New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

April 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Storm of locusts

April 17, 2019
Roanhorse, Rebecca, author.
London ; New York : Saga Press, [2019]
311 pages ; 23 cm
It's been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she's lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she's somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power. Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie's door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai's a true believer, but Maggie suspects there's more to Kai's new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them. Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust's plans are revealed, Maggie's burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive.

The binding : a novel

April 16, 2019
Collins, Bridget, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
435 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published as The Binding in the United Kingdom in 2019 by The Borough Press.
"In the tradition of Sarah Waters, Helene Wecker, and Jessie Burton, an atmospheric and mystery-laden historical novel set within a magical world where books are not stories but the repository of individual lives. Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder--a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman's watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there's something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor's workshop rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored. But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends--and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten. An unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, The Binding is a beautiful homage to the allure and life-changing power of books--and a reminder to us all that knowledge can be its own kind of magic."-- Provided by publisher.

The time collector

April 16, 2019
Womack, Gwendolyn, 1970- author.
New York : Picador, 2019.
354 pages ; 21 cm
"A page-turner from beginning to end, The Time Collector is the latest magical thriller from the bestselling, PRISM Award-winning author Gwendolyn Womack. Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: every time he touches an object, he experiences its past. He is a master psychometrist, someone who can relive memories across centuries and glean history first-hand. So far, he's spent his life as a voyeur, keeping largely to himself and using his ability to find and sell valuable antiques. But his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow pyschometrist and Roan's closest friend, has just unearthed several "ooparts": out-of-place-artifacts, including a ring that was discovered in bedrock as old as the dinosaurs but that once belonged to Rene Descartes. Stuart soon disappears--becoming one of several psychomestrists who have either died mysteriously or vanished. Ooparts call recorded history into question--and someone wants to silence the psychometrists or harness their gifts. When Roan comes across a YouTube video of an attractive young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch by "sensing" it, he knows he has to warn her. But will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan convince her to help him find Stuart before it's too late?"-- Provided by publisher.

1637 : the Polish maelstrom

April 16, 2019
Flint, Eric, author.
492 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"A Baen Books Original."--Title page verso.
"The Ottoman Empire has captured Vienna and is now laying siege to the Austrian government in exile. Both the United States of Europe and the Kingdom of Bohemia have come to Austria's assistance but everyone knows it is going to be a long, brutal struggle. General Mike Stearns proposes opening up a second front in the Levant which the USE's emperor Gustavus Adolphus approves. Meanwhile, Poland is coming to a boil. Gretchen Richter, newly elected chancellor of Saxony has seized control of Lower Silesia and plans to form an alliance with the Polish revolutionaries. And the Bohemians send an army led by Morris Roth to aid them as well. Additionally, Mike Stearns send an army division under the command of Jeff Higgins to reinforce his wife Gretchen in Silesia. The maelstrom grows. Will it drag all the displaced Americans and their allies down with it?"-- Provided by publisher.

Soul in darkness

April 16, 2019
Higgins, Wendy. author.
[United States] : Wendy Higgins, c2019.
339 pages ; 21 cm.
People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty. But gods are known for their jealousy. Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts. Psyche's punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

No country for old gnomes

April 12, 2019
Dawson, Delilah S., author.
392 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"War is coming, and it's gonna be Pell. On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty. On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else. It takes only one halfling bomb, and Offi Numminen's world is turned upside down--or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts--from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets--a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses--all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there's nothing more heroic than being yourself. In No Country for Old Gnomes, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne lovingly tweak the tropes of fantasy. Here you'll find goofy jokes and whimsical puns, but you'll also find a diverse, feminist, and lighthearted approach to fantasy that will bring a smile to your face and many fine cheeses to your plate"-- Provided by publisher.

The master of dreams

April 12, 2019
Resnick, Michael D., author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2019]
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"Opening a new fantasy trilogy from Hugo award winner Resnick, this novel offers an adventure through space and time as Eddie Raven tries to outrun the dark forces pursuing him. "--Publisher's description.

