In Ashes Lie (#2)

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It is the seventeenth century. For twenty years, the City of London has been torn apart: by war, by plague, by fire.

The Onyx Court is London’s faerie shadow. Dedicated to co-existence with mortals, it struggles to survive against rival courts who oppose everything it stands for.

Now, when these two realms are at their most divided, they face a threat neither can defeat alone. The Great Fire ravaging London is more than mere flames. While the city’s human residents struggle to halt the inexorable blaze, the fae must defeat a stranger foe: the embodiment of the fire itself, a monstrous Dragon that seeks to devour London both above and below. If the faerie queen Lune and her mortal consort cannot bring the two worlds together, the city itself may not survive . . . .


“Brennan has created a fascinating hidden underworld beneath London, and it’s enhanced by prose that has an elegance perfect for historical fantasy.”

RT Book Reviews

“Marie Brennan juggled complex politics, plague, and fire to great effect in IN ASHES LIE.”

Strange Horizons

“Brennan is a bright new voice in fantasy fiction, and IN ASHES LIE is her best effort yet.”

Sacramento Book Review

“Brennan does do an amazing job of weaving parallels between the real world events with the affects on the fae and vice versa.”


“Brennan shines, and her abundant imagination […] becomes something you will definitely want to experience for yourself.”

Arctic Wren


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