A Star Shall Fall (#3)

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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…


“Enchanting, fearsome faerie vistas and pinpoint character delineations make Galen’s absorbing quest one to savor and remember.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Brennan’s historical research is as impeccable as ever, and the twining of the two worlds is the best yet. Fans of the Onyx Court novels, and anyone who enjoys historical fantasy, should like A STAR SHALL FALL.”


“An ambitious tale and a pleasing triumph. Wonderful.”


“A STAR SHALL FALL is a terrific novel. It stands solidly on its own two feet despite being the third novel in a series. You should be reading this novel.”

Elitist Book Reviews

“A STAR SHALL FALL is a well-written novel and a good addition to the series. I recommend it to fans of historical fantasy.”

Fantasy Literature

“The third book follows the pattern of the others, a quiet, slow beginning as complicated threads are laid down, rising to a terrific climax.”

Sherwood Smith

“This is my favorite of the series so far. The plotting is sharper, the characters are great, and Brennan continues to blend history and magic so smoothly it’s hard to tell where one ends and the next begins.”

Jim C. Hines, Hugo and Writers of the Future Award Winner

“A STAR SHALL FALL is a a marvelous, magical novel that evocatively brings to life 18th Century London through interesting and believable characters and a wealth of historical details.”

David Forbes, author of the bestselling Osserian Saga

“…a fantasy novel that’s utterly steeped in science.”

Wendy Shaffer

“Marie Brennan is a writer worth making space for in your library.”

Alma Alexander

“The best of the Onyx Court books to date… Very fine book, highly recommended.”

Alec Austin