New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

August 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The sea queen : a novel

August 14, 2018
Hartsuyker, Linnea, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
ix, 444 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Six years after The Half-Drowned King, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home, as he confronts treachery and navigates a political landscape that grows more dangerous the higher he rises. Ragnvald's sister Svanhild has found the freedom and adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. She longs for a home where her quiet son can grow strong, and a place where she can put down roots, even as Solvi's ambition draws him back to Norway's battles again and keeps her divided from her brother. As a growing rebellion unites King Harald's enemies, Ragnvald suspects that some Norse nobles are not loyal to Harald's dream of a unified Norway. He sets a plan in motion to defeat all of his enemies, and bring his sister back to his side, while Svanhild finds herself with no easy decisions, and no choices that will leave her truly free. Their actions will hold irrevocable repercussions for the fates of those they love and for Norway itself. The Sea Queen returns to the fjords and halls of Viking-Age Scandinavia, a world of violence and prophecy, where honor is challenged by shifting alliances, and vengeance is always a threat to peace.-- Amazon.

Julia unbound

August 14, 2018
Egan, Catherine, 1976- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
462 pages : map ; 22 cm.
When Casimir demands that she use her vanishing skills to act as a spy and help install a puppet prince on the throne of Frayne, Julia acts as a double agent, passing information to revolutionaries and witches who are supporting a rebel princess.

Privateer

August 14, 2018
Weis, Margaret, author.
New York : Tor, 2018.
524 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The swashbuckling adventures of Captain Kate Fitzmaurice continues in this thrilling continuation of the epic tale of the Dragon Corsairs. Captain Kate soon escapes from prison and saves her crew with the help of Prince Tom. She and her crew are drawn ever deeper into the intrigue and danger of doing business in the kingdom. With them running out of allies and left with nowhere to turn, Kate and Tom strike out on their own.--Amazon.com

The warrior queen

August 13, 2018
King, Emily R., author.
New York, NY : Skyscape, [2018]
301 pages ; 21 cm
"In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves. Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah. But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life. Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far--mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn't visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out. She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before..."--provided by publisher.

Star-touched stories

August 10, 2018
Chokshi, Roshani author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2018.
388 pages ; 21 cm
Death and night -- Poison and gold -- Rose and sword.
Death and Night: He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes. Poison and Gold: Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love. Rose and Sword: There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?

Garrison girl : an Attack on Titan novel

August 7, 2018
Aaron, Rachel, author.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2018]
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Rosalie Dumarque defies her wealthy family to join the last defense of humanity at Wall Rose, where her leadership and her sword skills will be tested by her fellow officers and man-eating giants both.

Dance of thieves

August 6, 2018
Pearson, Mary (Mary E.), author.
©2018
508 pages : map ; 22 cm.
A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power. Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen's premier guard. A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent. When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives--and their hearts.

Temper

August 6, 2018
Drayden, Nicky, author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
384 pages : map ; 21 cm

Alternate routes

August 3, 2018
Powers, Tim, 1952- author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2018]
277 pages ; 24 cm
"Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways--phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked offramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway--and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and perhaps causing the freeway anomalies, and their chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of something he learned years ago at a halted Presidential motorcade. Reluctantly aided by Ingrid Castine, a member of that agency, and a homeless Mexican boy, and a woman who makes her living costumed as Supergirl on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Theater, Vickery learns what legendary hell it is that the desert highway leads to--and when Castine deliberately drives into it to save him from capture, he must enter it himself to get her out. Alternate Routes is a fast-paced supernatural adventure story that sweeps from the sun-blinded streets and labyrinthine freeways of Los Angeles to a horrifying other world out of Greek mythology, and Vickery and Castine must learn to abandon old loyalties and learn loyalty to each other in order to survive as the world goes mad around them"-- Provided by publisher.

Heart of thorns

August 2, 2018
Barton, Bree, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
438 pages : map ; 22 cm
In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch. But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic--the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Legend of me

August 2, 2018
Purdy, Rebekah L., author.
©2018
286 pages ; 22 cm
"Brielle has grown up listening to tales of a beast that attacks humans, leaving behind only a scattering of bones and limbs. It's probably the elders' way of keeping little children in line, but it doesn't explain her grisly premonitions of blood, claws, and severed heads.But when Brielle finds a mangled body in the woods, she begins to wonder if the grim stories may actually be true. Soon, Lord Kenrick, Knight of the Crowhurst Order, arrives asking questions about the legendary monster. Brielle's attraction to him is immediate and undeniable. She volunteers to help him search for clues to the creature's existence, despite her suspicions about his timing.As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Brielle's nightmares worsen and more villagers go missing. If Brielle doesn't figure out the connection between Kenrick, the beast, and her visions, more people will die. As Brielle falls deeper in love with Kenrick and deeper into the snares of the abominable beast, she'll become part of a legend so great, no one will ever question its validity again"--Page [4] of cover.

The future is blue

August 1, 2018
Valente, Catherynne M., 1979- author.
Burton, Ml : Subterranean Press, 2018.
369 pages ; 24 cm
Some copies may be signed from an initial limited & numbered (1250) batch.
The future is blue -- No one dies in nowhere -- Two and two is seven -- Down and out in R'lyeh -- The limitless perspective of Master Peek, or, the luminescence of debauchery -- Snow day -- Planet lion -- Flame, pearl, mother, Autumn, virgin, sword, kiss, blood, heart, and grave -- Major Tom -- The lily and the horn -- The flame after the candle -- Badgirl, the deadman, and the wheel of fortune -- A fall counts anywhere -- The long goodnight of Violet Wild -- The beasts who fought for Fairyland until the very end and further still.
Collection of thirteen stories.

