Seattle Picks: Fantasy Favorites

The Heroes
The Heroes By Abercrombie, Joe Book - 2011 SCI-FIC ABERCRO 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Two warring armies meet at The Heroes, a desolate valley ringed with stones, for a vicious battle. A large cast of characters narrates the unflinching realities of warfare in a fantasy world devoid of whimsy.

Throne of the Crescent Moon
Throne of the Crescent Moon By Ahmed, Saladin Book - 2012 SCI-FIC AHMED 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:Doctor Adoulla Makhslood had given up hunting demons. But when his friend’s niece is killed Adoulla scours his Middle Eastern city for the chief ghul responsible for the murder in a story reminiscent of the Arabian Nights.

Range of Ghosts
Range of Ghosts By Bear, Elizabeth Book - 2012 SCI-FIC BEAR 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 3 copies

Annotation:The Great Khagan’s kingdom is immersed in civil war and his grandson, Temur, finds himself seeking his captured lover Edene with a new wizard and tiger-woman in this first in a historical fantasy trilogy.

The Scar
The Scar By Di͡achenko, Serhiĭ Book - 2012 SCI-FIC DIACHEN 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Egbert, an arrogant member of the elite guard, is hideously disfigured after he callously kills a young student. Unable to end his own life and forever labeled a coward, Egbert journeys to heal his scars and find peace.

Spider's Bite
Spider's Bite By Estep, Jennifer Book - 2010 FIC ESTEP 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Gin Blanco, aka “The Spider,” is an assassin whose fervor for revenge is fueled in the wake of her family’s murder and a dirty double-cross in this dark, sexy urban fantasy. (Elemental Assassin #1)

A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches A Novel By Harkness, Deborah E. Book - 2011 FIC HARKNES 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 10 on 22 copies

Annotation:Diana Bishop, a reluctant witch, meets Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, at the Bodleian Library when she gains access to a lost, sacred text. From rivals to lovers, Diana and Matthew face thrilling odds. (All Souls Trilogy #1)

The Last Page
The Last Page By Huso, Anthony Book - 2010 SCI-FIC HUSO 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Caliph Howl inherits Stonehold’s throne during a civil war while his old lover, the witch Sena, spies on her king and seeks the secrets of an ancient text in this medieval fantasy imbued with technological twists.

The Killing Moon
The Killing Moon By Jemisin, N. K. Book - 2012 SCI-FIC JEMISIN 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 2 copies

Annotation:In the desert city of Gujaareh, where dreams are magic, Gatherers collect dreams from the dying. But when Ehiru gathers a foreign diplomat’s dreams, his faith is shaken by the monstrous corruption lurking beneath the world’s surface. (Dreamblood #1)

Endurance By Lake, Jay Book - 2011 SCI-FIC LAKE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Green, an ex-courtesan and assassin, gave birth to a god and is pregnant again when evil adversaries threaten to claim her child and her services. (Green Universe #2)

Lady Lazarus
Lady Lazarus By Lang, Michele Book - 2010 FIC LANG 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Budapest in 1939, the last remaining Jewish Lazarus witch, 20-year-old Magda, must race to reclaim the powerful Book of Raziel before Nazi wizards do in this historical urban fantasy.

Scholar By Modesitt, L. E. Book - 2011 SCI-FIC MODESIT 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This first in a new trilogy set in the world of Terahnar, imager and scholar Quaeryt, bestowed with the task of assessing the political climate of Tilbor, discovers dangerous, conspiratorial plots afoot.

The Steel Remains
The Steel Remains By Morgan, Richard K. Book - 2009 SCI-FIC MORGAN 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 5 copies

Annotation:Three damaged heroes bound together over a brutal war are drawn together again ten years later. Immortal and pitiless creatures are making movements against the world of man, as alliances constantly shift in this noir fantasy. (Land Fit for Heroes #1)

The Rook
The Rook A Novel By O'Malley, Daniel Book - 2012 FIC OMALLEY 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 20 on 9 copies

Annotation:In a London park Myfanwy Thomas wakes up surrounded by dead bodies with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Nothing is as it seems in this paranormal detective thriller.

Shadow Prowler
Shadow Prowler By Pekhov, Alekseĭ Book - 2010 SCI-FIC PEKHOV 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Only Rainbow Horn can stop The Nameless One and his evil army of ogres, orcs and giants from invading the city of Avendoom. But can the king’s thief find it in time? A bestseller in Russia. (Chronicles of Siala #1)

Hide Me Among the Graves
Hide Me Among the Graves By Powers, Tim Book - 2012 FIC POWERS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lord Byron’s physician, John Polidori, now a vampire-ghost, seeks to possess a child bride and haunts the Rossetti family in 1862 London in this paranormal steampunk thriller.

Touchstone By Rawn, Melanie Book - 2012 SCI-FIC RAWN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Young, idealistic Cayden Silversun, of elven and wizard descent, starts a magical acting troupe with the enigmatic, troubled Mieka Windthistle in this high fantasy tale of hope, destruction, love and politics. (Glass Thorns #1)

The Buntline Special
The Buntline Special By Resnick, Michael D. Book - 2010 SCI-FIC RESNICK 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Steampunk meets alternate history Western in this humorous, action-packed story rife with historical characters like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Thomas Edison.

Name of the Wind
Name of the Wind By Rothfuss, Patrick Book - 2007 SCI-FIC ROTHFUS 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 27 on 18 copies

Annotation:As Kvothe recounts his unbelievable exploits to a traveling scribe, the history of his development as a renowned wizard and his dangerous knowledge of the mythic Chandrian unfolds. (Kingkiller Chronicles #1)

The Shape of Desire
The Shape of Desire By Shinn, Sharon Book - 2012 SCI-FIC SHINN 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:Maria and Dante have been secret lovers for fifteen years even though he is a shape-shifter. When she discovers a shape-shifter may be responsible for some recent murders, she questions the secrecy of her bond. (Shifting Circle #1)

Among Others
Among Others By Walton, Jo Book - 2011 FIC WALTON 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:After her twin sister dies, Mor’s lively diary entries narrate her boarding school banishment while sharing her wry thoughts and voracious appetite for science fiction in this Nebula Award-winning novel.

Blackbirds By Wendig, Chuck Book - 2012 FIC WENDIG 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Miriam needs only to touch you to know when and how you will die. So don’t take it personally when she arrives right before you kick the bucket to rob you of the money you won’t need in the afterlife.

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