Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
New Arrivals - Fantasy
"Magic uses blood-- a lot of it. The more that?s used, the more powerful the effect, so mages find ?volunteers? to fuel their spells. Lem, however, is different. Long ago he set up a rule that lets him sleep at night: never use anyone?s blood but your own. He?s grifting through life as a Trickster, performing only small Glamours like turning one-dollar bills into twenties. He and his sidekick, Mags, aren?t doing well, but they?re getting by. That is, until they find young Claire Mannice-- bound and gagged, imprisoned in a car?s trunk, and covered with invisible rune tattoos. Lem turns to his estranged mentor for help, but what they've uncovered is more terrifying than anybody could have imagined. Mika Renar, the most dangerous Archmage in the world, is preparing to use an ocean of blood to cast her dreams into reality-- and Lem just got in her way"--P.  of cover.
Aoife Grayson will do anything to make her way to the Deadlands and try to win back her love, Dean, who died helping her, even if that means killing Tremaine, who has vowed to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the faerie home of her mother Nerissa.
Richard Blanzac, a San Francisco-based rare book dealer, opens a box of consignment items and encounters the unexpected. There, among an assortment of literary rarities, he discovers a manuscript in verse, an Ace Double Novel, and a scattering of very old cigarette butts. These commonplace objects serve as catalysts for an extraordinary-- and unpredictable-- adventure.
Jack Winter is back. But his demons are far from behind him. Jack Winter and his girlfriend Pete Caldecott have encountered a lot of strange creatures in the Black -- primordial demons, hungry ghosts, witch hunters, and the Prince of Hell himself, Belial. When Belial asks Jack for one last favor to help him keep his throne, Jack may have finally met his match because Belial's rival is something that no one - human or demon - has ever seen before... There's a revolution brewing in Hell, and Jack might be the only one who can stop Belial's rival from ripping a hole between the Black and the mortal world -- a catastrophe that could be worse than Armageddon.
My name is Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie to my friends). I'm Death's Daughter and as of very recently, the (reluctant) head of my father's company, Death, Inc. I was gradually learning how to be a businesswoman. Had the power suits and shoes down, though the day to day was slow going. Then I was blindsided by Enemies Unknown and sent off to I-don't-know-where. Not a good thing. Now not only must my friends and family be frantic, but without a CEO, Death, Inc., cannot function. With the newly deceased left free to roam the Earth, it is the zombie apocalypse come true. I've got to get back both for my sake and the sake of, oh, all humanity.
Four years after the horrific events in Leadville, a young woman from England, Victoria Dawes, sets into motion a series of events that will lead Cora and herself out into the New Mexico desert in pursuit of Anaba, a Navajo witch bent on taking revenge for the atrocities committed against her people.
Draken vae Khellian is banished to the forbidding magical land of Akrasia and is pressed into the service of a young queen at the same time he pursues affairs with an enigmatic necromancer and a servant girl.
Anderson orders private eye Nikki Glass to use her powers to locate Konstantin, the former leader of the Olympians who has gone into hiding. She resists the idea until a series of attacks lead her to believe that Konstantin is no longer in hiding and is gunning for her and Anderson. However, tension mounts when Nikki begins to suspect that Konstantin might not be behind the attacks after all.
The master thief Shadow Harold suffers the losses of friends and comrades when his quest for the peace-restoring Rainbow Horn is threatened by betrayal, battle, and a fierce obstacle that forces him to work alone.
For more than a decade, Caro Barrett has had doubts about the death of her husband, who disappeared while looking for a tribe of day-walking vampires in an African rainforest. Now, their daughter is struggling through her teenage years without a father. Waiting in the wings is an ancient vampire ready to possess Caro's heart and to protect them both from harm. And, with her husband declared legally dead, Caro feels it is finally time to move on. A hemisphere away in a windowless compound, an Ottoman vampire lies dying from a rare blood disease, which has made him vulnerable to the faintest bit of light. Yet he is determined to vanquish its power over him to feel the sun on his face one last time. And in Caro's darkest fears he will be lifted into the light of day.
