New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

December 8, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How long 'til black future month?

December 7, 2018
Jemisin, N. K., author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
xii, 400 pages ; 22 cm
The ones who stay and fight -- The city born great -- Red dirt witch -- L'Alchimista -- The effluent engine -- Cloud dragon skies -- The Trojan girl -- Valedictorian -- The storyteller's replacement -- The brides of heaven -- The evaluators -- Walking awake -- The elevator dancer -- Cuisine des mémoires -- Stone hunger -- On the banks of the River Lex -- The narcomancer -- Henosis -- Too many yesterdays, not enough tomorrows -- The you train -- Non-zero probabilities -- Sinners, saints, dragons, and haints, in the city beneath the still waters.
N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

Soulbinder

December 7, 2018
De Castell, Sebastien, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
423 pages ; 21 cm.
For an outlaw spellslinger, the only way to survive is to hide. Kellen's curse is growing stronger, promising a future of madness and murder. And now that the bounty hunter sworn to kill ever last shadow black have caught his trail, he knows his days are numbered. Desperate, Kellen braves a barren desert to find a mysterious order of monks rumored to posses a cure. But there are secrets darker and more dangerous than Kellen expected, and the price of his salvation may be more than he's willing to pay.

Queen of air and darkness

December 6, 2018
Clare, Cassandra, author.
©2018
880 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.--Provided by Publisher.

The dinosaur tourist

December 6, 2018
Kiernan, Caitlín R.
[Burton, MI] : Subterranean Press, 2018.
305 pages ; 24 cm
The beginning of the year without a summer -- Far from any shore -- The cats of River Street (1925) -- Elegy for a suicide -- The road of needles -- Whilst the night rejoices profound and still -- Ballad of an echo whisperer -- The cripple and the starfish -- Fake plastic trees -- Whisper Road (Murder ballad no. 9) -- Animals pull the night around their shoulders -- Untitled psychiatrist no. 2 -- Excerpts from An Eschatology Quadrille -- Ballad of a Catamite revolver -- Untitled psychiatrist no. 3 -- Albatross (1994) -- Fairy tale of Wood Street -- The dinosaur tourist (Murder ballad no. 11) -- Objects in the mirror.
"In The Dinosaur Tourist, Caitlin R. Kiernan's fifteenth collection of short fiction, nineteen tales of the unexpected and the uncanny explore that treacherous gulf between what we suppose the world to be and what might actually be waiting out beyond the edges of our day-to-day experience." -- jacket.

Amber & dusk

December 6, 2018
Selene, Lyra, author.
©2018
359 pages ; 22 cm
Raised in the Dusklands where her power to create illusions was regarded as a curse, Sylvie has traveled to Coeur d'Or, where the Amber Empress, the cruel Severine, rules in hopes of finding her legacy--but the court is full of dark secrets and deadly intrigues, and Sylvie, now renamed Mirage, must learn to hone her magic, and find her way past the enmity of the empress to claim the place that is hers by right of birth.

Fire & heist

December 6, 2018
Durst, Sarah Beth.
New York : Crown, 2018.
292 pages ; 22 cm
As Sky Hawkins, a were-dragon, faces her first heist she discovers secrets about her missing mother, the true reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and the valuable jewel that could restore her family's wealth and rank.

Obŏ tŏ horaijŭn = Over the horizon

December 6, 2018
|6880-01 Yi, Yŏng-do, 1972- author.
©2018
511 pages ; 23 cm

Where she fell

December 5, 2018
Ward, Kaitlin, author.
©2018
290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Teenager Eliza and her friends are going to explore a cave near their upstate New York home, but first her friends insist on dragging her to Drowner's Swamp, a bog legendary for its dangerous sinkholes, and a place which her mother has frequently warned her about; Eliza does not want to go, and when the earth opens up and swallows her she finds herself in a system of caves--and what she finds living there is strange and dangerous beyond anything the legends could conjure up.

Vita nostra

December 4, 2018
Di︠a︡chenko, Marina, author.
©2013
406 pages ; 24 cm
"While vacationing at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov under the most peculiar circumstances. The teenage girl is powerless to refuse when this strange and unusual man with an air of the sinister directs her to perform a task with potentially scandalous consequences. He rewards her effort with a strange golden coin.As the days progress, Sasha carries out other acts for which she receives more coins from Kozhennikov. As summer ends, her domineering mentor directs her to move to a remote village and use her gold to enter the Institute of Special Technologies. Though she does not want to go to this unknown town or school, she also feels it's the only place she should be. Against her mother's wishes, Sasha leaves behind all that is familiar and begins her education.As she quickly discovers, the institute's "special technologies" are unlike anything she has ever encountered. The books are impossible to read, the lessons obscure to the point of maddening, and the work refuses memorization. Using terror and coercion to keep the students in line, the school does not punish them for their transgressions and failures; instead, their families pay a terrible price. Yet despite her fear, Sasha undergoes changes that defy the dictates of matter and time; experiences which are nothing she has ever dreamed of . . . and suddenly all she could ever want" -- Front jacket flap.

