With Fate Conspire: The Onyx Court (Book 4)
by Marie Brennan
“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 crumbing, 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?”
I had seen that With Fate Conspire was being re-released in March/April, but I went onto Goodreads for something, decided to double-check the release dates for this year and found out that it had just come out! So I sent Matt to get it for me. I knew I had to see what happened to the faeries after the previous books (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie and A Star Shall Fall), I do feel that you need to have read them, otherwise you will probably get a bit lost.
Eliza is a costermonger trying to find the mysterious man that she saw near Newgate, when she finds out about the London Fairy Society and decides to try to get in. However, she cannot go in the rags that she wears, so she ends up as a servant for a family in Kensington. Dead Rick is a shriker (a faerie that turns into a black dog) and can only remember that past seven years, he is Nadrett’s minion and has to do his bidding. Nadrett is one of the four Goblin Market bosses, who fight for more power and influence, and has Dead Rick’s memories in little bits of glass. The Onyx Court is falling apart due to the Inner Circle Underground Railway being constructed straight through the middle of it, lots of faeries are leaving, others are trying to save it.
Wow, so I did not get straight into it, probably took about 50 pages, but then I did not want to put it down. There are so many twists and turns, I was not seeing most of it coming, it was incredible. I cried near the end then started laughing and then cried again. There were several parts were I was held in suspense and there were plenty of other bits where I was giggling.
My favourite characters are Eliza, Dead Rick and the Goodemeade sisters. I have loved the Goodemeade sisters the whole way through, even though we see them probably less than the others, it is lovely to see them back again fighting for the faeries. Eliza is a strong-headed girl, who just wants her friend back and to have revenge on those that took him, but you get to see another side to her. Dead Rick is such a sad character, the fact he does not know who he actually is, and trying to find out while not getting killed, it makes my heart break.
I think my favourite bit has to be the parts with the Goodemeade sisters, but once it started going it was all amazing, I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen.
With Fate Conspire is wrapped up at the end as it is the end of the series, but it leaves it open to your imagination of what could happen after.
While reading this book, I described it as the saving of a faerie realm from destruction while a mortal girl looks for her friend taken by faeries. I would recommend to anyone. 4 out of 5.