New Arrivals · Fantasy Fiction

June 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The grey bastards

June 21, 2018
French, Jonathan P., author.
©2018
424 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published by Ballymalis Press in 2015"--Title page verso.
Call them outcasts, call them savages--they've been called worse, by their own mothers--but Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard. He and his fellow half-orcs patrol the barren wastes of the Lot Lands, spilling their own damned blood to keep civilized folk safe. A rabble of hard-talking, hog-riding, whore-mongering brawlers they may be, but the Bastards are Jackal's sworn brothers, fighting at his side in a land where there's no room for softness. And once Jackal's in charge--as soon as he can unseat the Bastards' tyrannical, seemingly unkillable founder--there's a few things they'll do different. Better. Or at least, that's the plan. Until the fallout from a deadly showdown makes Jackal start investigating the Lot Lands for himself. Soon, he's wondering if his feelings have blinded him to ugly truths about this world, and the Bastards' place in it. In a quest for answers that takes him from decaying dungeons to the frontlines of an ancient feud, Jackal finds himself battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs, and grubby human conspiracies alike--along with a host of dark magics so terrifying they'd give even the heartiest Bastard pause. Finally, Jackal must ride to confront a threat that's lain in wait for generations, even as he wonders whether the Bastards can--or should--survive. Delivered with a generous wink to Sons of Anarchy, featuring sneaky-smart worldbuilding and gobs of fearsomely foul-mouthed charm, The Grey Bastards is a grimy, pulpy, masterpiece--and a raunchy, swaggering, cunningly clever adventure that's like nothing you've read before.

The mermaid

June 21, 2018
Henry, Christina, 1974- author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
318 pages ; 18 cm
"Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land. Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid. Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life."--Back cover

Witchmark

June 21, 2018
Polk, C. L. (Chelsea L.), author.
©2018
318 pages ; 22 cm
In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own. Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn't leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can't hide what he truly is. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles' healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient's murder. To find the truth he'll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he's ever seen.

Mira's last dance : a fantasy novella in the world of the five gods

June 20, 2018
Bujold, Lois McMaster, author.
©2017
159 pages ; 21 cm
In this sequel to the novella Penric's Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

Kiss of the spindle

June 20, 2018
Allen, Nancy Campbell, 1969- author.
©2018
360 pages ; 22 cm
"Dr. Isla Cooper must travel to Port Lucy in Jamaica to locate the witch that placed a spell on her--one that puts her into a death-like sleep every night--before the spell becomes permanent"--Provided by publisher.

Game of secrets

June 20, 2018
Foster, Kimberley, 1972- author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
356 pages ; 22 cm
In Victorian London, sixteen-year-old Felicity Cole is awaiting execution when she is rescued and taken to a secret spy school for the Tainted--those born with special physical and mental abilities.

Guardian

June 19, 2018
Hartley, A. J. (Andrew James), author.
©2018
317 pages ; 24 cm.
Anglet Sutonga must clear the name of a friend falsely accused of murder while avoiding a deadly illness and a fanatical politician.

The completionist

June 18, 2018
Adcock, Siobhan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
310 pages ; 24 cm
"A terrifically imaginative novel set in a near future Chicago during a fertility crisis. Carter Quinn, a young veteran, returns home to discover his older sister miraculously pregnant --and beloved youngest sister Gardner missing under worrying circumstances"--Provided by publisher.

The thousand deaths of Ardor Benn

June 18, 2018
Whitesides, Tyler, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2018.
773 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire. When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he'll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known. But it soon becomes clear there's more at stake than fame and glory -Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization"-- Provided by publisher.

The hospital : a tale in black and white

June 15, 2018
Bouanani, Ahmed, author.
New York : New Directions Publishing, 2018.
143 pages ; 21 cm

The Skaar invasion

June 14, 2018
Brooks, Terry, author.
New York : Del Rey, 2018.
369 pages : map ; 25 cm.
"Tensions in the Four Lands are high. The mysterious force that laid waste to Paranor has revealed a more human face. While some gain a new understanding of the invaders and what they are after, others continue their existing quests even as the peril rises. For what looked to be a formidable invading force proves only the forerunner of a much vaster army--one that is now marching against the Four Lands in all its fury"--Provided by publisher.

Summer of salt

June 14, 2018
Leno, Katrina, author.
©2018
256 pages ; 22 cm
No one on the island of By-the-Sea would call the Fernweh women what they are, but if you need the odd bit of help, such as a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight, they are the ones to ask. Georgina Fernweh waits for the tingle of magic in her fingers-- magic that has already touched her twin sister, Mary. But with her eighteenth birthday looming at the end of her last summer on the island, Georgina fears her gift will never come. She meets and falls in love with Prue Lowry, a visitor to the island. When a three-hundred-year-old bird, Annabella is found violently murdered, suddenly the island doesn't seem so magical. Georgina turns to the Ouija board to discover the dark secrets of Annabella's death.

The last sun

June 14, 2018
Edwards, K. D., 1971- author.
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2018.
367 pages ; 22 cm
"In this debut novel and series starter, the last member of a murdered House searches for a missing nobleman, and uncovers clues about his own tortured past. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home. With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune's Court. In looking for Addam, can Rune find the truth behind his family's death and the torments of his past?"-- Provided by publisher.

The legend of Greg

June 13, 2018
Rylander, Chris, author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
337 pages ; 22 cm.
"Greg Belmont learns he's anything but ordinary when he discovers he's a real, live, fantastical dwarf and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime"-- Provided by publisher.

