New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

February 27, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The last smile in Sunder City

February 26, 2020
Arnold, Luke, author.
London : Orbit Books, 2020.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
The Last Smile is the first adventure of Fetch Phillips: Man for Hire. Fetch fought on the wrong side of history, and his actions helped to drain the world of magic. Now he works on the streets of Sunder City, taking what odd jobs he can while trying to help those whose lives he ruined. His first case is to find a missing teacher. Professor Rye is a four-hundred-year-old vampire with a heart of gold in a husk of a body. Most vamps have already crumbled into dust, but Fetch is happy to go looking for some dirt with pointed teeth if it gets him his drinking money. Then, when a young siren disappears, Fetch finds out that this dark world still hides some monsters and he'd better clean up his act before they come into the light.

Twilight of the gods

February 26, 2020
Oden, Scott, author.
343 pages ; 25 cm.
It is the year of Our Lord 1218 and in the land of the Raven-Geats, the Old Ways reach deep. And while the Geats pay a tax to the King in the name of the White Christ, their hearts and souls belong to the gods of Ásgarðr. But no man can serve two masters. Pledging to burn this Norse heresy from the land, famed crusader Konráðr the White leads a host against the Raven-Geats, using torch and sword to bring forth the light of the new religion. But the land of the Raven-Geats has an ancient protector: Grimnir, the last in a long line of monsters left to plague Miðgarðr. And he will stand between the Raven-Geats and their destruction. Aided by an army of berserkers led by their pale queen, Grimnir sparks off an epic struggle -not only against the crusaders, but against the very Gods. For there is something buried beneath the land of the Raven-Geats that Odin wants, something best left undisturbed. Something the blood of the slain, Christian and pagan, will surely awaken"--Provided by publisher.


February 26, 2020
Broadway, Alice, author.
282 pages ; 20 cm.
INK taught Leora that all was not what it seems on the surface. SPARK taught her that there are two sides to every story. Now Leora has had enough of lessons - she wants to make her own story. The explosive finale to the best-selling INK trilogy sees Leora struggling to reconcile her past and her future - and recognising that there may be no easy answers.

Age of death

February 25, 2020
Sullivan, Michael J., 1961- author.
xiv, 409 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Winter blankets the land, and more than just hope has died. Prevented from invading the Fhrey homeland by the tower of Avempartha, the western army seeks a way across the Nidwalden River before the fane obtains the secret of dragons. As time runs out for both humanity and the mystic Suri, the only chance for the living rests with the dead. Having made their fateful choice, can a handful of misfits do the impossible, or are they forever lost to an inescapable grave? Do gods truly exist? Is it possible to know the future? And what lies beyond the veil of death?" --Provided by publisher.

The Golden key

February 24, 2020
Womack, Marian.
London : Titan Books, [2020]
323 pages ; 21 cm
Includes book club questions (page 321).
1901. After the death of Queen Victoria, England heaves with the uncanny. Seances are held and the dead are called upon from darker realms. Helena Walton-Cisneros, known for her ability to find the lost and the displaced, is hired by the elusive Lady Matthews to solve a twenty-year-old mystery: the disappearance of her three stepdaughters who vanished without a trace on the Norfolk Fens. But the Fens are an age-old land, where folk tales and dark magic still linger. The locals speak of devilmen and catatonic children are found on the Broads. Here, Helena finds what she was sent for, as the Fenland always gives up its secrets, in the end.

The lost future of Pepperharrow

February 24, 2020
Pulley, Natasha, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
xxi, 487 pages : maps ; 25 cm
1888. Five years after they met in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Thaniel Steepleton, an unassuming translator, and Keita Mori, the watchmaker who remembers the future, are traveling to Japan. Thaniel has received an unexpected posting to the British legation in Tokyo, and Mori has business that is taking him to Yokohama. Thaniel's brief is odd: the legation staff have been seeing ghosts, and Thaniel's first task is to find out what's really going on. But while staying with Mori, he starts to experience ghostly happenings himself. For reasons Mori won't--or can't--share, he is frightened. Then he vanishes. Meanwhile, something strange is happening in a frozen labor camp in Northern Japan. Takiko Pepperharrow, an old friend of Mori's, must investigate. As the weather turns bizarrely electrical and ghosts haunt the country from Tokyo to Aokigahara forest, Thaniel grows convinced that it all has something to do with Mori's disappearance--and that Mori may be in serious danger.-- Publisher's description.

The seventh sun

February 24, 2020
Forbes, Lani, author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2020.
303 pages : map ; 24 cm
Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he's now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all of Ahkin's efforts, the sun is fading--and the end of the world may be at hand. For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor's death may mean that she is next.