Seven blades in black

April 12, 2019
Sykes, Sam, 1984- author.
New York, NY : Orbit , Hachette Book Group, 2019.
692 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Sal, a once talented mage, thrives in a wasteland scarred by generations of magical warfare. Here, caught between two powerful empires, is where rogue magicians go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to make their fortunes, fanatic machinists impose their perverted order, and zealous witch hunters cleanse the impure wherever they can find them. But Sal was betrayed by those she trusted most and is now in captivity, stripped of her magic and awaiting her execution on order of the Emperor himself. All she has left is her vengeance, her will and her weapons" -- Provided by publisher.

Path of a warrior

April 11, 2019
Hunter, Erin, author.
Redtail's Debt -- Tawnypelt's clan -- Shadowstar's life.
"Discover untold stories about three dedicated warriors: a ThunderClan warrior who dared to stand in the way of the ambitious cat who would become Tigerstar; a ShadowClan deputy who made the difficult decision to step down for the good of her Clan; and the brave warrior who was the first leader to lose her ninth life." -- Amazon.

Black city dragon

April 10, 2019
Knaak, Richard A., author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2019.
381 pages ; 21 cm
"A historical urban fantasy set in Prohibition-era Chicago, which combines action, mystery, and romance against a backdrop of gangland wars and the threat of supernatural horror"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreaming darkly

April 10, 2019
Kittredge, Caitlin, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
361 pages ; 22 cm
After her mother's death, Ivy is sent to live on an island with a rich uncle where she experiences nightmares and learns about her family's murderous past.

Nest of the monarch

April 10, 2019
Kenyon, Kay, 1956- author.
444 pages ; 22 cm.
"In her most dangerous mission yet, Kim Tavistock goes undercover as the wife of a British diplomat into the heart of Nazi Germany, where she learns an explosive secret that could change the tides of the war if she doesn't risk her life to stop it"-- Provided by publisher.

Sixteen ways to defend a walled city

April 9, 2019
Parker, K. J., author.
New York : Orbit, 2019.
376 pages ; 20 cm
"Simultaneously published in Great Britain and in the U.S. by Orbit in 2019"--Title page verso.
"This is the story of Orhan, son of Siyyah Doctus Felix Praeclarrissimus, and his history of the Great Siege, written down so that the deeds and sufferings of great men may never be forgotten. A siege is approaching, and the city has little time to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all. To save the city will take a miracle, but what it has is Orhan. A colonel of engineers, Orhan has far more experience with bridge-building than battles, is a cheat and a liar, and has a serious problem with authority. He is, in other words, perfect for the job."--Back cover.

The dying of the light

April 9, 2019
Landy, Derek, author.
London : HarperCollins Children's Books, 2019.
596 pages ; 20 cm.
To find Darquesse before she can destroy the world, Skulduggery Pleasant gathers together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, and criminals.

Kingdom of the wicked

April 9, 2019
Landy, Derek, author.
600 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2012.
Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the people around them. Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are need now more than ever. And then there's the small matter of Kitana. A normal teenage girl who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted. Wielding the magic of gods, they're set to tear the city apart unless someone stands up against them.

Last stand of dead men

April 9, 2019
Landy, Derek, author.
597 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2013.
War has finally come. But it's not a war between good and evil, or light and dark--it's a war between Sanctuaries. For too long, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they're going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making. But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.

Another kingdom : a novel

April 8, 2019
Klavan, Andrew, author.
339 pages : map ; 24 cm
"Austin, a struggling screenwriter living in LA, is transported to the medieval city of Galiana, where he is charged with murder. He is suddenly transported back to LA and sets off in search of the only book written about the medieval kingdom. But Austin is not the only one interested in the book - Serge Orosgo, a powerful billionaire and family friend, wants the books so badly that he threatens to kill Austin if he doesn't find it. Realizing Serge and his family are on an evil mission, Austin struggles to stay alive and find the book before it gets into Serge's hands. His search is continually derailed, however, because Austin has no control over his passage between the two worlds and keeps suddenly returning Galiana."-- Provided by publisher.

Holy sister

April 8, 2019
Lawrence, Mark, 1966- author.
New York : Ace, 2019.
xiii, 353 pages ; 24 cm.
"The third book in the thrilling and epic Book of the Ancestor trilogy from international bestselling author Mark Lawrence. Powerful novice Nona Grey must fight to survive in "a fantastic world in which religion and politics are dark and sharp as swords, with magic and might held in the hands of wonderful and dangerous women."* *Library Journal"-- Provided by publisher.