Discover a lost time. Here is the first Dragonriders of Pern short story collection. Join the original explorers of Pern; share the terror of the evacuation from the Southern Continent as ships, aided by talking dolphins, braved the Pernese ocean; hear of the rescue of the original colonists--before the planet was cut off for all time.
Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is beginning to believe that the only way to find the keys she's been searching for and save her friends is by dying. And when Wolfgang Schmidt, the lover of her boss at the vampire council, is found dead, her worst fears are confirmed. With the first portal of hell permanently open, the energies of the dark path are leaching into the world. Searching for Schmidt's killer and the keys at the same time, Risa and reaper Azriel track a shape-shifting spider spirit capable of changing her form into a seductive woman. But when they finally find the second key, the Aedh Lucian snatches it and disappears. Risa is intent on finding Lucian and fighting him to the death--for in her mind, she knows that neither can remain while the other lives....
To keep three helpless were-dog children safe, occult bounty hunter Deacon Chalk must battle a trio of evil witches, which forces him to partner with a ruthless government agent, embrace a power beyond his imagining, and put both his team and his soul on the line.
Heuler's stories dart out at what the world is doing and center on how the individual copes with it. Anything is possible: people breed dogs with humans to create a servant class; beneath one great city lies another city, running it surreptitiously; an employee finds that her hair has been stolen by someone intent on getting her job; strange fish fall from trees and birds talk too much; a boy tries to figure out what he can get when the Rapture leaves good stuff behind. Everything is familiar; everything is different. Behind it all, is there some strange kind of design or merely just the chance to adapt?
Wizard and tattoo artist Gage escaped the dread Ivory Towers, but no one can outrun his past forever. The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they will stop at nothing - even destroying cities - to stop him...and the nascent human uprising.
In exchange for protection under Prince Anton, orphaned sisters Céline and Amelie Fawe agree to use their skills as seers to solve a series of bizarre deaths, forcing them to navigate a dark and mysterious world where they discover they have more power than they could have ever imagined.
The conclusion of the epic adventures of the Shield-Brethren.
Two decades after being forced into slavery by seafaring Norlander invaders, a small faction of Shadari rebels hires the infamous mercenary Mongrel to assist their uprising, unaware that her ties to the region render her a volatile ally with an agenda of her own.
"A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace-- until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery"--Publisher's web site.
"The tale of a postman who encounters a fledgling raven while on the edge of his route and decides to bring her home. The unlikely couple falls in love and conceives a child?an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. Betwixt and between, she reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her. One of the world?s most beloved storytellers has crafted a dark fairy tale full of wonderment and longing. Complete with Audrey Niffenegger?s bewitching etchings and paintings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility"--Amazon.
When Sam Thornton is sent to collect the soul of a young woman accused of murdering her whole family, he, believing that the woman is innocent of the horrific crime that has doomed her to Hell, refuses to do the Devil's bidding.
"Two of six fragments in the Crosstown to oblivion short novels in which Mosley ... explores life's cosmic questions. From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, these tales take us on speculative journeys beyond the reality we have come to know. In each tale someone in our world today is given insight into these long pondered mysteries. But how would the world really receive the answers?"--Dust jacket flap.
"It hasn't been the best week for Jessica McClain. Her mate has been kidnapped by a Goddess hell-bent on revenge, and Jessica is playing for keeps. But being the only female werewolf in town comes with its own set of rules and powers... if only she understood them. Aided by two vamps, two loyal Pack members, and one very reluctant human, Jessica must rescue her man while coming to terms with what being a wolf really means"-- Provided by publisher.
A Thaumaturg expedition to tame the jungle wilderness of the Himatan prompts young Saeng and her brother on a desperate mission to reclaim a forgotten past heritage under the rule of an ancient and powerful goddess.
This lively, inventive comic tale is set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and talking animals. Haroun's father is a storyteller but one day, the sea of stories dries up, so Haroun embarks on a journey to restore the sea of stories and save the world from silence.