The following files show the songs from the playlists I listened to while writing:

(My apologies for the ugly formatting; those are .txt files exported directly from iTunes, cleaned up somewhat for legibility.)

I also commissioned musician, writer, and poet Yoon Ha Lee to compose a theme song for the Onyx Court. The song is free to share; just make sure to credit Yoon Ha Lee as the composer and artist, and my series as the inspiration.


I have a long-standing habit of making soundtracks for my novels. The titles below are designed to minimize spoilers, but still, proceed at your own risk. A playlist with many of these tracks is available on Spotify.

A Star Shall Fall

  • A Star Shall Fall — “Death Camp,” Michael Kamen, X-Men
  • Prologue: The Comet — “A Bomb in the Hotel,” Eric Serra, The Fifth Element
    Part I: Congelatio

  • Mr. Galen St. Clair — “The Shape of Things to Come,” Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galactica: Season One
  • The Bluestocking Circle — “Concerto Grosso in D Major – Adagio-Allegro,” Arcangelo Corelli, Barocke Kostbarkeiten
  • Dame Irrith of the Vale — “‘Your Highness – What a Surprise’,” George Fenton, Ever After
  • The Court and Its Queen — “Bohmer,” David Newman, The Affair of the Necklace
  • Ktistes in the Garden — “Greek Thinkers (Suite) (Infinity in Philosophy) – Interlude 8,” Mannheim Steamroller, Fresh Aire 8
  • The Royal Society of London — “Paprizzio’s Arrival – Concerto a 5, Op. 9, No. 2 in D Minor,” Tomaso Albinoni, Casanova
    Part II: Destillatio

  • Dr. Rufus Andrews — “Piano Trio in E-Flat, Op. 100 (Second Movement),” Franz Schubert, Barry Lyndon
  • In the Calendar Room — “Intro,” Within Temptation, The Silent Force
  • The Crow’s Head — “The Grey Wolf/Gévaudan,” Joe LoDuca, Brotherhood of the Wolf
  • Lady Carline’s Ambition — “For Mina,” John Williams, Dracula
  • Hunting in Vauxhall — “The Legend of Casanova – Tambourins I/II from Daro,” Jean-Philippe Rameau, Casanova
  • The Moral Purpose of Faeries — “Roslin and Adama,” Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galactica: Season Two
    Part III: Fermentatio

  • Die Brüder von das Ticken — “Forward to Time Past,” John Williams, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Abd ar-Rashid Effendi — “Oriental Spirit,” Lennie Moore, Outcast [selection]
  • Miss Delphia Northwood — “Concerto in a Minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065. Allegro,” J.S. Bach, Dangerous Liaisons
  • Princes of the Past — “Two Halves of the Same Person,” Patrick Doyle, Dead Again
  • A Sample of Phlogiston — “The Plume’s Nom Is Casanova!,” Sonny Kompanek, Casanova
  • The Mountebank’s Trick — “In Court/Childhood,” David Newman, The Affair of the Necklace
    Part IV: Conjunctio

  • Midsummer at Moor Fields — “Florin Dance,” Guy Fletcher/Mark Knopfler, The Princess Bride
  • The Lord Keeper’s Question — “Armand’s Seduction,” Elliot Goldenthal, Interview with the Vampire
  • An Unusual Proposal — “Walking on Water,” George Fenton, Ever After
  • Night at the Museum — “Diagon Alley/The Gringott’s Vault,” John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [selection]
  • Faerie Science — “Courtroom/Cagliostro Leaves Town,” David Newman, The Affair of the Necklace [selection]
  • The Dance of the Nephelae — “Shin’i (Providence),” Shiro Sagisu, Casshern
    Part V: Separatio

  • Mourning Night — “The Sea Angler,” Faith and the Muse, Annwyn, Beneath the Waves
  • Dross to Gold — “The Temple of Five,” Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galactica: Season Three
  • Nothing Against Her Will — “Investigation,” Trevor Jones, From Hell
  • Variations on Death — “End Credits,” Danny Elfman, Sleepy Hollow
  • A Gentleman in Hyde Park — “The Norwegian Ridgeback/A Change of Season,” John Williams, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • The Omen — “1969 – We Came in Peace,” David Arnold, Independence Day
    Part VI: Dissolutio

  • Spirit and Matter — “Worthy of Survival,” Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galactica: Season Two
  • Which One Wins — “Ruby,” Craig Armstrong, Plunkett & Macleane
  • An Academic Request — “The Prince’s Decision,” George Fenton, Ever After
  • The Cellar — “Media Vita in Morte Sumus (In the Midst of Life We Are in Death),” John Barry, The Lion in Winter
  • Sophic Mercury — “Submission,” Tyler Bates, 300
  • The River of Ice — “The Windmill,” Danny Elfman, Sleepy Hollow
    Part VII: Calcinatio

  • One Hundred Years — “God Damn You,” John Barry, The Lion in Winter
  • Something Mortal — “Oh Here They Come,” Patrick Doyle, Hamlet [selection]
  • The Monument — “Running to the Rain,” Peter Gabriel, The Long Walk Home
  • Cannon Street — “Suite From “Hush”: Silent Night/First Kiss/Enter the Gentlemen/Schism,” Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More With Feeling [selection]
  • A New Line — “Bloodshed,” Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galactica: Season One
  • What Lingers On — “Sleeping Beauties,” Dario Marinelli, The Brothers Grimm
  • Epilogue: The Return — “The Heart of the Sun,” Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galactica: Season Four


Some songs were edited for the purposes of this soundtrack, either for time or because one portion of the song didn’t fit the use to which I was putting it. I cut “Oriental Spirit” for length, taking only the first few minutes. From “Diagon Alley/The Gringotts Vault,” I kept the latter (darker) half of the song. From “Courtroom/Cagliostro Leaves Town,” I cut the first minute and a half or so, keeping the second repetition of the melody. From “Oh Here They Come” I kept the last three minutes, the slow, deliberate part of the piece. And finally, the suite from “Hush” was likewise cut to its last three minutes or so.