New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

December 7, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Shattered bonds : a Jane Yellowrock novel

December 6, 2019
Hunter, Faith, author.
390 pages ; 17 cm.
"Jane Yellowrock is vampire-killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal - or to die - from the disease brought on by her magic. But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and a terrifying foe stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day."-- Publisher marketing.

Seasons : all-new tales of Valdemar

December 6, 2019
vi, 329 pages ; 17 cm.
One town at a time / Jennifer Brozek -- A Midwinter's gift / Kristin Schwengel -- Unknowable consequences / Elizabeth A. Vaughan -- The Price of friendship / Doyle A Dermatis -- The Gift of love / Anthea Sharp -- No place for a proper kyree / Ron Collins -- An Omniscience of Godwits / Elisabeth Waters -- Going home / Lousia Swann -- Holiday Reunions / Dylan Birtolo -- Cloudwalker / Michele Lang -- Preparing for the worst / Brigid Collins -- The Rose fair / Fiona Patton -- The Maralud comes a-knocking / Stephanie Shaver -- Seeing the truth / Angela Penrose -- A Darkling light / Phaedra Weldon -- A Midnight clear / Mercedes Lackey.
"This thirteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch. Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm."--Provided by publisher.

Shield of the people : a novel of the Maradaine elite

December 6, 2019
Maresca, Marshall Ryan, author.
387 pages : maps ; 17 cm
"After stopping Tharek Pell and saving the Druth Parliament, Dayne Heldrin and Jerinne Fendall find themselves on the margins of the Tarian Order: lauded as heroes in public but scorned and ignored in private, their future in the Order hazy. Dayne is given an assignment that isolates him from the Order, and Jerinne is hazed and bullied at the bottom of the initiate rankings. But it's a grand holiday week in the city of Maradaine, celebrating over two centuries of freedom and the foundation of the reunified modern nation, and with that come parades, revelry ... and protests and demonstrations. A dissident group called The Open Hand--and their mysterious, charismatic leader, Bishop Ret Issendel--seeks to disrupt the Parliament elections with their message of secession and dissolution. Despite orders to stay out of the public eye, Dayne and Jerinne are drawn into the intrigue of the Open Hand and kept apart by dark powerful conspiracies that brew around them. Dayne and Jerinne must fight for their own principles, and protect the will of the people as the election is thrown into chaos."--Page 4 of cover

Unnatural magic

December 6, 2019
Waggoner, C. M., author.
New York : Ace, 2019.
390 pages ; 21 cm
"Onna Gebowa is determined to become a great wizard. She can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she's denied a place at the nation's premier arcane academy. Undaunted, she sails to the bustling city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a university where they don't think there's anything untoward about providing a woman with a magical education... Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader's daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon a body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them, one that is soon tested when an unknown mage makes an attempt on Tsira's life. Far away in Hexos, the newly arrived Onna is also drawn into a mysterious, magical attack on a troll. Trolls have lived alongside--and been revered by--humans for generations, but now it appears they're being targeted by a sinister sorcery. And Onna and Tsira both begin to devote their considerable abilities into figuring out how to stop the deaths before their homeland is torn apart ..."--Provided by publisher.

Where gods fear to go

December 6, 2019
Watson, Angus, 1972- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
531 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Battling across the Shining Mountains, the questers discover a land more terrifying and filled with more dangerous creatures than they could ever have imagined--and they've fought thunder lizards. The tentatively allied Wootah and Calnians must survive monster attacks, flash floods and tornados to uncover the secret of The Meadows. And then comes the hard part. To save themselves and everybody else they will travel west of west, deeper into danger, and do all that they can to defeat a goddess who has already killed all the other gods."

A river of royal blood

December 4, 2019
Joy, Amanda (Amanda Saulsberry)
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
351 pages : map ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Eva must harness the magick inside her to defeat her older sister, Isadore, as well as other forces, and win the crown in the Queendom of Myre--or die trying.


December 4, 2019
Coon, Kelly, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2019]
398 pages ; 22 cm
In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani's little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. Nanaea believes It's an honor. But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is-- a death sentence. Scheming her way into the palace, Kammani will stop at nothing to find the palace's secrets-- at any cost. -- adapted from jacket

Girls of storm and shadow

December 4, 2019
Ngan, Natasha, author.
402 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"James Patterson presents"--Cover
"In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost. Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn't the end of the plan---it's just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei's head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within. Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?"--provided by publisher.