Storm glass

June 13, 2018
Wheeler, Jeff, 1971-
Seattle, WA : 47North, c2018.
351 pages ; 21 cm
Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society. Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family. Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power. She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter's curiosity. Neither girl feels that she belongs. Each seeks to break free of imposed rules. Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosing. But both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their worlds.

Night fall

June 13, 2018
Green, Simon R., 1955- author.
©2018
456 pages ; 24 cm.
"A secret histories and nightside novel."--cover.
"From the New York Times bestselling author of Moonbreaker comes the last Secret Histories adventure, where the Droods will take on the most unexpected of enemies, the inhabitants of the Nightside. The Droods are all about control, making people do what they're told for a greater good. The Nightside is all about choice: good and bad and everything in between. The Droods want to make the world behave; the Nightside wants to party. They were never going to get along. For centuries, ancient Pacts have kept the Droods out of the Nightside, but now the Droods see the Nightside as a threat to the whole world. So they march into the long night, in their armour, to put it under their control. All too soon, the two sides are at war. It's Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf against John Taylor and Shotgun Suzie. The Drood Sarjeant-at-Arms and their Armourer against Dead Boy and Razor Eddie. More groups join in, on either side: the London Knights, the Ghost Finders, the Spawn of Frankenstein, Shadows Fall, and the Soulhunters. Science and magic are running wild, there's blood running in the gutters, and the bodies are piling up. Is anyone going to get out of this alive?"-- Provided by publisher.

A reaper at the gates : a novel

June 12, 2018
Tahir, Sabaa, author.
[New York] : Razorbill, [2018]
458 pages ; 24 cm.
Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger as the Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, Laia of Serra, and Elias Veturius all face increasing dangers.

Ocean light

June 12, 2018
Singh, Nalini, 1977- author.
New York : Berkley, 2018.
403 pages ; 24 cm.
"New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love... Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling... Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine... But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy.."-- Provided by publisher.

She who waits

June 12, 2018
Polansky, Daniel.
London : Hodder, 2014.
409 pages ; 20 cm
Low Town: the worst ghetto in the worst city in the Thirteen Lands. Good only for depravity and death. And Warden, long ago a respected agent in the formidable Black House, is now the most depraved Low Town denizen of them all. As a younger man, Warden carried out more than his fair share of terrible deeds, and never as many as when he worked for the Black House. But Warden's growing older, and the vultures are circling. Low Town is changing, faster than even he can control, and Warden knows that if he doesn't get out soon, he may never get out at all. But Warden must finally reckon with his terrible past if he can ever hope to escape it. A hospital full of lunatics, a conspiracy against the corrupt new king, and a ghetto full of thieves and murderers stand between him and his slim hope for the future. And behind them all waits the one person whose betrayal Warden never expected. The one person who left him, broken and bitter, to become the man he is today. The one woman he ever loved. She who waits behind all things.

Eden conquered

June 12, 2018
Charbonneau, Joelle, author.
©2018
306 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Dividing Eden.
"The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king--and Princess Carys is dead. But even as he's haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that his dream of ruling only brings new problems. The people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. The Elders treat him as a figurehead. And worst of all, the winds of Eden are faltering. But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started. The Kingdom of Eden is growing darker with each passing day. Brother and sister, former foes, must decide whether some betrayals cut too deep to be forgiven--and whether one will wear the crown or both will lose everything."--Jacket flap.

Wrath

June 12, 2018
Gwynne, John, 1968- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2016.
xv, 713 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Events are coming to a climax in the Banished Lands, as the war reaches new heights. King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. And together with Calidus and his ally Queen Rhin, Nathair will do anything to obtain the remaining Treasures. With all seven under his command, he can open a portal to the Otherworld. Then Asroth and his demon-horde will finally break into the Banished Lands and become flesh. Meanwhile Corban has been taken prisoner by the Jotun, warrior giants who ride their enormous bears into battle. His warband scattered, Corban must make new allies if he hopes to survive. But can he bond with competing factions of warlike giants? Somehow he must, if he's to counter the threat Nathair represents. His life hangs in the balance - and with it, the fate of the Banished Lands.

Sword art online. Volume 8, Early and late

June 12, 2018
Kawahara, Reki, author.
New York : Yen On, 2016.
283 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
"First published in Japan in 2011 by Kadokawa Corp.,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
"The game of death took its toll on every player in a different way--when one turns up dead on the fifty-seventh floor, the game is afoot, and it is up to Asuna and Kirito to crack the case--also the story of how Kirito got his Excalibur sword in Alfheim"--Provided by publisher.

Before the storm

June 11, 2018
Golden, Christie, author.
New York : Del Rey, 2018.
281 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Zeroth is dying. The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty. For Anduin Wrynn, king of Stormwind, and Sylvanas Windrunner, the warchief of the Horde and queen of the Forsaken, there is little time to rebuild what remains, and even less to mourn what was lost.

Whisper of the tide : a song of the current novel

June 8, 2018
Tolcser, Sarah, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
402 pages : map ; 22 cm
Caro and Markus must decide if their love is more important than the fate of Akhaia when a powerful Archon offers to help Markos fight for the throne if Markos will marry his daughter.

The memory of fire

June 8, 2018
Bates, Callie, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2018]
430 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Sequel to The waking land.
"The riveting trilogy that began with The Waking Land returns featuring a new narrator: a young man with secret magical powers who's ready to continue a revolution. The land has awoken, and news of magic's rebirth has traveled across the sea. Jahan, a daring noble who has been concealing his powers, is finally ready to stop hiding. Now he returns to the imperial capital, where the use of magic carries a death sentence. There, he must face his dark past, learn to embrace his gifts, and prevent an all-out war across the kingdoms"-- Provided by publisher.

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