New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

October 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Angel mage

October 21, 2019
Nix, Garth, author.
xxi, 536 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. More than a century has passed since she crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. She emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and determined to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. Most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who are the key to her quest -- pawns in a scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life.

Crier's war

October 21, 2019
Varela, Nina, author.
New York : HarperTeen, 2019.
429 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Series information from
In the aftermath of a war where Automae took over the kingdom of Rabu and bent humanity to their will, Ayla takes a job as a servant in the house of the sovereign for one purpose: to get revenge for her family's death by killing his daughter. Lady Crier, the heiress, was Made to be a perfect ruler of the kingdom, but she no longer knows if that is what she wants once she discovers some of her father's cruel secrets. Between this betrayal, and a betrothed that she does not trust, when Crier and Ayla finally meet, nothing seems certain anymore.

How Rory Thorne destroyed the multiverse

October 21, 2019
Eason, K., author.
408 pages ; 22 cm.
Princess Rory Thorne must use the fairy blessings gifted to her at birth to change the multiverse--or possibly destroy it. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination--how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.

The princess beard

October 21, 2019
Dawson, Delilah S., author.
New York : Del Rey, [2019]
xiv, 363 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Sequel to: No country for old gnomes.
"Map by Kevin Hearne was originally published in Kill the farm boy by D. S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne (New York: Del Rey, 2018)."--Title page verso.
"Once upon a time a princess slept in a magical tower cloaked in thorns and roses, waiting for true love's kiss. Or so her father told her. Instead, she woke up on her own, cut off all that pesky long hair, and used it to escape. But she kept the beard, because it made a great disguise. This is not a story about finding Prince Charming-- it's a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong. But these are no ordinary pirate misfits aboard The Puffy Peach, serving under Filthy Lucre, the one-eyed parrot pirate captain. First there's Vic, a swole and misogynistic centaur on a mission to expunge himself of the magic that causes him to conjure tea and dainty cupcakes when confronted. Then there's Tempest, who's determined to become the first dryad lawyer-- preferably before she takes her ultimate form as a man-eating tree. They're joined by Alobartolus, an awkward and unelfly elf who longs to meet his hero, the Sn'archivist who is said to take diction directly from the gods of Pell. Throw in some mystery meat and a dastardly capitalist plot, and you've got one Pell of an adventure on the high seas!"-- Provided by publisher.

The fall

October 21, 2019
Nix, Garth.
New York : Lucas Books/Scholastic Inc., 2000.
195 pages ; 20 cm.
Tal has led a sheltered life in a mysterious castle of seven towers, but all that changes when danger strikes.

The best American science fiction and fantasy.

October 18, 2019
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
volumes ; 21 cm
Series editor: <2018-2019> John Joseph Adams.

Warrior of the Altaii

October 18, 2019
Jordan, Robert, 1948-2007, author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
352 pages : color map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The waterholes of the Plain are drying up, and Wulfgar, leader of the Altaii people faces many other challenges. This is Robert Jordan's never-before-published first novel, which he wrote before his well-known Wheel of Time series.

The bone ships

October 18, 2019
Barker, R. J. (Fiction author), author.
New York : Orbit, 2019.
498 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
"Two nations at war. One prize beyond compare. For generations, the Hundred Isles have built their ships from the bones of ancient dragons to fight an endless war. The dragons disappeared, but the battles for supremacy persisted. Now the first dragon in centuries has been spotted in far-off waters, and both sides see a chance to shift the balance of power in their favour. Because whoever catches it will win not only glory, but the war."

The secret commonwealth

October 17, 2019
Pullman, Philip, 1946- author.
633 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm
Sequel to: La Belle Sauvage.
"The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue&#x2019;s youth are long behind her -or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead's role in bringing her to Jordan College. Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves." -- Publisher's description


October 17, 2019
Nix, Garth.
London : HarperCollins Children's, 2008.
233 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: New York: Scholastic, 2000.

The fandom rising

October 17, 2019
Day, Anna (Young adult fiction writer), author.
Frome, England : Chicken House, 2019.
277 pages ; 20 cm.
It's a year since Violet, Alice and Katie escaped from the dystopian world of The Gallows Dance Nate's been stuck in a coma ever since. Violet re-enters The Gallows Dance, determined to bring her brother home. After an argument that threatens to destroy their friendship, Alice stays behind. But when a rogue fan-fiction writer emerges online writing dark new chapters set in the world her friends are trapped in Alice is the only one with the power to save the story...


October 17, 2019
Mock, Elizabeth C.
595 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
The third book in The Children of Man series.
"After the Tereskan massacre and the death of her son, Faela Durante thought she had nothing left to lose. Then she nearly died at her husband's hands because of her need for vengeance. She survived, but at what cost? Battered and bruised, Faela, along with Kade Hawthorn and Jair Rafferty, must now do the impossible. They must resurrect light magic, destroyed millennia ago in the Shattering, while the consequences of Faela's mistake ripple across the world. Will they learn to work together in time? Or will Faela lose everything she's gained?"--Back cover.

Return of the Temujai

October 17, 2019
Flanagan, John (John Anthony), author.
337 pages ; 24 cm.
"Companion to the bestselling Ranger's Apprentice."
"The Herons are home in Skandia, but the usually peaceful country is in danger. The Temujai--ruthless warriors from the Eastern Steppes--have never given up on their ambition to claim Skandia for their own...and now they're on the move. Hal and his crew will have to brave the treacherous icy river and rapids to stop them, no matter the cost"

The library of the unwritten

October 16, 2019
Hackwith, A. J., author.
374 pages ; 21 cm.
"Books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, but when restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories escape, it is up to the Librarian to track them down...and keep the collection complete. Many years ago, Claire was named head librarian of the Unwritten Wing--a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the Library. When a hero escapes from his book and goes in search of its author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and the nervous and sweet demon Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifying angel Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the ability to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell...and Earth"-- Provided by publisher.