The initiate

February 24, 2020
Cambias, James L., author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2020]
277 pages ; 25 cm
"It's their world. He's going to take it away from them. The Apkallu are masters of magic. Theirs is a secret tradition stretching back to the dawn of civilization. They rule the world from the shadows, using mind control and deadly monsters to eliminate any threat to their power. If they know your name, or have a trace of your blood, you can never defy them. Sam Arquero lost his family to a demon, and knew that nobody would believe the truth. An old man named Lucas offers him the chance to find out who is responsible, and bring down the Apkallu forever. All he has to do is join them . . . Under a new identity Sam learns the secrets of magic, infiltrates the Apkallu, and walks a razor's edge as he picks off their leaders while avoiding supernatural detectives on his trail. But Sam faces a greater threat: As he fights monsters, what is he becoming?"-- Provided by publisher.

Daughter from the dark : a novel

February 21, 2020
Di︠a︡chenko, Marina, author.
294 pages ; 24 cm
"Late one night, fate brings together DJ Aspirin and ten-year-old Alyona. After he tries to save her from imminent danger, she ends up at his apartment. But in the morning sinister doubts set in. Who is Alyona? A young con artist? A plant for a nefarious blackmailer? Or perhaps a long-lost daughter Aspirin never knew existed? Whoever this mysterious girl is, she now refuses to leave."-- Provided by publisher.


February 21, 2020
Polk, C. L. (Chelsea L.), author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2020.
348 pages : 21 cm
"A Book"--Title page verso.
"After spinning an enthralling world in Witchmark, praised as "thoroughly charming and deftly paced" by the New York Times and as a "can't-miss debut" by Booklist, C. L. Polk continues the story in Stormsong. Magical cabals, otherworldly avengers, and impossible love affairs conspire to create a book that refuses to be put down. Dame Grace Hensley helped her brother Miles undo the atrocity that stained her nation, but now she has to deal with the consequences. With the power out in the dead of winter and an uncontrollable sequence of winter storms on the horizon, Aeland faces disaster. Grace has the vision to guide her parents to safety, but a hostile queen and a ring of rogue mages stand in the way of her plans. There's revolution in the air, and any spark could light the powder. What's worse, upstart photojournalist Avia Jessup draws ever closer to secrets that could topple the nation,and closer to Grace's heart. Can Aeland be saved without bloodshed? Or will Kingston die in flames, and Grace along with it?"--Provided by publisher.

The unspoken name

February 21, 2020
Larkwood, A. K., author.
New York : Tor, 2020.
462 pages : map ; 24 cm
"What if you knew how and when you will die? Csorwe does. She will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. On the day of her foretold death, however, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Csorwe leaves her home, her destiny, and her god to become the wizard's loyal sword-hand - stealing, spying, and killing to help him reclaim his seat of power in the homeland from which he was exiled. But Csorwe and the wizard will soon learn - gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due"--Provided by publisher.

The wolf of Oren-yaro

February 21, 2020
Villoso, K. S., 1986- author.
482 pages : map ; 21 cm
Originally published by Liam's Vigil Publishing Co. in 2017.
"A queen of a divided land must unite her people, even if they hate her, even if it means stopping a ruin that she helped create. A debut epic fantasy from an exciting new voice. "I murdered a man and made my husband leave the night before they crowned me." Born under the crumbling towers of Oren-yaro, Queen Talyien was the shining jewel and legacy of the bloody War of the Wolves that nearly tore her nation apart. Her upcoming marriage to the son of her father's rival heralds peaceful days to come. But his sudden departure before their reign begins fractures the kingdom beyond repair. Years later, Talyien receives a message, urging her to attend a meeting across the sea. It's meant to be an effort at reconciliation, but an assassination attempt leaves the queen stranded and desperate to survive in a dangerous land. With no idea who she can trust, she's on her own as she struggles to fight her way home"-- Provided by publisher.

Ink in the blood

February 21, 2020
Smejkal, Kim, author.
442 pages : map ; 22 cm
Celia and Anya, friends who use tattoo magic to send divine messages, must rely on one another to survive when they discover the fake deity they serve is very real--and very angry.

Of curses and kisses

February 21, 2020
Menon, Sandhya, author.
361 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Series numbering from author web page.
When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud by targeting Jaya Rao's little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she will be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and she knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. His Lordship Grey Emerson is doomed once he turns eighteen-- thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch. When Jaya Rao bursts into his life, he can't shake the feeling that she is hiding something. As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it is possible to write your own happy ending.

Storm from the east

February 20, 2020
Hathaway, Joanna, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2020.
495 pages : map; 22 cm.
While the Safire scheme to depose the last royal king in the South, Aurelia works with local journalists to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy.

The boatman's daughter

February 20, 2020
Davidson, Andy, 1978- author.
New York : MCD x FSG Originals/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
403 pages ; 19 cm
"A swampy literary horror novel about a young woman facing down drug dealers, a crooked cop, and a mad preacher on the banks of an Arkansas river"-- Provided by publisher.

