New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

April 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The city of lost fortunes

April 18, 2018
Camp, Bryan, author.
©2018
367 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A John Joseph Adams book"--T.p.
"The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters ... The post-Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane's destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known--a father who just happens to be more than human ... Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god's death, uncover the plot that threatens the city's soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father's son"-- Provided by publisher.

Dead man rising

April 18, 2018
Saintcrow, Lilith.
New York : Orbit, 2007.
x, 380 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: The devil's right hand by Lilith Saintcrow.
Bounty hunter Necromance Dante struggles with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover's death as psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered. Too make matters more horrifying, the Devil just called. looking for Dante's lover--the one he killed!

Fire dance

April 17, 2018
Myer, Ilana C., author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
366 pages : map ; 25 cm
Espionage, diplomacy, conspiracy, passion, power...and one woman's epic mission to stop a magical conflagration. Lin, newly initiated in the art of otherwordly enchantments, is sent to aid her homeland's allies against vicious attacks from the Fire Dancers: mysterious practitioners of strange and deadly magic. Forced to step into a dangerous waltz of tradition, treachery, and palace secrets, Lin must also race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers' war, and how she might prevent death on a scale too terrifying to contemplate.

Taste of wrath

April 17, 2018
Wallace, Matt, 1982- author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates book, 2018.
265 pages ; 20 cm.
Bronko and his team of chefs and kitchen staff have been serving the New York supernatural community for decades, but Allensworth has been manipulating Bronko and his team from day one and they have had enough.

A gathering of ravens

April 17, 2018
Oden, Scott, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
326 pages ; 24 cm
"To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind--the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days. Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that's changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir's vengeance cannot be denied. Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits. But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning--the Old Ways versus the New--and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?"-- Provided by publisher.

Given to the earth

April 13, 2018
McGinnis, Mindy, author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
362 pages ; 22 cm
"Although Khosa was born to save the kingdom by sacrificing herself to the rising sea, her marriage to King Vincent has redeemed her. As the Queen of Stille, she's untouchable. But being queen hasn't stopped her heart from longing for the king's stepbrother, Donil. And it hasn't stopped her body from longing for the sea itself, which still calls for her. While Khosa is made to choose between loyalty and love, Dara is on a mission for vengeance. Years ago, the Pietra slaughtered the entire Indiri race, leaving only Dara and her twin, Donil, alive. Now, spurned by King Vincent, Dara has embarked on a mission to spill the blood of the Pietra's leader, Witt, and will stop at nothing to show his people the wrath of the last Indiri. As the waves crash ever closer to Stille, secrets are revealed, hearts are won and lost, and allegiances change like the shifting sand."--Jacket.

Isle of blood and stone

April 12, 2018
Lucier, Makiia, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
390 pages : map ; 22 cm
Eighteen years ago two princes of the island kingdom of St. John del Mar were kidnapped and murdered by the rival kingdom of Mondrago. Elias grew up without his father, killed trying to protect the princes. Mercedes is half-Mondragan, growing up in the shadow of del Mar's hate. Ulises, the youngest and only remaining prince, inherited the throne meant for his brothers. When two maps surface-- each with the same hidden riddle-- they question what really happened. Following the clues in the maps, the three friends uncovering long-held secrets and unimaginable betrayals.

Beyond a darkened shore

April 11, 2018
Leake, Jessica, author.
©2018
421 pages ; 22cm
Princess Ciara of Mide, who has the ability to control others' minds and actions, has been using her powers to protect her people from the plundering Northmen, but when she captures Lief, a young Northman leader, she learns she is not the only one to harness this power.

Winter glass

April 11, 2018
Hillyer, Lexa, author.
New York : Harpercollins, [2018]
333 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Aurora, torn from the dream world and Heath, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage a winning war against Malfleurs army of Vultures. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice. Devoted half sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queen--the threat of losing each other forever.

