The return of Halley’s Comet, intrigue in the Faerie Court, the Great Fire that burned four-fifths of London to the ground, and the cursed Dragon that caused it: these are just some of the plot elements of Marie Brennan’s blockbuster, page-turning historical Urban Fantasy novel A Star Shall Fall. In this third novel of her series that began with Midnight Never Comes and continued with In Ashes Lie, Brennan’s epic saga comes full circle, with the much-anticipated and feared return of the Dragon that caused London’s Great Fire the subject of great concern and worry among the Fae that inhabit London and all of England. They barely managed to defeat the Dragon and send him into space to rendevous with Halley’s Comet the first time. A Dragon bent on revenge is not something they wish to face, but they will need something more than even their wondrous magic to stop the Dragon this time–they’ll also need science.
Queen Lune, the Queen of the Onyx Court, looks as beautiful and as young as ever, yet she has outlived several human consorts, known as Princes of the Stone. The main male hero of A Star Shall Fall is her most recent consort, or Prince of the Stone, the wealthy gentleman Galen St. Clair. He has done the unthinkable, but what many men would have done in his position–he’s fallen in love with Lune. She seems to care deeply for him, also, but for a being who is practically immortal and has lived longer than any of her human lovers, the concept of love starts to seem sort of vague and loses some of its meaning.
The task that Queen Lune and her subjects rely on Galen to accomplish is one which they have been trying to solve ever since the Great Fire and the last appearance of Halley’s Comet–what to do whenever it returns with a very angry Dragon aboard, ready to renew its age-old battle with them afresh. But, how can he hope to succeed where others have come up clueless? That is a difficult question to ponder, with no easy solution in sight. That is, unless the Fae can once again rely on and count on their symbiotic relationship with humans once again, the bond that has kept them alive and thriving despite such things as iron, which is very harmful to them.