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Fantasy December 2013
"The estate grounds were, at once, our home, our academy, and our prison."
~ from John C. Wright's Orphans of Chaos
New and Recently Released!
Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel - by Jacqueline Carey
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2013
Share Autumn Bones%3a Agent of Hel ISBN-13: 9780451465184
ISBN-10: 0451465180
Urban Fantasy. Half demon and half human, Michigan resident Daisy Johanssen serves as the supernatural liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department while working as an enforcer for Hel, the Norse goddess of Death. When her new boyfriend's mother releases a "duppy" (ghost) of his deceased grandfather to convince her son to return to Jamaica, Daisy's personal and professional lives collide -- and then take a turn for the worse as she deals with a steadily mounting caseload, her unresolved feelings for her werewolf partner, Officer Cody Fairfax, and her inconvenient attraction to Stefan Ludovic, the charismatic leader of the Outcast ghouls. This sequel to Dark Currents is the 2nd book in the Agents of Hel series.
Two Serpents Rise - by Max Gladstone
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/29/2013
Share Two Serpents Rise ISBN-13: 9780765333124
ISBN-10: 0765333120
Fantasy. This follow-up to Three Parts Dead introduces Caleb Altemoc, a senior risk manager at Red King Consolidated assigned to assess the city of Dresediel Lex's Bright Mirror reservoir for demonic infestation. While conducting his investigation, Caleb encounters Mal, an enigmatic, elusive cliff runner who knows more about the incident than she'll admit. Meanwhile, Caleb's father, the last priest of the old gods, gets involved in the ongoing conflicts between the Craftsmen, who control the city and its resources with magic, and the True Quechal, worshippers of the old gods who aren't above committing acts of terrorism to advance their agenda. Set in a Aztec-influenced society of ancient gods, technology, and magic, Two Serpents Rise is the 2nd of the Craft novels.
Dead Set - by Richard Kadrey
Publisher: HarperCollins
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/29/2013
Share Dead Set ISBN-13: 9780062283016
ISBN-10: 0062283014
Dark Fantasy. Best known for his raucous, action-packed Sandman Slim books, author Richard Kadrey embarks on a new direction in this "bittersweet and elegiac" (Publishers Weekly) story starring Zoe, a 16-year-old girl who seeks solace in music following her father's death. When Ammut, the mysterious owner of the used record store she frequents, reveals that he can reunite Zoe with her dad (for a price, naturally), Zoe accepts, embarking on a journey through an eerie dreamscape that leads to Iphigene, a gathering place for the restless dead. Guided by the spirit of her deceased brother, she's determined to free her father's soul. However, achieving her heart's desire may cost Zoe everything else she holds dear.
The Republic of Thieves - by Scott Lynch
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/08/2013
Share The Republic of Thieves ISBN-13: 9780553804690
ISBN-10: 0553804693
Fantasy. This 3rd installment of the Gentleman Bastards series, after The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies, opens with notorious thief and con artist Locke Lamora slowly succumbing to death by poisoning while his partner-in-crime, Jean, scrambles to find an antidote. It turns out that the price of saving Locke's life is working for the Bondsmagi of the city of Karthain, who want the duo to rig a local election. Meanwhile, the return of Locke's long-lost love, Sabetha, complicates an already sticky situation. For more lively, witty fantasy caper novels starring charming rogues, check out Rachel Aaron's Legend of Eli Monpress series, beginning with The Spirit Thief.
School Days
The Magicians: A Novel - by Lev Grossman
Publisher: Plume
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/25/2010
Share The Magicians%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780452296299
ISBN-10: 0452296293
Dark Fantasy. Overachieving, disaffected high-school senior Quentin Coldwater knows that everything's going to change now that he's been accepted to the exclusive Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. And it does, but not in the way he expected. As a child, Quentin was obsessed with Fillory and Further, a series of children's fantasy novels similar to The Chronicles of Narnia. But practicing magic turns out to be far less glamorous -- and much more dangerous -- than it sounds. And once Quentin and his close-knit circle of friends learn that Fillory is real, magic may not be enough to protect them. If you enjoy this novel, check out the sequel, The Magician King.
Unseen Academicals: A Novel of Discworld - by Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Harper
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Share Unseen Academicals%3a A Novel of Discworld ISBN-13: 9780061161704
ISBN-10: 0061161705
Humorous Fantasy. In this sprightly 33rd installment of Terry Pratchett's long-running Discworld series, Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University stands to lose a large gift from a wealthy donor unless Archchancellor Ridcully can put together a football team ("football" in Discworld being an extraordinarily violent, non-magical cross between soccer and rugby). Despite the fact that UU's faculty, students, and staff are not very athletic, Ridcully assembles a team headed by enigmatic "candle-dribbler" Mr. Nutt and Trev Likely, son of a football legend. Wacky hijinks ensue!
Orphans of Chaos - by John C. Wright
Publisher: Tor
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/31/2006
Share Orphans of Chaos ISBN-13: 9780765349958
ISBN-10: 0765349957
Mythic Fantasy. Colin, Quentin, Victor, Vanity, and Amelia have more in common than they realize. The only pupils at their strict British boarding school, they're all orphans who don't know their real names or even how old they are -- though they agree that they don't appear to be aging. Moreover, all five possess unusual powers, from precognition to the ability to see into the fourth dimension to a knack for rearranging matter. As they gradually learn the chilling truth behind their situation, they combine their talents to engineer a daring escape. Orphans of Chaos is the 1st volume in the Chaos Chronicles, followed by Fugitives of Chaos and Titans of Chaos.
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