With Fate Conspire (#4)

Previous: A Star Shall Fall

Marie Brennan returns to the Onyx Court, a fairy city hidden below Queen Victoria’s London. Now the Onyx Court faces its greatest challenge.

Seven years ago, Eliza’s childhood sweetheart vanished from the streets of Whitechapel. No one believed her when she told them that he was stolen away by the faeries.

But she hasn’t given up the search. It will lead her across London and into the hidden palace that gives refuge to faeries in the mortal world. That refuge is now crumbling, broken by the iron of the underground railway, and the resulting chaos spills over to the streets above.

Three centuries of the Onyx Court are about to come to an end. Without the palace’s protection, the fae have little choice but to flee. Those who stay have one goal: to find safety in a city that does not welcome them. But what price will the mortals of London pay for that safety?


“An absorbing finale to a series that has grown richer with every installment.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Series readers and fans of the Tam Lin myth will be captivated by this complex and vibrant depiction of a magical Victorian era.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Brennan’s] characters, both major and minor, are well drawn and memorable. Brennan’s own fans, historical-fantasy fans, and lovers of classic fantasy will find this a must-read.”


“Brennan’s characters breathe life into a landscape rich in detail and vibrant with imagination. This title should please fans of Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series and Elizabeth Bear’s Promethean Age series.”

Library Journal

“For more tales of a London based on history as well as sheer invention, try WITH FATE CONSPIRE and its predecessors. Instead of the old-style fantasy of quests through green fields and dark domains, Brennan makes the most of one extraordinary city.”

Locus Magazine

“…Brennan has taken a level in skill with prose: her writing was good before, but it’s gotten even better […] WITH FATE CONSPIRE is a thoughtfully entertaining dénouement to an excellent series, and all round, a really good book.”


“WITH FATE CONSPIRE is a well-plotted and compelling novel […] if you like historical fantasy and enjoy rich world-building, you definitely should give this book a try.”


“There are very few authors that really impress me with the way they write. Bakker. Valente. Gaiman. Brennan, for me, is right there […] I often felt like I was slowing down my reading purposely so I could catch all the little literary goodies she has buried in the pages.”

Elitest Book Reviews

“Brennan set her work in an impressive historical time and coupled it with wonderfully done research that really sets it apart from many other fantasy books […] WITH FATE CONSPIRE is a solid addition to an already strong series.”

Book Worm Blues

“The rounded characters and intricate plot create an absorbing story.”

Dr. Fantastique

“…this book is an entertaining and carefully crafted work. I must applaud Brennan’s dedication to her research as well as the inventive use of her concepts…”

Steampunk Chronicles

“If you’ve been following the Onyx Court series, you won’t want to miss this one. If you’re looking for a unique read about faeries in a richly detailed London through several centuries, give this series a try. I’ve very much enjoyed it. (And Dead Rick is awesome.)”

Fantasy Literature

“…if you’re a fan of richly detailed and vivid historical settings, full of old-school fairy magic, then I’d definitely recommend reading them, period.”

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

“So be advised: this one is complete, it has an actual ending, and it remains excellent throughout. Highly recommended.”

Marissa Lingen