New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

February 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

For the killing of kings

February 22, 2019
Jones, Howard A., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
352 pages ; 25 cm
"Howard Andrew Jones' powerful world-building brings this epic fantasy to life in For The Killing of Kings, the first book of his new adventure-filled trilogy. Their peace was a fragile thing, but it had endured for seven years, mostly because the people of Darassus and the king of the Naor hordes believed his doom was foretold upon the edge of the great sword hung in the hall of champions. Unruly Naor clans might raid across the border, but the king himself would never lead his people to war so long as the blade remained in the hands of his enemies. But when squire Elenai's aging mentor uncovers evidence that the sword in their hall is a forgery she's forced to flee Darassus for her life, her only ally the reckless, disillusioned Kyrkenall the archer. Framed for murder and treason, pursued by the greatest heroes of the realm, they race to recover the real sword, only to stumble into a conspiracy that leads all the way back to the Darassan queen and her secretive advisors. They must find a way to clear their names and set things right, all while dodging friends determined to kill them - and the Naor hordes, invading at last with a new and deadly weapon" -- Provided by publisher.

In the land of the everliving

February 22, 2019
Lawhead, Stephen R., 1950- author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Conor and his sword companions must leave the safety of the fairy kingdom for the barbarian Scálda threaten to overrun Eirlandia. As he fights for his people's survival, Conor discovers that several of the clan leaders have betrayed their nation by aiding the Scálda. The corruption is such that Conor and his men choose to become outcasts, clanless and open to attack by friend and foe alike. They form their own warband...and the beginning of a legend as Conor unites the common people of Eirlandia to drive the poison from their land.

The dragonfly crystal

February 22, 2019
Hall, Caroline, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Green Faerie Productions, LLC, [2018]
221 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright ©2018 by M.C. Hall.
"It's been five years since Princess Cassia last saw her parents. Her kingdom and it's people have been plagued by a mysterious sickness and threatened by an encroaching Darkness. No one knew that the magical crystals used to heal and protect also contained the Darkness. As the royal family and their Protectors struggle to keep their people safe, they receive help from an unexpected ally. For years the Huldra have been feared, but now the King must put aside his hesitation for the sake of his people. The Huldra comes to their aid, but no one knows who ignited the Darkness in the crystals. As human and Huldra work together to find a cure for the sickness, another threat looms beyond the boundaries of the kingdom"--Back cover.

The haunting of tram car 015

February 22, 2019
Clark, P. Djèlí, author.
©2019
143 pages ; 21 cm
Cairo, 1912. The case started simply enough for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities: handle a possessed tram car. Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner, Agent Onsi Youssef, are exposed to another side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons. It's a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and mundane.

Phoenix falling

February 21, 2019
Bickle, Laura. author.
©2019
xii, 372 pages ; 17 cm
"Petra Dee and her immortal husband, Gabe, have been trying to gain a toehold in what passes for ordinary life in Temperance, Wyoming--a wickedly enchanted land founded generations ago by the alchemist, Lascaris. Petra may be adept when it comes to the uncanny, but as a reasoned geologist, Petra still can't fathom the wildfires suddenly engulfing Yellowstone National Park, or why Gabe claims to have seen the sky explode in flames. The answers could lie in the past."--Page 4 of cover

Four dead queens

February 21, 2019
Scholte, Astrid, author.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
413 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Keralie is the best pickpocket in all of the kingdoms of Quadara, but when she steals a "comm disk" and realizes a royal murder plot is afoot, she must learn who to trust and fast.

The Raven tower

February 20, 2019
Leckie, Ann, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2019.
416 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
"Having helped win a war at great cost in human lives and to its own power, the god known as the Raven of Iraden was forced to continue to fulfill its commitment to its followers and slowly regain its strength through the steady flow of prayers and sacrifices which are the source of all the gods' powers. Centuries into that toil, a usurper to the throne of Iraden has discovered the Raven's weakened state and sets in motion a plot to gain the favor of younger, stronger gods in a bid to consolidate his power. But the Raven of Iraden is more resilient than its enemies have accounted for, and with the help of some unlikely allies it may still return to glory" --Provided by publisher.

Fire and ice

February 20, 2019
Barrow-Belisle, Michele, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Clean Reads, ©2013.
426 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Adventure wasn't something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she has always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful like becomes irrevocably altered. Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer for help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world"--Provided by publisher.

Tiger's dream

February 20, 2019
Houck, Colleen, author.
©2017
814 pages ; 23 cm
"A tiger left behind. A goddess in need of an ally. Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram struggles to forget the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away as he fulfills his divine role--that of assisting the beautiful, yet extremely irritable, goddess Durga. When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again, but in saving Kelsey, he discovers that the curse he thought was over, is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear, lie in hands. With the power of the goddess hanging in the balance, Kishan must sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he's charged to defend. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all. Tiger's Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger's Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless."--Amazon.com.

