New Items: Fantasy, Fantastic, Phantasmagorical

It’s October, so when I was compiling books from our new items lists for this post, I thought I should go with sort of a horror theme, in honor of Halloween.  But that’s been done before.

So, let’s dig behind the obvious a bit.  Halloween, while on the surface, a holiday for scary costumes and vast quantities of delicious candy, is also a holiday based in legend. It’s a holiday, where people are, for a short period of time, given license to pretend to be something they’re not and believe in the supernatural or fantastic. And gee, it’s not like we don’t have whole genres about that… there’s fantasy, there’s occult horror, supernatural romance… the list is endless.  But here’s a start:

Hands of Flame by C.E. Murphy

War has erupted among the five Old Races, and Margrit is responsible for the death that caused it. Now New York City’s most unusual lawyer finds herself facing her toughest negotiation yet. And with her gargoyle lover, Alban, taken prisoner, Margrit’s only allies—a dragon bitter about his fall, a vampire determined to hold his standing at any cost and a mortal detective with no idea what he’s up against—have demands of their own. Determined to rescue Alban and torn between conflicting loyalties as the battle seeps into the human world, Margrit soon realizes the only way out is through the fire.

An Evil Guest by Gene Wolfe

Set a hundred years in the future, An Evil Guest is a story of an actress who becomes the lover of both a mysterious sorcerer and private detective, and an even more mysterious and powerful rich man, who has been to the human colony on an alien planet and learned strange things there. Her loyalties are divided–perhaps she loves them both. The detective helps her to release her inner beauty and become a star overnight. And the rich man is then benefactor of a play she stars in. But something is very wrong. Money can be an evil guest, but there are other evils.

Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Maggie Quinn is determined to make her mark as a journalist. The only problem? The Ranger Report does not take freshmen on staff. Rules are rules. But when has that ever stopped Maggie? After facing hellfire, infiltrating sorority rush should be easy. It’s no Woodward and Bernstein, but going undercover as the Phantom Pledge will allow her to write her exposé. Then she can make a stealth exit before initiation. But when she finds a group of girls who are after way more than “sisterhood,” all her instincts say there’s something rotten on Greek Row.

Flora’s Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Flora Fyrdraaca wants nothing more than to be a ranger, and for that she must master the magickal—and dangerous—language of Gramatica. But before she can find the ideal teacher, her aspirations are put to the test. Would a true ranger be intimidated by a tentacle that reaches for her from the depths of a toilet? Be daunted by her best friend’s transformation into a notorious outlaw, thanks to a pair of sparkly stolen boots? Be cowed by the revelation that only she can rescue the city of Califa from the violent earthquakes that threaten its survival? Never. Saving her city and her best friend are the least a Girl of Spirit can do—yet what Flora doesn’t expect are the life-altering revelations she learns about her family and herself.

Phoenix Endangered by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (Book on CD)

In The Phoenix Endangered, second in The Enduring Flame, Tiercel, a budding High Mage, and Harrier, a reluctant Knight-Mage, develop greater power—and learn of the evils of war when they see the devastation caused by the fanatical armies of the Wild Mage Bisochim.The desert tribespeople led by young Shaiara flee Bisochim’s evil, seeking a legendary oasis deep in the desert—a refuge that may hold the key to stopping Bisochim and preserving the Balance between Light and Darkness . . . or that may be the cause of Light’s ultimate downfall.

Charlie Bone and the Shadow by Jenny Nimmo

Magically-gifted Charlie Bone, accompanied by his best friend’s dog, Runner Bean, comes to the rescue when the enchanter Count Harken takes revenge on the Red King’s heirs by kidnapping and imprisoning Charlie’s ancestors in the dark, forbidding land of Badlock.

Steelflower by Lilith Saintcrow

The first book of the Steelflower Chronicles features Kaia Steelflower–thief, assassin, and famous for all the wrong reasons. After she picks the wrong pocket, Kaia wakes up with a hangover, and gets far more than she bargained for.

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