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A Breviary of Fire

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.

A Breviary of Fire

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Release Date : May 21, 2024

ISBN Number : 978-1-63632-244-5



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“Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.”

The words of composer Gustav Mahler animate this collection of sixteen tales from award-winning author Marie Brennan, inspired by mythological and folkloric traditions around the world. Here you will find flames of revenge, immortality, and grace, as a valkyrie seeks peace, a queen weaves and unweaves her own fate, and a goddess vanishes from mortal memory — but never from the page.

Part of the Collected Short Fiction of Marie Brennan

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Table of Contents

  • “This Is How”
  • “Serpent, Wolf, and Half-Dead Thing”
  • “The Waking of Angantyr”
  • “Silence, Before the Horn”
  • “Daughter of Necessity”
  • “Your Body, My Prison, My Forge”
  • “For the Fairest”
  • “The Wives of Paris”
  • “The Me of Perfect Sight”
  • “The Gospel of Nachash”
  • “Salt Feels No Pain”
  • “At the Heart of Each Pearl Lies a Grain of Sand”
  • “Centuries of Kings”
  • “The Old Woman and the Tea”
  • “Ghost and Fox”
  • “Speak to the Moon”
  • Story notes

About the Author: Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly leans on her academic fields for inspiration. She is the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of the Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent along with several other series, over eighty short stories, several poems, and the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides; as half of M.A. Carrick, she has written the Rook and Rose epic fantasy trilogy. For more information and social media, visit

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