Lies sleeping

December 4, 2018
Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964- author.
©2018
291 pages ; 22 cm.
"The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees. To save his beloved city Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague--Lesley May--who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr. Punch..."--Amazon.com.

Empire of sand

November 30, 2018
Suri, Tasha, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
485 pages : map ; 21 cm
A nobleman's daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri's captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy. The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited. When Mehr's power comes to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance... Empire of Sand is a lush, dazzling fantasy novel perfect for readers of City of Brass and The Wrath & the Dawn.

The mortal word : an invisible library novel

November 29, 2018
Cogman, Genevieve, author.
New York : Ace, 2018.
433 pages ; 21 cm
"When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Germany, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, and that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris to start their investigation. Once they arrive, they find evidence suggesting that the murder victim might have uncovered proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are being held as hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder--but was it a dragon, a Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?"--Back cover.

All the plagues of hell

November 29, 2018
Flint, Eric, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2018]
424 pages : illustration ; 25 cm.
"A Baen Books Original."
"Orkise is loose. The snake-god of plague has been awakened by Lucia del Maino, the bastard daughter of the recently overthrown duke of Milan, Phillipo Visconti. With the venomous magic of Orkise at her command, Lucia plots to marry and then murder the usurper who now rules Milan, the condottiere Carlo Sforza--known to friend and foe alike as the Wolf the North. Other trouble is brewing as well. Sforza has his own bastard, Benito Valdosta, who is returning to Venice after having conquered the Byzantine empire. Benito has a score to settle with his father, and he will have the help of his half-brother Marco, who is the embodiment of ancient Etruria's mighty Winged Lion of St. Mark. Adding further to Sforza's predicament, yet another power has entered the fray. The terrifying sorcerer Count Mindaug has decided to settle in Milan. Will he ally with Sforza, or oppose him? Either will bring trouble, for if Mindaug aids the usurper he will arouse the fury of the Holy Roman Empire and the Knights of the Holy Trinity. Both of those great forces have sworn to destroy Mindaug and anyone who shelters him. On his side, Sforza has only the skill and cunning of his physician, Francisco Turner--who is on good terms with the Valdosta brothers and may be able to neutralize Venetian hostility. But even if he can, will that be enough to save the Wolf of the North? For out there in the countryside of northern Italy, Orkise is uncoiling all the plagues of hell.

Fire & blood

November 28, 2018
Martin, George R. R., author.
©2018
706 pages ; 24 cm.
"300 years before A Game of Thrones, dragons ruled Westeros."--Cover
Aegon's conquest -- Reign of the dragon: the wars of King Aegon I -- Three heads had the dragon: governance under King Aegon I -- The sons of the dragon -- Prince into king: the ascension of Jaehaerys I -- The year of the three brides: 49 AC -- A surfeit of rulers -- A time of testing: the realm remade -- Birth, death, and betrayal under King Jaehaerys I -- Jaehaerys and Alysanne: their triumphs and tragedies -- The long reign: Jaehaerys and Alysanne: policy, progeny, and pain -- Heirs of the dragon: a question of succession -- The dying of the dragons: the blacks and the greens -- The dying of the dragons: a son for a son -- The dying of the dragons: the red dragon and the gold -- The dying of the dragons: Rhaenyra triumphant -- The dying of the dragons: Rhaenyra overthrown -- The dying of the dragons: the short, sad reign of Aegon II -- Aftermath: the hour of the wolf -- Under the regents: the hooded hand -- Under the regents: war and peace and cattle shows -- Under the regents: the voyage of Alyn Oakenfist -- The Lysene spring and the end of regency -- Lineages and family tree.
Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen - the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria - took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire & Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

Creatures of want and ruin

November 28, 2018
Tanzer, Molly, author.
Boston : Mariner Books, [2018]
348 pages ; 21 cm
"A John Joseph Adams book."
"Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It’s dangerous work under Prohibition--independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike--but Ellie's brother was accepted to college and Ellie's desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party Ellie sells them everything she has, including some booze she acquired under unusual circumstances. What Ellie doesn’t know is that this booze is special. Distilled from foul mushrooms by a cult of diabolists, those who drink it see terrible things--like the destruction of Long Island in fire and flood. The cult is masquerading as a church promising salvation through temperance and a return to "the good old days," so it’s hard for Ellie to take a stand against them, especially when her father joins, but Ellie loves Long Island, and she loves her family, and she'll do whatever it takes to ensure neither is torn apart"-- Provided by publisher.

