New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Mermaid moon

March 12, 2020
Cokal, Susann, author.
480 pages ; 22 cm
"Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm. It is the way of the world. Come close and tell us your dreams. Sanna is a mermaid -- but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna's people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever."--book flap.

The immortal conquistador

March 12, 2020
Vaughn, Carrie, author.
184 pages ; 21 cm
Portions of this work were first published in Subterranean Online and Asimov's Science Fiction.
"Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead, Ricardo found the end of his mortal life, and a new one, as a renegade vampire.For over five hundred years, Ricardo has upset the established order. He has protected his found family from marauding demons, teamed up with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. He has tended bar and fended off evil werewolves. Life for a vampire is always long, but for Rick, it is never uncomplicated. "--Publisher description.

The Kingdom of Back

March 11, 2020
Lu, Marie, 1984- author.
313 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Maps on endpapers.
"Desperate to be forever remembered for her music, Nannerl Mozart makes a dangerous pact with a mysterious stranger from a magical land, which may cost her everything"-- Provided by publisher.


March 11, 2020
Holland, Sara, author.
305 pages ; 25 cm
Deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds-- each with their own magic. For generations the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return. For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie's brother. It's where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it's where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle. But this summer a body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. One thing becomes clear: no one can be trusted, and no one is safe. -- adapted from jacket.

The winter duke

March 11, 2020
Bartlett, Claire Eliza, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
426 pages ; 22 cm
When Ekata's brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above. Not her books or science experiments, not her family's icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a sleeping sickness. Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother's warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without-- and within. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family's magic and power-- and decide how she will wield them. -- adapted from jacket

The killing fog

March 11, 2020
Wheeler, Jeff, 1971- author.
Seattle : 47North, [2020]
387 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness's dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price. Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion's. Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion's dark war for control unfolds.

We are blood and thunder

March 10, 2020
Lupo, Kesia, author.
428 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Series information from Goodreads.
Lena, a cryptling, and Constance, the duke's banished daughter, must use their forbidden magic to discover who cast a spell over their homeland, shrouding it in deadly clouds and sealing it off.

The vanishing deep

March 10, 2020
Scholte, Astrid, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2020]
423, 8 pages ; 22 cm
"Seventeen-year-old Tempe brings her dead sister back to life for twenty-four hours in hopes of unraveling the truth behind their parents' death"--Provided by publisher.

Witches of ash & ruin

March 10, 2020
Latimer, E. (Erin), 1987- author.
New York : Freeform Books, 2020.
374 pages ; 24 cm
Told in multiple voices, seventeen-year-olds Dayna Walsh and Meiner King, witches from rival covens, team up in a small Irish town to seek a serial killer with motives enmeshed in a web of magic and gods.

Chain of gold

March 6, 2020
Clare, Cassandra, author.
582 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows-- with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale have listened to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London-- along with a remorseless and inescapable plague. James believes he has found love in the mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes, dark and incredible powers are revealed-- as well as the true cruel price of being a hero. -- adapted from jacket

The midnight lie

March 6, 2020
Rutkoski, Marie, author.
New York : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, [2020]
358 pages ; 24 cm
Nirrim endures a grim and punishing life as a Half Caste until she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possess magic and tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself.

House of earth and blood

March 6, 2020
Maas, Sarah J., author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, [2020]
803 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life -- working hard all day and partying all night -- until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose -- to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irrestible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion -- one that could set them both free, if they'd only get it. --Jacket.

Black Leviathan : the first journey into the Cloudmere

March 5, 2020
Perplies, Bernd, author.
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, [2020]
331 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published as Der Drachenjäger: Die erste Reise ins Wolkenmeer by Fischer Tor Verlag in Frankfurt, Germany.
"Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time. In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of the Cloudmere. Lian does his part carving the kyrillian crystals that power the ships through the cloud sea, but when he makes an enemy of a dangerous man, Lian ships out on the next vessel available as a drachenjager, or dragon hunter. He chooses the wrong ship. A fanatic captain, hunts more than just any dragon. His goal is the Firstborn Gargantuan-and Adaron is prepared to sacrifice everything for revenge"-- Provided by publisher.

Carved from stone and dream

March 5, 2020
Frohock, Teresa, author.
ix, 356 pages ; 21 cm
"February 1939: Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat. With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim--Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons--make a desperate run for the French border. Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties--both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim's undercover operatives falls into a traitor's hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage. Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves" -- Publisher.

Red hood

March 5, 2020
Arnold, Elana K., author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020] ©2020
353 pages ; 22 cm
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked. And the wolf is angry. Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She's kept mostly to herself. She's been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou's past, and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods--frightened, but not alone.

The unwilling

March 5, 2020
Braffet, Kelly, 1976- author.
569 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"The Unwilling is the story of Judah, a foundling born with a special gift and raised inside Highfall castle along with Gavin, the son and heir to Lord Elban's vast empire. Judah and Gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survival - and possibly her undoing. As Gavin is groomed for his future role, Judah comes to realize that she has no real position within the kingdom, in fact, no hope at all of ever traveling beyond its castle walls. Elban - a lord as mighty as he is cruel, has his own plans for her, for all of them. She is a mere pawn to him, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But outside the walls, in the starving, desperate city, a magus, a healer with his own secret power unlike anything Highfall has seen in years, is newly arrived from the provinces. He, too, has plans for the empire, and at the heart of those plans lies Judah... " --Provided by publisher.