Where oblivion lives

February 19, 2019
Frohock, Teresa, author.
©2019
358 pages ; 21 cm
"Born of daimon and angel, Diago Alvarez is a being unlike all others. The embodiment of dark and light, he has witnessed the good and the horror of this world and those beyond. In the supernatural war between agnels and daimons that will determine humankind's future, Diago has chosen Los Nefilim, the sons and daughters of angels who possess the power to harness music and light. As the forces of evil gather, Diago must locate the Key, the special chord that will unite the nefilim's voices, giving them the power to avert the coming civil war between the Republicans and Franco's Nationalists. Finding the Key will save Spain from plunging into darkness. And for Diago, it will resurrect the anguish caused by a tragedy he experienced in a past life. But someone - or something - is determined to stop Diago in his quest and will use his history to destroy him and the nefilim. Hearing his stolen Stradivarius played through the night, Diago is tormented by nightmares about his past life. Each incarnation strengthens the ties shared by the nefilim, whether those bonds are of love or hate, or even betrayal. To retrieve the violin, Diago must journey into enemy territory... and face an old nemesis and a falen angel bent on revenge."--Back cover.

Little gnome, big water : a Muir Jackson adventure

February 19, 2019
Wood, Michael A. (Novelist), author.
©2018
213 pages ; 23 cm
"When his friend is kidnapped, Muir Jackson plunges headfirst into an adventure that by any sane measure, cannot exist outside of pure imagination. It is a world he is unprepared to navigate until he meets the gnome. The gnome has walked the earth for millennia. He is a shadowy figure, but in all of this long life, he has always avoided the single task to which he is best suited, the challenge to confront evil at its source. To save his friend, Muir must transform into someone, or something, that is entirely new. The changes Muir must undergo are irreversible, but without them he cannot succeed. Muir will journey to a place no one has ever seen, Finfolkaheem--and will find unexpected alliances to aid him and powerful enemies who will try to stop him"--from Back cover.

Tarot : a novel

February 18, 2019
Kennerson, Marissa, author.
New York : Razorbill, 2019.
275 pages ; 22 cm
"Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King's archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers--the exact opposite of the King's land of fixed fates and rigid rules--and weaves them into four glorious tapestries. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She's the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving. Anna thinks she's found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just forbidden expression. They're the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create--as long as the terrors from the old world don't catch up with her first."--Jacket.

Broken stars : contemporary Chinese science fiction in translation

February 15, 2019
New York : Tor, 2019.
479 pages ; 19 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Goodnight, melancholy / Xia Jia -- Moonlight / Liu Cixin -- Broken stars / Tang Fei -- Submarines / Han Song -- Salinger and the Koreans / Han Song -- Under a dangling sky / Chen Jingbo -- What has passed shall in kinder light appear / Baoshu -- The New Year train / Hao Jingfang -- The robot who liked to tell tall tales / Fei Dao -- The snow of Jinyang / Zhang Ran -- The restaurant at the end of the universe: Laba porridge / Anna Wu -- The first emperor's games / Ma Boyong -- Reflection / Gu Shi -- The brain box / Regina Kanyu Wang -- Coming of the light / Chen Qiufan -- A history of future illnesses / Chen Qiufan -- A brief introduction to Chinese science fiction and fandom / Regina Kanyu Wang -- A new continent for China scholars: Chinese science fiction studies / Mingwei Song -- Science fiction: embarrassing no more / Fei Dao.
"The stories span the range from short-shorts to novellas, and evoke every hue on the emotional spectrum. Besides stories firmly entrenched in subgenres familiar to Western SFF readers such as hard SF, cyberpunk, science fantasy, and space opera, the anthology also includes stories that showcase deeper ties to Chinese culture: alternate Chinese history, chuanyue time travel, satire with historical and contemporary allusions that are likely unknown to the average Western reader. While the anthology makes no claim or attempt to be "representative" or "comprehensive," it demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of science fiction being written in China at this moment. " --Amazon.com.

Gates of stone : a Lord of the Islands novel

February 15, 2019
Macallan, Angus, 1965- author.
New York : ACE, 2019.
534 pages : map ; 21 cm
Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is informed she will not be inheriting the throne, merely because of her sex, and is married off. But she is having none of it, and murders her husband on their wedding night. She embarks on a perilous voyage in search of the wealth and power she needs to claim her inheritance. And in the Laut Besar, a region of thousands of islands, pampered prince Jun sets off to recover the ancient sword of his father. But fate is drawing him towards the city of Singarasam, Katerina, and a shattering conflict that will change the course of the world.