The blue eye

December 4, 2019
Khan, Ausma Zehanat, author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
433 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Third installment in Ausma Zehanat Khan's powerful epic fantasy quartet: a series that lies somewhere between N. K. Jemisin and George R.R. Martin, in which a powerful band of women must use all the powers at their disposal to defeat a dark and oppressive, patriarchal regime. The Companions of Hira have used their cunning and their magic in the battle against the patriarchal Talisman, an organization whose virulently conservative agenda restricts free thought. One of the most accomplished Companions, Arian, continues to lead a disparate group in pursuit of the one artifact that could end the Talisman's authoritarian rule: The Bloodprint. But after a vicious battle, the arcane tome has slipped once more beyond her reach. Despite being separated and nearly losing their lives, Arian's band of allies has remained united. Yet now, the group seems to be fracturing. To continue the fight, Arian must make a dangerous journey to a distant city to recruit new allies. But instead of her trusted friends, she is accompanied by associates she may no longer be able to trust. Building on the brilliance of The Bloodprint and The Black Khan, this third volume in the Khorasan Archive series ratchets up the danger, taking the conflict to a darker, deadlier place, and setting the stage for the thrilling conclusion to this acclaimed fantasy.

The toll

December 3, 2019
Shusterman, Neal, author.
625 pages ; 22 cm
In the finale to the Arc of a Scythe trilogy, dictators, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that's conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created? Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.--Provided by publisher.

The sky weaver

December 2, 2019
Ciccarelli, Kristen, author.
391 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: The caged queen.
Sworn enemies Safire and Eris journey from the port city of Darmoor to the fabled Sky Isles in an effort to track down Asha, the last Namsara. From the port city of Darmoor to the fabled faraway Star Isles, their search and their stories become woven ever more tightly together as they discover that the uncertain fate they're hurtling toward just may be a shared one -- in this world and the next.

Rise of a necromancer : the six elements origins

December 2, 2019
Scott, Rosie, author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2019]
415 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"Many people want Cerin Heliot dead. While studying to be a mage at a prestigious university, Cerin is seized by an obsession with necromancy. When his secret knowledge of the forbidden magic is discovered, he becomes one of the nation's most-wanted criminals overnight, sending his life into a tragic downhill spiral. In this gritty story of survival, Cerin learns the hard way that to make it in a cruel world, he must become its match. Rather than run from the law forever, he builds an undead army to face it and make it fear his name. When all living loved ones are lost, Cerin must rise to be a master of the dead"--Back cover.

I'm a gay wizard

November 27, 2019
Santoni, V. S., author.
Toronto, ON : Wattpad Books, 2019.
x, 348 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Johnny and his best friend, Alison, pass their summer holidays dabbling in magic. What harm could come from lighting a few candles and chanting a few spells? When they cause an earthquake that shakes Chicago to its core, they draw the attention of the Marduk Institute, dedicated to fostering the talents of young wizards. Told they can never return to their previous lives, the two adapt to a new world shimmering with monsters, fraternities, and cute boys like Hunter and Blake. But when they're pulled into an epic, supernatural fight that could cost them both their lives, Johnny and Alison find strength they never knew they had as they battle for love, acceptance, and their own happy ending - all with the help of a little magic.

The name of all things

November 27, 2019
Lyons, Jenn, 1970- author.
587 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
"Kihrin D'Mon is a wanted man. Since he destroyed the Stone of Shackles and set demons free across Quur, he has been on the run from the wrath of an entire empire. His attempt to escape brings him into the path of Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know Kihrin. Janel's plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin's old enemy, the wizard Relos Var. Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world--the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things. And if Janel is right, then there may be nothing in the world that can stop Relos Var from getting what he wants. And what he wants is Kihrin D'Mon."--Provided by publisher.

Beyond the black door

November 27, 2019
Strickland, AdriAnne, 1984- author.
394 pages ; 22 cm
"Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers--like Kamai and her mother--can journey into other people's souls while they sleep. But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it. When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door"--Back cover.

