miracle that, despite the Pope's determination to bring young Girolamo to heel, he's still on the loose ... and, now, running Florence in all but name. That's only the beginning. Because Girolamo Savanarola is not who--or what--he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time. And this will be only the beginning of his many lives.

Magic for liars

June 5, 2019
Gailey, Sarah, author.
336 pages ; 22 cm
"When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister--without losing herself"--Provided by publisher.

Spine of the dragon

June 5, 2019
Anderson, Kevin J., 1962- author.
526 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, are divided by past bloodshed. When an outside threat arises--the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the world--the two warring nations must somehow set aside generational hatreds and form an alliance to fight their true enemy.

Hold fast your crown

June 5, 2019
Haenel, Yannick, 1967- author.
New York : Other Press, [2019]
332 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in 2017 as Tiens ferme ta couronne by Éditions Gallimard, Paris.
"An exasperated writer obsessed with American cinema embarks on an increasingly bizarre journey in this heady, engrossing novel. This improbable, insightful tale bridges the divide between cinema and literature in unexpected ways that are at once gratifying and profound" --Provided by publisher.

The beyond

June 5, 2019
Neill, Chloe, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
325 pages ; 21 cm.
To save the city she loves, Claire Connolly must cross the border into the unknown ... It's been nearly a year since the Veil between the human world and the Beyond was torn apart and war began again. Sensitive Claire Connolly and bounty hunter Liam Quinn have been helping their human and Paranormal allies fight back against the ravaging invaders and save what is left of New Orleans. But a new enemy--more powerful than any Claire and Liam have seen before--has arisen, and even Devil's Isle cannot hold her ... When Claire learns of a new magical weapon--one built by Paranormals--she knows it could turn the tide of the war. But to reach it, she and Liam will have to cross into the Beyond itself. In a world full of hostile magic and dangerous foes, she'll have to channel the powers she once kept hidden in order to survive.

Wolf rain : a psy-changeling trinity novel

June 4, 2019
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
392 pages ; 24 cm.
"The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations. But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems. This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems--if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters--and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons"-- Provided by publisher.

Sorcery of thorns

June 3, 2019
Rogerson, Margaret, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2019]
456 pages ; 24 cm
"All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer's Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery -- magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library's most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth's desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she's been taught -- about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined."-- Inside dust jacket.

Ghosts of the shadow market

June 3, 2019
Clare, Cassandra, author.
614 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Cast long shadows / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- Every exquisite thing / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- Learn about loss / by Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link -- A deeper love / by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson -- The wicked ones / by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman -- Son of the dawn / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- The land I lost / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan -- Through blood, through fire / by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman -- The lost world / by Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link -- Forever fallen / by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
A collection of ten short stories, some of which were previously available online, that follow Jem Carstairs as he travels through the many Shadow Markets around the world, searching for a relic from his past.

The soul of power

June 3, 2019
Bates, Callie, author.
459 pages : map ; 25 cm
"When Sophy Dunbarron, the king's illegitimate daughter, assumes the throne, she must learn to embrace her own powers in the riveting conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Waking Land and The Memory of Fire. Sophy Dunbarron has always felt like an imposter. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy only desires one thing: a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai's revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country--a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill. But wearing a crown is quite a different thing to actually keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers. When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy's last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret--one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown"-- Provided by publisher.

You cannot mess this up : a true story that never happened

June 3, 2019
Daughters, Amy Weinland, author.
331 pages ; 22 cm.
"It's 2014 and Amy Daughters is a forty-six-year-old stay-at-home mom living in Dayton, Ohio. She returns to her hometown of Houston over the Thanksgiving holiday to discuss her parents' estate--and finds herself hurled back in time. Suddenly, it's 1978, and she is forced to spend thirty-six hours in her childhood home with her nuclear family, including her ten-year-old self. Over the next day and a half, she reconsiders every feeling she's ever had, discusses current events with dead people, gets overserved at a party with her parents' friends, and is treated to a lunch at the Bonanza Sirloin Pit. Besides noticing that everyone is smoking cigarettes, she's still jealous of her sister, and there is a serious lack of tampons in the house. Amy also begins to appreciate that memories are malleable, wholly dependent on who is doing the remembering. In viewing her parents has peers and her siblings as detached children, she redefines her relationships with her family members and, ultimately, realizes her life story matters and is profoundly significant--not so much to everyone else, perhaps, but certainly to her. Amy's guide said her trip back in time wouldn't change anything in the future, but by the time her thirty-six hours are up, she's convinced that she'll never be the same again."--Back cover.


May 31, 2019
Miller, Rowenna, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, Hachette Book Group, 2019.
483 pages : map ; 21 cm.
"Open revolt has been thwarted -- for now -- but unrest still simmers in the Kingdom of Galitha. Sophie, despite having built a thriving business on her skill at both dressmaking and magic, has not escaped unscathed from her misadventures in the workers' rebellion. Her dangerous foray into curse casting has rendered her powers unpredictable, and her increasingly visible romantic entanglement with the Crown Prince makes her a convenient target for threatened nobles and malcontented commoners alike. With domestic political reform and international alliances -- and her own life -- at stake, Sophie must discern friend from foe... before her magic grows too dark for her to wield" -- Provided by publisher.

The October man

May 30, 2019
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
211 pages ; 21 cm.
"If you thought magic was confined to one country--think again. Trier: famous for wine, Romans and being Germany's oldest city. When a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. But fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Tobias Winter, an investigator for the Abteilung KDA, the branch of the German Federal Criminal Police which handles the supernatural. His aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. Together with frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he quickly links the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men whose novel approach to their mid-life crisis may have reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. As the rot spreads, literally, and the suspect list extends to people born before Frederick the Great, Tobias and Vanessa will need to find allies in some unexpected places. And to solve the case they'll have to unearth the secret magical history of a city that goes back two thousand years. Presuming that history doesn't kill them first."--Inside dust jacket.

Before the broken star

May 30, 2019
King, Emily R., author.
New York : Skyscape, 2019.
283 pages ; 21 cm.
Everley Donovan, the sole survivor of her family's assassination, is saved by a replacement clockwork heart, and goes on a quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who left her for dead.

Duel at Araluen

May 29, 2019
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
314 pages ; 24 cm.
Maddie, Will Treaty's fearless young apprentice, aided by Hal, Thorn, and the rest of the Heron Brotherband, tries to rescue her mother, Princess Cassandra, who is trapped in Castle Araluen.

These witches don't burn

May 24, 2019
Sterling, Isabel, author.
New York : Razorbill, 2019.
320 pages ; 22 cm
When evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, Massachusetts, Elemental Witch Hannah and her ex-girlfriend Veronica are forced to team up to stop the deadly attacks.

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