October 15, 2019
Wheeler, Thomas (Screenwriter), author.
New York, New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2019.
408 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Soon to be a Netflix original series"--Cover.
"Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave. . . .That is, until Red Paladins slaughter her entire village, and Nimue's fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people's only hope"--Provided by publisher.

Pigs : a novel

October 15, 2019
Stoberock, Johanna, author.
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, 2019.
258 pages ; 21 cm
Four children live on an island that serves as the repository for all the world's garbage. Trash arrives, the children sort it, and then they feed it to a herd of insatiable pigs: a perfect system. But when a barrel washes ashore with a boy inside, the children must decide whether he is more of the world's detritus, meant to be fed to the pigs, or whether he is one of them. Written in exquisitely wrought prose, Pigs asks questions about community, environmental responsibility, and the possibility of innocence.

The Good Luck Girls

October 14, 2019
Davis, Charlotte Nicole, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2019.
351 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls--they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a "welcome house" as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen. When Clementine accidentally kills a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta's most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe."-- Publisher's description.

Shadow frost

October 11, 2019
Ma, Coco, author.
Ashland, Oregon: Blackstone Publishing, 2019.
362 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"In the Kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises. Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes. Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm. Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down. Not one has ever returned." --Provided by publisher.

The monster of Elendhaven

October 10, 2019
Giesbrecht, Jennifer, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2019.
159 pages ; 21 cm
"A Book." --title page verso.
"The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster's heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning. These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it"--Jacket flap.

Steel crow saga

October 10, 2019
Krueger, Paul, 1989- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2019]
516 pages ; 25 cm
Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle. A band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives--and begin to change the world.

A dream so dark

October 10, 2019
McKinney, L. L. (Leatrice L.), author.
New York : Imprint, 2019.
404 pages ; 22 cm
Continues the dark adventures of Alice, whose efforts to save her Wonderland friends are complicated by a Nightmare-summoning poet's schemes to raise the dead.

The blacksmith queen

October 10, 2019
Aiken, G. A., author.
296 pages ; 21 cm
"With the demise of the Old King, there's a prophesy that a queen will ascend to the throne of the Black Hills. Bad news for the king's sons, who are prepared to defend their birthright against all comers. But for blacksmith Keeley Smythe, war is great for business. Until it looks like the chosen queen will be Beatrix, her younger sister. Now it's all Keeley can do to protect her family from the enraged royals. Luckily, Keeley doesn't have to fight alone. Because thundering to her aid comes a clan of kilt-wearing mountain warriors called the Amichai. Not the most socially adept group, but soldiers have never bothered Keeley, and rough, gruff Caid, actually seems to respect her. A good thing because the fierce warrior will be by her side for a much longer ride than any prophesy ever envisioned..."--Provided by publisher.

An orc on the wild side

October 9, 2019
Holt, Tom, 1961- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
392 pages ; 21 cm
"Being the Dark Lord and Prince of Evil is not as much fun as it sounds, particularly if you are a basically decent person. King Mordak is just such a person. Technically he's more goblin than person, but the point is that he is really keen to be a lot less despicable than his predecessors. Not the other goblins appreciate Mordak's attempts to redefine the role. Why should they when his new healthcare program seems designed to actually extend life expectancy, and his efforts to end a perfectly reasonable war with the dwarves appear to have become an obsession? With confidence in his leadership crumbling, what Mordak desperately needs is a distraction. Perhaps some of these humans moving to the Realm in search of great homes at an affordable price will be able to help?"--Provided by publisher.

The miracles of the Namiya General Store

October 9, 2019
Higashino, Keigo, 1958- author.
314 pages ; 20 cm
"When three delinquents hole up in an abandoned general store after their most recent robbery, to their great surprise, a letter drops through the mail slot in the store's shutter. This seemingly simple request for advice sets the trio on a journey of discovery as, over the course of a single night, they step into the role of the kindhearted former shopkeeper who devoted his waning years to offering thoughtful counsel to his correspondents. Through the lens of time, they share insight with those seeking guidance, and by morning, none of their lives will ever be the same. By acclaimed author Keigo Higashino, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is a work that has touched the hearts of readers around the world"-- Provided by publisher.

The brilliant dark

October 8, 2019
Beiko, S. M., author.
Toronto : ECW Press, [2019]
547 pages ; 21 cm
"It's been seven years since the Denizens, people with elemental powers, were unmasked, and seven years since Roan Harken and Eli Rathgar disappeared into the Brilliant Dark. Marked by Darklings and Death alike, Saskia is a mechanically minded Mundane, raised by Barton and Phae on daring stories about Roan Harken. But the world Roan left behind is in turmoil. The Darklings now hang in the sky as a threatening black moon, and with the order-maintaining Elemental Task Guard looking to get rid of all Denizens before they rebel, Saskia's only option is to go into the Brilliant Dark and bring Roan and Eli back. But nothing is ever that simple. The Brilliant Dark is the final, thrilling chapter in this series about gods, monsters, and the people who must decide if they're willing to pay the ultimate price to protect the family they found . . . in a world that may not be worthy of saving."-- Provided by publisher.

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