New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

September 21, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Time's convert

September 20, 2018
Harkness, Deborah E., 1965- author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
436 pages ; 24 cm
"Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present"-- Provided by publisher.

As she ascends

September 19, 2018
Meadows, Jodi, author.
©2018
550 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Before she ignites.
After a fiery escape from the Pit, Mira Minkoba is on the run. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she's been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies? The only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her. Home. Where she must rise above her fears... or be consumed. -- adapted from jacket

Henry and Violet

September 19, 2018
Zink, Michelle, author.
©2018
360 pages ; 19 cm
At head of title: Once upon a time.
Henry and Violet finally have a chance to be alone. Granted, it's on a school field trip, but with some clever planning and strategic maneuvering, they can orchestrate their own adventure in New York City, a fairytale land in its own right. While they search for a treasured item that once belonged to Violet's father, they are met with obstacles they could never have predicted. What they thought would be a romantic getaway ends up being a true test of their relationship. The question remains: Are they destined for a happily ever after?

Charmcaster

September 19, 2018
De Castell, Sebastien, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, Hachette Book Group, 2018.
415 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Shadowblack.
"Kellen's life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret--one that could spark a war."-- Provided by publisher.

Port of shadows

September 18, 2018
Cook, Glen, author.
©2018
396 pages ; 25 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book".
"The soldiers of the Black Company don't ask questions, they get paid. But being "The Lady's favored" is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs--and the Company's historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all. The one person who was taken into The Lady's Tower and returned unchanged has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were Taken. Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn't trust any of the Taken, especially not ones that look so much like The Lady and her sister..."--Provided by publisher.

Three queens in Erin : a novel

September 18, 2018
Nicholas, Douglas, author.
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria Paperback, 2017.
282 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The fourth installment of Douglas Nicholas' acclaimed series continues the dark, thrilling fantasy set in thirteenth century England and Ireland"-- Provided by publisher.

Death masks

September 17, 2018
Greenwood, Ed, author.
©2016
438 pages ; 18 cm
"Forgotten realms"--Cover.
Revealed in death to have been Masked Lords, three more citizens had been murdered over the preceding day and night: the Sembian wine-seller and collector Oszbur Malankar; the half-elf sorceress and artisan Dathanscza Meiril; and the moneylender, landlord, and investor Ammasker Gwelt. All of Waterdeep now knew someone was killing the Lords of Waterdeep, one by one. Yet that was about where truth ended and speculation--however plausible--began. The broadsheets were full of wild conjecture. Who's behind this? The ousted Lord Neverember? The Zhentarim, the Cult of the Dragon or some other Outland Power? The Xanathar? Some cabal of guilds or nobles planning a coup? The rumors would rage on, whether the Open Lord Laeral Silverhand did something or not. That was the trouble with rumors; once loosed, they roamed free like snarling, untamed beasts, with no simple way of stopping them.

The lantern's ember

September 14, 2018
Houck, Colleen, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
386 pages ; 22 cm
When seventeen-year-old Ember, a young witch living in the quiet New England town of Hallowell, crosses into the Otherworld, Jack the gatekeeper sets out to find her before the supernatural and mortal worlds descend into chaos.

Two dark reigns

September 12, 2018
Blake, Kendare, author.
©2018
447 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: One dark throne.
When she finally gets the crown, Queen Katharine faces murmurs of dissent among her people and the threat of her sisters returning to Fennbirn to usurp her throne.

Keeper of the bees

September 12, 2018
Kassel, Meg, author.
©2018
290 pages ; 21 cm.
Dresden is cursed. He houses a hive of bees in his chest, which he can't stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. He has been this way for centuries--since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people. He follows a troupe of harbingers of death to a Midwest town marked for impending disaster. There, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight, but Essie doesn't see a monster when she looks at Dresden, prompting him to hold back his bees and spare her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden's solitary life and Essie's tormented one. An impossible romance blooms, even as Essie is pulled into a murder investigation and Dresden embarks on a desperate quest to unravel a centuries-old curse.

Not even bones

September 11, 2018
Schaeffer, Rebecca, author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
359 pages ; 22 cm
Nita's mother hunts monsters and, after Nita dissects and packages them, sells them online, but when Nita follows her conscience to help a live monster escape, she is sold on the black market in his place.