We unleash the merciless storm

March 5, 2020
Mejia, Tehlor Kay, author.
388 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: We set the dark on fire
On the other side of Medio's border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause. Carmen Santos is one of La Voz's best soldiers: she spent years undercover, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of a civil war, Carmen returns to La Voz's headquarters. There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot, culminating in an excruciating question of loyalty -- to her cause or to her love.

Breaking silence

March 5, 2020
Lackey, Mercedes, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Publishing Enterprises, [2020]
313 pages ; 24 cm
"When Staci was first shunted off to the backwater town of Silence, Maine, to live with her alcoholic mother, she thought her life was over. Silence had none of the amenities a typical teen in the twenty-first century considered essential: no cell service and barely any internet connectivity. But Staci soon learned that Silence was more than a town left behind by progress. The first family of Silence, the Blackthorns, liked the town that way. The Blackthorns were dark elves who fed off the misery of the residents of Silence. But now, all that's changing for the better. With the help of Staci and her friends, the Blackthorns have been all but defeated. Industry is returning to Silence, and Staci's mom is improving with each passing day. There's even a cute new busboy at the diner. But evil dies hard. And Staci, now a mage-in-training, senses that the Blackthorns have not yet given up the fight. The soul of Silence is on the line, and it is up to Staci and her friends to fight back against the encroaching darkness"-- Provided by publisher.

The best of Elizabeth Bear

March 4, 2020
Bear, Elizabeth, author.
574 pages ; 24 cm
Covenant -- She still loves the dragon -- Tideline -- The leavings of the wolf -- Okay, Glory -- Needles -- This chance planet -- The body of the nation -- Boojum -- The bone war -- In the house of Aryaman, a lonely signal burns -- Shoggoths in bloom -- Skin in the game -- Hobnoblin blues -- Form and void -- Your collar -- Terroir -- Dolly -- Love among the Talus -- The deeps of the sky -- Two dreams on trains -- Faster gun -- The heart's filthy lesson -- Perfect gun -- Sonny Liston takes the fall -- Orm the beautiful -- Erase, erase, erase.
"From the start of her career, Elizabeth Bear has been one of the most distinctive voices in modern speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Hammered, won the Locus award for Best First Novel in 2005, the same year she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In the years since, she has produced an impressive array of stand-alone novels (Undertow) and multi-volume series (The Eternal Sky Trilogy, The New Amsterdam Series), along with a steady stream of stories and novellas, the best of which are gathered in this generous, absolutely necessary volume. The Best of Elizabeth Bear contains 27 stories and novellas, many never before collected, that encompass an astonishing range of themes, settings, ideas and emotions."--Provided by publisher.

The hidden girl and other stories

March 4, 2020
Liu, Ken, 1976- author.
London ; New York : Saga Press, 2020.
xii, 411 pages ; 24 cm
Ghost days -- Maxwell's demon -- The reborn -- Thoughts and prayers -- Byzantine empathy -- The gods will not be chained -- Staying behind -- Real artists -- The gods will not be slain -- Altogether elsewhere, vast herds of reindeer -- The gods have not died in vain -- Memories of my mother -- Dispatches from the cradle: the hermit, forty-eight hours in the sea of Massachusetts -- Grey rabbit, crimson mare, coal leopard -- A chase beyond the storms, an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, The Dandelion Dynasty, book three -- The hidden girl -- Seven birthdays -- The message -- Cutting.
"From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years-sixteen of his best-plus a new novelette. In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne"-- Provided by publisher.

How to love your elf

March 4, 2020
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2020.
328 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an excerpt from The siren and the deep blue sea.
"Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother's kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border... well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage. Of course, her captors didn't count on her particular abilities - or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade - and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can't tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha's stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go"-- Provided by publisher.

Wicked as you wish

March 4, 2020
Chupeco, Rin, author.
421 pages ; 24 cm.
Years after the evil Snow Queen desolated the magical kingdom of Avalon, Prince Alexei, his friend Tala, and a ragtag band, inspired by the appearance of the Firebird, try to reclaim their land.

The darkest king

March 4, 2020
Showalter, Gena, author.
Toronto, Ontario : HQN, [2020]
414 pages ; 24 cm
Series numeration from
"A merciless prince feared by all... Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love -- murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he's condemned to a string of one-night stands -- until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free. A rare creature of myth and power... One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday "Sunny" Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch -- and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes... Both forever doomed? At war with his brother, Lucifer, and determined to become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist the irreverent beauty who threatens his future. But every day Sunny tempts him more, his hunger for her unmatched. Will he risk his heart -- and his life -- or will the curse ensure his end?" -- Provided by publisher.

The shadows between us

March 4, 2020
Levenseller, Tricia, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020.
326 pages : 24 cm
"Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power: 1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself. No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King's power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she's going to do everything within her power to get it. But Alessandra's not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen--all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?"--book flap.

A conjuring of assassins

March 4, 2020
Glass, Cate, author.
475 pages : map ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Romy and her three partners in crime - a sword master, a silversmith, and her thieving brother - have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord's agents, using their forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot. Now, they've been tasked with locating a list of powerful men and women pledged to assassinate the tyrant Protector of Mercediare, Cantagna's most dangerous enemy. Then, they must destroy the list before it falls into the Protector's hands, where it could plunge the entire Costa Drago into a rampage of murderous vengeance. But when Placidio and Romy infiltrate the ambassador's household by impersonating a cloth merchant and an aspiring diviner, they discover that the ambassador's oddities and the prisoner's identity signal dangers far more explosive than exposing the Assassins List"-- Provided by publisher.

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