Flight

April 11, 2018
Waller, Jae, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW, [2018]
472 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
"Seventeen-year-old Kateiko doesn't want to be Rin anymore -- not if it means sacrificing lives to protect the dead. Her only way out is to join another tribe, which means a one-way trek through the coastal rainforest. Killing a colonial soldier in the woods isn't part of the plan. Neither is spending the winter with Tiernan, an immigrant who keeps a sword with his carpentry tools. His log cabin leaks and his stories about other worlds raise more questions than they answer. Then the air spirit Suriel, long thought dormant, resurrects a war. For Kateiko, protecting other tribes in her confederacy is atonement. For Tiernan, war is a return to the military life he's desperate to forget. Leaving Tiernan means losing the one man Kateiko trusts. Staying with him means abandoning colonists to a death sentence. In a region tainted by prejudice and on the brink of civil war, she has to decide what's worth dying -- or killing -- for."-- Provided by publisher.

The diminished

April 11, 2018
Patterson, Kaitlyn Sage, author.
Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen ; [2018]
454 pages ; 22 cm
A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace. As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures, one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

From Unseen Fire

April 11, 2018
Morris, Cass.
New York, NY : DAW, [2018]
189 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her family is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny as a protector of the people -- if only she can find the courage to try. Latona's path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harboring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a life-long secret, intends to do just that. As rebellion brews in the provinces, Sempronius must outwit the ruthless leader of the opposing Senate faction to claim the political and military power he needs to secure a glorious future for Aven and his own place in history. As politics draw them together and romance blossoms between them, Latona and Sempronius will use wit, charm, and magic to shape Aven's fate. But when their foes resort to brutal violence and foul sorcery, will their efforts be enough to save the Republic they love?

Passing strange

April 11, 2018
Klages, Ellen, 1954- author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
219 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World's Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer "authentic" experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

Ya yue ji zhi Bali shen dian

April 9, 2018
Zuiwoshaonüfeng.
Tai zhong shi : Bai xiang wen hua, 2017.
500 pages ; 21 cm.

Stormcaster

April 6, 2018
Chima, Cinda Williams, author.
©2018
535 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Shadowcaster.
"Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move wind, waves, and weather, but his magical abilities can't protect him forever from the brutal Empress Celestine. As Celestine's relentless bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom that an invasion is imminent. If he can't convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall, and his last sanctuary will be destroyed. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can't stand to lose. Meanwhile, the queen's formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana'Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress's ship, sailing east. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled stronghold." -- Amazon.

Circe : a novel

April 6, 2018
Miller, Madeline, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
393 pages : map ; 25 cm
Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

Queens of Fennbirn

April 5, 2018
Blake, Kendare, author.
New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
232 pages ; 21 cm
The young queens -- The oracle queen.
In "The Young Queens," a set of triplet sisters born to fulfil their destiny--to fight to the death to win the crown; and in "The Oracle Queen," tells the story of the last queen born with the gift of sight.

Eight simple rules for dating a dragon

April 4, 2018
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
©2018
viii, 429 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Gwennore is an Elf able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it--a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic--one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she's entered a whole new world of trouble. She's been raised never to trust a dragon. So why does making a deal with the devil feel so good?

Scourged

April 3, 2018
Hearne, Kevin, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
xiv, 268 pages ; 25 cm
"Kevin Hearne creates the ultimate Atticus O'Sullivan adventure in the grand finale of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles: an epic battle royale against the Norse gods of Asgard. Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarok, a.k.a. the Apocalypse, upon the earth. They've made allies on the darker side of many pantheons and there's a globe-spanning battle brewing that ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan will be hard pressed to survive, much less win. Granuaile McTiernan must join immortals Sun Wukong and Erlang Shen in a fight against the Yama Kings in Taiwan, but she discovers that the stakes are much higher than she thought. Meanwhile, Archdruid Owen Kennedy must put out both literal and metaphorical fires from Bavaria to Peru to keep the world safe for his apprentices and the future of Druidry. And Atticus recruits the aid of a tyromancer, an Indian witch, and a trickster god in hopes that they'll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. There is a hound named Oberon who deserves a snack, after all"-- Provided by publisher.

Wonderblood

April 3, 2018
Whicker, Julia, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
vii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Wonderblood is Julia Whicker's literary debut, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals. A mad cow-like disease called "Bent Head" has killed off millions. Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA's space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca. Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrifice. When traveling marauders led by the bloodthirsty Mr. Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band on their journey to Cape Canaveral. As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor's queen. But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl's ascent. Politics and survival are at the centre of this ravishing novel.