Night Spinner

February 20, 2020
Thorley, Addie, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., 2020.
391 pages ; 22 cm
"Let the darkness consume her"--T.p.
"Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King's Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer--a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan. Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior."-- Publisher marketing.

Arrow heart

February 18, 2020
Sky, Rebecca, author.
342 pages ; 20 cm
The gods are gone. The people have forgotten them. But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can't forget - the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life. Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her ... When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake's disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel's world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She's falling for him - a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall. Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realises there are darker forces hunting them - a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses - not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse ...

All the stars and teeth

February 18, 2020
Grace, Adalyn, author.
373 pages : map ; 22 cm
"As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer--the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it's never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy's dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he'll help her prove she's fit to rule, if she'll help him reclaim his stolen magic. But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder--and more peril--than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she'll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected... or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever."--Jacket flap.

I've been killing slimes for 300 years and maxed out my level. 5

February 18, 2020
Morita, Kisetsu, author.
New York : Yen Press, 2019.
231 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Translated from the Japanese.

The best of Uncanny

February 17, 2020
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2019.
683 pages ; 24 cm
"Deluxe Hardcover Edition"--Dust jacket.
The uncanny valley--an introduction / Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas -- Our talons can crush galaxies / Brooke Bolander -- Blessings / Naomi Novik -- Folding Beijing / Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu -- The new ways / Amal El-Mohtar -- Fandom for robots / Vina Jie-Min Prasad -- Catcall / Delilah S. Dawson -- Wooden feathers / Ursula Vernon -- The long run / Neil Gaiman -- The heat of us: notes toward an oral history / Sam J. Miller -- Ghost champagne / Charlie Jane Anders -- Translatio corporis / Kat Howard -- Rose child / Theodora Goss -- The witch of the Orion Waste and the boy knight / E. Lily Yu -- Monster girls don't cry / A. Merc Rustad -- Midnight hour / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Henosis / N.K. Jemisin -- The persecution of witches / Ali Trotta -- Restore the heart into love / John Chu -- I frequently hear music in the very herat of noise / Sarah Pinsker -- You'll surely drown here if you stay / Alyssa Wong -- Meat bone tea / S. Qiouyi Lu (Poem) -- She still loves a dragon / Elizabeth Bear -- If you were a tiger I'd have to wear white / Maria Dahvana Headley -- Archival testimony fragments/Miner song / Rose Lemberg (Poem) -- Sun, Moon, Dust / Ursula Vernon -- Planet Lion / Catherynne Valente -- The hydraulic emperor / Arkady Martine -- Starskin, sealskin / Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (Poem) -- Small changes over long periods of time / K.M. Szpara -- God-date / Brandon O'Brien (Poem) -- Auspicium melioris aevi / J.Y. Yang -- Clearly lettered in a most steady hand / Fran Wilde -- An ocean the color of bruises / Isabel Yap -- Dancing princesses / Roshani Choksi (Poem) -- Those / Sofi Samatar -- Though she be but little / C.S.E. Cooney -- Children of thorns, children of water / Aliette de Bodard -- Protestations against the Ides of Anglicization / Cassandra Khaw (Poem) -- My body, herself / Carmen Maria Machado -- Ye highlands and ye lowlands / Seanan McGuire -- The words on my skin / Caroline W. Yoachim -- And then there were (N-One) / Sarah Pinsker -- The sea never says it loves you / Fran Wilde (Poem) -- Pockets / Amal El-Mohtar.
The Best of Uncanny features some of the uncanniest stories and poetry in Science Fiction/Fantasy today, by its current leading voices. Immerse yourself in 44 original science fiction and fantasy stories and poems from the first 22 issues of Uncanny Magazine.

One week in the library

February 17, 2020
Prince, W. Maxwell, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2016]
1 volume : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
A graphic novella that recounts a troublesome week in the Library via seven short stories--one for each day--that use comics, infographics, prose, and poetry to play with the graphic medium and explore the multivalent world of living narrative--Provided by publisher.

The Queen's assassin

February 14, 2020
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
374 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon, the Queen's one and only assassin. He's also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow: to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a sect called the Aphrasians. Shadow has been training all her life to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, so Shadow has been learning to control her powers, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt. Forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia, Cal and Shadow uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear."-- adapted from jacket.

Heart of flames

February 14, 2020
Pau Preto, Nicki, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2020.
628 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must stop the advancing empire from destroying the Phoenix Riders"-- Provided by publisher.

The time of contempt

February 14, 2020
Sapkowski, Andrzej.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2013.
347 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Blood of elves.
"Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill -- but only if she lives to use it. A coup threatens the Wizard's Guild. War breaks out across the lands. A serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life ... and Ciri, in whose hands the world's fate rests, has vanished ..."--Back cover.

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