Star Shall Fall, A

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Macmillan, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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. Magic is losing its place in the world—and science threatens to expose the court 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

PROLOGUE
13
Congelatio
19
Destillatio
87
Fermentatio
155
Conjunctio
219
Separatio
291
Dissolutio
361
Calcinatio
431
EPILOGUE
490
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
493
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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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