Prisoner of midnight

April 8, 2019
Hambly, Barbara, author.
247 pages ; 23 cm.
Vampire Don Simon Ysido has been captured and held aboard a ship heading to the US to act as a slave, and Dr. Lydia Asher must stop it... at any cost. March, 1917. The goal of every government involved in the Great War has been achieved: industrialist Spenser Cochran has drugged and enslaved a vampire, Don Simon Ysidro, to do his bidding, and is now on the way to the US aboard a luxury ship. Horrified, Dr. Lydia Asher secures her passage on the vessel to rescue her friend from Cochran's chemical thrall. Meanwhile, her husband makes a dangerous alliance with the vampires of Paris to send Lydia the information she needs about the drug. As they cross the Atlantic, evidence mounts that another vampire is hiding aboard the ship, indiscriminately murdering passengers. Lydia knows she must solve both cases before the ship docks, and that breaking Cochran's hold on Don Simon will not be enough... She must kill him. --Provided by publisher.

Mary Rose

April 4, 2019
Girard, Geoffrey, author.
265 pages ; 21 cm
Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents' permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

The war within

April 3, 2019
Donaldson, Stephen R., author.
564 pages ; 24 cm.
"Two kingdoms-- united by force--prepare to be challenged by a merciless enemy... It has been twenty years since Prince Bifalt of Belleger discovered the Last Repository and the sorcerous knowledge hidden there. At the behest of the repository's magisters, and in return for the restoration of sorcery to both kingdoms, the realms of Belleger and Amika ceased generations of war. Their alliance was sealed with the marriage of Bifalt to Estie, the crown princess of Amika. But the peace--and their marriage--has been uneasy. Now the terrible war that King Bifalt and Queen Estie feared is coming. An ancient enemy has discovered the location of the Last Repository, and a mighty horde of dark forces is massing to attack the library and take the magical knowledge it guards. That horde will slaughter every man, woman, and child in its path, destroying both Belleger and Amika along the way. With their alliance undermined by lingering hostility and conspiracies threatening, it will take all of the monarchs' strength and will to inspire their kingdoms to become one to defend their land, or all is lost..."-- Provided by publisher.

Kellanved's reach

April 2, 2019
Esslemont, Ian C. (Ian Cameron), author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
330 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
The incessant war between the bickering city states of Quon Tali rages. So engrossed are the warring lords and princes in their own petty feuds that few notice that an upstart mage from Dal Hon has gained control of the southern seas. Kellanved could not care less about any of this petty politicking or strategy or war. Something other and altogether more mysterious has caught his attention and he - together with a reluctant and his decidedly skeptical friend Dancer - traverse continents and journey through the Realms. But this ancient mystery that has so captivated Kellanved is neither esoteric nor ephemeral. It involves the Elder races themselves, and more alarmingly, the semi-mythic Army of Dust and Bone. Surely no one in their right mind would be so foolish as to embark on a journey from which none have returned? Well, no one except Kellanved.

Defy me

April 2, 2019
Mafi, Tahereh.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019
357 pages ; 22 cm
Juliette Ferrars isn't who she thinks she is. Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn't know whom she can trust. She's desperate for answers, but to get them, she'll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.

The Librarians and the pot of gold

April 2, 2019
Cox, Greg, 1959- author.
331 pages ; 21 cm
"Based on the hit TNT television series."--Cover.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora's Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil. There is truth to every story.... Hundreds of years ago, the fate of the world rested upon the shoulders of a clever priest and a cleverer librarian. On that day the pair drove the remnants of the Serpent Brotherhood from Ireland's shore -- that is, until the grave of an ancient sorceress is dug up and her remains removed. Now, Baird and her team of plucky librarians find themselves on a collision course with their longtime foes as they race to find a leprechaun's lost gold and prevent the Brotherhood's dark designs from coming to fruition."--Page 4 of cover.

Grave destiny

April 2, 2019
Price, Kalayna, author.
New York : Ace, 2019.
374 pages ; 17 cm.
Alex is still trying to cdome to terms with her changing powers and growing ties to Faerie when a case she'd rather avoid falls into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs her to investigate a politically sensitive murder.

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