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Fantasy November 2012
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be
The candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~ Edith Wharton (1862-1937), American writer, "Vesalius in Zante (1564)"
New and Recently Released!
Dark Currents: Agent of Hel - by Jacqueline Carey
Publisher: Roc
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/02/2012
Share Dark Currents%3a Agent of Hel ISBN-13: 9780451464781
ISBN-10: 0451464788
Urban Fantasy. Half-demon Daisy Johanssen lives in Pemkowet, Michigan; the "eldritch commmunity" of fairies, demons, vampires, and werewolves that resides there requires that Daisy, an agent of the Norse goddess Hel, serve as a liasion between the underworld and Pemkowet's local law enforcement community. Versatile fantasy and science fiction author Jacqueline Carey -- best known for her acclaimed Kushiel's Legacy epic fantasy saga as well as the post-apocalyptic Santa Olivia books -- applies both her knack for creating strong female characters and her talent for world-building to the 1st installment of this richly detailed contemporary urban fantasy series.
A Guile of Dragons - by James Enge
Publisher: Pyr
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/24/2012
Share A Guile of Dragons ISBN-13: 9781616146283
ISBN-10: 1616146281
Epic Fantasy. Raised among the dwarves of Thrymhaiam by his foster father, Morlock -- the son of enchanters Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana -- has reached young manhood without knowing who he really is. But he's about to find out, thanks to a dragon uprising that threatens the entire realm. Perfect for fans of Arthurian legend, this 1st book in the Tournament of Shadows series expands the world of author James Enge's previous Morlock Ambrosius trilogy, which begins with Blood of Ambrose. Although A Guile of Dragons stands on its own, it also serves as a prequel to the earlier series.
Stormdancer - by Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/18/2012
Share Stormdancer ISBN-13: 9781250001405
ISBN-10: 1250001404
Steampunk Fantasy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the ruthless Shogun Yoritomo-no-miya and the corrupt Lotus Guild, life in the Shima Isles is bleak. The blood lotus plants that fuel the airships required to fight a neverending war against the Gaijin also poison the air and the soil, sickening those too poor to afford mechanical respirator masks. Could life get any worse? For 16-year-old Yukiko of the Kitsune clan, who possesses the ability to communicate with animals, the answer is a resounding yes. When the Shogun demands that she capture and bring him a live arashitora, a mythic winged creature similar to a griffin, she must deliver the legendary creature -- or die trying. For a gripping tale set in a steampunk-infused feudal Japan and starring a brave young heroine, check out this 1st book in the Lotus War Trilogy.
The White Forest - by Adam McOmber
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/11/2012
Share The White Forest ISBN-13: 9781451664256
ISBN-10: 1451664257
Historical Fantasy. Ever since her mother died, Jane Silverlake has been able to sense the souls of inanimate objects and enter the otherworldly realm of the White Forest. As you might expect, these unusual talents do not make her popular, although they fascinate her friend Nathan Ashe, a privileged young man who has fallen under the influence of spiritualist cult leader Ariston Day. When Nathan disappears, Jane must use her powers to save him while confronting Day and his nefarious followers, The Fetches. If you enjoy the gothic atmosphere of The White Forest, check out author Adam McComber's short story collection This New & Poisonous Air.
The Dirty Streets of Heaven: A Bobby Dollar Novel - by Tad Williams
Publisher: DAW Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/04/2012
Share The Dirty Streets of Heaven%3a A Bobby Dollar Novel ISBN-13: 9780756407681
ISBN-10: 0756407680
Noir Fantasy. Although Bobby Dollar is technically an angel, you'd be forgiven for thinking he works for the other side, given his extensive firsthand knowledge of deadly sins. Still, Bobby's experiences serve him well in his job advocating for recently deceased souls stuck between Heaven and Hell. But when the newly dead start mysteriously vanishing, Bobby discovers that the afterlife might be even more corrupt than the mortal realm. If you like tough guy private eyes with wings and (slightly tarnished) halos, you might also want to check out Tom Sniegoski's Remy Chandler novels, beginning with A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, or Vicki Petterson's Celestial Blues series, which starts with The Taken.
Mirror, Mirror
The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica - by Carol Berg
Publisher: Roc
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/04/2011
Share The Soul Mirror%3a A Novel of the Collegia Magica ISBN-13: 9780451463746
ISBN-10: 0451463749
Historical Fantasy. Although familiar characters -- including librarian Portier, courtier Ilario, and renegade sorcerer Dante -- play important roles in this follow-up to The Spirit Lens, this 2nd installment of the Collegia Magica series focuses on noblewoman Anne de Vernase, who seeks to clear her father's name and learn the truth behind her beloved sister's death. Anne, who possesses neither magical powers nor the ability to navigate the Machiavellian politics of the King of Sabria's court, must quickly determine whom she can trust. If you enjoy the lavish Renaissance-inspired setting and intricate plotting of The Soul Mirror, you'll want to read next volume of the series, The Daemon Prism.
The Mirror of Her Dreams - by Stephen R. Donaldson
Publisher: Del Rey
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/01/2003
Share The Mirror of Her Dreams ISBN-13: 9780345459855
ISBN-10: 0345459857
High Fantasy. Few burglars possess the ability to break into homes through their mirrors. But for sorcerer Gerarden, it's the only way to reach Terisa Morgan -- the unlikely champion and defender of the realm of Mordant, currently under threat from the wicked Imagers. Following Gerarden back through the mirror and into strife-torn Mordant, Terisa discovers that, with the exception of her sorcerer-guide, neither side trusts her. Although author Stephen R. Donaldson is best known for his sprawling Thomas Covenant series, readers unfamiliar with his work may find this 1st book in the Mordant's Need duology (followed by A Man Rides Through) a more accessible read.
Mirror Maze: A Novel - by Michaele Jordan
Publisher: Pyre
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/25/2011
Share Mirror Maze%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9781616145293
ISBN-10: 1616145293
Historical Fantasy. While mourning his fiancée Rhoda's untimely death, Jacob Aldridge becomes obsessed with her doppelgänger, Livia Aram. But there's more to Livia than meets the eye: her father, like Jacob's, was a wizard whose actions brought a curse upon both their families. With the help of his twin sister Cecily, Jacob embarks on a dangerous quest to unravel the layers of secrecy and lies surrounding the Aldridge and Aram families -- before the curse destroys them all. This intricately plotted debut, set in an atmospheric Victorian London rife with demonic possession and occult practices, should appeal to readers who enjoyed Elizabeth Hand's Mortal Love.
White as Snow - by Tanith Lee
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/01/2001
Share White as Snow ISBN-13: 9780312875497
ISBN-10: 0312875495
Dark Fantasy. This retelling of "Snow White," set in Eastern Europe, centers on the wicked queen. Pale, raven-haired princess Arpazia is only 14 when the warlord King Draco invades her kingdom, raping her before making her his captive consort. Arpazia later gives birth to a daughter, Coira, who resembles her both in appearance and in temperament. But Arpazia feels no love for Coira, preferring the company of her enchanted mirror and her relationship with a woodsman who follows the old pagan ways. But then her lover demands Coira as a sacrifice... If you enjoyed Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, a collection of short stories based on classic fairy tales, you'll want to read White as Snow.
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