In Ashes Lie

In Ashes Lie

by Marie Brennan

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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 . . .

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BN ID: 2940158132087
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Series: Onyx Court , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,052,595
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She most recently misapplied her professors' hard work to the Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent; the first book of that series, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and won the Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel. COLD-FORGED FLAME, the first novella in the Varekai series, came out in September 2016. She is also the author of the Doppelganger duology of WARRIOR and WITCH, the urban fantasies LIES AND PROPHECY and CHAINS AND MEMORY, the Onyx Court historical fantasy series, and nearly fifty short stories. For more information, visit

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In Ashes Lie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1666 having survived the Great Plague of last year, England is now wracked by civil war as King Charles II and the Parliament battle over who is in charge. Underneath, ironically the faerie Onyx Court faces an uncertain future as the Ancient ways that have sustained them for ages is ripping apart.--------- In London a baker Thomas Farynor has banked the fires of his ovens to go sleep. While he is sleeping, a spark escapes turning London into an inferno. He and his daughter Hanna flee into the night. At the same that the city is burning down, another threat has arisen to both the human and Fae occupants of greater London. This annihilator destroys anything in its path; to survive and perhaps defeat this invincible foe, the mortals and the fairies must unite, but neither side trusts the other. ------------ Based on the real event of the Great Fire of 1666, IN ASHES LIE is a superb historical urban fantasy that grips readers who will feel transported back in time due to the vivid atmosphere that makes the seventeenth century human and Fae London seem alive and real. The story line is fast-paced as a deadly inferno threatens the mortal Londoners and an even deadlier malevolence threatens both species. Sub-genre fans will relish this exhilarating Restoration Era thriller and seek its prequel (see the Elizabethan Era MIDNIGHT NEVER COMES).--------- Harriet Klausner
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lune is now queen of the Onyx Court, but she is threatened both from within and from without. Time has passed, and Parliament is contending with Charles Stuart for control of England. A little farther forward in time, the Great Fire of London threatens both realms.The writing is a little more formal than I usually prefer, but it took less time for me to sink into the story this time than it did with the first book.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the Onyx Hall Series. The first novel, ¿Midnight Never Come,¿ takes place in the Elizabethan era. The setting of this story is England between 1639 and 1666. The narrative jumps between the burning of London in 1666 and the 1640 English Civil War. Lune, the queen of Onyx Hall, struggles to keep a balance between her underground fairy kingdom and the human realm above. To keep track of the politics in England, Lune rules with a human consort, Antony, who lives in both worlds. Antony is an alderman in London and becomes a member of parliament when King Charles I calls the assemblage so he can acquire money to wage war. In the first novel of this series, Lune¿s downfall is caused by the evil Invidiana. In this story Lune is endangered by a fae ruler named Nicneven who challenges Lune¿s reign by using an evil fae named Ifarren Vidar. Nicneven¿s reason for disliking Lune¿s court is because she hates humans and doesn¿t like the way the fae in the Hall live quietly with humans. Little action occurs at the beginning of this novel. The book starts with the first moments of the fire that consumes London and then switches to the political machinations that led to the English Civil War. Each chapter of the novel starts with the fire and then returns to the War. The London fire is the most dramatic part of the narrative. The political storyline doesn¿t become interesting until Charles I is beheaded. I recommend wading through the first 150 pages of bureaucratic intrigue, because the rest of the novel is much livelier.
Rubbah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really hate finishing a book half way through, especially if it's the sequel to a book that I really enjoyed, but thats what happened with In Ashes Lie. The first problem for me was the confusing schisms and political plots in both mortal and faerie courts, it was hard to keep track of who was on what side, and what each side stood for. Secondly, there were large to time jumps throughout from the 1640s to the 1660s and back again, and as the characters are primarily immortal unchanging faeries, it was sometimes difficult to notice that the time had changed. Overall, I really wanted to like this book, and I hope that when I have less to read, I'll pick it up again, finish it and be proved wrong, and that it is as good as it's predecessor.
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Meliai More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's not quite as good as the original, but it's still amazing.
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