Witchy winter : war comes to the serpent kingdom

April 3, 2018
Butler, D. J. (David John), 1973- author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2018]
586 pages ; 25 cm
"Next in series, which debuted with the stunningly reviewed Witchy Eye. Butler delivers another brilliant Americana flintlock fantasy novel. Toil and trouble. Sarah Calhoun paid a hard price for her entry onto the stage of the Empire's politics, but she survived. Now she rides north into the Ohio and her father's kingdom, Cahokia. To win the Serpent Throne, she'll have to defeat seven other candidates, win over the kingdom's regent, and learn the will of a hidden goddess--while mastering her people's inscrutable ways and watching her own back. In New Orleans, a new and unorthodox priest arises to plague the chevalier and embody the curse of the murdered Bishop Ukwu. He battles the chevalier's ordinary forces as well as a troop of Old World mamelukes for control of the city and the mouth of the great Mississippi River. Dodging between these rival titans, a crew of Catalan pirates--whose captain was once a close associate of Mad Hannah Penn--grapples with the chevalier over the fate of one of their mates. Meanwhile, a failed ceremony and a sick infant send the Anishinaabe hunter Ma'iingan on a journey across the Empire to Cavalier Johnsland, to a troubled foster child named Nathaniel. Ma'iingan is promised that Nathaniel is a mighty healer and can save his imperiled baby, but first Nathaniel--a pale young man with a twisted ear who hears the voices of unseen beings--must himself be rescued, from oppression, imprisonment, and madness."

Grey sister

April 3, 2018
Lawrence, Mark, 1966- author.
New York : Ace, 2018.
xii, 415 pages ; 24 cm.
"From Mark Lawrence, the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, comes the second novel in a dazzling fantasy series set in a dying world. The searing tale of a young woman on the path to becoming the empire's fiercest warrior"-- Provided by publisher.

The night Dahlia

April 3, 2018
Belcher, R. S., author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
368 pages ; 24 cm
Laytham Ballard once protected humanity as part of the Nightwise, a secret order of modern-day mages dedicating to holding hellish supernatural forces at bay, but that was before a string of sadistic ritual murders shook everything he believed in--and sent him down a much darker path. One that has already cost him most of his soul, as well as everything he once held dear. Now a powerful faerie mob boss has hired Ballard to find his lost-lost daughter, who went missing several years ago. The long-cold trail leads him across the globe, from the luxurious playgrounds of the rich and famous to the seedy occult underbelly of Los Angeles, where creatures of myth and legend mingle with street gangs and sex clubs, and where Ballard finds his own guilty past waiting for him around every shadowy corner. To find Caern Ankou, he will have to confront old enemies, former friends and allies, and a grisly cold case that has haunted him for years. But is Caern still alive? And, perhaps more importantly, does she even want to be found?

A fistful of elven gold

April 2, 2018
Stewart, Alex, 1958-
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2018.
303 pages ; 24 cm
"A bounty-hunting gnome turned private investigator helps track a killer, in this fast-paced fantasy adventure. When someone starts killing his fellow bounty hunters in the port of Fairhaven, Drago Appleroot is happy to help his contacts in the City Watch with their investigation--for a reasonable fee, of course. But posing as an assassin-for-hire to draw out the killer attracts the attention of two separate groups from a far-off Elven kingdom whose private war is being fought on the streets of his home town. Pitched into a maelstrom of treachery and lethal politics, Drago is forced into a long and dangerous journey to the heart of the Sylvan Marches, where one determined gnome might just decide the destiny of a kingdom. If he can survive long enough to decide which side he ought to be on."--Amazon website.

The wolf. Book one, Under the northern sky

March 30, 2018
Carew, Leo, author.
New York, NY Orbit, 2018.
xvi, 493 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The crimson empire by Alex Marshall and from Of blood and bone by John Gwynne.
"Simultaneously published in Great Britain by Wildfire"--Title page verso.
"Violence and death come to the land under the Northern Sky when two fierce races break their age-old fragile peace and start an all-out war"--Amazon.com.

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