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Fantasy fiction

  • Author:
    Tolkien, J. R. R.
    Summary:

    The original American full dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio. The fellowship is broken; the quest to destroy the ring seems already shrouded in disaster. But as the evil lord Sauron readies his armies for war, Frodo and Sam continue their lonely journey toward Mordor, guided only by Gollum--a deceitful and tortured creature, helplessly in thrall to the Ring's dark power.

  • Author:
    Pratchett, Terry
    Summary:

    Life can be pretty tough when you are editor of the Discworld's first newspaper and you have a thirst for publishing the truth. Especially now that several people want you dead in several interesting ways.

  • Author:
    Cho, Zen
    Summary:

    When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can't remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic. If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she's drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.

  • Author:
    Bennett, Robert Jackson
    Summary:

    Sixeen year-old George Carole, uncommonly gifted at the piano, falls in with a strange troupe--and under the watchful eye of the enigmatic figure of Silenus, George comes to realize that the members of the troupe are more than they appear to be.

  • Author:
    Summers, Gillian
    Summary:

    When her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Keelie Heartwood is forced to leave her beloved California to live with her nomadic father at a renaissance festival in Colorado. After arriving, Keelie finds men in tights and women in trailer trash-tight bodices roaming half-drunk, calling each other lady and lord even after closing time! Playacting the Dark Ages is an L.A. girl’s worst nightmare. Keelie has a plan to ditch this medieval geekland ASAP, but while she plots, strange things start happening—eerie, yet familiar. When Keelie starts seeing fairies and communicating with trees, she uncovers a secret that links her to a community of elves. As Keelie tries to come to grips with her elfin roots, disaster strikes, and Keelie’s identity isn’t the only thing that’s threatened. One part human determination and one part elfin magic, Keelie Heartwood is a witty new heroine in a world where fantasy and reality mix with extraordinary results.

  • Author:
    Summers, Gillian
    Summary:

    When her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Keelie Heartwood is forced to leave her beloved California to live with her nomadic father at a renaissance festival in Colorado. After arriving, Keelie finds men in tights and women in trailer trash-tight bodices roaming half-drunk, calling each other lady and lord even after closing time! Playacting the Dark Ages is an L.A. girl's worst nightmare. Keelie has a plan to ditch this medieval geekland ASAP, but while she plots, strange things start happening-eerie, yet familiar. When Keelie starts seeing fairies and communicating with trees, she uncovers a secret that links her to a community of elves. As Keelie tries to come to grips with her elfin roots, disaster strikes, and Keelie's identity isn't the only thing that's threatened. One part human determination and one part elfin magic, Keelie Heartwood is a witty new heroine in a world where fantasy and reality mix with extraordinary results.

  • Author:
    Archer, Katrina
    Summary:

    A murky past. A forbidden love. A deathly power.When the river spits Umbra onto its bank, naked and shivering, the only clue to her identity is the arcane brand seared into her skin. A brand hunted by both a murderous necromancer and a handsome stranger. A brand that thrusts Umbra into a simmering conflict between the ascendant Clans and the nomadic Gherza. A brand that may make her the key to averting all-out war. The Tree of Souls weaves an intimate tale of dark sorcery, doomed love, and implacable revenge, amid an age-old clash of nations, with all the souls of the living hanging in the balance.

  • Author:
    Le Guin, Ursula K.
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    Arha's isolated existence as high priestess in the tombs of Atuan is jarred by a thief who seeks a special treasure.

  • Author:
    Sapkowski, Andrzej
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    Geralt is a witcher--guardian of the innocent and a defender against frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task is to protect Ciri, a child of prophecy who will have the power to change the world for good or for ill--but Ciri has vanished.

  • Author:
    Snider, Sara C.
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    Abandoned as a baby, young Emelyn’s life as a housemaid in the quiet village of Fallow is unremarkable—and empty. That is, until a host of magical creatures arrives and inflicts terrible misdeeds on the townsfolk. Inexplicably immune to their enchantments, Emelyn joins a pair of Magi intent on stopping the cause of the trouble—and who claim to know of her parents, promising Emelyn answers to a lifetime of questions.But the answers Emelyn seeks prove to be more elusive than she hoped, and the world outside Fallow more perilous than she imagined. Magical creatures roam the land over, attacking yet another town before coming after Emelyn. The key to her survival—and finding her family—lies deep within her, if only she can conquer her doubts and believe she is more powerful than she ever dreamed.In a journey that explores facing one’s fears amidst the uncertainties of an unknown world, The Thirteenth Tower is a magical tale of discovery, growth, and of love’s enduring strength.

  • Author:
    O'Faolain, J. L.
    Summary:

    Sequel to The Thirteenth Child Tuulois MacColewyn’s simple life performing dirty jobs for fey hiding in New York City has died a quick death. Consulting for the NYPD on a case involving child abductions, losing a friend, laying siege to a stronghold at the end of Broadway and being chased through a hospital by animated scarecrows combined to make last month hell. This month is shaping up to be much worse. Yet, it’s not all bad. Cole has a new place to live, a steady-paying job working for the NYPD and the heart of Inspector Joss Vallimun, head of Section Thirteen and, incidentally, Cole’s new boss. Section Thirteen is understaffed and overworked, trying to solve every supernatural crime in New York, including a series of grisly child murders and evidence that local fey are being enslaved. When Vallimun is gravely injured just as the investigation reaches a fever pitch while a snowstorm blankets the city, Cole will need all the help he can get to have any hope of salvaging this month at all.