Perilous prophecy

November 26, 2019
Hieber, Leanna Renee, author.
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2017.
319 pages ; 22 cm
"A strangely beautiful novel"--Cover.
"Cairo in the 1860s is a bustling metropolis where people from all walks of life mix and mingle, mostly in complex harmony. When evil ghosts and unquiet spirits stalk the city's streets, the Guard are summoned--six young men and women of different cultures, backgrounds, and faiths, gifted by their Goddess with great powers. While others of the Guard embrace their duties, their leader, British-born Beatrice, is gripped by doubt. What right has she, a bookish, sheltered, eighteen-year-old, to lead others into battle? Why isn't dark-eyed, compelling Ibrahim, who is stronger of will than Beatrice, the one in charge? Ghosts maraud through Cairo's streets, heralding a terrible darkness. Beatrice and her Guard have little time to master their powers; a great battle looms as an ancient prophecy roars toward its final, deadly conclusion."

Tales of folk and fey : a collection of stories and novellas

November 26, 2019
Marr, Melissa, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Melissa Marr, [2019].
272 pages ; 21 cm
"Includes a new Wicked lovely story!"--Cover.
Old habits -- Stopping time -- Love struck -- Awakened -- Carnival of lies -- Love hurts.

Nh̃ưng màu cánh thiên tĥàn

November 22, 2019
Trương, Thanh Thùy, 1982- author.
© 2018
381 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

Before the coffee gets cold

November 22, 2019
Kawaguchi, Toshikazu, 1971- author.
213 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in Japan as Coffee ga samenai uchini by Sunmark Publishing Inc., Tokyo, Japan in 2015.
The lovers -- Husband and wife -- The sisters -- Mother and child.
"In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café's time-travelling offer, in order to confront the lover who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has begun to fade, see their sister one last time, and meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold... Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?" -- Jacket.

Heart of fire

November 21, 2019
McMaster, Bec, author.
[Oklahoma City] : Bec McMaster, 2017.
270 pages ; 21 cm.
The old Eddas speak of dreki--fabled creatures who haunt the depths of Iceland's volcanoes and steal away fair maidens. Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram--costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter--Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth. Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic, and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form. It's the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk--but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he's never felt before. Is she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?

The last road

November 19, 2019
Johansen, K. V. (Krista V.), 1968- author.
Jersey City, NJ : Pyr, 2019.
518 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"Being the final novel of the caravan road"--T.p.

Call down the hawk

November 19, 2019
Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981- author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2019.
472 pages ; 22 cm.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality. Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it. Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.

I know not : the legend of Fox Crow. Book one

November 18, 2019
Ross, James Daniel, author.
252 pages ; 23 cm
Previously published in 2011 as I know not : the birth of Fox Crow by Dark Quest Publishing.
"Picture a hero. I bet he's tall, muscular, and chiseled... forthright and chaste with bright, shiny armor... takes on all challengers face-to-face... lots and lots of honor? Yeah. I am not that guy. You see, that guy... he's above sneaking around. He would never do anything dishonest. He would never attack in ambush. He would never lie. But me... I am the antithesis of all of those things. In this world, with so much gold at stake, with the most powerful people in the kingdom taking notice... That hero? Yeah, he dies. But I am the guy that can get the job done. I am Fox Crow"--Provided by publisher.

Storm of desire

November 15, 2019
McMaster, Bec, author.
367 pages ; 21 cm.
"The old eddas speak of dreki--fabled creatures that haunt the depths of Iceland's volcanoes and steal away fair maidens. Haakon wants none of such myths. For years he's searched for the beast that stole his wife, desperate to slay the golden dreki and rescue his precious Árja. He has sacrificed everything to find her--including his honor--but now Haakon knows the truth. His entire marriage was a lie. The woman he knew as his wife was no victim, but the dreki herself. And when he finally tracks down the deceitful princess, there will be a reckoning of passion and glory... She came to him on a storm... Long ago, Árdís gave her heart to a mortal man, despite knowing it could only end in tragedy. When her clan summoned her home, she had no choice but to leave--or see her husband pitted against her vicious cousin, Sirius. When Sirius insists upon a betrothal that will help him gain the dreki throne, she is forced to flee--straight into the arms of the now-ruthless dragon hunter she once called husband. But can Haakon ever forgive her deceit? And can she save him from a spurned dreki prince who would see them both dead?"--Page [4] of cover.

The deep

November 12, 2019
Solomon, Rivers, author.
New York : Saga Press, 2019.
166 pages ; 22 cm
Yetu holds the memories for her people -- water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners -- who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one -- the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu. Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities -- and discovers a world her people left behind long ago. Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past -- and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they'll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity -- and own who they really are." -- Provided by publisher.

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