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Playthings of the Gods: Fantasy

Updated: January 11, 2020

Be careful what you wish for - these fantasies show what happens when the Gods and/or the Powers That Be take a personal interest in someone.

Baker, Kage.
Smith, a retired assassin turned caravan master, turns out to be much more than even he realized as he deals with a variety of eccentric passengers, a gross of glass butterflies, other assassins, and more than a few demons.

Wilson, G. Willow, 1982-

In the sultan’s palace in Granada, Fatima is a concubine who yearns for freedom. Outside the palace gates the Inquisition lays siege to the city. When she recognizes the threat that the Inquisition poses to her friend Hassan, a mapmaker with magical gifts, the two of them escape into the night, risking the wrath of the Sultanate in a quest for freedom and survival. This is a historical fantasy with charming characters and lyrical writing. 

Bujold, Lois McMaster.
Cazaril, a former soldier and courtier betrayed into slavery, returns to the noble family he once served to tutor the sister of Chalion's heir. But his willingness to sacrifice everything to save the young Royesse brings him to the attention of one of the Five Gods.

Cast, P. C.
During her summer vacation, teacher Shannon Parker purchases a Celtic vase, and finds herself transported to the world of Partholon where she becomes the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. Now she must find a way to return to Oklahoma before war erupts - and she is married off to a centaur.

Lackey, Mercedes.
In the mystical realm of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, the Tradition is the underlying force which tries to assign every inhabitant into their proper fairytale role. Denied her predestined Cinderella life, Elena becomes apprentice to the local Fairy Godmother, whose job it is to ensure that evil does not subvert Tradition.

Pullman, Philip, 1946-
In a world something like ours in the late 19th century, a girl named Lyra and her daemon set off to save a kidnapped friend. What she doesn't know is that her recently discovered parents are caught up in a battle that will shake the very foundation of not only her world, but many others, and that she is destined to play an important role in that battle.

Jemisin, N. K.
After a war in the distant past between rival gods, the losing deities were forced to become slaves to mortal humans. A young woman, named possible heir to the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, finds her life increasingly complicated by these subjugated gods.

Fallon, Jennifer.
Scholar Arkady Desean interviews Cayal, a murderer who cannot die, and discovers that the tales of immortal Tide Lords - who created hybrid slaves and almost destroyed the world in a deadly Cataclysm over a thousand years ago - just might be true.

Heinlein, Robert A. 1907-1988.
Call Number: SF
After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn't the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. His life is turned upside down and inside out when he becomes the plaything of Loki and Jehovah. And when Satan steps in, things get really crazy.

Carey, Jacqueline, 1964-
In a culture where love of any kind is celebrated, Phedre is unusual. She is marked by the demigod Kushiel, whose path to ecstasy is one of pain and submission. Given an unorthodox education, she becomes a famous courtesan and spy, and sometimes much more.

Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo?

McKillip, Patricia A.
Morgon, Prince of Hed, a land of simple farmers, has proven himself adept at solving riddles. Now ancient, evil forces are threatening him, so he must seek the High One - who will hopefully explain the mysterious stars he wear on his head.

Goss, Theodora

A fascinating, heart-warming and bone-chilling collection of stories, in prose or poetry, of how women survive and thrive, even in the most difficult circumstances. These tales will leave you breathless, whether from anticipation, shock, wonder, or laughing out loud, and are the result of a master writer applying her skills to material that she loves. It is a MUST read for those drawn to our ancient stories.

Turner, Megan Whalen.
Call Number: x
Eugenides is informed that he will be freed from a certain death sentence if he steals a legendary gem guarded by the gods. Despite his refusal, he finds himself on a most uncomfortable road trip, accompanied by a gruff magus and two young lordlings.