The late great wizard

September 11, 2018
Hanover, Sara, author.
New York : DAW Books, 2018.
328 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright ©2018 by Rhondi Vilott Salsitz.
"With her father vanished under suspicious circumstances and her old life destroyed, Tessa Andrews is determined to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. If only their borrowed house didn't shake and rumble as if haunted. But at least she and her mom have a roof over their heads, so her luck couldn't be all bad, could it? As if to prove her wrong, Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames and the professor gone. A handsome young man steps out of the ashes to request her assistance, claiming to be the professor and a Phoenix wizard. She not only has to believe in him, but in magic, for an ancient evil is awakening and it will take the two of them, plus a few shady friends, to stand against it"--from Back Cover.

Rule

September 10, 2018
Goodlett, Ellen, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
376 pages ; 22 cm
"The three secret daughters of the king of Kolonya must compete for their father's throne, all while evading a blackmailer who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

Timeless

September 10, 2018
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
xiii, 382 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Centuries ago, in the city of Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders, the City of Drow, nestled deep in the unmerciful Underdark of Toril, a young weapon master earned a reputation far above his station or that of his poor house. The greater nobles watched him, and one matron, in particular, decided to take him as her own. She connived with rival great houses to secure her prize, but that prize was caught for her by another, who came to quite enjoy the weapon master. This was the beginning of the friendship between Zaknafein and Jarlaxle, and the coupling of Matron Malice and the weapon master who would sire Drizzt Do'Urden. R. A. Salvatore reveals the Underdark anew through the eyes of Zaknafein and Jarlaxle--an introduction to the darkness that offers a fresh view of the opportunities to be found in the shadows and an intriguing prelude to the intriguing escapes that lie ahead in the modern-day Forgotten Realms. Here, a father and his son are reunited and embark on adventures that parallel the trials of centuries long past as the friends of old are joined by Drizzt, Hero of the North, trained by Grandmaster Kane in the ways of the monk. But the scourge of the dangerous Lolth's ambitions remain, and demons have been foisted on the unwitting of the surface. The resulting chaos and war will prove to be the greatest challenge for all three"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost queen : a novel

September 6, 2018
Pike, Signe, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2018.
xii, 527 pages : map ; 25 cm
"The untold story of Languoreth--a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland--twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin. In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father's door. As Languoreth is catapulted into a world of violence and political intrigue, she must learn to adapt. Together with her brother--a warrior and druid known to history as Myrddin--Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way and the survival of her kingdom, or risk the loss of them both forever."--Provided by publisher.

Uncharted

September 5, 2018
Cashman, Erin (Erin Theresa), 1965- author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co, 2018.
411 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Annabeth prefers the fantasy of her books and paintings to reality--because in reality, her mom is dead, and it was all her fault. When she accompanies her father to the funeral of some family friends who drowned, she's surprised to find her grief reflected in the face of Griffin Bradford, the son of the couple who died. Griffin is nothing like the carefree boy she once knew. Now he's irritable, removed, and he's under police investigation for his parents' deaths. One night following the memorial service, Annabeth's dad goes missing in the woods, and she suspects Griffin knows more about the disappearance than he's letting on. He refuses to answer her questions, particularly those related to the mysterious expeditiony his parents took to Ireland, where they went missing for seven months. Annabeth fears her father isn't lost, but rather a victim of something sinister. She launches her own investigation, tracing clues that whisper of myth and legend and death, until she stumbles upon a secret. One that some would die to protect, others would kill to expose--and which twists Annabeth's fantasy and reality together in deadly new ways.

Soleil

September 5, 2018
Garlick, Jacqueline E., author.
Ontario, Canada : Amazemo Books, 2016.
474 pages ; 22 cm.
Losing her would send him spiraling into darkness. With Eyelet gasping in his arms and a toxic storm threatening to annihilate the Commonwealth, Urlick must find a way to save his beloved, and fast. Out of the mist appears an unusual man, claiming to possess the power to heal Eyelet. The townspeople immediately label him a sorcerer and call for his death, but Urlick trusts the stranger. He whisks him off to the Academy where it becomes clear Eyelet is running out of time. She must drink her father's antidote, or perish. Together, Eyelet and Urlick brave the toxic woods to battle an Infirmed Flossie for the stolen necklace. In a race against time, they embark on a harrowing journey through the hellfires of Embers, where they meet up with the resurrected form of a familiar enemy--now the leader of the Dark World. Along the way, the pair unearth a sinister truth. Could the Vapours really be what they appear to be? Is this the end of the known world? Soleil is the third and final installment of the long-awaited Illumination Paradox Series.