The Sky-Blue Wolves : a novel of the Change

November 28, 2018
Stirling, S. M., author.
New York, New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
viii, 338 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"The final novel of the Change." -- cover.
"S. M. Stirling presents the stunning and epic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Change series. Many years ago, when advanced technology failed and humanity found itself in a turbulent, postapocalyptic world, extraordinary men and women birthed a new society from the ashes. In this new world of emperors and kings, new leaders emerged, making the world their own. Two generations after the Change, Crown Princess Órlaith struggles to preserve the hard-won peace her father brought to Montival--the former western North America. But the Change opened many doors, and through them Powers strong and strange and terrible came, to walk once more among humankind. With her fire-forged friend and ally, Japanese Empress Reiko, Órlaith must take up her sword to stop the spread of the mad malignancy behind the Yellow Raja, who has imprisoned her brother Prince John. And from the emerging superpower of Mongolia, the Sky-Blue Wolves of the High Steppe ride once more beneath the banner of Genghis Khan--the thunder of their hooves resounding across a world in turmoil" -- Provided by publisher.

Winter road

November 28, 2018
Selby, Adrian.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
487 pages : map ; 21 cm
"The Circle - a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try. With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Teyr embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord has risen in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorizing its people. Teyr's battles are far from over"-- Amazon.com.

The storyteller

November 23, 2018
Chee, Traci, author.
©2018
525 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood of Wonderland

November 23, 2018
Oakes, Colleen, author.
©2017
322, 15 pages ; 21 cm.
"Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her. Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice -- to leave Wonderland forever, or stay and fight her father for the throne. When a chance encounter with one of her father's long-lost enemies brings Dinah more allies than she ever could have imagined, war starts to feel inevitable. But before Dinah can lead her people into combat, she must confront certain truths about her heart and her destiny -- no matter how dark those truths may be"--Provided by publisher.

Queen of Hearts

November 23, 2018
Oakes, Colleen, author.
©2016
306 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published as 'Queen of Hearts: volume one: the crown, ' in 2014 by SparkPress.
Includes an excerpt from Blood of Wonderland.
"As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah's days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts -- and the love of her life. When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she's ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It's up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe"--Provided by publisher.

Hannah Green and her unfeasibly mundane existence

November 21, 2018
Smith, Michael Marshall, author.
©2017
356 pages ; 19 cm
First published by HarperCollinsPublishers 2017.
"Hannah Green actually thinks her story is more mundane than most. But she's about to discover that the shadows in her life have been hiding a world where nothing is as it seems: that there's an ancient and secret machine that converts evil deeds into energy, that some mushrooms can talk - and that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil for over a hundred and fifty years, and now they need her help"--Back cover.

The disappearance of Winter's daughter

November 21, 2018
Sullivan, Michael J., 1961- author.
©2017
453 pages : map ; 22 cm.
When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster. Riyria's job appears easy: discover what happened to the missing duchess and, if she lives, bring her home...if not, punish those responsible. But nothing is simple in the crowded, narrow, mist-filled streets of Rochelle where more than one ancient legend lurks.

The savior's champion

November 21, 2018
Moreci, Jenna, author.
©2017
555 pages ; 23 cm
"Tobias Kaya doesn't care about The Savior. He doesn't care that She's the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn't care that She's of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he's forced to make The Savior his priority"--Amazon.com.

Frozen reign

November 20, 2018
Purdie, Kathryn, author.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
322 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Civil war is on the horizon, and Sonya is helpless to stop it. With her empathic powers gone, she can no longer protect her beloved Anton from his vindictive brother Valko, who will stop at nothing to get his revenge and reclaim his throne. Even if that means using an Auraseer to hunt--and kill--both Sonya and Anton. Then Sonya hears about an empath in a far-off kingdom who may be able to heal her--but without her powers, finding the legendary Auraseer will be dangerous. And if she doesn't succeed, the peace Sonya sacrificed so much to achieve will be shattered forever.

The wren hunt

November 19, 2018
Watson, Mary, 1975- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
399 pages ; 22 cm
Hardened by years of being hunted each St. Stephen's Day in tiny Kilshamble, Ireland, seventeen-year-old Wren, an Augur, is sent as a spy to the home of the most powerful Judge to try to regain control of the ancient, powerful magic her people once held.

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