In Ashes Lie-Marie Brennan

In Ashes Lie

Marie Brennan

Orbit, Jun 10 2009, $14.99

ISBN: 9780316020329

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

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