Dark of the west

February 14, 2019
Hathaway, Joanna, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2019.
478 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Athan, the youngest son of General Dakar of Savient, wants nothing to do with his father's military and political ambitions, but when his mother is murdered, he is ordered to go undercover in the kingdom of Etania, befriend Princess Aurelia, and gather intelligence about her indomitable mother, who stands between the general and his ultimate goals of conquest.

The blood spell

February 14, 2019
Redwine, C. J., author.
New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
438 pages ; 22 cm
Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, must choose a bride, but he finds an unexpected connection with Blue de la Cour, a girl from his childhood who ruined his adventures, as they join forces to discover dark secrets about the kingdom and their pasts.

The afterward

February 14, 2019
Johnston, E. K., author.
©2019
337 pages ; 22 cm
It's been a year since the mysterious godsgem cured Cadrium's king and ushered in what promised to be a new golden age. The heroes who brought home the gem are renowned in story and song, but for two fellows on the quest, peace and prosperity don't come easily. Apprentice Knight Kalanthe Ironheart wasn't meant for heroism so early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she's earned, reputation doesn't pay her bills. Kalanthe may be forced to betray not her kingdom or her friends, but her own heart as she seeks a stable future for herself and those she loves. Olsa Rhetsdaughter was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets until fortune--or fate--pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. And now she's reluctant to leave it. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice at all. Both girls think their paths are laid out, but the godsgem isn't quite done with them and that new golden age isn't a sure thing yet. In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.-- Provided by Publisher.

The triumphant

February 14, 2019
Livingston, Lesley, author.
New York : Razorbill, 2019.
409 pages ; 22 cm.
In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters have become the toast of the Republic. However, as a consequence of his actions during the Ludus uprising, Fallon's love Cai has been stripped of his Decurion rank and cast down to serve as one of Caesar's gladiators. Amid fighting for Cai's freedom, Fallon soon learns that Caesar's enemies are plotting against him and planning to get revenge on his fearsome gladiatrices. When Caesar is murdered by these conspirators, Fallon and the girls lose any sort of protection they once had. Fallon also realizes that the foreign queen Cleopatra is now in grave danger. Fallon rallies her war band and Cai's friends to get Cleopatra out of the city, and the group heads to the safety of Cleo's homeland, Alexandria, Egypt. Once there, the gladiatrices are promised a place of honor in the queen's elite guard, but is that what any of them really want?

The Cassandra : a novel

February 12, 2019
Shields, Sharma, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
xiii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
"The Cassandra follows a woman who goes to work in a top secret research facility during WWII, only to be tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankind."-- Provided by publisher.

The city in the middle of the night

February 12, 2019
Anders, Charlie, author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
366 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
""If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams . . . And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky returns with a strange, haunting, and deeply human tale. Sophie serves coffee at an underground cafe. She stays in the shadows and listens to the troubles of the parlor guests, but does not draw attention to herself for one simple reason: Sophie is supposed to be dead. When a nationalistic revolution forces Sophie from her safe haven, she must make a dangerous journey to a new city, one that revels in hedonism and chaos. After joining up with a band of smugglers, she finds herself on a long and treacherous path that will lead her far closer to the truth of her entire world---and to the dangers that lurk even in the light of day" -- Provided by publisher.

Early riser

February 12, 2019
Fforde, Jasper, author.
©2018
402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton.
"Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger; he's been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters - but he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he's about to find out why."--Publisher's description.

Bloodwitch

February 12, 2019
Dennard, Susan, author.
New York : Tor Teen, [2019]
464 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Aeduan joins forces with Iseult, a Threadwitch, and the magical girl, Owl, to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders from destroying a monastery that holds more than just faith, but to do so he must confront his own father--and his past.

The black God's drums

February 12, 2019
Clark, P. Djèlí, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
111 pages ; 21 cm
"Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Her sights are set on securing passage aboard Captain Ann-Marie's smuggler airship Midnight Robber, earning the captain's trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls the Black God's Drums. But Creeper keeps another secret close to her heart-- Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities ..."--Page 4 of cover.

Crown of feathers

February 11, 2019
Pau Preto, Nicki, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, [2019]
486 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Veronyka, sixteen, leaves her controlling sister and disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors who ride phoenixes into battle.

Black leopard, red wolf

February 8, 2019
James, Marlon, 1970- author.
©2019
620 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: 'He has a nose,' people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. As Tracker follows the boy's scent--from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers--he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?"--Provided by publisher.

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