Dreadful company

July 26, 2018
Shaw, Vivian, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
431 pages ; 21 cm
"Contemporary fantasy in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, whose family has been keeping the supernatural community not-alive and well for generations. When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen -- and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera. Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires -- and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men's bones"-- Provided by publisher.

Grace and fury

July 25, 2018
Banghart, Tracy E., author.
©2018
311 pages ; 22 cm
In an alternate world where women have no rights, two sisters face very different fates after an attempt to win the favor of the heir to the throne--one in the palace, the other on a volcanic prison island.

Endless water, starless sky

July 24, 2018
Hodge, Rosamund, author.
New York : Balzer + Bray, c2018.
442 pages ; 22 cm
The sequel to Bright Smoke, Cold Fire.
In the last days of the world, the walls of Viyara are still falling and the dead are rising faster than ever. Juliet is trapped, ordered by Lord Luco of the Mahyanai to sacrifice the remaining members of her family, the Catresou, to stave off the end of the world. Though they're certain his plan is useless, Juliet and her former friend Runajo must comply with Lord Ineo's wishes unless they can discover a different, darker path to protecting Viyara. Romeo is tortured. Finally aware that his true love is alive, he is at once elated and devastated, for his actions led directly to the destruction of her clan. The only way to redemption is to offer his life to the Catresou to protect and support them even if it means dying to do so. When Romeo's and Juliet's paths converge once again, only a journey into Death will offer answers and the key to saving them all, but is it a journey either of them will survive?

The two of swords. Volume three

July 24, 2018
Parker, K. J., author.
©2015
407 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published as an ebook serial by Orbit in 2015."
"Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No-one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no-one knows how it will end. The Two of Swords is the story of a war on a grand scale, told through the eyes of its soldiers, politicians, victims and heroes" -- provided by publisher.

The two of swords. Volume two

July 24, 2018
Parker, K. J., author.
©2015
423 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published as an ebook serial by Orbit in 2015."
"Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No-one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no-one knows how it will end."--provided by publisher.

The cloven : a novel

July 19, 2018
Catling, B. (Brian), author.
New York : Vintage Books, [2018]
429 pages ; 21 cm
In the stunning conclusion to this endlessly imaginative saga, the young Afrikaner socialite Cyrena Lohr is mourning the death of her lover, the cyclops Ishmael, when she rekindles a relationship with famed naturalist Eugène Marais. Before departing down his own dark path, Marais presents her with a gift: an object of great power that grants her visions of a new world. Meanwhile, the threat of Germany's Blitz looms over London, and only Nicholas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come

Spellslinger

July 19, 2018
De Castell, Sebastien, author.
©2017
421 pages ; 21 cm
How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: His family, his home, even his own life....When you're a Jan'Tep initiate approaching your sixteenth birthday, you'd better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn't counting on either. He knows he'll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha'Tep servant. So when a sassy, straight-talking traveller arrives in town, Kellen is all ears. Ferius Parfax is jaded but worldly, an exile who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She can't teach him to spark his bands and access the seven magics, but with the hand that Kellen's been dealt, he knows he needs all the help he can get

The fallen star

July 18, 2018
Wolfe, Robert Hewitt, author.
©2018
xiv, 366 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Billy Smith has been crowned king of a besieged goblin city, thanks to a resourceful (if somewhat cowardly) goblin named Hop. Now all Billy has to do is save the goblins from a genocidal human army. No pressure. Then the human Army of Light, from the distant kingdom of Hanor, lays siege to the goblins' underground capital, Kiranok. The Hanorians, led by the blood-thirsty High Lord Jiyal, plan to kill every last goblin in Kiranok. Desperate, Billy tries to come up with a plan to save his new subjects.

Half-witch : a novel

July 17, 2018
Schoffstall, John, 1952- author.
Easthampton, MA : Big Mouth House, [2018]
320 pages ; 22 cm
Fourteen-year-old Lizbet and witch girl Strix embark upon a perilous quest where the fates of Lizbet's father and Heaven are at stake.

Kill the farm boy

July 17, 2018
Dawson, Delilah S., author.
New York : Del Rey, 2018.
xiv, 364 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"Once upon a time, there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death."--Provided by publisher.

The war in the dark

July 16, 2018
Setchfield, Nick, author.
London : Titan Books, 2018.
421 pages ; 21 cm
"Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light. When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarova, he's caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in a language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it. Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass . . . It's a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark"--Page [4] of cover.

Mystic dragon

July 16, 2018
Denzel, Jason.
New York, NY : Doherty Associates, 2018.
480 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Seven years have passed since lowborn Pomella AnDone became an unlikely Mystic’s apprentice. Though she has achieved much in a short time, as a rare celestial event approaches, Pomella feels the burden of being a Mystic more than ever. The Mystical realm of Fayün is threatening to overtake the mortal world, and as the two worlds slowly blend together, the land is thrown into chaos. People begin to vanish or are killed outright, and Mystics from across the world gather to protect them. Among them is Shevia, a haunted and brilliant prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen. --Jacket.

Fawkes

July 13, 2018
Brandes, Nadine, 1986- author.
©2018
441 pages ; 22 cm
"Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father's plot to assassinate the king of England."-- Provided by publisher.

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