  • Author:
    Narsimhan, Mahtab
    Summary:

    2009 Silver Birch Award — Winner 2009 Red Maple Award — Shortlisted 2009 Best Books for Kids & Teens — Commended 2008 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award — Longlisted For Tara and her brother, Suraj, the year their mother and grandfather fled the village of Morni in the middle of the night has been a nightmare. Their new stepmother is cruel and deceptive, and the village itself is lacking a healer. What’s more, men of the village have been disappearing, often returning in a strange, altered form. When a new healer, Zarku, a mysterious man with a third eye possessing strange power, suddenly appears in Morni, all are mesmerized by his magic – all except Tara, who sees through his evil disguise. With nothing but her own courage and wit, Tara tries to find her missing mother and grandfather, the true healer, in time to save her village. But along the way she must enlist the help of the god Ganesh and the lord of death, Yama, or she, like others before her, will fall victim to Zarku’s third eye.

  • Author:
    Degan, Alice
    Summary:

    On a back alley in Toronto’s Kensington Market, above the Heaven and Earth Bakery, there’s an apartment with a room for rent. The rent is negotiable. The location varies. Humans need not apply. For Nick, who calls 7C home, real life can be a lot weirder than his friends’ role-playing games. Between regular stints at his job delivering bread and cinnamon buns to the otherworldly population of the city, these days he finds himself dodging attacks from vampire-hunting tourists, possessed pigeons and his boss’s unborn child. Welcome to a world of obnoxious fairies and bored vampires, satyrs who love ’80s music and demons who play video games. Welcome to 7C. Good luck finding the bathroom.

  • Author:
    Clement-Davies, David
    Summary:

    Relying on true courage and true love, as well as some surprising connections to the Arthurian legends, a young Welsh teenager named Rhodri embarks on a quest to remove an ancient curse from Great Britain during the reign of Richard the Lionheart.

  • Author:
    King, Stephen
    Summary:

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America-and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, the Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin' --from the audiobook jacket

  • Author:
    Moorcock, Michael
    Summary:

    There is a sword, forged by the master swordsmith Goffanon the Dwarf, imbued with powerfully magical properties. But this magic can only be wielded by one man. And there is a stallion—a fierce animal that allows only those pure of heart to ride it. The only man worthy of taking up this sword, and climbing into this saddle, is Prince Corum—the Eternal Champion.

    The struggle for dominion between the races of good and evil is reaching an epic crescendo, and the formidable Gods of Limbo threaten to deliver unending Chaos to the world. Corum’s most desperate quest yet will see treachery, betrayal, wizards, dragons and brutal battle, all of which will decide the fate of the Earth, and of Corum himself.

  • Author:
    Kay, Guy Gavriel
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    Five young professionals and students are dramatically precipitated out of their lives in this world into the realm of Fionavar, the true world, of which our own is only shadow. Led by Silvercloak, the wizard, the five are caught up in the opening forays of a devastating war as the renegade god, Rakoth Maugrim, breaks free from his thousand-year imprisonment. In a world gripped by the timeless war between the forces of Light and Dark, a rich tapestry is woven as the five are confronted by wood and water spirits, dwarves, supernatural animals and the titanic magics of the gods, against which the strengths of humans seem weak and small.

  • Author:
    Farland, David
    Summary:

    Young Prince Gaborn is on his way to ask for the hand of Princess Iome when he spots a pair of assassins with their sights set on the princess' father. He soon realizes that not only the royal family but the very fate of the Earth is in jeopardy.

  • Author:
    Pullman, Philip
    Summary:

    Here is the highly anticipated second installment of Philip Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy, begun with the critically acclaimed "The golden compass". Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Cittágazze, "the city of magpies," where adults are curiously absent and children run wild. Here their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will's father. Their search is plagued with obstacles, some familiar and some horribly new and unfathomable, but it eventually brings them closer to Will's father and to the Subtle Knife, a deadly, magical, ancient tool that cuts windows between worlds. Through it all, Will and Lyra find themselves hurtling toward the center of a fierce battle against a force so awesome that leagues of mortals, witches, beasts, and spirits from every world are uniting in fear and anger against it.

  • Author:
    Anderle, Michael, Noffke, Sarah
    Summary:

    Some people won't rest until they get to the bottom of things. That's Liv Beaufont. And some want to kill her for her persistence. To try and keep Liv from finding out the truth, Adler brings back an ancient evil that the Warriors exterminated long ago. Now alone, Liv will have to battle monsters so dark, they frighten even the strongest magical creatures. But she can't be deterred from her quest for the truth. While trying to take down evil beasts, Liv also works to uncover why mortals can't see magic. Her journey takes her to the last place she wants to go: where her parents died.

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