A Star Shall Fall

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 25, 2012 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Marie Brennan takes us back to the Age of Enlightment in A Star Shall Fall.

The Royal Society of London plays home to the greatest minds of England. It has revolutionized philosophy and scientific knowledge. Its fellows map out the laws of the natural world, disproving ancient superstition and ushering in an age of enlightenment.

To the fae of the Onyx Court, living in a secret city below London, these scientific developments are less than welcome. It is now 1757 and magic is losing its place in the world. Science threatens to expose the fae's hidden city to hostile eyes.

In 1666, a Great Fire burned four-fifths of London to the ground. The calamity was caused by a great Dragon—an elemental beast of flame. Incapable of destroying something so powerful, the fae of London banished it to a comet moments before the comet's light disappeared from the sky. Now the calculations of Sir Edmond Halley have predicted its return in 1759.

So begins their race against time. Soon the Dragon's gaze will fall upon London and it will return to the city it ravaged once before. The fae will have to answer the question that defeated them a century before: How can they kill a being more powerful than all their magic combined? It will take both magic and science to save London—but reconciling the two carries its own danger....

 

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User Review  - princess-starr - LibraryThing

This is probably my favorite book in the Onyx Court series. It’s a much tighter story, and I got the sense of how closely the mortal and Faerie worlds influence one another, even if the monarchs aren ... Read full review

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User Review  - randalrh - LibraryThing

I fell into this series in the middle, so there's an extra star for some benefit of the doubt. The Onyx Court premise is a sort of Fae-in-London alternate history, and Brennan does a good job of tying ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
9
Section 4
65
Section 5
66
Section 6
67
Section 7
126
Section 8
127
Section 14
305
Section 15
306
Section 16
307
Section 17
367
Section 18
368
Section 19
369
Section 20
419
Section 21
421

Section 9
181
Section 10
182
Section 11
183
Section 12
244
Section 13
245
Section 22
425
Section 23
427
Section 24
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

MARIE BRENNAN is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen print and online publications.

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