The double-edged sword

August 31, 2018
Pinborough, Sarah, 1972- author.
©2011.
334, 10 pages ; 20 cm.
Includes an excerpt from "The Traitor's Gate".
First published in Great Britain in 2010 under the name Sarah Silverwood by Gollancz.
Finmere Tingewick Smith was abandoned on the steps of the Old Bailey. Under the guardianship of the austere Judge Harlequin Brown and the elderly gentlemen of Orrery House, Fin has grown up under a very strange set of rules. He spends alternate years at two very different schools and now he's tired of the constant lies to even his best friends, to hide the insanity of his double life. Neither would believe the truth. But on his sixteenth birthday, everything changes. The Judge is killed, stabbed in the chest with a double-edged sword that's disturbingly familiar. Fin must investigate or risk being accused of committing it himself, and from that moment on, Fin is catapulted into an extraordinary adventure. Through the Doorway in Fin's London, a hole in the boundaries of Existence, lies another London and now both are in grave danger. For the Knights of Nowhere have kidnapped the Storyholder, the keeper of the Five Eternal Stories which weave the worlds together. Because of the Knights' actions, a black storm is coming, bringing madness with it. Fin may be just sixteen, but he has a long, dark journey ahead of him if he is to rescue the Storyholder and save Existence!

The fall of Gondolin

August 31, 2018
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973, author.
©2018
302 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map (foldout), genealogical table ; 22 cm
"In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar. Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo's desires and designs. Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo's designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon's daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo. At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources. Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same 'history in sequence' mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was 'the first real story of this imaginary world' and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three 'Great Tales' of the Elder Days."--Amazon.com.

Night and silence : an October Daye novel

August 31, 2018
McGuire, Seanan, author.
©2018
x, 352 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Featuring a brand-new novella, Suffer a Sea-Change"--Dust Jacket
"Things are not okay. In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest. What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it. Signs of Faerie's involvement are everywhere, and it's going to take all Toby's nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can't find Gillian before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. One question remains: Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby's life will never be the same."--Amazon.com

Dark sentinel

August 29, 2018
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
383 pages : illustrations; 24 cm.
"Lorraine Peters is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades in a war to end all wars... "--Provided by publisher.

Hollywood dead

August 29, 2018
Kadrey, Richard, author.
©2018
ix, 353 pages ; 19 cm
"James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to L.A., he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood--an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn't quite himself... because he's only partially alive. There's a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again--and this time there will be no coming back. Even though he's armed with the Room of Thirteen Doors, Stark knows he can't find Wormwood's enemies alone. To succeed he's got to enlist the help of new friends--plus a few unexpected old faces. Stark has been in dangerous situations before--you don't get named Sandman Slim for nothing. But with a mysterious enemy on the loose, a debt to pay, and a clock ticking down, this may truly be the beginning of his end..."--Amazon.com.

Part of your world : a twisted tale

August 29, 2018
Braswell, Liz, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2018.
475 pages ; 22 cm
What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula? It's been five years since the infamous sea witch defeated the little mermaid...and took King Triton's life in the process. Ariel is now the voiceless queen of Atlantica, while Ursula runs Prince Eric's kingdom on land. But when Ariel discovers that her father might still be alive, she finds herself returning to a world--and a prince--she never imagined she would see again.--Jacket.

The fall of dragons

August 29, 2018
Cameron, Miles, author.
New York : Orbit, 2017.
667 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
"In the climax of the Traitor Son Cycle, the allied armies of the Wild and the Kingdoms of men and women must face Ash for control of the gates to the hermetical universe, and for control of their own destinies. But exhaustion, treachery and time may all prove deadlier enemies. In Alba, Queen Desiderata struggles to rebuild her kingdom wrecked by a year of civil war, even as the Autumn battles are fought in the west. In the Terra Antica, The Red Knight attempts to force his unwilling allies to finish the Necromancer instead of each other. But as the last battle nears, The Red Knight makes a horrifying discovery...all of this fighting may have happened before"-- Provided by publisher.

Bring me their hearts

August 28, 2018
Wolf, Sara, 1990- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"End of book one"--Page 366.
"Zera is a Heartless, the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger's control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. The witch asks Zera for a prince's heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she's discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera's heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles. Crown Prince Lucien d'Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him: every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. When Zera arrives, the two begin a game between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser's heart. Literally."--Book flap.

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